Call quality & battery life

A rugged phone often requires some compromises – in this case, call quality is what suffers most. The earpiece is loud but not really clear, while the microphone is a bit on the quiet side.

On the other hand, battery life is particularly impressive: the removable 2,800 mAh battery can last very long, thanks to the small-resolution screen and the low-power CPU: in our own benchmark, the Xcover 4 lasted an impressive 10 hours and 43 minutes. However, charging took more than 2 hours (132 minutes, to be exact), which is far from ideal.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 10h 43 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 11h 4 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G5 7h 33 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 132
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 112
Motorola Moto G5 133


So the big question that remains is: whom is this phone designed for? Essentially, it’s people who need a basic device that can withstand a ton of abuse – a tiny niche, but apparently still large enough for Samsung to want to fill it every other year.

And for what it is – an entry-level device with rugged exterior – the Xcover 4 is amazing: it’s comfortable to hold, sturdy, and thanks to the progress of Android, entirely usable even with its weak specs. So if you’re the target audience for such a phone, its asking price of €259 (about $290) may well be worth the experience you’re getting in return.


  • Resistant to water, dust, and other harsh conditions
  • Extremely comfortable to hold
  • Comes with Nougat out of the box


  • Performance gets choppy under heavier load
  • The Xcover key doesn’t work when the screen is off

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