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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Like Ap­ple, Philips too be­lieves in tweak­ing its de­signs. Its Raga, the lat­est from the Go­gear lineup, does not, how­ever, look as good as its pre­de­ces­sors. In­deed, the square shape with strik­ing blue bezel gives it a cheap look. The black front is dom­i­nated by the dis­play along with the con­trols. Songs can be trans­ferred by a sim­ple drag-and-drop ac­tion. Philips Song­bird syncs the mu­sic. The au­dio qual­ity is loud and clear though there’s noth­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary to re­port. But when we used bet­ter qual­ity head­sets in­stead of the pack reg­u­lars, there was a no­tice­able

dif­fer­ence. The equaliser comes with some pre­de­fined modes, but we loved the cus­tom set­tings op­tion. An­other usual in Go­gear is the FM ra­dio. FM record­ing, a fea­ture com­monly seen in cell phones, is present on this mu­sic player as well.

The scor­ing points for Raga are its 22-hour mu­sic play­back ca­pa­bil­ity and a 5-minute charge for a 90minute play­back. It also comes with a wall charger, un­like other por­ta­ble me­dia play­ers. It can, there­fore, be eas­ily charged any­time, any­where, even when you don’t have a notebook around.

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