Okay but can be better
This Philips GoGear Muse 16GB MP4 Player is not much bigger than a credit card; it should fit into my palm nicely, except for the fact that it is oriented in the wrong way - the screen is in the landscape mode. You can't grasp the player like you can an iPod. The 3-inch touch screen is bright and the display HD. However, it is a source of frustration. It doesn't response well to the touch.
Like the player wish it was more reliable
I purchased this player for $80 which was about half price as far as i could tell.
I like it when it is functional, but I am constantly concerned that after loading content or disconnecting it from a computer that all the content will disappear, as this has occurred a few time in the months I have owned the device
Phillips was very available for help but I have not had time to hash out exactly what happened when I lost hundreds of songs for no apparent reason and whether I could have...
Love it, but...
I have the 8gb Philips connect 3. It would be the prefect device, but (and this is a big but) the battery life is AWFUL! If you are just listening to music it is fine, but if you just wanted an MP3/4 player you would not have paid over 150.00 for a device now would you? The battery is especially awful if you are online. I have the screen as dark as it can be and I am lucky to get two hours of battery life while playing an online game or surfing the web and mine is just a few weeks old.
Though it boasts superior audio playback over the Galaxy Players, the Philips GoGear Connect 3 falls flat in everyday performance. The low-end specs will severely limit the GoGear's flexibility as well as the types of apps you can download, and the omission of expandable storage is regrettable. Priced at only a little less than an entry-level fourth-generation iPod Touch, the GoGear just doesn't offer enough for shoppers to choose it over Apple's media player.
Superior audio playback
Though it boasts superior audio playback over the Galaxy Players, the Philips GoGear Connect 3 falls flat in everyday performance. The low-end specs will severely limit the GoGear's flexibility as well as the types of apps you can download and the omission of expandable storage is regrettable. Priced at just less than an entry level fourth generation iPod Touch, the GoGear just doesn't offer enough for shoppers to choose it over Apple's media player.
Versatile music player
The Philips GoGear Connect 3 looks promising on paper, but when you consider what the iPod touch (a mere £9 more expensive) delivers and how well it does it, it's difficult to recommend this over Apple's player. The Connect 3 is sluggish, buggy and its screen isn't as crisp as the iPod touch's, so it's tough to see how anyone apart from the staunchest Apple-hater would pick the Philips.
Runs powerful Android 2.3 Gingerbread software
The Philips GoGear Connect 3 looks like a decent media player, but it lacks the market-leading iPod touch's camera, FaceTime video calling, and eye-scorchingly detailed screen. The presence of other Android rivals, such as the new Sony Android Walkman and the various Samsung Galaxy S WiFi devices, also means the Connect 3 may only prove a contender if it comes at a suitably low price.
Strangely familiar form factor with nimble touchscreen
Putting the increasingly popular Android OS--complete with Android Market--inside neither a phone nor a tablet but rather a simple, affordable portable player takes the multimedia experience in an exciting new direction. The implementation here is a bit bumpy however, as unrefined customization of the software, an overloaded processor, and dubious physical quality combine to make Philips' GoGear Connect 3 less than it could have been.
Affordable, versatile and compact MP3 player
All things considered this is a good deal for a low end MP3 player. For the price it's difficult to go wrong with this device. Is it perfect? No. Could there be improvements? Absolutely. As I mentioned earlier, my biggest disappointment was the lack of the audio recorder. I'm guessing this probably won't be an issue for most people however. Other than that I'm very satisfied with the Philips GoGear Vibe. Satisfied enough to consider purchasing the 16GB GoGear Muse.
Nice mp3 with great sound and interface
First off, I have no idea why any manufacturer would make an mp3 player that only has 2 gigs in it. That ship has sailed. 4GB is a minimum nowadays, with 8GB becoming the norm. Whatever product manager thought that was a good idea should probably move on, and out of the technology realm...
For sake of a fair evaluation, I'll be comparing this Philips Raga to my mp3 player of choice, the SanDisk Sansa Fuze .
External microSD card support
The Philips GoGear Muse is a compact MPEG4 player that does what it says on the tin. It is easy to use and the open nature means you can quickly and easily add content from a number of sources. But even though it is open in the sense that you can add content easily, it isnâ??t a connected device.
High-grade audio compatibility
The GoGear Muse 3 has plenty to admire, especially the high-grade audio compatibility and Micro SD slot. Its Sound Personalisation control is a user-friendly addition but in other areas the interface could be much more intuitive. DRM-protected content has to be managed through various different pieces of software. If you can overlook those inconsistencies, it's a good player. However, it is less slick than its big competitor and lacks the vast accessory market that supports Apple gear.
Expandable memory option
To sum it up, the whole experience was bittersweet. Though I'd like to say more bitter than sweet. The screen as mentioned earlier was THE biggest issue. The rest of the features worked out fine but the player is meant to provide a good experience while watching videos and that has not been accomplished with satisfaction.
720p HD video playback with HDMI-out
This PMP scores high on sound, build quality and file format support. It plays 720p HD video with HDMI-out option to to let you connect to your HDTV. But, its sluggish touch controls spoiled the whole user experience and you can get a better touch-based PMP at this price point.
Very Good Earphones
The Philips Aria is a good looking feature-rich player that is simple to use thanks to its no-frills interface. It comes with a decent set of in-ear headphones and is priced competitively. We only wish the screen could have been of a better quality. The Philips Aria is a good looking feature-rich player that is simple to use thanks to its no-frills interface. It comes with a decent set of in-ear headphones and is priced competitively. We only wish the screen could have been of a better quality.
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