Philips GoGear Vibe Review

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The GoGear Vibe boasts lots of attractive features, including 8GB of storage and a 1.8-inch color screen. Users laud the sound quality and multiple capabilities but some find its control scheme awkward.

The Philips GoGear Vibe appeals to music lovers because it provides lots of storage (8GB) and excellent sound for a budget price. In Philips GoGear Vibe reviews at Walmart, for example, users applaud the audio quality (suits audiobooks perfectly, one proclaims), capacity, and menu navigation. They also like the video playback and the FM tuner. Some GoGear Vibe reviews, including one at Amazon, contend that the player is awkward to use. An expert at CNET concurs on all fronts: the sound is impressive given the price, the feature array is ample, and the controls and navigation are counterintuitive (e.g., you press what looks like an "up" symbol to go back and a "down" symbol to move forward). The beefy battery also earns the expert's respect. Indeed, GoGear Vibe reviews conclude there's value to be had in the overall performance and wealth of features. However, we found a few GoGear Vibe reviews at both Amazon and Walmart reporting that the player stopped working after several months.

The Philips GoGear Vibe (starting at $49, Amazon) sports a 1.8-inch color screen and 8GB of memory -- a rarity at the budget end of the market. It can display JPEG or BMP photos on the screen and play MP4 video clips. The GoGear Vibe includes an FM radio and supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, and APE audio file types. The battery life is rated at up to 25 hours for audio, five hours for video, and 12 hours for radio. There's also a 4GB version with a slightly smaller screen.

The main selling point for the GoGear Vive is its rich functionality. More than a simple MP3 player, the Vibe can display photos and play video clips, although a 1.8-inch screen is a pretty small viewing space. The control scheme isn't as simple as what you'll find on other players, and some concern has been raised about durability. But the feature set, audio experience, and modest price make the GoGear Vibe a good deal.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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