Philips GoGear Spark review: Philips GoGear Spark

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Philips GoGear Spark packs music, photos, radio, voice recording, long battery life, and a color screen into an affordable little package.

The Bad The GoGear Spark is light on format support, voice recordings are noisy, storage capacity is meager, and not everyone will appreciate its wearable design.

The Bottom Line In the world of budget MP3 players, the Philips GoGear Spark is a diamond in the rough, offering an attractive balance of features, style, and usability.

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The GoGear Spark is a bite-size MP3 player from Philips with an affordable price ($49 for 2GB or $59 for 4GB), well-rounded features, and a unique design. If you're looking for a small MP3 player that won't break the bank, the Spark is hard to beat.

Ever since Apple scored a hit with the microscopic, clip-on iPod Shuffle, competitors such as Samsung, SanDisk, and Iriver have been busy making their own wearable MP3 player designs. Unfortunately, most of these itty-bitty MP3 players offer only basic features and include either small monochromatic displays or no displays at all. The Philips GoGear Spark is one of the first budget-friendly MP3 players to hit the market that offers the convenience of a lightweight, wearable design, while maintaining a relatively large 1.5-inch OLED color display.

The GoGear Spark includes a short USB cable, average-sounding earbuds, and a braided lanyard for wearing the player around your neck.

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Philips GoGear Spark (4GB)

Part Number: SA2945/37 Released: Feb 1, 2009

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Feb 1, 2009
  • Built-in Display OLED
  • Battery Player battery - rechargeable
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Run Time (Up To) 27 hour(s)
  • Capacity 4 GB
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards ADPCM
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Diagonal Size 1.46" m
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player / radio