Philips GoGEAR MP4-spelare SA3ARA16K Ariaz 16 GB* med FullSound™ is rated
Rated 2 out of
Disappointed by what should've been an easy winner
I really can't pretend I'm not disappointed in the current Ariaz. I'd bought the previous gen 16Gb Vibe and current gen 8Gb Vibe but although I absolutely would recommend the current, and previous Vibe, I would no way recommend the current Ariaz. Of course the sound quality is there - that goes without saying. Philips players have always delivered on that for years now. But the SuperScroll on the Ariaz is slower than the smaller Vibe. This is one of the key features for finding your tracks rapidly and is a really bad thing to fall down on. Also compared to the Vibe the menu system is really ugly. I am not able to recommend the current Ariaz, and I really was assuming that I would be able to. Having bought GoGears for years now, all of which still work, I was just assuming Philips would easily crack it again with the Ariaz - which I only bought for the 16Gb of space over the 8Gb the current Vibe has, which isn't sufficient for my needs.
To conclude I would recommend, if you do need 16Gb, the previous generation Vibe, which comes with 16Gb, and is an extremely solid performer, with FAST SuperScroll, not the sluggish version on this Ariaz. A real let down.
Date published: 2012-02-29