Philips GoGear SA5285BT 8 GB

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Philips GoGear SA5285BT 8 GB

The Philips GoGear digital audio/video player SA5285BT featuring Philips patented FullSound technology brings you superb audio quality. Bluetooth tech...

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Review of "Philips GoGear SA5285BT 8 GB"

published 18/07/2012 | Serpent1
Member since : 16/07/2012
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Travel enthusiast, always looking for a bargain and an excuse to visit different places
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Pro Good, Simple, Straightforward, reliable, good battery life
Cons Limited Features, owner not being as cool as owning an Ipod
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"Good ol' Philips"

Philips is without a doubt a worldwide recognizable electronics brand, chances are you own at least one of their items. The item itself may not be spectacular in any way, it just works and you can't really find any reasons to complain about it. Philips are not leaders in any of their markets, they're not innovators, they don't offer the best quality products, you're not even cool among your friends if you own a Philips product - Everything they do is average from almost points of view and god damn reliable.

Average is the word that best describes this small Philips music player. I got it from my first student salary over 2 years ago and it's still here today, working as good as ever. So what is it? it's a small music player with a small LCD screen, 6 buttons for navigation and one slider for locking the screen. In terms of features, the standard music player offers sorting by Artists, Albums, Genres, years and so on, it has a shuffle function, an FM radio and so on. I got myself some really good headphones (10 quid on amazon?!) and the sound quality is amazing. In terms of battery life, it's usually laying around for weeks without wasting much battery. when I actually get to use it, I get an average of 5-6 hours of continuous playing. I use it 2-3 times a month and only charge it once a month.

It also has a video feature, but a) videos need converting and I'm naturally lazy and b) why would anyone want to watch videos on a 2" screen?

anyway...I once had a problem with it, as it would not boot up and I had to contact Philips' online support in order to sort out the issue. It was all sorted within minutes and my player was back to life and ready for another 4 hour coach ride.

If it has one thing going for itself, it's its build quality. Over the past two years, it has been repeatedly dropped on concrete, scratched by countless keys and dropped even more - other than some minor (yet many) scratches it's in sound condition. Yes it doesn't have a touchscreen, but for what it does, it doesn't need one.

To conclude, if you're not fussed about having an Ipod and just want a music player, I'd suggest you get this. Adding songs is simple and straightforward, the battery life is good and it does exactly as it says on the box. Mine cost 35 pounds in 2010, compared to an 8gb ipod nano which was over 80. The music player market is overcrowded with options, from obscure Chinese brands to apple and Sony - and this is where Philips bet fit in, halfway in terms of everything, providing a quality product from a mid-market position.

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  • Nar2 published 18/07/2012
    Ah I just saw "35 pounds." But now in 2012 how much is it - is it still available online?
  • Nar2 published 18/07/2012
    This is a really good review - but how much is it? How many sound settings does it have? Do you get any extras with it like games? Only FM radio? Do you get headphones/earphones WITH it? What about charging it? USB through a PC or plug adaptor? A bit more info here will give you higher ratings.
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Product Information : Philips GoGear SA5285BT 8 GB

Manufacturer's product description

The Philips GoGear digital audio/video player SA5285BT featuring Philips patented FullSound technology brings you superb audio quality. Bluetooth technology ensures the ultimate wireless entertainment on the go.

Product Details

Product Description: Philips GoGear SA5285BT - digital player

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.8 cm x 1 cm x 10.6 cm

Weight: 95 g

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3, ADPCM BMP, JPEG

Localisation: United States

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Equaliser Factory Presets: Hip Hop, Dance, Electric, Speech, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classic

Output Power: 4.8 mW

Built-in Display: Colour - 240 x 320 - 2.8" - LCD

Audio Specifications: Amplifier - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 18000 Hz - SNR - 84 dB ¦ Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 18000 Hz - SNR - 84 dB - THD - 0.05%

Radio: Digital radio tuner - FM - 20 preset stations

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - stereo

Interface Supported: USB 2.0, Bluetooth

Battery: Player - rechargeable - lithium polymer - 880 mAh

Replaceable Battery: No

Height in mm: 58

Depth in mm: 9.9

Width in mm: 106

MPEG2 Playback: Yes

H.264 Playback: No

MPN: SA5285BT/02

Music Playtime in Hours: 30

Touchscreen: No

Battery Type: Li Polymer

Type: Audio/Video Player

Display Technology: TFT Display

Number of Display Colours: 262.144

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No

Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 240

Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 320

Screen Size in Inches: 2.8

Storage Capacity in MB: 8192

Storage Medium: Built-In Memory

Weight in Grams: 95

Direct TV Recording: No

MP3 Playback: Yes

Type of Memory Stick Interface: No

Video Playtime in Hours: 6

DivX Playback: No

WMA Playback: Yes

Bluetooth: Yes

W-LAN Connection: No

Type of SD Card Interface: No

WAV Playback: Yes

OGG Playback: No

AAC Playback: Yes

MPEG 4 Playback: Yes

WMV Playback: Yes

EAN: 8712581411855

Manufacturer: Philips

General

MPN: SA5285BT/37, SA5285BT/02

Product Type: Digital player

Digital Player Type: Flash based

Digital Player Functions: Radio, voice recorder, photo playback, video playback

Width: 5.8 cm

Depth: 1 cm

Height: 10.6 cm

Weight: 95 g

Interface Supported: USB 2.0, Bluetooth

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3, ADPCM

Supported Digital Photo Standards: BMP, JPEG

Localisation: United States

Audio System

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Equaliser: Yes

Audio Specifications: Amplifier - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 18000 Hz - SNR - 84 dB ¦ Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 18000 Hz - SNR - 84 dB - THD - 0.05%

Digital Video Playback: Yes

Digital Photo Playback: Yes

Features: Battery level indication, volume control, upgradeable firmware, SuperScroll

Amplifier

Output Channel Qty: 2 channel(s)

Output Power / Total: 4.8 mW

Headphones Output Power (per channel): 2.4 mW

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD - colour

Display Illumination: Yes

Colour Depth: 262,000 colour

Resolution: 240 x 320

Diagonal Size: 2.8"

Equaliser

Equaliser Factory Presets: Hip Hop, Dance, Electric, Speech, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classic

Digital Player (Recorder)

ID3 Tags Support: Yes

Supported Bit Rate: 8 - 320Kbps (MP3) / 5 - 192Kbps (WMA)

Sample Rate: 8 kHz, 11 kHz, 16 kHz, 22 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz

Features: Variable bit-rate compatible, WMV playback

Radio

Type: Digital radio tuner - FM

Preset Station Qty: 20 preset stations

Headphones

Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Connections

Connector Type: Headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) ¦ USB ¦ Bluetooth

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: USB cable

Cables Included: 1 x USB cable

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Philips Media Converter

Battery

Battery: Player - rechargeable - lithium polymer

Battery Enclosure Type: Internal

Included Qty: 1

Capacity: 880 mAh

Battery Life Details: MP3 playback - up to 30 hour(s) ¦ Video playback - up to 6 hour(s)

System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM, USB port, Internet connection

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