It’s a bit confusing – gone is the pretty brushed aluminum GoGear Connect with its track ball and ancient Android 2.1, to be replaced by a more generic looking revision that runs on Android 2.3. Not that I ever saw the old GoGear in the wild, or even in any store. It almost seems like it was just a concept, never released at all.
The new Philips is said to have access to the official Android Market right out of the box, unlike Cowon and Archos Android PMPs. It should come in capacities of 8 and 16GB, and maybe even 32GB later on. I wouldn’t get my hopes up though, seeing how Philips never got the marketing and publicity for their players right. Display is said to be capacitive, at a 3.2″ size – no word about actual screen technology or resolution. Philips’ own FullSound audio enhancements are implemented on the GoGear, and standard 720p video playback should be no issue as well.
It should be released in September, price for the 8GB version should be a fair $180.
Thanks to JxK for the tip. Via Engadget. Photo partially pilfered from Übergizmo.
Phillips will show of a new PMP based on Android. Which flavor of android is unclear but they do tout Android Market as the place to download apps unlike Archos failed attempts at an Android device.
The features mentioned make it a very capable PMP with Bluetooth player to PC sync, camera for video and photos, Wi-Fi, and Micro SD memory card slot. Priced at 250 EU (my guess a penny less than 300 USD in the states) for the 16GB version sounds like a pretty good deal for its release in October. You will probably be able to find these at Target and even Wal-Mart since they currently stock Phillips players.
I am certainly looking forward to reviewing these Android based PMPs since I carry a Android for my phone- an HTC Incredible, so I’m excited to see how these standalone Android PMPs preform.
Yet another Philips player is up for review, this time the Aria. Being bigger than the two previousely reviewed Philips players it goes up against players like the Sony E340 and Sansa Fuze. Read on for the review.
While the Philips Spark is more of a premium priced player considering the size and capacity, Philips usually price their players more competitively. One of the players that fall into the “cheap” category is the GoGear Vibe, but at what cost? Read on to find out.
Philips is a brand that hasn’t gotten much attention on this site in the past, due to somewhat random product numbering, release schedules, retail outlets and generally a rather weird behavior for a MP3 manufacturer. They have some nice players however, especially some of the later models, so it’s time to take a closer look at a few of them. First off is the GoGear Spark, somewhat of a competitor to the Sansa Clip+.
Appearing amongst Philip’s products at the IFA is one of their unreleased PMPs which first appeared last month on their website. Philips divulged no further information on the GoGear SA6100 series, besides a projected release date of the year’s end.
What we already know of the device is that it makes use of flash memory in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB; the extra width is a result of built-in 0.3W stereo speakers. Despite what appears to be a larger screen then present on other GoGear PMPs, the SA6100 still holds on to the 320 x 240 pixels and 65k color LCD. Format support is very plain (MP3, WMA (DRM), JPG, and WMV) and battery lasts for 20 hours of audio playback and 4 hours of video.
Philips has made another silent introduction to the GoGear line of flash players. The SA3300 series carries a design very similar to the SA6000 series, but the 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities have been complimented by an additional 8GB version. The QVGA LCD display will expand to 2.4-inches, but the 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 65k colors are retained.
MTP has been dropped for the SA3300, and video formats have not been limited to Philip’s proprietary SMV, or exclusively to WMV (DRM). Support for MPEG-4 (SP & ASP codecs) as well as WMV is included, but there is nothing more given to the generic MP3 and WMA audio formats. With some significant adjustments taking place, the mediocre video battery life still remains: 20 hours of audio and 4 hours of video.
What’s this? A Philips SA3100 series on its side? The GoGear SA6015 and SA6025 will also be released in 1GB and 2GB sizes, with a 65K-color LCD screen, FM radio, video playback, picture viewer, and voice recorder. To be fair, the portable media players have an improved battery life of 15 hours for audio and 4 hours for video, a 2.2” LCD that supports a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, and a 10-band EQ.
One month after the announcement of the SA3100, Philips have made the decision to discard their own SMV video format and instead give the SA6000 the ability to play Microsoft’s WMV as well as DRM-encoded WMA. Dimensions of 3.68” x 2.09” x 0.49” will apply to both the 1GB and 2GB models and pricing will be 119€ and 139€, respectively.
[Product Page via GenerationMP3]
The most unique element about Philips’ upcoming SA3100 series of low-capacity flash DAPs is that they support SMV videos. Other than that, the white 1GB SA3114 and 2GB SA3124 and the black 1GB SA3115 and 2GB SA3125 (names we’ll all certainly remember) are pretty standard fare. They’ve each got 1.8″ 65K-color LCD, FM radio, voice recorder, JPG photo viewer, and . . . well, that’s about it.
Battery life is pretty dismal at 10 hours for music and 2 hours for video, but the prices for the 0.46″-thick players aren’t too bad: 70 and 100 euros for the 1GB and 2GB versions, respectively.
[Product Page via GenerationMP3]
Philips recently (and quietly) began stocking select stores with its 1GB SA1335 mirror-surfaced flash player. Measuring 3.17 x 1.24 x 0.59 inches, the player is designed to hang from an included lanyard around your neck while providing up to 12 hours of MP3, WAV, or WMA playback on its non-removable lithium polymer battery.
The 2-color OLED display won’t turn any heads, but it can replace your wristwatch with its built-in clock screensaver. Other notable features are an FM tuner, voice recorder, and direct USB 2.0 connectivity (no cable required). Nothing earth shattering, but still not bad for about $100.
[Product Page via Chip Chick]