Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review

Call quality:

There is only one microphone on the Xcover 2, so don't expect any noise-canceling miracles while you are calling from the jungle with it, as there is some echo and distortion on the other side, and the surrounding noises can be heard, too. The earpiece performs about average, as the voices come a bit hollow, albeit with decent volume.


Battery:

Samsung hasn't listed talk times yet, but the 1,700 mAh juicer of the Galaxy Xcover 2 is rated for 570 hours of standby, which is pretty decent, and we didn't notice any excessive battery drain during the review time with the handset.


Conclusion:

If you are looking for a rugged but fairly light and compact Android handset, look no further than the Xcover 2. Granted, it doesn't have the specs or panache of the waterproof Xperia Z, but it is shockproof and won't break the bank for you.

Even if you are not the outdoorsy, but rather the careless gadget owner type that tosses their phone around and often goes into the pool with it by accident, Xcover 2 will offer a piece of mind. The specs are enough for powering the Android Jelly Bean device with ease, and the handset takes pretty good pictures and video, too, so it is an alternative to any mid-range smartphone.

There are a few quibbles, mainly with the outdoor visibility and the need for manual screen brightness adjustment, but other than that you won't be disappointed, especially when you find out that you can shoot videos underwater without a case, or turn the flashlight on with a touch of a button.

Direct competitors are Sony's rougher Androids, like the Xperia go, which has a smaller display, or the almighty Xperia Z, which would however be more fragile and expensive. The Lumia 820 also can give the Xcover 2 a run with the waterproof jacket on, though its Windows Phone OS has to catch up in the apps department.

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Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Video Review


Pros

  • Rugged yet ergonomic waterproof handset
  • Good picture and video quality

Cons

  • Outdoor screen visibility could be better
  • No ambient light sensor
  • No second mic for noise-cancellation is a challenge outdoors

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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14 Comments

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUVE89RmNg4

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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