One of the most common formats for mobile phones, still popular and used by many users worldwide, 3GP, can be played not only onto the device used to record it, but also on computers, provided that the necessary decoders are installed onto the system.
For those who wish to skip the installation of codecs or similar filters and components, specialized utilities may be a solution. One such utility is 3GP Player, an MPlayer based software that was tailored for this particular type of job.
The interface of the program is plain and rather unattractive, especially if you like applications which have a customizable GUI, with themes, skins and similar visual enhancements. On the other hand, the commands for controlling the playback, as well as the other functions of 3GP Player, are neatly placed in the main window.
There are several features that you can enjoy, like the ratio adjustment button you can use to modify the aspect of the video that is currently playing. Also, there is a 'Frame Step' command that enables you to move one frame at a time through the loaded clip.
A quite useful function of 3GP Player is the ability to capture and save screenshots from the movie that you are watching. Other extras include overscan, subtitle and audio delay, as well as a speed modification mode.
The software supports playlists, so you can load the preferred clips and save the list for playing it at a later time. The built-in search function makes identifying a specific file in a long list a breeze.
With simplicity and ease of use 3GP Player tries to attract more users, but the lack of features and the unappealing interface may determine many users to look for something else. Still, the program does a decent job and is able to deliver a decent playback.