Philips GoGear Vibe 4GB Review



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Philips
launched the GoGear Vibe not too long ago and although it’s not meant to be a direct iPod competitor by any means, it does do the job of being an affordable MP3 player and a serious alternative to the Shuffle.

In the Box:
The packaging is actually pretty smart as it offers a perforated area on the packaging to simply take the device out of it without cutting your hands or breaking a pair of scissors. The GoGear Vibe comes with a USB adapter, matching black ear buds, a booklet, and software for easy installation.

UPDATE 09/26/2010: Check out our full review of the new Philips GoGear Vibe for 2010.

Design:
The GoGear Vibe’s black glossy design itself is slick and easy on the eye.  Its body is small with curved edges so the ease of portability is there, but unfortunately the quality of the operational buttons are a bit stiff. You can also hear a bit of clicking noise when you press on the buttons. However for this price point, I guess you can’t complain too much since it is a MP3/Video player after all. Overall, the GoGear Vibe is a very portable device, fitting into the palm of my hand, it is great for running or using at the gym. I used it every morning for 1 hour in the gym and it lasted 7 days without having to recharge. The battery life is rated at 25 hours for audio and 4 hours for video.

Setup:

As soon as I plugged in the device it automatically was picked up in Windows Media player. This was great since I do use Windows Media Player already. I was able to make a playlist simply by clicking and dragging. The GoGear Vibe automatically took all the artists in my library and separated them by artist and then followed by album on the device.

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Interface:
Like I said earlier, you can drop and drag songs to the device in seconds. The GoGear Vibe has your typical menu features where you can control the sound quality via equalizer settings, and of course see titles of the songs that are currently playing. The GoGear Vibe fits as much track information and album art as it can on its 1.5 inch size screen without looking too crowded. Overall, its interface is clean and simple. Playback options are shuffle mode or standard playback. There is no scroll wheel or snazzy touch features, but the crosspad if you will, is very easy to use. The ‘Play’’ button and a ‘Back’ button are simple to understand and operate. There is also a detailed guide  included which tells you how to upload, create playlists etc… should you get lost along the way. But for most people, including those that aren’t too tech savvy – the GoGear Vibe will be a cinch to operate.

Audio Quality:
The audio experience coming from the included earbuds doesn’t do the device justice even though they fit into my ear canal just fine. But when I switched them out, and listened to the GoGear Vibe with my own pair of headphones I was definitely impressed. The music didn’t sound tinny and the GoGear actually does a good job pumping tunes.

Additional Features:

Additionally, the GoGear Vibe comes with a built-in FM radio. And aside from support for MP3 and WMA files, it also supports DRM files and it can work with Rhapsody. Other relatively standard but welcome features include voice recording, and photo viewing.

Video Playback:
Video playback on the GoGear Vibe is more of a bonus novelty than a serious feature. The video clips that play back on the GoGear are low in resolution and quality, so video playback is best suited for the occasional quick clip but not for serious viewing. Obviously if you are looking for a dedicated video device, you wouldn’t go with the Philips GoGear Vibe.

Conclusion:
The GoGear is a great little player for those on a budget. It has got great audio quality – almost as good as my iPod when I switched up the headphones, so for the price alone and its good sound quality it is worth it. It also offers a decent amount of storage for the price. Overall, the Philips GoGear definitely offers more value for the money than the iPod shuffle. The Philips GoGear 4Gb MP3 retails for $49.99.

The Good: Priced well for a 4GB MP3 player that also supports video files. Great starter MP3 player or player for the gym

The Bad: Navigation buttons are stiff to operate. Video playback is low quality.

UPDATE 09/26/2010: Check out our full review of the new Philips GoGear Vibe for 2010.

Update 11/21/2011: Check out our Philips GoGear Connect 3 review

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  • jj johnson

    the buttons stick and skip songs all the time so looka t the #’s at the top to make sure you didnt miss a song or pic

  • jj johnson

    the buttons stick and skip songs all the time so looka t the #’s at the top to make sure you didnt miss a song or pic

  • jj johnson

    the buttons stick and skip songs all the time so looka t the #’s at the top to make sure you didnt miss a song or pic

  • http://www.laidbackrebel.blogspot.com Uma

    I just bought a Go Gear Vibe and it’s not bad. By clicking and dragging as you say, I can transfer music onto the player but I can’t make personalized playlists on it. The list I make, shows on Windows media player but not on the gadget itself. Any tips on that?

