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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 sound. The portability and durability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the battery and reliability get negative views. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

usability, durability, portability, sound, performance

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.

Review analysis

(Based on 17 reviews)

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Consumer review by: 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 Reviewers really like the usability. The performance also gets good reviews.

portability, performance, usability

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

This summary is based on the product: Philips SA230/17 Philips SA230/17 Flash Memory MP3 Player

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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

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Separate files in different folders


Light weight, memory card accepted



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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

Consumer review by:

"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...

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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.

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

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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.

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"I like this"



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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.

Consumer review by:

"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...

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-In Radio: Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No


Bluetooth: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Display Technology:Monochrome STN Display
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory
Type:Audio Player

Playback / Recording

MP3 Playback: Yes

Power Supply

Replaceable Battery: Yes