Philips was one of the first companies to jump onboard with an Android media player to take on the iPod touch, and now it’s back for another crack with the Philips GoGearConnect 3. This time round, it’s packing the latest version of Google’s software, as well as the big G’s approval.
We’re live at IFA in Berlin where we’ve just got some hands on time with the Philips GoGearConnect 3 at Philips’ stand. Shall we get to the good news first? It’s running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, so all the latest apps will run on it, it can play back 720p HD video, and perhaps best of all, it comes with Google certification.
Here’s the thing: while Google makes Android freely available for all to use, it doesn’t give companies the green light to add Gmail, Google Maps and (most importantly) Android Market access unless it approves, and it rarely does for Android devices that aren’t phones.
The Philips GoGearConnect 3 has met its stringent criteria however, and comes with all of these on board, so you can download just about any app you care to think of.
Now for the bad news: this thing is chunky, in the way that a souped up MP3 player simply shouldn’t be these days. It’s at least twice the thickness of the current iPod touch fourth generation, with a smaller, lower resolution screen. The three physical buttons are enormous, cheap flat panels that feel like they could snap a few months down the line too.
When you consider Archos is selling tiny, attractive Android media players for much less, it makes for a difficult proposition. Still, we’ll give it until release to cast the final verdict – have a look through our piccies here and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Out 2011 | £TBC | Philips