As a whole, the Philips SA 3125 is a rather modern and stylish. Its weight is quite light for its size, only weighting a mere 41 grams. However it only has a tiny screen measuring 2.8 by 3.5 cm. The display screen is great at showing information about tracks, but it still can be a bit unsuitable for viewing pictures or videos.
When using the headphones provided, the sound is nothing out of the ordinary. With the expected sound being more or less balanced, when listening to songs with heavy bass, the Total Harmonic Distortion is of a reasonable level. Upon using a pair of additional headphones, there was a better signal to noise ratio, which is great for people that want their music in crystal clear notes and beats.
In addition to the typical functions, the player also has additional features such as a FM radio which performs quite well. It supports quite a wide range of audio file formats. However, its file transfer speed is rather slow, on average taking 0.3 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files.
The player's primary control is a scroll wheel which usually works well unless you have slightly bigger fingers. The battery stamina is another aspect of the player, which has been a failure. On average only providing 9 hours of continuous audio playback from a full charger which takes about 2 and a half hours. This must be charged via a unique USB cable only. The player only supports Window XP and Window Vista operating systems.
I'm quite impressed with this, as I did originally want an I-Pod but given the prices of the one I wanted, it just wasn't something I could justify purchasing at the time. I personally wanted an mp3 player that I could put on while at work, and this does the job perfectly. So far I have put 253 songs on there, and I'm quietly confident that I could put three more compilation albums on (on the assumption that they are 40 tracks per album), which I find I'm satisfied with, although if you wanted to add pictures and videos on to it then you would have to take into account that you probably end up with less songs on there given the memory size. The sound quality is good, I can't comment on videos as i tend to use mine purely for music, I can comment on the pics you can upload onto it as my partner has one aswell although hers is the 1 gb version, but the quality seemed quite sharp. It's a shame that it doesn't have digital radio built in but when you can get reception it's half decent. I believe taht this is priced at £40-50 ish which I'm quite happy with as it's done what I've needed it to. I did find the software a tad confusing but, it's just one of those things that once you get the hang of it you'll be well away. I've only ever had one hiccup with and that was very minor, can't quite remember how it happened, i think i pressed a button too quickly and it couldn't quite register which led it to freeze so i had to reset it, and it worked absolutely fine after that, I didn't lose any of my songs so that was a bonus, i think i lost the radio stations but you have to search for them anyway, so I didn't mind. Definatley one to consider if you can't quite afford an I-Pod yet.