Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Review
Software, functionality, and performance
Pretty much the standard Samsung entry-level fare
The Xcover 4 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box, which is refreshing for a device at this price point; and since this is Samsung, expect to see the latest Samsung Experience UX laid on top of that as well.
In simple terms, this means you get the full suite of Samsung’s home-grown apps, including Health, Secret Folder, and Internet, as well as six bonus Microsoft apps. In typical Samsung fashion, however, the first-party apps cannot be disabled, so if you don’t like them – tough luck.
As previously mentioned, the Xcover 4 is very much low-end in terms of specs: its Exynos 7570 SoC and 2 GB of RAM work out to a somewhat underwhelming experience, with frequently dropped background apps and the occasional stutter. Also, the phone only comes with 16 GB of storage, making the use of an SD card a necessity.
Most certainly not the best, but surprisingly good nonetheless
The Xcover 4 comes equipped with a 13 MP rear-mounted shooter, as well as a 5 MP front-facing one. And considering the device they’re attached to, they take pretty good photos in the right conditions. Of course, there are the usual problems you’d expect, such as the less-than-ideal dynamic range and the somewhat lacking details, but overall, the camera is more than good enough for the occasional shot.
The Camera app is the standard one you’ll find on every Samsung Android device, and offers most everyday features, including a pro mode, panorama, burst shot, a sports and a night mode, and others. However, you won’t find the Galaxy S8’s stickers and face filters, but we imagine the target audience for this device will be okay with such an omission.
Video quality is okay, but the camera lacks stabilization and the autofocus is hit-or-miss, which can be a problem if there’s too much movement in the shot.