Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review
Samsung has put a run-of-the-mill 5 MP shooter at the back of the Xcover 2, with an LED flash next to it. The interface sports the typical rich amount of shooting modes, scenes and color effects you can expect from Samsung, with one notable new addition.
The pictures come out very well positioned in terms of accurate colors and contrast, and there are rarely white balance issues. Add to this the good amount of detail and decent dynamic range performance which doesn't overexpose the bright side of contrasting areas in the frame, and we have a pretty good shooter on the Xcover 2.
Video capture is done with HD 720 quality and fluid 30 fps, which the phone easily maintains inside and out. The footage is with accurate colors and no skipped frames, excessive artifacts or wandering focus.
The Aqua mode is meant for shooting underwater, as we have a handset that can stay three feet under for about half an hour, so you can have fun in the hotel pool without the need for extra waterproof housing on the handset.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Sample Video:
Samsung's standard music player is not going to win any awards for interface design awards, but is functional, and you can choose from a number of sound modes and equalizer presets directly from it. Playing music through the loudspeaker of the Xcover 2 is not going to wow you, though, as the unit is strong, but the sound comes out flat and quite distorted at the highest volume.
The handset plays every major video format you throw at it, up to HD 720p definition, and you can detach the video currently running to hover as a window on top of all other screens underneath with the PopUp Play function.
Samsung's standard music player is not going to win any awards for interface design awards, but is functional, and you can choose from a number of sound modes and equalizer presets directly from it
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: 625; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
they still got 8 though.. functionality over looks i think..
7. buccob (Posts: 1480; 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: 1242; 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: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
lol PA!!! you give this s**t 8 while Z10 a 7?!!
14. joesseth (Posts: 56; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Is this shock proof? I'd like to throw it around.