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Philips GoGear Spark SA2945 4 GB

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      18.03.2012 11:09
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      An excellent MP3 player + portable radio + recording device + USB storage

      I have bought this MP3 player manufactured by Philips some time ago, long time before I got my new iPod Touch 4 and my HTC sensation smartphone. While the latter two can do what I stated in the heading, it was just in no way as convenient as this Philips tiny one. The Philips MP3 player still slips its way into my bag and doing its job very well.

      MP3 Player
      Obviously a MP3 player should do its job, i.e. playing the music. Putting music into the device is easy. You do not have to install any special programs (unlike iPod which requires you to use the iTunes). You connect the MP3 Player, drag the files into the folder and wait for the files to be transferred. Done! The sound quality is not superb but I don't think there's much to complain about either.

      Portable Radio
      I like listening to the radio. Although it sounds a bit outdated, I still think that a portable radio is the best way to get hold of the latest news. When something big happens, you may not be able to connect to the internet or make a call using your smartphone because the network will probably be down as there are so many people trying to use it. However, you can always use a radio and the radio stations will certainly bring the latest news to your attention. A radio may be more important to you as you think they are!

      Recording device
      This tiny MP3 player can be used as a recorder too. There is no limit to the size of the recording and you can record for as long as the available memory allows you. I occasionally take up some mystery shopping job which requires you to make a recording during your visit and this tiny MP3 player can be put in your bag easily without being discovered.

      (Note: Mystery shopping is one of the methods that the service providers used to check their employees' performance. A person is engaged by the service provider or a mystery shopping company to conduct a visit to the designated shop or restaurant and to provide a report on his/her experience. There will be a guideline for you to follow and you have to do what they ask you to do. During the whole mystery shopping process, you have to remain anonymous and act like a normal customer. As a proof of your visit or to understand the employees' performance better, you are sometimes asked to make a recording of the conversation between you and the employee. There are a lot of websites which talk about mystery shopping if you want to know more but please be careful that some of them maybe a scam.)

      USB Storage
      This Philips MP3 player can be connected to the computer using a USB cable (which is included in the package). As said above, transferring music files to the MP3 player is easy. It is equally easy when it comes to transferring other types of file, e.g. word files. You just drag it into the folder and you are done. It comes in very handy if you have to save something and you do not have a USB storage device with you.

      There are also some features of the MP3 player which I think it's very good. The battery life is very long (compared to iPod or smartphones). You can listen to the music for more than 20 hours continuously if fully charged. Besides, you can set a limit to the sound level. In that case, you do not have to worry that the music is too loud in a way that will damage your hearing!


      In short, this MP3 player can do so many things and the price is quite low. How can I not love it?

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        01.02.2012 23:20
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        Very good MP3 player that I would recommend to anyone. Awesome!

        I was bought this lovely little MP3 player for Christmas the year before last from my sister and I was proper chuffed! It came in a little clear cube shaped box that really showed off the square shape. I couldn't believe how small it was and how much music it holds. I have owned it for nearly 3 years now and I am very impressed. I have found it nearly impossible to fill up and everyone I show it too finds it adorable. Most people struggle to recognise that it is an MP3 player which I quite like. Its like it is a spy in disguise.

        I run live music nights in my real life so I always take this MP3 player with me to play the interval music over pub and venue PA's. I have yet to run the battery down in public. I am seriously impressed by this. I use this MP3 player heavily and as part of my occupation so if was in anyway problematic I would know by now. The battery life is just incredibly long lasting. In the past I have used this MP3 for interval music over the course of up to eight hours, without it running out, and that's over large venue amplification systems. For personal use alone it must be neigh on impossible to run down. I have taken to running it out on purpose on a monthly basis to maintain the life of the battery, simply because I can't run it out in the course of my regular use.

        There are multiple functions like hosting photos and audio books but to be honest I never use it for anything other than music. It can be a little clunky to navigate, especially if you have large hands. I have hit the wrong button on more than a few occasions. The main issue I have found is that it is very sensitive so if you are running or even just walking fast, the motion of your body can cause the MP3 to switch tracks in your pocket or bag. This can be mildy irritating.

        When you switch tracks or albums you use the sides of the square instead of buttons on the MP3 to scroll through the menu. These sides do need to be kept clear of scraps of fluff, blu tack or sticky fingers. If it gets even a little dirty or sticky it gets pretty useless. I have managed to clean dirt away in the past and rescued it from an untimely death but I would safely say it is not for children or those with outdoor leanings or dirty jobs.

