There’s a lot the Philips gets right, but the key basics are lacking. The style/substance ratio is out, here
Good looks and build
simple to use
Rather insipid sound
some picture issues
The SA6025 looks and feels more expensive and luxurious than its £80 price tag suggests. Small, slim and tactile, it has the finish of the moment: the smooth, glossy piano black looks lovely, but collects fingerprints like an overzealous scene-of-crime investigator.
Its 2GB memory isn't going to hold a stack of music or video, but it's reasonable considering the price. It also has a clear screen and easy menu navigation, and the PC-only software is straightforward.
The performance is a different matter. Music copied at 128kbps (with only 2GB to play with, we reckon this is the compression ratio most will use) manages to be both dull and hard – no mean feat.