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Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

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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 single-core Marvell MG2 processor clocked at 800MHz is what ticks under the smartphone's hood, and while navigating about rarely exhibits anything more than a slight, tolerable lag, you can forget about using a live wallpaper. 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 Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI on top of it



Software:

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 a DLNA-enabled device. 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.

File Manager - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Polaris Office - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

File Manager

Polaris Office

 


Internet Browser:

Surfing the web using the Galaxy Xcover’s stock browser is pretty comfortable. Pages render in a timely manner, scrolling around works as it should, and the pinch-to-zoom functionality works without a hitch. Unfortunately, a slight lag becomes apparent when viewing heavy web pages, and the experience feels incomplete as Adobe Flash support is out of the question.


Camera:

The 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover is backed up by an LED flash, which has the neat ability to act as a flashlight without the need to install third-party software. Still, 3.2 megapixels is a relatively low figure considering that we have seen more than a few entry-level smartphones featuring 5-megapixel sensors.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

Camera interface


It was quite gloomy when we took a bunch of sample shots, yet the photos turned out good enough to be used on social network posts, or perhaps to make small prints out of. Still, fine details were missing, and some of the outdoor samples were overexposed. Thankfully, the camera interface offers a broad selection of shooting modes, including panorama and smile detection.

Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

Outdoor samples ade with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The Galaxy Xcover is also capable of shooting videos in VGA resolution, which is the bare minimum that all modern smartphones should handle. Sadly, its quality is far from admirable as it lacks detail.
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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 play 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, and such does not come out of the box.

Music player - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
FM radio - Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

Music player

  

FM radio



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posted on 28 Dec 2011, 03:28

1. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Not getting ICS....pass

Would rather get the much better Xperia Active :)

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 12:10 1

2. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Why is it when they make good rugged phones and/or phones with good battery life that people want they give them poor specs like this? Make some good phones already people!

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 20:43

3. AnttiV (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


First of all, what do you consider "entry level"? Please don't compare devices via numerals only. This device is easily as fast as the HTC Desire, which was their flashship not two years ago. It easily beats Galaxy Mini, Gio and even Ace.

Yes, it does not have a high resolution display, nor is one required. This is not a "superphone". The display is by no means pretty when compared to a SuperAMOLED screen. But, even when comparing to a relatively good screen, say, HTC Desire HD, the Xcover's screen is *bright*. It easily gives double the light output of Desire HD's screen.

IMO, the screen is good enough to read even rather small text (and I do have glasses). I wouldn't start to read a book with it, but then again it isn't designed to do so.

If you care about camera/youtube/movies/reading, this isn't the device you should be looking at. This is for people who care about durability, usability, reliability. The device has very good call quality, the battery lasts for a good while and as a bonus it doubles as a quite good Android phone with the ability to run most apps (not games, though). And can be used as a mp3 player. GPS is very accurate, though slow to lock (but that might be location).

Some of these MAY me different from yours, because here in Finland they sell this phone loaded with Android 2.3.6 (not 2.3.4). It may have some additional tweaks baked in.

Also, the screen in Xcover (note, not display) is miles better than Defy's. I don't know why, but the Xcover's screen is easily one of the best touchscreens I've ever used. It is very sensitive and works even through most gloves. Defy's, on the other hand, is one of the worst considering sensibility. If you have dry hands, good luck on using it. The display is clearer and looks waaaay better in Defy due to more pixels and better density overall, but the general experience of using the phone is better on the Xcover.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 23:44

4. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Great conceptual try.....gotta up the ante (better screen) or make it suuuper affordable....

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Samsung Galaxy Xcover

Samsung Galaxy Xcover

OS: Android 2.3.6 2.3.4
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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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