Philips GoGear Spark MP3 player review: adorable and affordable

CNET's Donald Bell offers his full review of the small, affordable GoGear Spark MP3 player from Philips.

photo of the Philips GoGear Spark MP3 player
The 1.5-inch color screen on the Spark gives it an edge over the competition. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

The GoGear Spark is the first MP3 player we've seen from Philips in years that isn't a study in mediocrity. In fact, the little Oreo cookie-size MP3 player is downright adorable, and a decent bargain at $49 (2GB) or $59 (4GB).

The Spark includes a music player (MP3, WMA), photo viewer, FM radio, and voice recorder. In light of its size and price tag, however, the Spark's most unique feature is its 1.5-inch color screen--an asset dearly lacking from competitors such as the iPod Shuffle or Sansa Clip. The Spark also uses a unique pressure-sensitive screen for navigation, similar to the Iriver Clix.

To find out more, read the full review of the Philips GoGear Spark MP3 player.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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