Just like its name the Philips GoGear Spark does not look like any ordinary MP3 player, it is more of a cross between a shrunken sat nav and a television. The player is rather compact and lightweight.
The 8GB version comes equipped with a radio tuner, which works quite well considering there are no antennas sticking out of the device. With that amount of space, it can fit up to 120 full music albums which is quite substantial.
In addition to the bog standard features, the player also has additional functions, such as a voice recording memos, and the ability to record live FM radio. Once the files are recorded they are saved as WAV audio files and they are kept in a separate folder to your downloaded music files.
The player, supports audio files in the WMA, MP3 and WAV format, and the task of transferring files is extremely fast forward and easy. As soon as you plug in the player to your computer, it will recognise the player as a storage device, then all you need to do is drag and drop the music straight into the player's folders. Because no software is required, the player can be easily use with other computers. The process is relatively user friendly, the only small issue is the length of the USB cable that is supplied. It would be more convenient to purchase a USB extended if your USB ports are placed in the back of your computer.
The 3.8 cm display screen is a OLED, which means it is fantastic at displaying the album arts. The player is also capable of viewing photos, however its small size is not amazing for this particular task. Most close-up photos look very good on the display, however images from a distant look quite awful.
When using the supplied headphones, it produced quite good quality sound. In addition to being s pair of headphones, they also serve the purpose of being an antenna for the radio when you are using it, despite this little extra feature, it still uses 3.5mm headphone ports.
Upon using an additional pair of headphones, with a higher power output, the sound was more stable and something of substance.
There is also a rubber case that is supplied with the player, which is brilliant at protecting the player from any potential damage, whilst still giving you full access to all the controls. The player is quite user friendly with only 3 buttons which are used to (access the menu, hold and for changing the volume. To change the track or scroll through the menu, you simple squeeze the player on either one of its four sides. The entire player feels like a squash ball in a good way, due to its tacile sides which gives it a sensitive response.
A clip is also provided with the player makes it easy to keep the player secure when on the move. However the clip is not exactly tight and it feels a bit loose if it is not attached to a reasonably thick material.
The battery stamina is quite good, on average providing 27 hours of continuous audio playback from a full charge. Charging the player can be done via the USB,