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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.

Interface:

The Samsung GALAXY Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface installed on top of it. You get up to seven customizable home screens and a grid-like application list that every Android user is already familiar with. A Marvell Xscale processor is what ticks under the smartphone's hood, but it is still too early to rate its performance as we are dealing with a prototype model here.

The Samsung GALAXY Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface on top of it - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
The Samsung GALAXY Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface on top of it - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
The Samsung GALAXY Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface on top of it - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
The Samsung GALAXY Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface on top of it - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

The Samsung GALAXY Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface on top of it


Using the on-screen virtual keyboard is pretty straightforward as it is comfortable and responsive. Text can be easily typed at high speeds in both landscape and portrait mode.

The on-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
The on-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

The on-screen virtual keyboard



Functionality:

Samsung has not forgotten to include a set of apps that will surely come in handy. The AllShare app allows for files to be transferred wirelessly between the smartphone and another AllShare-enabled device, such as a PC, TV, digtal camera or a handset. The Music Hub app also comes preloaded and lets you browse and purchase music on the go.

SocialHub is what has been added to satisfy your social networking needs. Sure, it may not be as versatile as a dedicated Twitter or Facebook client, but it gets the job done if you simply need to shoot out a quick message on the fly. Some other goodies like a File Manager app and Polaris Office for document viewing have also been included out of the box.

The Music Hub app - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
The File Manager app - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Polaris Office - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

The Music Hub app

The File Manager app

Polaris Office

 


Internet Browser:

Even on the prototype unit that we got to play around with, browsing the web using the GALAXY Xcover’s stock browser is pretty comfortable. Pages rendered in a timely manner, scrolling around worked flawlessly, and the pinch-to-zoom functionality worked without a hitch. Unfortunately, the experience feels incomplete due to the fact that Adobe Flash support is out of the question, most likely due to insufficient hardware requirements.


Camera:

The 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera on the Samsung GALAXY Xcover is backed up by an LED flash, which has the neat ability to act as a flashlight. Still, 3.2 megapixels is a relatively low figure considering that even some entry-level smartphones feature 5-megapixel sensors.  Thankfully, there is a broad selection of shooting modes, including panorama and smile shot. The GALAXY Xcover is also capable of shooting videos in VGA resolution, which is the bare minimum that all modern smartphones should handle.

Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Xcover



Samsung GALAXY Xcover Sample Video:




Multimedia:

In terms of multimedia, all you get is the stock music and video players that Android comes equipped with, but the important thing about them is that they get the job done. Videos of size up to 720p played smoothly, but the smartphone's lack of support for the DivX/Xvid formats needs to be pointed out. There is an FM radio built in as well, yet it still requires you to plug a pair of earphones in order for it to work.

Music player - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Music player - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
Music player - Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview

Music player



Expectations:

Samsung GALAXY Xcover Preview
All in all, the Samsung GALAXY Xcover combines the functionality of a mid-range Android-powered smartphone with the ability to withstand dust and water damage, which is a profile that few handsets can match. It may not be fit to win any beauty contests, but the smartphone has a distinctive look that people leading an active lifestyle might find appealing.

However, one must not forget that this simply isn't a true rugged device as it is still vulnerable to drops and shock. The Casio G'zOne Commando, on the other hand, is a good example of how a tough smartphone should be built as it does not lag in terms of features, yet is capable of surviving more than a few bumps and dents.

In our opinion, the upcoming Motorola DEFY+ will be competing head to head with the GALAXY Xcover as it bears the same IP67 certification. However, it will most likely be a step above the Xcover in terms of hardware. Another worthy opponent would be the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, which does not only have the ability to resist dust and water, but also packs a display capable of working even when wet.

Samsung GALAXY Xcover Video Preview:



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

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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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