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



1. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

it looks horrible sony makes the same but with better shapes

2. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

You need to remember that the Xperia Z is water and dust RESISTANT... This is water and dust proof... difference there.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Xperia Go.

9. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 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: Jan 21, 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!!!

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This thing looks horrible.

6. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

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

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Jan 21, 2013

sony fanboys are now full of pride :D

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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: May 22, 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*

12. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

14. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Is this shock proof? I'd like to throw it around.
Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(6.6h 3G talk time)

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