Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review
According to the manufacturer, out of the smartphone's stock 1500mAh battery one can expect getting rougly six and a half hours of talk time on 3G, or about 660 hours of stand-by. And while the talk time figure is nothing out of the ordinary, the stand-by time is slightly above the average for a modern smartphone.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover combines the functionality of an entry level Android-powered smartphone with the ability to withstand dust, shock, and water damage, which is a profile that few handsets can match. Our only major complaint is that its display is of very poor quality. However, since the Xcover retails for about $330, we would definitely recommend checking out a few tough alternatives. For example, the Motorola DEFY+ has better specs, yet can be found even slightly cheaper. At the same time, the Sony Ericsson Xperia active has a better camera, a display that works even when wet, yet can be found at a sub-$300 price.
- Resistance to dust, water, and shock
- Solid feel
- Easy to use with a single hand
- Ugly-looking display
- Camera could be better
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....