The Philips GoGear Vibe is quite different from the other players in this category. For one, it has a color display and a bigger one at that. Also, it has full-fledged music management features and allows for video playback. So you might ask, what the hell is it doing in our micro MP3 players comparison? Well, it is really small, about the size of a large matchbox, it weighs next to nothing at 34 grams and is priced at Rs. 3,499. So, in all accounts it does fit in as a micro MP3 player.
Like other GoGear players, the Vibe goes with a black glossy body. It looks alright but the build quality utilizes more flimsy plastic than to our liking. The front has a 1.5 inch LCD screen, the biggest in our comparison. For a color screen though it is pretty average, so don’t expect too much. About half of the real estate in the front of the player is occupied by the controls, so as a result, they are a cinch to use. The Philips might offer the most comprehensive music management features among in the comparison, but it also offers the best navigation to access these features. Plus, it allows you to browse your music library based on Artists, Albums, Folder and per song if you want and for this price that’s simply superb. And as a bonus you get to view the album art too.
The Vibe is not the best player in terms of sound performance. The highs sounded quite soft when we were listening to Blues and Jazz. The mids weren’t crisp enough and the bass sounded quite loose. However, it wasn’t all bad. Overall, the Philips sounds good for regular listening and is especially suited for listening to pop music and ballads. Another great addition is the in-canal earplugs that come with the Vibe.
The Philips Vibe is the most feature-rich MP3 player in the ultra compact MP3 player category but its performance as an audio player is just about good. If you are looking for a feature rich portable audio player, it may fit the bill but for quality sound you can look elsewhere.
The Vibe plugs a number of features including a color screen, video playback and FM recorder into a compact body at a reasonable price.