Samsung Galaxy Xcover Review


The earpiece of the Samsung Galaxy Xcover sounds slightly muffled, but it produces really loud, distinct voices without a hint of distortion even at the maximum volume level. The microphone performs even better as it picks up voices that sound clear and distinct on the other side of the line.

According to the manufacturer, out of the smartphone's stock 1500mAh battery one can expect getting rougly six and a half hours of talk time on 3G, or about 660 hours of stand-by. And while the talk time figure is nothing out of the ordinary, the stand-by time is slightly above the average for a modern smartphone.


All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover combines the functionality of an entry level Android-powered smartphone with the ability to withstand dust, shock, and water damage, which is a profile that few handsets can match. Our only major complaint is that its display is of very poor quality. However, since the Xcover retails for about $330, we would definitely recommend checking out a few tough alternatives. For example, the Motorola DEFY+ has better specs, yet can be found even slightly cheaper. At the same time, the Sony Ericsson Xperia active has a better camera, a display that works even when wet, yet can be found at a sub-$300 price.


  • Resistance to dust, water, and shock
  • Solid feel
  • Easy to use with a single hand


  • Ugly-looking display
  • Camera could be better

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