The GoGear vibe is a small, light and easy to use mp3 player, and first glance it might not seem like much, but it really does perform well.
Let me explain a bit. It's built about four inches high, and one and a half wide, and out of light but pretty durable aluminium. It doesn't feel like it's going to break on you and certainly doesn't feel cheap in any way. It has seven buttons - your four typical direction buttons, a select/play-pause button, an options button and a back button, and with these you can easily and comfortably move around the player's many settings without too much trouble. Once you get into the pattern of how it works you'll be able to do it without even looking. Also, at the top are the volume buttons and underneath the headphone jack and the on-off-hold switch.
It has a small screen, big enough to work our way around it, and see what song is playing, as well as album artwork, which I find to be a nice touch.
Now, for contents. The GoGear vibe lets you not only listen to music (which it delivers at the best quality it can, with an interesting feature "FullSound" which tweaks the equalizers automatically each song to make each song sound as best it can), but also view videos, pictures and record sound. All of these functions are great and the video looks surprisingly good for such a small screen.
But the music is the main focus. There's always something I'm particular about when I choose MP3 players (this one was actually a gift from someone else) and it's how it plays all its tracks. I particularly like the iPod in that it plays all tracks numerically in order of the artist. In this all tracks are played alphabetically, which means if you want to listen to another song by the same artist it's a bit more of a hassel. But a simple press of the options button lets you choose whether to listen to all songs, or just by that artist or album. If you're picky about which songs to play during shuffle mode, you'll find yourself frequently pressing buttons to change the playing order. No biggie though.
As for its other options, it also comes with a sleep timer, and three themes, in case you get bored of your current background.
All in all, it's a pretty decent quality player, and although it might not rival the iPod it's a great replacement or gift for someone who doesn't really want to fork over all that money.