  • http://www.laidbackrebel.blogspot.com Uma

    I just bought a Go Gear Vibe and it’s not bad. By clicking and dragging as you say, I can transfer music onto the player but I can’t make personalized playlists on it. The list I make, shows on Windows media player but not on the gadget itself. Any tips on that?

  • http://www.laidbackrebel.blogspot.com Uma

    I just bought a Go Gear Vibe and it’s not bad. By clicking and dragging as you say, I can transfer music onto the player but I can’t make personalized playlists on it. The list I make, shows on Windows media player but not on the gadget itself. Any tips on that?

  • Shirish

    Hi have purchased Go Gear Vibe functioning seems ok but there should be option to edit playlist on the PC and increase number of playlist too. The worst part how ever is the very bad FM reception I am unable to use the FM feature at all

  • Shirish

    Hi have purchased Go Gear Vibe functioning seems ok but there should be option to edit playlist on the PC and increase number of playlist too. The worst part how ever is the very bad FM reception I am unable to use the FM feature at all

  • Shirish

    Hi have purchased Go Gear Vibe functioning seems ok but there should be option to edit playlist on the PC and increase number of playlist too. The worst part how ever is the very bad FM reception I am unable to use the FM feature at all

  • Nobody

    Got it as a replacement for my ONDO MP3 that broke down…

    It sucks that it crashes Winamp ALL the time,

    And video quality, don’t care because pocketplayers aren’t designed for videos anyway would be better if it could support Flac and various formats

  • Nobody

    Got it as a replacement for my ONDO MP3 that broke down…

    It sucks that it crashes Winamp ALL the time,

    And video quality, don’t care because pocketplayers aren’t designed for videos anyway would be better if it could support Flac and various formats

  • Nobody

    Got it as a replacement for my ONDO MP3 that broke down…

    It sucks that it crashes Winamp ALL the time,

    And video quality, don’t care because pocketplayers aren’t designed for videos anyway would be better if it could support Flac and various formats

  • Sydney

    I got a GoGear Vibe but everytime i download a video it says the format is not supported. What formats are supported?

  • Sydney

    I got a GoGear Vibe but everytime i download a video it says the format is not supported. What formats are supported?

  • Josh

    My go gear vibe will not come on. First it quit on me mid song. then when i turned it on it just pops up the philips logo then turn off. and now it doesnt come on at all. what do i do?

  • Josh

    My go gear vibe will not come on. First it quit on me mid song. then when i turned it on it just pops up the philips logo then turn off. and now it doesnt come on at all. what do i do?

  • Josh

    My go gear vibe will not come on. First it quit on me mid song. then when i turned it on it just pops up the philips logo then turn off. and now it doesnt come on at all. what do i do?

  • Shirish

    @Josh
    Try connecting to a PC with vibe device manager and if poss with internet it will give option tio update firmware and repair try doin it

  • Shirish

    @Josh
    Try connecting to a PC with vibe device manager and if poss with internet it will give option tio update firmware and repair try doin it

  • Shirish

    @Josh
    Try connecting to a PC with vibe device manager and if poss with internet it will give option tio update firmware and repair try doin it

  • Shirish

    @Josh
    Try to connect to a PC with vibe device manager and if poss with internet it will give option to update firmware and repair try doing it

  • Shirish

    @Josh
    Try to connect to a PC with vibe device manager and if poss with internet it will give option to update firmware and repair try doing it

  • Shirish

    @Josh
    Try to connect to a PC with vibe device manager and if poss with internet it will give option to update firmware and repair try doing it

  • Kevin

    i cant find the media converter for this thing cause i lost the disk and yeah.

  • Kevin

    i cant find the media converter for this thing cause i lost the disk and yeah.

  • Kevin

    i cant find the media converter for this thing cause i lost the disk and yeah.

  • matt

    how do you put videos on it

  • matt

    how do you put videos on it

  • matt

    how do you put videos on it

  • couture

    JUNK! I bought 2 of these. Both are nothing but trouble. One is COMPLETELY DEAD after 2 days of use, does not even charge! The other, skips songs/buttons, and sometimes holds a charge, other times it just does after a few minutes. Waste of money.

  • couture

    JUNK! I bought 2 of these. Both are nothing but trouble. One is COMPLETELY DEAD after 2 days of use, does not even charge! The other, skips songs/buttons, and sometimes holds a charge, other times it just does after a few minutes. Waste of money.

  • couture

    JUNK! I bought 2 of these. Both are nothing but trouble. One is COMPLETELY DEAD after 2 days of use, does not even charge! The other, skips songs/buttons, and sometimes holds a charge, other times it just does after a few minutes. Waste of money.

