Philips GoGear 8Gb MP4 player £33.29 (was £49.99) at Argos
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Philips GoGear 8Gb MP4 player £33.29 (was £49.99) at Argos

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Found 26th Jul 2014
Hold the prejudice :

In before "Cold. Use my phone to play mp3". Yeah - passable sound quality I suppose. I'm guessing you haven't played it for 20 hours though.

In before "Cold. Not a Sansa". The menus on those look clunky mid-90's compared to Philips.

The very first MP4 player I ever bought was a Creative Zen. And after that froze on me several times for doing that highly risky procedure of..wait for it..trying to transfer mp3 files onto it, I took it back and swapped for a Philips GoGear of the time. I've never looked back. I still own all my GoGears and they all still work. Yes they started off clunky as hell and you got varied results depending on what source the mp3 was from. But not anymore.

These things play AAC, Flac, mp3, wav, pretty much anything you throw at them.

Sadly it's not a 16gb model and from checking the Philips page regularly for a long while it looks like this could be the last mp4 player they ever make. Which is fine if you want to just make do with passable audio quality on your mobile phone. But if you really want clarity of sound that you will notice, I wouldn't hesitate to try one of these out.

The battery in these really does go on forever - proof of which I have had a couple of times when after listening to it in bed, I've left it on and playing without realising, and picked it up the following night - to find it still playing. That kind of accident won't ever happen with your phone - have no doubt about that.

Anyway not sure I'll put any further effort in as this will only ever go one of 2 ways : -72 or about 11. Did I mention the sound quality is superior to ipods. Sad but true.

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I have one of these from a few years ago it's great however not convinced they haven't gone downhill and this price can't be good surely ?

What's the sound quality compared to a Sansa? That's what really matters.

I'm not sure on the sounds better than a phone mattering that much though, I never listen to an MP3 in a silent room, so the extraneous noise has a much bigger impact compared to a 0.1% rise in harmonic distortion.

mike

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mjbuckhurst

What's the sound quality compared to a Sansa? That's what really matters. … What's the sound quality compared to a Sansa? That's what really matters. I'm not sure on the sounds better than a phone mattering that much though, I never listen to an MP3 in a silent room, so the extraneous noise has a much bigger impact compared to a 0.1% rise in harmonic distortion.mike



I've not researched in comparison to a Sansa, just in comparison to an ipod. Either way of course it's automatically cold cos it doesn't say "Ipod" in the title.

I bought one 2 yrs back for my kid for less from argos so price goes up and down all the time.Still going strong though.Dont use the Philips songbird software though,it's kack.

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sandstone1

I bought one 2 yrs back for my kid for less from argos so price goes up … I bought one 2 yrs back for my kid for less from argos so price goes up and down all the time.Still going strong though.Dont use the Philips songbird software though,it's kack.



You're definitely right about the software. Ignored it for ages then tried it out...hated it and removed it. Just drag and drop.
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