The first time i saw this player, it was on display at Singapore Comex 2003. Sitting side by side with the Philips Key Ring Digital Camera (black) and the Philips Digital Audio Jukebox (black), the Philips Key Ring MP3 player stands out among them. Sporting a to-die-for white casing, it offers an alternative to consumers who likes the design of the Ipod but for many reasons won’t want to buy it (eg. price and skip-proof playback).

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Philips Keyring MP3 Player

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Philips Keyring MP3 Player with USB port showing

Length Comparison

Well I own a pair of Creative MuVo MP3 Player and it would be great if i can compare them physically. The Philips Key Ring MP3 Player is a tad 1 cm longer than the MuVo family. Nonetheless, the player fits nicely on my palm, when grabbed with my hand.

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Length Comparison Between the Philips Keyring MP3 Player and Creative Muvo NX

Thickness Comparison

The Philips Key Ring MP3 Player is really slim. In fact it is one of the slimmest MP3 players i have seen around. Measuring slightly more than a centimeter thick, i believe this player will really attract females who want to own “beautiful” lifestyle gadgets. Guess what? This applies to males too.

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Thickness Comparison Between the Philips Keyring MP3 Player and Creative Muvo NX

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Thickness Comparison Between the Philips Keyring MP3 Player and Creative Muvo NX (Direct perspective)

Battery

For those who use the player for the first time. Its mandatory for you to charge, via USB, for 4 hours before you use it. To charge, you have to toggle between the playback and charge mode on the side of the player. No, you cannot charge and transfer at the same time.

Battery lifespan is pretty impressive. I brought it out with me everytime i left home and i played it throughout my bus/train journeys (approx 2hrs) everyday. It lasted me for 3 days before i actually have to charge it. No, you cannot change batteries whenever you want. If it ever runs out, either you recharge via the USB port or you use the auxiliary AAA battery pack (offers you flexibility, especially when you are travelling and cannot find a USB port to charge the player).

The only thing bad about this battery is the absence of a battery lifespan indicator. I find such a feature crucial in a player. This simply means, the player needs a LCD display in its future models.