Philips' latest portable media player, the GoGear SA6025 has hit the market and obviously we had to take the player for a road trip or two. This flash based device comes with 2GB of storage and supports the common audio and video formats. Does it have what it takes to survive in a market dominated by the ubiquitous iPod?
Compared to its competitors, the GoGear 6025 is neither very petite nor low-priced, falling somewhat in between. The GoGear 6025 sports a dimension of 93.5 by 53.2 by 12.5 millimeters and has a decent sized 2.2-inch screen that contributes to the bulky feel. The navigational pad and power button felt a little too plastic, in contrast to the metallic chassis.
The relatively low resolution of the 320 x 240-pixel screen was evident as videos turned out pixilated and blurry. Video playback seems like a secondary feature as there is also no stand to prop up the player for hands-free viewing. You may also need a moment to get used to its navigation scheme, as entering a choice is acknowledged by the right arrow instead of the center button like we would have expected.
Other standard features on the Philips GoGear player include a 3.5mm audio jack, a mini USB port, a reset button and a hold slider. There's also a built-in microphone for voice recording and a useful shortcut button to add the current track to a playlist.
The Philips GoGear player features a FM tuner with auto-scan capabilities and 10 preset stations for consumers needing their daily dosage of news and information. Supported formats are MP3, WMA and WMV, while Windows Media DRM is available for music subscription services that require it.
The player also allows consumers to view JPEG images singly or as slide shows even while tuning in to their favorite tracks. At least with the GoGear SA6025, Philips has finally answered the previous lack of album art support on the older versions of the GoGear series.
Overall, the Philips GoGear SA6025 is decent for daily usage though there are certainly other options with better sound and video quality in the market. With an estimated battery life of 15 hours for audio and 4 hours for video, it should be sufficient for most users. Although this Philips SA6025 media player has its drawbacks and brings nothing new to the media player market, it is still a decent option for consumers targeting a simple and competent media player.