  • couture

    Sorry, meant to say just “dies” after a few minutes. Don’t waste your money.

  • couture

    Sorry, meant to say just “dies” after a few minutes. Don’t waste your money.

  • couture

    Sorry, meant to say just “dies” after a few minutes. Don’t waste your money.

  • couture

    Sorry, meant to say just “dies” after a few minutes. Don’t waste your money.

  • Alexis

    My mp3 is fully charged and i was changing one of the play list’s name.And it made my computer freeze!Now it won’t turn on at all!I tried to plug it in on my computer but it doesn’t get detected!What do I do!

  • Alexis

    My mp3 is fully charged and i was changing one of the play list’s name.And it made my computer freeze!Now it won’t turn on at all!I tried to plug it in on my computer but it doesn’t get detected!What do I do!

  • Alexis

    My mp3 is fully charged and i was changing one of the play list’s name.And it made my computer freeze!Now it won’t turn on at all!I tried to plug it in on my computer but it doesn’t get detected!What do I do!

  • D

    I brought this GoGear vibe and the buttons always get stuck,like i cant do anything.When i press any of em,they dont do anything.like the back button.,Is it stuck!?Someone please help!!

  • D

    I brought this GoGear vibe and the buttons always get stuck,like i cant do anything.When i press any of em,they dont do anything.like the back button.,Is it stuck!?Someone please help!!

  • D

    I brought this GoGear vibe and the buttons always get stuck,like i cant do anything.When i press any of em,they dont do anything.like the back button.,Is it stuck!?Someone please help!!

  • A

    my go gear vibe does not hold charge and when connected to the computer, it keeps on saying “charging do not disconnect” and then turns off and then does it again.so the computer cant open its files or anything. any body know how to fix this

  • A

    my go gear vibe does not hold charge and when connected to the computer, it keeps on saying “charging do not disconnect” and then turns off and then does it again.so the computer cant open its files or anything. any body know how to fix this

  • A

    my go gear vibe does not hold charge and when connected to the computer, it keeps on saying “charging do not disconnect” and then turns off and then does it again.so the computer cant open its files or anything. any body know how to fix this

  • marco

    @A

    push the reset button while you’re connecting USB and press on

  • marco

    @A

    push the reset button while you’re connecting USB and press on

  • marco

    @A

    push the reset button while you’re connecting USB and press on

  • Bridget

    My go gear vibe dosen’t turn on anymore, but when it does, it only stays on for a few seconds. What do I do?

  • Bridget

    My go gear vibe dosen’t turn on anymore, but when it does, it only stays on for a few seconds. What do I do?

  • http://philipsgogear.com danille

    I have a gogearvibe and it stop workin after trying to download music on it.they is no good.

  • http://philipsgogear.com danille

    I have a gogearvibe and it stop workin after trying to download music on it.they is no good.

  • http://philipsgogear.com danille

    I have a gogearvibe and it stop workin after trying to download music on it.they is no good.

  • http://philipsgogear.com danille

    I have a gogearvibe and it stop workin after trying to download music on it.they is no good.

  • http://philipsgogear.com danille

    I have a gogearvibe and it stop workin after trying to download music on it.they is no good.

  • http://philipsgogear.com danille

    I have a gogearvibe and it stop workin after trying to download music on it.they is no good.

  • Qwerty

    Hmm, it seems like I’m not the only one who’s had problems. I got the GoGear Vibe for Christmas this year, and after 3 weeks or so, the screen started getting darker, and then just went completely black. The GoGear Vibe still turns on and plays music. It works fine, aside from the screen being completely black. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you know how to fix it?

  • Qwerty

    Hmm, it seems like I’m not the only one who’s had problems. I got the GoGear Vibe for Christmas this year, and after 3 weeks or so, the screen started getting darker, and then just went completely black. The GoGear Vibe still turns on and plays music. It works fine, aside from the screen being completely black. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you know how to fix it?

  • Qwerty

    Hmm, it seems like I’m not the only one who’s had problems. I got the GoGear Vibe for Christmas this year, and after 3 weeks or so, the screen started getting darker, and then just went completely black. The GoGear Vibe still turns on and plays music. It works fine, aside from the screen being completely black. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you know how to fix it?

  • Gail Roberts

    I have a GoGear vibe that I bought for my husband’s birthday. Can I recharge it on a computer that only has Windows 98 on it and the internet.

  • Gail Roberts

    I have a GoGear vibe that I bought for my husband’s birthday. Can I recharge it on a computer that only has Windows 98 on it and the internet.

