Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Sample Video:
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.
1. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Not getting ICS....pass
Would rather get the much better Xperia Active :)
2. fervid (Posts: 175; 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!
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.
4. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Great conceptual try.....gotta up the ante (better screen) or make it suuuper affordable....