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Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review

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Interface and functionality:

Samsung's latest Nature UX over Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is what you'll find on the Xcover 2, with the typical value-added features like Smart Stay, PopUp and AllShare Play. The company has also thrown in a few apps that should hint how the handset is meant for the active types among us, like Cardio Trainer Pro, plus we already mentioned that you can turn the flashlight on with the volume rocker, and these are about the only elements that hint at a more outdoorsy handset than usual.

The Galaxy Xcover 2 runs the latest Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
The Galaxy Xcover 2 runs the latest Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
The Galaxy Xcover 2 runs the latest Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
The Galaxy Xcover 2 runs the latest Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review

The Galaxy Xcover 2 runs the latest Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean



Here we have to complain a bit about the on-screen keyboard. The keys are small, with much space between them, so it somehow feels more cramped than usual for a 4” display. It is hard to press the correct key, especially with larger fingers, so turning the phone in landscape mode is the way to go if you have to do a lot of typing, and even for a quick reply.

Thankfully, Samsung's collaboration with Swype for its UI keyboards is valid on the Xcover 2, so you can turn on continuous input in the keyboard settings, and swipe away, which, coupled with the word prediction, makes the portrait mode much more useful.

The on-screen keyboard feels more cramped than usual for a 4-inch screen - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
The on-screen keyboard feels more cramped than usual for a 4-inch screen - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review

The on-screen keyboard feels more cramped than usual for a 4-inch screen



Processor and memory:

A 1 GHz dual-core processor with ARM Mali-400 graphics is what powers the Xcover 2, and the interface performs very well with it, as no lag at all can be observed while swiping around and scrolling up and down in the interface.

There is a gig of RAM, which comes enough for your everyday multitasking, and 4 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card for up to 32 GB more.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 2956 6965 39
Sony Xperia E dual 2424 5552 27,4
Google Nexus 4 4757 10188 58,6
Motorola DROID RAZR 2895 6178 36,7


Internet and connectivity:

Samsung's default browser didn't give us any trouble while rendering pages, zooming or panning around, as can be expected with Android Jelly Bean and a dual-core processor. There is no Adobe Flash support from the box, naturally, so sideloading from Adobe's archives will be necessary if you need it.

The handset supports 14.4Mbps HSPA+ speeds, and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct.

The web browser works well, although it doesn't come preloaded with Adobe Flash - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
The web browser works well, although it doesn't come preloaded with Adobe Flash - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
The web browser works well, although it doesn't come preloaded with Adobe Flash - Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review

The web browser works well, although it doesn't come preloaded with Adobe Flash




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posted on 12 Feb 2013, 09:50 4

1. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 154; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


it looks horrible

sony makes the same but with better shapes

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 10:15 3

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.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 10:46 2

4. smallworld (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Xperia Go.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 17:49

9. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 154; 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUVE89RmNg4

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 18:45

10. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; 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!!!

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 10:17 1

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This thing looks horrible.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 15:09

6. maccess (Posts: 576; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


they still got 8 though.. functionality over looks i think..

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:37

7. buccob (Posts: 1308; 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.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 11:23 2

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


samsungs gotta copy somebody sooner or later.........its in their "nature"

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 18:51 2

11. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


sony fanboys are now full of pride :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 00:18

13. MC1123 (Posts: 1230; 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!!

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 17:33

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 :(

*crying*

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 20:25

12. MC1123 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol PA!!! you give this s**t 8 while Z10 a 7?!!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:11

14. joesseth (Posts: 56; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Is this shock proof? I'd like to throw it around.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.14 x 2.67 x 0.47 inches
(130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm)
5.24 oz  (148 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 15.1 hours talk time

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