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Philips GoGear review | Introduction

Published on: Wednesday, April 9th 2008                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Philips GoGear SA6185 test

P hilips, officially 'Royal Philips Electronics NV', is a Dutch electronics company, founded in 1891. Philips manufactures consumer electronics, mobile phones, light bulbs, semi-conductors and medical equipment among other things. One of the latest Philips products is the Philips GoGear SA6185 multimedia player. This media player is capable of playing videos, music, radio and voice-recording. Also pictures can be viewed on it. The version we tested has been equipped with an 8GB internal memory, has a weight of 153 grams and is black.

Philips GoGear review


Philips GoGear media player

Philips GoGear media player

Philips GoGear MP3 Design

The Philips GoGear media player is packed in a plastic package that nicely shows the device. Included in the package, besides the Philips GoGear SA6185, we found a software CD, a quick guide in eight languages, earplugs and a USB cable for recharging the media player and for transferring files. The GoGear media player has been equipped with a 3.5-inch LCD monitor with QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 pixels in 65,000 colours. The Philips GoGear is just over one centimetre thick and a tad bigger than a hand-sized media player. Next to the large monitor on the front of the media player, some buttons are positioned. The menu button that lets you return to the main menu at all times, and the navigation buttons with the on/off button in the centre that also serves as play/pause button. Furthermore we find two integrated speakers on the front. The bottom side carries a button to lock the GoGear. On the topside the volume button is placed for adjusting the volume and the button on the right side of the device lets you go directly to the playlist.

Philips GoGear SA6185 review

Philips GoGear SA6185 review

Philips GoGear SA6185 multimedia player

The Philips GoGear's audio support includes MP3 and WMA (DRM) formats. Furthermore, an ID3-tag lets you add an album title or artist name. The GoGear also supports DRM and WMV9 for video playback. Videos can be played with a resolution of 320 x 240 with a maximum of 384kbps and 30fps. Support of other video formats is possible with the aid of the included conversion software. Pictures can be watched in JPEG format and also as a slide show. According to Philips the Li-Polymer battery will offer a maximum of 20 hours of audio and 5 hours of video. The test results we obtained where somewhat less; a maximum of 17 hours of audio and 4.5 hours of video. Recharging the battery is carried out by means of the included USB cable. Unfortunately it means that there is no possibility of recharging the Philips Go Gear when there is no computer around. The audio recorded through the built-in microphone is stored in WAV format. The internal memory is 8GB NAND flash. A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection enables transferring files from the computer to the media player.

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