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Philips SA 230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Philips SA 230. The average rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People really like the performance and usability. The portability and durability are also appreciated, but the battery and reliability get critical comments.

sound, durability, portability, usability, performance

size, reliability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Philips SA 230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Philips SA 230


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Philips SA 230 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the usability and performance.

portability, performance, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Kristyn Maslog-Levis (

Philips SA230


Philips' SA230 "rush" portable digital audio player may not give customers the rush they expect.

Tri-colour backlight display for navigation at night and mode specification ; Built-in microphone for voice recording

Fragile, plasticky toy-like feel ; Tiny, unclear buttons make it hard to navigate

Aug, 2004

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Separate files in different folders


Light weight, memory card accepted


Feb, 2005

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Not an iPod, but great for a micro player


Small, sleek designOnboard Flash memory & MMC slotBacklight changes with functionsSupports MMJB

Does not support more than 256MB from expansion card(SD/MMC)Small, difficult buttons

Nov, 2004

Consumer review (

"A good very basic Flash mp3 player with FM & Voice-recording"


Overall, it is a very good, basic mp3 flash player. I love that it is expandable (via SD/MMC cards). The built-in radio & Voice recorders are also great features.

Decent sound ; Useful LCD ; BUILT-IN RADIO ; BUILT-IN VOICE RECORDER ; Expandable by way od SD/MMC cards

When battery runs low, freezes on you ; Small, fragile. Sometimes freezes on me when switching modes.* Not enough internal memory ; Voice recordings are very simple & do not hear well unless you are right next to the source (or the speaker). Controls...

Oct, 2006

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"Great for the money"


I found that this MP3 player was great for what you get; a very useable, useful little player which looks vey different to the m**** of little 'pill' MP3s out there. great sound, simple & small. Does what it's supposed to do.

Aug, 2005

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its cool works well the people on these sites r never happy

Jun, 2005

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"I like it, but wish there were better features"


I like all the features in this compact little device. I wish the controls were better. I put it down for about a year and then went to play it again and forgot how to turn it on - that's sad. I also wish there was a recharge feature.

Mar, 2005

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"I like this"



Mar, 2005

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"Maybe but maybe not"


I've only got it in my hand for 1 hour, and everything was ok, until the time to shut it off. I can't do it the way it suppose to.

Feb, 2005

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"OK machine"


Lightweight is good for me. The supplied wearable armband is good for joggers / cyclists. Memory can be expanded via additional SD cards, but only up to a 128MB card (according to the instructions). Why the limit? The headphones have a good moulded...

Dec, 2004

Product Specifications


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:3
Frequency range:20 - 20000


Housing material:Polystyrene



Energy Management

Continuous audio playback time:10

Other Features

Audio system maximum sampling rate:53
Battery Type:AAA / AAA, LR03
Dimensions (WxDxH):2.09 x 0.787 x 2.99
File type:MP3, Windows Media (TM) Audio, WAV / MP3, WMA, WAV
I/O ports:Headphone out\nUSB jack / USB 1.1
Media types supported:MMC/SD
Output Power:2 x 5 mW
Power Requirements:1.5V
Sound output mode:2 x 5 mW (16 Ohm)

Ports & interfaces

Line-in: No


Continuous audio playback time:10


FM band:87.5 - 108
FM band range:87.5 - 108
FM radio: Yes
Preset stations quantity:10

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording:No / Yes
Voice recording time:8


Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:0.128

Weight & Dimensions