The Samsung Galaxy Xcover was launched in August 2011. It’s a rugged smartphone and it is dust tight and water proof. The phone specifications are a bit too low for its price but there are many outdoor enthusiasts who will like the Xcover.
The display diagonal has 3.65 inches. It supports a resolution of only 320×480 pixels and a small amount of pixel density, 158ppi. It supports multitouch and has Gorilla Glass screen protection. The colors are faded and if you are a pretentious person then you won’t like the Xcover display. It’s a “great pleasure to watch it in sun light”.
Camera interface is very simple and doesn’t differ from other Samsung phones. The Galaxy Xcover has some default scene modes (landscape, sport, portrait, night mode, indoor artificial light) and three shooting modes (normal, smile detection, panorama). It has LED flash, possibility to control the exposure, autofocus, geo-tagging and timer. The sensor has only 3.15MP but you can distinguish what is in the pictures. On video recording Xcover does a nice job in good light conditions and adapt fast at light changes.
Battery life depends very much on how you use the phone. Used only for making calls and SMS it can last 3-4 days. But if you do all the things a smartphone can do, like: checking Facebook and emails, watching movies, gaming, browsing all day the internet and making calls it will last about 1 and a half day. Good enough thanks to its 1500 mAh battery.
On the hardware side we have an 800 MHz processor Marvell MG2 and 512 Mb of RAM memory. The internal memory has only 150MB but applications can be moved on a SD card. The phone supports a microSD card up to 32GB. Xcover has compass, accelerometer and proximity sensor. The phone also has FM radio with RDS and GPS with A-GPS support. Xcover weighs only 100g and measures 121.5×65.9x12mm.
Connectivity comes with 3G speeds up to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA up to 5.7 Mbps. Wireless connections supports Wi-Fi with b/g/n protocols and Wi-Fi Hotspot. USB connection is made through a microUSB 2.0 slot and bluetooth is v3.0 with A2DP + EDR. Xcover comes with DNSe sound enhancement; headphones sound quality is very good, but not in the ones that come out of the box.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover has some clear advantages. It is dust tight and water proof, camera takes nice pictures, and the screen is not huge. The big problem is its internal memory of only 150Mb. It wants to compete against the Motorola Defy but it competes only at price with the Defy. Considering its entire configuration it can compete with the Defy Mini at specifications because it has only the CPU higher than the Defy Mini. It’s up to you if you like the Galaxy Xcover or not and put in balance its advantages and disadvantages against other phones. Maybe it will be your first smartphone and you will like it.