updated 03:25 pm EDT, Fri September 1, 2006
Philips GoGear SA9200
In contrast to the more basic GoGear SA13335 announced earlier this month, Philips announced a mid-range flash player today that shows the clear influence of the iPod nano in its slim design. Measuring 0.35 inches thick, the SA9200 places both a data connector and a headphone jack at the bottom of the device to save space. Its screen is a more conventional 1.7-inch LCD in place of the OLED from the SA13335, but the new player gains photo support, a 14-hour battery life, and a fast-scrolling touchpad interface. Drag-and-drop file transfers have also been replaced with synchronization through Windows Media Player. The 2GB player ships by the end of summer for $199.