Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
Galaxy Xcover 2 is Samsung's first shot at rugged telephony for the year, as the Android handset sports water-, shock- and dust-proof certifications.
The Xcover 2 upgrades the specs of its predecessor, and throws in some neat features, like a dedicated shutter key and an Aqua mode in the camera interface that lets you shoot underwater without special housing.
Is the phone's tough soul a worthy enough advantage to overlook the midrange specs and somewhat bulky exterior? Read on the review to find out...
Despite the comparatively thick chassis, the Galaxy Xcover 2 is very light and pretty comfortable to hold due to the patterned back and sides that aid your grip significantly. The handset feels very ergonomic in the hand, too – no sharp edges and a solid feel, so it is indeed a good choice for when you are in motion and the last thing you want to think about is careful handling of a thin and fragile handset.
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The dark gray plastic chassis and black fascia with metal earpiece grid hint that Samsung's designers haven't spent countless hours busting their heads over the chassis, as it looks like a typical company midranger from the front. The back is a different pint of beer, though, as it sports that circular screw which keeps the back cover shut tight, so as no water or sand can get into the electronics when the going gets tough.
Xcover 2 is IP67-certified, meaning that it is dust- and sand-proof, and you can also submerge it in up to three feet of water (not beer!) for up to 30 minutes without worrying about the internals – the phone sounds like a good match for the beach or your next rafting trip.
The physical keys below the screen are solid, with good tactile feedback, and very easy to feel and press without looking. The same goes for the power/lock key and the camera shutter on the right, as well as the volume rocker up left.
That same volume rocker is given another handy function – long-press the volume up for a second or two, and the powerful LED will come on as a flashlight, even when the screen is locked.
The volume rocker is on the left
The power and camera shutter keys are on the right
The physical keys are solid and provide a good tactile feedback
As for the flip covers that protect the charging and audio ports – they are one of the few we've tried so far that can be easily pried out and then fit back almost perfectly.
regular 480x800 pixel WVGA 4-incher with 233ppi pixel denisty. Colors seem true, however, and the viewing angles are excellent.
There is one unpleasant downside with this screen, though – there is no automatic brightness adjustment sensor, so you have to manually choose the level from the slider in the notification bar or in the settings.
Moreover, the screen is not very bright to begin with, and even at the maximum settings, outside visibility under direct sunlight will be an issue, which is a bit puzzling for a phone that is aimed for outdoor usage. Also, for a rugged handset, Samsung could have included a touchscreen that can be operated with gloves and other objects, like on some Nokia and Sony units.
1. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
it looks horrible
sony makes the same but with better shapes
2. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
You need to remember that the Xperia Z is water and dust RESISTANT... This is water and dust proof... difference there.
9. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
look! I want a mobile able to face daily situations perfectly and water resistant and with a good look I don't want an ugly mobile with horrible design and bulky I won't put it in the microwave for 2 hours for example
sony mixed the durability with good shape and performance
and see this video you will see the Xperia acro s was amazing even when a car walked on it more than twice so it's not weak
10. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
haha so full of sony right now :D
panda 123 is right, and this xcover is also shock proof, this phone is intended for people with heavy and complicated works/undertakings like mining people that when they used xperia Z, it can be destroyed immediately!!!
6. maccess (Posts: 632; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
they still got 8 though.. functionality over looks i think..
7. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I think it is unfair to rate this 8 when the much better though older Sony Xperia Acro S gets a 7.8.
And I just tested with a full weekend of pool, video and photo shooting. The acro s may not be shock proof but the 720p screen and 12mp camera totally compensated
And price is under 400.
5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
samsungs gotta copy somebody sooner or later.........its in their "nature"
11. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
sony fanboys are now full of pride :D
13. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
lol no, its reality!!!
samsung copies nokia before, and it was proven that it copies apple, and now, sony has a great designs (well all sony phones have great designs) and samsung will surely copy it!!
8. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
I WILL NOT BUY ANY PHONE(including the Xperia Z) UNTIL IT CAN ACOMPANY BE TO MY NIGHTLY BEER BATHS.
i had hope for this device :(
12. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
lol PA!!! you give this s**t 8 while Z10 a 7?!!
14. joesseth (Posts: 57; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Is this shock proof? I'd like to throw it around.