I've had this MP3 player for a few months, and am pretty happy with the product. The Philips Gogear vibe has a 4gb storage capacity, so it holds my 106 songs with ease. The unit is small and light, so it's easy to forget that I'm even carrying it. All of the buttons are in perfect positions. There are volume controls on the side to make it easy to adjust the volume, and the next track button on the front makes it easy to skip tracks.
The unit itself is pretty fast and there is little delay time in selecting options. On the home screen, you can choose to listen to music, watch videos, view pictures, manage folders, or change general settings. It bothers me that the select button is actually the next track button and not the one in the middle, but you get used to it after a while.
It's very easy to play music on this unit. When you select music, you can either play all songs, or search by an artist, playlist, or album. This item has a shuffle feature which plays songs in a random order. I love this feature because I really hate listening to songs in alphabetical order.
One problem I have with this unit is the screen. I'm fine with it being small because there isn't anything that I need to see, but in the sunlight, I can't read anything on the display. I find myself a lot trying to find shade to change songs when I'm outdoors. I tried to alter the brightness, but nothing worked. Other than that, the screen is fine.
The battery life on this unit is pretty good. I've gone 10+ hours without having to charge it. The unit charges easily in any PC USB port
Overall, this is a great durable mp3 player for any basic use. 4gbs is a good amount of storage for the average music user, and it is basic enough for anyone to use.
This mp3 player retailed for about £40 from a high street retailer.
The earphones that came with it were of the hard plastic variety and although the sound quality was good they were very hard and uncomfortable and kept falling out of my ears (my ears are huge though).
Sound quality is fine with a good pair of earphones.
The features are minimal which is acceptable considering the price. You can store data, audio files and movie files, make a few cosmetic changes to the background and alter equalizer settings.
To view the movie files they need to be converted into .swf format, you can find free online converters to do this. The screen is tiny though - just over 1 inch square- and I ended up just hurting my eyes by squinting at it so this mp3 player isn't really very good as a video player. The upside of this is the screen is so small it's less likely to crack, which has happened on other mp3 players I've had.
Data can be stored in folders and filtered via Artist, genre, album and so on. This is only an efficient sorting mechanism if you've got all of that data filled in on the files in your computer. I found that if I played all of my music through Windows Media Player with an internet connection all of this information gets downloaded and applied to your files.
You navigate and play your files with the four front buttons, volume, power and lock are found on the sides . Get used to up and down buttons being skip track buttons, and the left/right buttons being back and play/pause respectively and you'll be away. This wasn't problematic for me, but my iPod fanboy friends had a good whinge about deviating from the way the buttons are set out the way they're used to.
Connection to a PC is achieved via USB, proprietary software comes bundled with the mp3 player but I ended up just using it in the same way I would add data to a USB stick or external hard drive. The bundled software seemed a bit unnecessary but I have had a few problems with it so perhaps you do need to use it.
This mp3 player has lasted better than some more expensive ones I've had. After about a year of use it crashed when I turned it on one time. The folders I had on the mp3 player at the time now cannot be removed from it, as my PC says I don't have permission! I can still add and remove other folders though so it doesn't really matter.
It's very durable, having being banged about and dropped during my travels. It's made of black plastic and at first I thought it was a bit cheap but it appears to be tough enough. After about a year of solid daily use the buttons and display still work and apart from the weird folder issue I can still enjoy music and audiobooks.