updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon August 28, 2006
Philips GoGear SA13335
Those looking for a balance between barebones flash audio players and more advanced players such as the iPod nano might find Philips' new player a worthwhile if fairly conventional option. The 1GB GoGear SA13335 contains many of the now-standard features of its class, including MP3/WMA audio, FM tuning, and voice recording. Its advantages are primarily in design and software. This GoGear model uses a 128x64 OLED integrated seamlessly into the shell and a suitably minimal control set to choose music. Users also have their choice of operating system: though Philips only officially supports Windows, the company mentions that both Mac and Windows users alike can transfer music to the player by dragging and dropping files while the SA13335 is connected to the computer via USB 2. It should be available soon, though an official retail price has not been set.