  • Gail Roberts

    I have a GoGear vibe that I bought for my husband’s birthday. Can I recharge it on a computer that only has Windows 98 on it and the internet.

  • Ashton Roberts

    i have the same problem as sydney every single time i put a video it says file format not supported and i get mad cause it takes a whole nite to download like its gonna do something then it doesn’t its crazy

  • Ashton Roberts

    i have the same problem as sydney every single time i put a video it says file format not supported and i get mad cause it takes a whole nite to download like its gonna do something then it doesn’t its crazy

  • Ashton Roberts

    i have the same problem as sydney every single time i put a video it says file format not supported and i get mad cause it takes a whole nite to download like its gonna do something then it doesn’t its crazy

  • Bob Johnson

    Hey Gail, regardless of the programs that you have on your computer, the GoGear will charge as long as it is connected to the computer and the computer is on.

  • Bob Johnson

    Hey Gail, regardless of the programs that you have on your computer, the GoGear will charge as long as it is connected to the computer and the computer is on.

  • Bob Johnson

    Hey Gail, regardless of the programs that you have on your computer, the GoGear will charge as long as it is connected to the computer and the computer is on.

  • ALISHA

    I DO NOT LIKE THE VIBE. IT SHOULD BE A SIMPLER WAY TO ADD MUSIC TO THE MP3 PLAYER. I REALLY HATE I BROUGHT IT. AND WOULD TAKE IT BACK IF I HADNT THREW THE BOX AWAY. THIS PRODUCT SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ALISHA

    I DO NOT LIKE THE VIBE. IT SHOULD BE A SIMPLER WAY TO ADD MUSIC TO THE MP3 PLAYER. I REALLY HATE I BROUGHT IT. AND WOULD TAKE IT BACK IF I HADNT THREW THE BOX AWAY. THIS PRODUCT SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ALISHA

    I DO NOT LIKE THE VIBE. IT SHOULD BE A SIMPLER WAY TO ADD MUSIC TO THE MP3 PLAYER. I REALLY HATE I BROUGHT IT. AND WOULD TAKE IT BACK IF I HADNT THREW THE BOX AWAY. THIS PRODUCT SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dolpo

    Hey D… We have the same problem.. my brand new Vibe player has a problem with back button..maybe it is factory defect..

  • dolpo

    Hey D… We have the same problem.. my brand new Vibe player has a problem with back button..maybe it is factory defect..

  • dolpo

    Hey D… We have the same problem.. my brand new Vibe player has a problem with back button..maybe it is factory defect..

  • choco

    I’m so upset with this device. I loved it at first. Had it for less than a year. It SUDDENLY froze up someday last week while I was trying to select a song. No button would make it move. It wouldn’t turn off. I just left it, then the battery finally died. I would never turn back on again. SOmetimes when I plug it in, so letter come up in some weird script, then it shuts off immediately. Imagine all my class lectures that are on it, and I wont have them to study for my exams. Even while recording, it had problems.

  • choco

    I’m so upset with this device. I loved it at first. Had it for less than a year. It SUDDENLY froze up someday last week while I was trying to select a song. No button would make it move. It wouldn’t turn off. I just left it, then the battery finally died. I would never turn back on again. SOmetimes when I plug it in, so letter come up in some weird script, then it shuts off immediately. Imagine all my class lectures that are on it, and I wont have them to study for my exams. Even while recording, it had problems.

  • MC101

    I have the Philips GO GEAR Vibe and I have no problems whatsoever… except that I cant seem to make a playlist. Whenever I try to drop and drag mp3′s to a playlist, I get a ‘unsupported Media’ error message. Umm..This is a MP3 player , is it not ??? And the directions suck on how to make a playlist..It’s virtually non existant in the quickstart guide..which is the only manual that come with it. Make sure you dont have the MP3 player plucgged into your computer when it boots up or you will take like 30 min’s to boot up. It reads the mp3 player as an external drive. plug it in after your in your desktop and everything has booted up completed. If you get AHCI bootup errors on your computer when starting your pc, this is the reason for it. Unplug the device, and reboot your pc again. Good Luck!

  • MC101

    I have the Philips GO GEAR Vibe and I have no problems whatsoever… except that I cant seem to make a playlist. Whenever I try to drop and drag mp3′s to a playlist, I get a ‘unsupported Media’ error message. Umm..This is a MP3 player , is it not ??? And the directions suck on how to make a playlist..It’s virtually non existant in the quickstart guide..which is the only manual that come with it. Make sure you dont have the MP3 player plucgged into your computer when it boots up or you will take like 30 min’s to boot up. It reads the mp3 player as an external drive. plug it in after your in your desktop and everything has booted up completed. If you get AHCI bootup errors on your computer when starting your pc, this is the reason for it. Unplug the device, and reboot your pc again. Good Luck!

