Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Review
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.
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.