Philips' GoGear Connect PMP was meant to make its debut here at IFA 2010, but the company took the wraps off a few days early after leaks. We grabbed hands-on time with the Android-based media player today, and - after a somewhat glitchy start - found it's actually a decent attempt to twist Google's OS into a more narrow focus of device. Check out our first impressions and some video after the cut.
Philips has officially confirmed that the GoGear Connect Android-based PMP will be making its official debut at IFA 2010 this week. The 3.2-inch touchscreen media player has WiFi, a camera and access to the Android Market, but Philips has also included its FullSound DSP to boost audio quality.
Philips have revealed their plans to take on the PMP and PND markets in one fell swoop, with the upcoming Philips GoGear Connect. An Android 2.1 based device, with a touchscreen and trackball, the GoGear Connect will not have integrated cellular connectivity - it won't replace your smartphone - but it will be able to tether via Bluetooth or hook up to a WiFi hotspot.
Philips' Android PMP was eye-catching in its own special way, but it couldn't hold a candle to the company's latest 3D Cinema 21:9 Platinum LCD HDTV. As the name suggests, it's Philips' Cinema 21:9 HDTV with an added shot of 3D alongside Ambilight. Meanwhile there are also the new NetTV IP-connected sets, Blu-ray boxes and speaker systems.
Philips have unveiled a new stereo Bluetooth headset that not only streams music from your cellphone but has its own onboard storage too. The Philips GoGear LUXE incorporates Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP stereo support, dual microphones and 2GB of integrated storage; there's also a single-line LCD display that shows Caller ID and track details.
The Nano is one of the sexiest DAP around, hands down. If I had to pick a runner up at gunpoint, I’d pick Philip’s GoGear SA9200. It’s every bit as appealing as the Nano. Aside from its stunning 9cm long, and weighs next to nothing at 48g; it’s packed with features to rival the Nano. The interface displays rich icons, and easy control via Sensory Touchpad SuperScroll for tapping, dragging or swiping a finger on the smooth surface for navigating through menus and to select titles. The buttons glow a soothing blue color that compliments the 1.7-inch color screen, that also display photos. The battery will last upwards of 14-hours of continuous playtime. There’s support for MP3, WMA, and compatible with PlaysForSure.
An optional docking station is also available and will work with the newly upgraded Streamium, WiFi HiFi. When docked, the GoGear will list tracks on the Streamium and stream music through it.