Rated 1 out of
Perhaps I shouldn't be reviewing this so soon. I bought it today. Wanted a unit that I could preset a couple of stations I switch between.
Unfortunately the instructions that came with the radio were vague. Pictures and few words don't work.
Had to access the fuller instructions on the website.
Unfortunately I have to go through 18 preset presses to get to the 1st preset if I want to access this from the 2nd preset station! Why can't I go back one?
I haven't used the alarm yet which I'm dreading based on the most recent reviews here.
It appears that if the power is interrupted those preset stations are lost and I have had to put them back in.
I really hope I don't have to return this item but it's not looking good.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 1 out of
If I could rate it at 0 I would. Appalling instructions. Was not able to change radio stations, kept defaulting to 107.2 no matter what I did. Says
FM/AM on box, then refers to FM/MW in instructions, and Radio 1 or 2 on the radio display. WHY???
Some consistency would be nice!
Gave up with it and went back to my old clock radio.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 1 out of
This radio has terrible cracky sound. Another frustration is that I only want to program maybe 3-4 radio stations but to change the station I have to press the preset button to track through 20 options just to change to one station. Very annoying as in our house several users will set the radio to different stations regularly - and this was one of the main reasons I bought it. If it only had a feature that would allow you to either backtrack or several preset buttons to allow easy selection.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 2 out of
Has the potential with some design improvements
I can't live without a clock alarm radio on the bedside table. I had a competitor product for 20 years which recently passed. I decided to try Philips because the new competitor product looks terrible.
AM radio reception is disgraceful. I like to go to sleep with the radio snooze and it has all these clicks. Not sure if there's an issue with the AM/MW receiver. Doesn't happen with FM. This is my major issue and need to be fixed. I consider it a product fault and am considering returning it.
Same comment about the buttons. They are all next to each other and the same size. They also serve multiple funcitons.
Presets are terrible. There's 20 presets for AM/MW and 20 for FM. So you can't save say 5 presets mixed with AM FM and also as others have said you have to go all the way to 20 if you want to get back to 01.
Sound quality is average.
Best thing is that you can read the time no matter how blind you are without glasses/contact lenses.
Making it easier to set up and dealing with some of the issues raised here and other users can turn it into a great product.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of
Perfect clock radio for my needs
Well I think I must be one of the very few people who bought this clock radio and actually like it. I've been using it for about 2 weeks now, and so can give a fair review on it.
I bought it to replace my old clock radio which took up too much space on my bedside table, and the volume dial had become loose. This Philips unit is the perfect size for me with a small footprint. I also liked how it has buttons for adjusting the volume rather than a dial.
I only use this unit to wake me up in the morning, and for that it's great. I actually like how the volume gradually gets louder as with my old radio I had to adjust the volume if I was using a fan on warm nights. With this unit I don't have to. The gradual volume increase also wakes me up a little more gently - but I do have the radio set to Classic FM!
I also like the dual alarm feature - I can set one alarm for weekdays and another for the weekend.
The radio station presets were easy to set, and the radio reception is clear, and sound quality is good for a clock radio.
The ability to adjust the brightness is handy. The dimmest setting is OK for nighttime, but is hard to read during the day. But that said, I rarely have to look at it during the day and my bedroom is fairly dark anyway so it's not an issue. I would also prefer the display colour to be red rather than green as I find red a little easier on my eyes at night. A really good feature would be to let you choose from a range of colours - quite a few products with LED lights have this these days.
I found the instructions supplied with the unit were a little cryptic, but I downloaded the full instructions from the Philips website and these were much clearer. I had no trouble setting the time, alarm and radio.
As for the 24h/12h time setting, mine is a 12h clock. I would have liked the option to change it but it's not a big deal for me.
Overall I'm very happy with my new clock radio.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 1 out of
Poorly thought out product
The AJ3232 clock radio is unworthy of the Philips company and cannot fail to tarnish its reputation. Its most positive features are its tidy appearance, large green numerals and adjustable brightness. Less positive are the fiddly set up and control operations while the short manual is decipherable but not consumer friendly.
Totally illogical is the provision of a radio alarm that cannot be set to come on and stay on at a preset volume. Designing a clock radio whose alarm functions progressively shriek at the user is unacceptable. There is too much emphasis on the nag function and not enough user control. That's poor design.
Finally, the packaging flirts with deceptive advertising with its references to gentle wake and sleep timers. For me this clock radio is not suitable for purpose but I could not tell until I opened the box, read the manual and tried it. It's a disappointing product which I will have to replace.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of
There are 7 identical buttons each with 2 functions. So you have to remember the layout of 17 functions. For instance, the power button which doubles as the fm/mW button is in the middle of the 7 since it looks the same and feels the same.
Or you could lean over and read what is written on the buttons but since its written tiny in dark grey on a black clock it's really difficult even with a lamp on.
If you want to go through the radio present stations you have to go sequentially. So if you're on P2 but want to listen to P1 you have to press the button 19 times. Most of those channels will be static so twice as irritating.
This is what I've deduced in the first 10 minutes of owning this clock.
It's 2017 and this is what Philips are doing with technology. Pretty embarrassing really.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 1 out of
Pretty look, but pretty useless
Was bought as a Christmas gift for me, as I needed an alarm clock. Tried to set the time and alarm from the Quick Guide. Seemed simple enough, but the alarm failed to sound.
Came online here to download the full instructions. Followed them, but still didn't work. The time set and worked, ticking over. However the alarm, appearing to have set (it displays the alarm time when you turn the alarm on), it still didn't sound.
Both sets of instructions mention a "standby mode", by holding the Power button down for 2sec. This seemed to do nothing, nor have any effect on the alarm.
Pointless having an alarm clock that won't sound. Returning it for a different product, probably not a Philips this time.
Date published: 2018-01-01