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Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Introduction:

Although we've heard more than a few stories of smartphones surviving all kinds of abuse – being dropped from a plane, baked in an oven, or ran over by a car, to name a few examples, they are pretty vulnerable devices in general. The Samsung GALAXY Xcover, however, does not want to obey this unwritten rule and stands out with its IP67 certification. In plain words, the phone is allegedly resistant to dust, dirt and submersion in water at up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

But being able to withstand the elements does not mean that the GALAXY Xcover belongs to the feature phone kind. It is powered by Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, packs a 3.65-inch HVGA display and a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash graces its back. Besides that, you get GPS, Wi-Fi, and a 7.2Mbps 3G radio..

So in theory, the Samsung GALAXY Xcover is shaping up like a blend between a smartphone and a tough phone combining various bits of both worlds. But will the end result from such a concoction really deserve your attention? Let's take a close look at the prototype unit that we have here and see whether we can answer that question.


Design:

Just a brief inspection of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover is enough for one to realize that this smartphone is meant to be tougher than the rest. Sure, the handset may not be among the prettiest we've ever seen, but it feels solid in the hand despite the fact that its body is made solely out of plastic. Strangely, we noticed that holding the smartphone gives the impression that you are using a larger device, but nevertheless, operating it with a single hand is an effortless process. The handset’s textured battery cover provides a bit of extra grip, and the ridges on its side give it an adventurous look. Still, the lack of rubberized edges serves as a reminder that the GALAXY Xcover is resistant only to dust and liquid damage while shock and drop resistance are not in its repertoire.

The Samsung GALAXY Xcover feels solid in the hand despite its all-plastic body - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
The Samsung GALAXY Xcover feels solid in the hand despite its all-plastic body - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

The Samsung GALAXY Xcover feels solid in the hand despite its all-plastic body


Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

You can compare the Samsung GALAXY Xcover with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Samsung has chosen to go with only physical buttons for the GALAXY Xcover.We are glad to say that they are all well exposed, which makes finding them with your thumb pretty easy.

Samsung has chosen to go with only physical buttons for the GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Samsung has chosen to go with only physical buttons for the GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Samsung has chosen to go with only physical buttons for the GALAXY Xcover


What glows on the front side of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover is a 3.65-inch scratch-resistant display with the decent for its size resolution of 320 by 480 pixels.  

Taking the smartphone's back cover off is possible after untwisting the special lock, which holds it firmly attached in place. Once it is gone, we are treated to a view of the smartphone's 1500mAh battery, under which hide the SIM and microSD card slots. We also noticed the rubber trims, which are there to prevent moisture and dust from destroying the phone's circuitry. The phone's insulation would not be complete without the removable covers, which both the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and the microUSB port are protected with.

Back - Back cover off - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Camera - Back cover off - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Lock on the back - Back cover off - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Back

Camera

Lock on the back

Back cover off - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Back cover off - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Back cover off - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Back cover off


Overall, the Samsung GALAXY Xcover gives the impression of a durable device without being excessively macho about it. Still, just like the case is with other rugged devices, the smartphone is not that appealing to the eye. On top of that, protection against dust and water damage is not enough to put the GALAXY Xcover on top of the rugged smartphone food chain as the handset is still vulnerable to shock and drops.

Right edge - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Top edge - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Left edge - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Bottom edge - The sides of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Right edge

Top edge

Left edge

Bottom edge

The sides of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover



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posted on 16 Sep 2011, 08:08

1. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Samsung is a master of rugged military waterproof phones
I see lot of workers with rugged samsung phones
Nice design as usual

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 09:59

2. bethsimmy (unregistered)


epic-one word epic!!!!!! im doing this phone for my courswork as a multifunctional phone XD lolz

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 15:01 1

3. Wazzan (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Sep 2011)


WAY TOUGHER THEN THE SISSY IPHONE

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 06:35 1

4. irad (unregistered)


Defy + is better

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 00:31

5. rishabh (unregistered)


thank you googleetech.com

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 03:47

8. Polak (unregistered)


Dobrze że pojawia się więcej urządzeń tego typu bo dotychczas była tylko defy a zapowiadana xperia active też tania nie będzie. Mam nadzieję że samsung będzie kosztował poniżej 800 zł

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 05:19 1

9. Guy Regev (unregistered)


What about visibility in direct sunlight?
I want to use my android smartphone as a GPS device for a mountainbike, and without this feature it's pretty worthless.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 05:33

10. Veer (unregistered)


I agree regarding sunlight visibility and also would like to know battery life in real life scenarious. I hope they will update its visual appeal because at the moment it looks rather cheap with this gray plastic surrounding black. One thing that could set this phone "above" Defy+ is price, make it sub-160$ without contract and youll have best seller, IMO.

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 07:22

11. Barryp3 at everything (unregistered)


All the rave and no mention of where to purchase either it the Samsung S5690 Galaxy Xcover or the casio commando. prices etc etc etc.

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Samsung Galaxy Xcover

Samsung Galaxy Xcover

OS: Android 2.3.6 2.3.4
view full specs
Display3.6 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (158 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 800 MHz, Marvell MG2 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.60 x 0.47 inches
(122 x 66 x 12 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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