        It is very light which is both handy and annoying. If you like to feel the weight of your electronic items then steer clear of this. I have lost it in my coat several times. It is also so small that a similar problem arises. I have never really had any major problems with this MP3 and rate it very highly. I have owned it for three years now and have dropped it on more than one occasion. It has never broken, lost music, reset or been damaged in anyway, even with the rough and regular treatment it receives form me in the course of my work. All of my mates bemoan dropping their Ipods which then wipe the hard drive. This MP3 won't lose your music or mess you about, really reliable and good quality. Top MP3 player, you can't get better.

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        19.08.2009 17:51
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        Awesome for this price

        When I received this mp3 player in its clear plastic cube packaging I was over the moon. The little player is adorable - it fits right in the palm of your hand and is cute, chunky and seemingly impossibly small for something that does so much! It is mostly black with silver edging and I think it looks really stylish.

        The mp3 player comes with an instruction book which explains the basics, and a much more extensive set of instructions is available online on the Philips website. Also offered on the website are some firmware upgrades, but I didn't know how to add these so have left them well alone.

        Music is very easy to put onto the player - just plug the player into your USB port with the provided connecting lead and drag your music files over to the folder which represents the player. You may need to change the properties of your music files if they are downloaded rather than ripped straight from CD, if you want the names to be correct, but this is easily done.

        Photos can also be dragged into the folder without any problem at all, and once on the player they show up very well and look very sharp and true in colour, due to the screen's high resolution.

        The player is easy to operate too, using the few unobtrusive buttons on the sides, plus pressing the rocking screen from side to side. The player can also be personalised, with different background themes, colours and pictures. You can even have your photos playing as a slideshow whilst listening to your music.

        The sound that the player emits is excellent. Comparable to more expensive players, easily, and despite the complaints on here about the earphones I actually think they're fine - they give a good sound without too much bass and they fit firmly in my ears, unlike the ones provided with Ipods which are not quite as good.

        Included in the box is also a flexible plastic case which protects the back and sides of your mp3 player to help prevent scratches (though doesn't cover the screen). This is a nice extra as with most electronic gadgets you have to pay extra for a case.

        I only have two real complaints: the menus for the music are not the quickest to use or clearest to see and it seems you have to go through quite a few screens before you can select your song. The other complaint is that if you select to have a slideshow as your screensaver, then the player will only use all your photos, rather than allowing you to select one folder and have, for example, separate `family', `friends' or `pets' slideshows.

        Still these are small complaints and I think this player is an excellent addition to the market. An Ipod nano may give you more street cred, have clearer menus and a bit more storage, but it's also twice the price. And the cheaper Ipod shuffle has far less features than this player (it doesn't even have a screen!). So for the price, I think this is a great mp3 player which I highly recommend.

        This mp3 player costs £48.09 from Amazon.co.uk.

        (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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          14.06.2009 15:57

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          Not a fantastic product

          I got this mp3 player for christmas and to be honest i was not entirly satisfied i fount it utter pointles. The shape of the Philips GoGear Spark SA2945 - Digital player is utter horendous i as ashamed to show my frends who thought i looked like a sat nav. The head phone wires are very thin not only did i find them thin i thought they were rather feeble as mind snapped two month after i recieved them. All this bein said the sound qaulity of the Philips GoGear Spark SA2945 - Digital player is exceptional so when i wasn't hiding it frommy friends i was enjoying a high sound, clear qaulity of sound so in that respect it it was a very good mp3 player. i would not recomend this product to anyone but i would recomend an mp3 player of this make due to the sound qaulity but perhaps a diffrent style of mp3 player.
          thanks for reading my opinion.

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          08.05.2009 19:47
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          A great value MP3 player- well worth the buy.

          This MP3 player adds a new approach to playing music at an affordable price. For those who are against the display-less iPod shuffle series, this player should appeal to you.
          The extremely lightweight device holds a 1.5 inch OLED screen. You may look at the picture and wonder where the controls are, being only 0.5 inches thick. The controls are a new idea; pinch each side of the square device to perform different actions. This is tricky to get used to at first, but it soon becomes easy to master- songs can even be changed in your pocket after a while!
          In many respects this player is better than the shuffle (it is also cheaper): it has many more features; FM radio, voice recording and it is much more durable. The best bonus is the battery life: the spec say 27 hours, but my test showed it to have 31.5 hours! This is brilliant compared to the iPod shuffle's 12 hours. This player also fully utilises its screen with its built in picture viewer, a very neat application which is surprising quick for flicking through your JPEGs.
          Another bonus is that the supplied headphones are brilliant, far better than its apple counterparts!
          On the bad side, it is compromised by its lack of format variety: just WMA and MP3. Also, the voice recorder is far too sensitive with too much background noise, just listening to a track gives you a headache! The design, too is a little rough round the edges, an area where the shuffle does 'win'.
          Overall, this player is a definite cheaper alternative to the pricey iPod shuffle, sporting more features and better usability.

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