Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review

Interface:

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz user interface installed on top of it. You get up to seven customizable home screens and a grid-like application list that every Android user is already familiar with. A single-core Marvell MG2 processor clocked at 800MHz is what ticks under the smartphone's hood, and while navigating about rarely exhibits anything more than a slight, tolerable lag, you can forget about using a live wallpaper. Using the on-screen virtual keyboard is pretty straightforward as it is comfortable and responsive. Text can be easily typed at high speeds in both landscape and portrait mode.



Software:

Samsung has not forgotten to include a set of apps that will surely come in handy. The AllShare app allows for files to be transferred wirelessly between the smartphone and a DLNA-enabled device. The Music Hub app also comes preloaded and lets you browse and purchase music on the go.

SocialHub is what has been added to satisfy your social networking needs. Sure, it may not be as versatile as a dedicated Twitter or Facebook client, but it gets the job done if you simply need to shoot out a quick message on the fly. Some other goodies like a File Manager app and Polaris Office for document viewing have also been included out of the box.



Internet Browser:

Surfing the web using the Galaxy Xcover’s stock browser is pretty comfortable. Pages render in a timely manner, scrolling around works as it should, and the pinch-to-zoom functionality works without a hitch. Unfortunately, a slight lag becomes apparent when viewing heavy web pages, and the experience feels incomplete as Adobe Flash support is out of the question.

Camera:

The 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover is backed up by an LED flash, which has the neat ability to act as a flashlight without the need to install third-party software. Still, 3.2 megapixels is a relatively low figure considering that we have seen more than a few entry-level smartphones featuring 5-megapixel sensors.


It was quite gloomy when we took a bunch of sample shots, yet the photos turned out good enough to be used on social network posts, or perhaps to make small prints out of. Still, fine details were missing, and some of the outdoor samples were overexposed. Thankfully, the camera interface offers a broad selection of shooting modes, including panorama and smile detection.



The Galaxy Xcover is also capable of shooting videos in VGA resolution, which is the bare minimum that all modern smartphones should handle. Sadly, its quality is far from admirable as it lacks detail.
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Samsung Galaxy Xcover Sample Video:



Multimedia:

In terms of multimedia, all you get is the stock music and video players that Android comes equipped with, but the important thing about them is that they get the job done. Videos of size up to 720p play smoothly, but the smartphone's lack of support for the DivX/Xvid formats needs to be pointed out. There is an FM radio built in as well, yet it still requires you to plug a pair of earphones in order for it to work, and such does not come out of the box.



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