  • Etxcltr

    Just got one and its great.. Compared to the Ipod shuffle i had that died after two years and maybe 100 hrs of use.. For the money at walmart 39.99 its worth it….100x better than the ipod shuffle..
    Easy to load.. Once ya figure that out… Like the pic of the album when the song starts. Very impressed for the price..

  • Www Ktlyn96

    It freazes up and wont work until it dies then i have to charge it and turn it back on… WTF?

  • Www Ktlyn96

    It freazes up and wont work until it dies then i have to charge it and turn it back on… WTF?

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  • Bf2

    What a sack of garbage this thing is! It won’t allow me to create a playlist, I keep having to reset the thing while it’s connected to my PC, it takes FOREVER to charge, and the controls must have been created by someone with dyslexia. Don’t waste your money. I finally threw the thing in the garbage.

  • Bf2

    On the side there is a little reset button. Take a pin or the end of a paperclip and jam it in there. It will reset and come on. Expect to do this for the rest of your life, because your crappy little GoGear will continually freeze. Mine did.

  • Saikrishna20

    I purchased a GoGear Philips MP3 player recently. The display of the MP3 player got damaged while handling. Will this be replaceable by Philips. No service people have no idea about replacing of display.. Please help me.

  • Tatimarin_21

    se apaga solo verdad?

  • Taylor

    Is a gogear vibe compatible with itunes

  • person

    my mom bought this for me, it seems to work ok so far except it was hard to get it to update and it is taking a really long time to charge.

  • Fauzia

    can someone pleaseeeeeeeee tell me how to put videos on because it keeps saying format not supported

  • Treyguy09

    DO NOT GET THIS PIECE OF CRAP!!!!! It has more problems than life. The buttons too often stop working for about 10 secs. and when downloading song the ones you already have skip to the next song. Poor sound quality output. just now i tried to download a song and now its permanantly frozen now so i had to come back and warn you peeps about this product. and the worst part about it….. it was the only thing i got for my birthday.

  • Moneetbrar

    what do you do for the songbird

  • Ky

    Thanks Bf2 your advise about the reset button fixed my daughters problem.

  • psxdriverplayer

    First I got this and it worked fine but then it started skipping songs when pushed a button like 1 push is 6 pushes. + sometimes the screen goes white and I have to reset the device. Video stuff is ****. Only format is smv and I got a vid in it, I had to turn the device to see it like in a TV screen so I never got any vids in it. And turn the COMPUTER CONNECTION from MTP to MSC. In MTP, it detects it as Go Gear Vibe and in MSC, it detects it like a memory stick or some stuff like that. And the dust goes in too easily

  • Miracle bradley

    can someone tell me how to fix a phillips mp3 i am really bummed about it so everytime i stick it in its charger it wont turn on to charge and it would turn on itself but it has a low battery so i cant do nothing with it any tips

  • Cypress Korean Guy

    i justgot my go gear model sa2v. i got the music and when displaying the folders on mp3 i can play music this way but instead when i go to songs/audioboks/video it says i have none.
    wai?

  • Scott

    .smv files. ONLY .smv files.

  • M.R.

    MY GoGear MP3 player wont hold a charge. What should I do and will resetting delete my music?

  • Chris

    Mine is stuck on the updating screen at 96%. If I reset it it goes right back to the updating screen and can no longer use it. Worthless.

  • Rochell Malcom

    Have you tried charging it. That has happened to me a few times and i just plugged it in to charge it and it came on. However in the life of the battery in the corner looks like a lightening bolt then you get into the device manager using the cd that came with the player and repair the system. this usually happens when you unplug or shut off your computer and do not disconnect the device from your computer properly.

  • Relorsulgan

     smv files. u need a program to convert mp3 files to smv extension

  • Relorsulgan

     smv files. u need a program to convert mp3 files to smv extension

  • Traghvon

    yup mine did lol

  • Peternelsen1953

    loved my Philips GoGear ViBE MP3 player until it froze on updating 20% and I have been unable to repair it.  I have tried EVERYTHING I have read posted and nothing has worked.

  • Gem 53 Lover

    A friend gave me his Vibe 4gb mp player/video device, but of course, no manuel to set up with, how to add/delete from playlists and other capabilities the device may off. This would also include a ‘_troubleshooting device or steps. Can you help me by telling me where I may print one from or purchase the actual operator manuel?