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Philips GoGear SA261

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the memory and build quality are overall positive. The value for money and usability are also appreciated, but the portability and battery get mixed reviews. Many are less positive about the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Philips GoGear SA261 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 37 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Philips GoGear SA261

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Philips GoGear SA261 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

sound, value for money, usability, build quality

portability, battery

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips SA261 Solid State 512 MB MP3 Player

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looks neat, too bad its buggy

 

this player's design is pretty poor, the buttons have poor feedback, the FW is buggy, downloading songs froze my computer and now the player won't turn on. Philips replaced my original player, but it took 1 month to get my new one. I've had better luck...

small, uses AAA battery

download songs to player is nearly impossible

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Don't buy it.

 

I had an experience similar to one of the previous reviewers. I was very excited about the player but couldn't get it to turn on. I tried everything from multiple battery changes to visiting the Philips website for support. Everything else was...

Looks cool--aesthetics are great

Doesn't work

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Looks good and sturdy, but...

 

This is a solid looking & feeling MP3 player that has a stretchy, rubberized housing that works with a velcro-stretch armband that stretches over the player. The body is a torpedo-like shape made of a rubberized material mated to plastic. The earbuds...

Expandable memory, well protected; built for those "on-the-go

Software/Firmware isn't the best, neither are the earbuds

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Looks good and sturdy, but...

 

This is a solid looking & feeling MP3 player that has a stretchy, rubberized housing that works with a velcro-stretch armband that stretches over the player. The body is a torpedo-like shape made of a rubberized material mated to plastic. The earbuds...

Expandable memory, well protected; built for those "on-the-go

Software/Firmware isn't the best, neither are the earbuds

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looks neat, too bad its buggy

 

this player's design is pretty poor, the buttons have poor feedback, the FW is buggy, downloading songs froze my computer and now the player won't turn on. Philips replaced my original player, but it took 1 month to get my new one. I've had better luck...

small, uses AAA battery

download songs to player is nearly impossible

Consumer review by:

Don't buy it.

 

I had an experience similar to one of the previous reviewers. I was very excited about the player but couldn't get it to turn on. I tried everything from multiple battery changes to visiting the Philips website for support. Everything else was...

Looks cool--aesthetics are great

Doesn't work

Consumer review by:

this item never worked

 

my 10 yr old son purchased an sa261 from walmart whilst on vacation in florida. when we returned home to united kingdom, we found the product to be faulty, tried contacting philips who only guided me through the firmware download procedure, which i had...

looks nice pretty case

doesnt work

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Pick Up One Used...Only on the Cheap. Much Better Available These Days.

 

I bought this player a couple of years ago, and it has held up well and done the job as advertised. I bought it specifically because it also played Windows Media files, and at the time everything on my laptop was a WMA file. It took some getting used ...

Decent, certainly better available now, bright easy-to-read display, good size and weight

Low earphone power, limited memory capacity (1.5 GB maximum), requires transfers via Windows Media Player

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Do not buy! - Falsely advertised!

 

Rubber casing

Cannot create play lists. Issues with Media Player Interface

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Not so great

 

Large font on screen.FM and voice recording options are a plus.

Can't just drag and drop.Transfer very slow. No Time Remaining display. Backlight too quick.

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Product Specifications

Ultra-rugged and wearable, the GoGear 512MB SA261 is all you need to enjoy your favorite MP3 or WMA music on the go. Record from the FM tuner, use the microphone for voice recordings or line-in to record from any source directly to MP3.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Line-in recording / Radio
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital recorder / Radio
Sound Effects:Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB)
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio

Battery

Run Time (Up To):10hour(s)

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:ADPCM / MP3 / Protected WMA (DRM) / WAV / WMA

Digital Storage

Capacity:512MB

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:3.9in
Weight:1.5oz
Width:1.7in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes

Flash Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Philips
Model:SA261
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips GoGear

Radio

Tuner Bands:FM

Remote Control

Type: None
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