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With a long history of innovative products under their belt, Philips has unveiled their entry into the mini tablet arena in the form of the Wi-Fi GoGear Connect 3. My first impression of the device is the construction feels solid without the accompanying weight. It is a bit heavier on one side which is most likely the location of the battery. The Connect 3 runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (What’s with the food names?) and contains 8GB of onboard memory that unfortunately isn’t upgradable. That said the 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen was quite responsive through our various taps and swipes. Button control surfaces for volume and power are located on the side right above the efficient built in speakers. Connect 3 also possesses a built in microphone yet surprisingly no camera. Wi-Fi is the highly compatible b/g types and was up to the task of allowing us web access at decent range from our router.
Watching an HD video displayed at 720p was a good experience that was enhanced by the addition of the Surround For Movies feature. This feature only appears to work with in-ear headphones though. I’m of two minds about the supplied units. On the one, they’re pretty good sound isolating headphones. On the other, they serve as the antenna for the built in radio and I’m not sure another type of headphone would be compatible. The aforementioned radio is FM only and comes with slots for up to 20 preset stations. When available, radio text and station information are displayed. Media file organization is handled through the proprietary Songbird app and it made media synchronization an easy affair. One of the littlest things proved to be nifty to me. The tiny pinhole reset button. Instead of having to hold down a combination of buttons to achieve reset as in other devices of this ilk, the Connect 3’s standalone button makes this far simpler.
The Philips Wi-Fi GoGear Connect 3 was nice to play around with. Android users will be right at home with it while those looking for a switch should consider it.