Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review


Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2Today I am going to enjoy talking about a real tough guy, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2, a dust and water resistant smartphone that will happily join you wherever you want to go and face whatever conditions you’re going to face. However, do not think of it as a dumb brute, as it stands far from that, having both the strength and wiseness for being the perfect companion. Curious already? If so, read the following review and find out more about this tough guy’s skills. What makes this baby different from other smartphones is its IP67certification.
The Galaxy Xcover 2 features IP67 certification, meaning it is not afraid of any dust or water. For example, you can take it to the beach, drop it in the sand, splash it with water – the phone is absolutely fine. It can dive for almost half an hour under 1 m of water and while being there, it can even shoot 720p videos at 30 fps. Cool, huh?
In terms of specs sheet, the Xcover 2 is by no means a high-end device, but that’s not its purpose anyway. Runing on Android JellyBean 4.1.2 out of the box and enhanced with Samsung’s in house user interface, the TouchWiz 5.0 plus the Nature UX on top of that, this little soldier comes with an excellent software package, almost on par with the flagship Galaxy S3. Le’t get it on with the review and see what’s good and what’s not:
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 360The Xcover 2 measures 130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm and has a weight of 148.5 grams, so it’s not really your average, light smartphone, but rather a clumpy one, but that’s okay with me, as it seems very sturdy and reliable.
The frontal part of the phone’s body is occupied by a 4 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 233-ppi pixel density. The image quality is very good, with bright colors, good contrast and some satisfying sunlight legibility and viewing angles.
The Xcover 2 comes loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and feautures the Touch Wiz 5.0 user interface, which is very friendly and will offer you a nice user experience. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, which can be extended up to 32 GB with a microSD card.
Our brave guy is a good performer and won’t let you down or annoy you with lag issues or anything like that.
For taking pictures, the Xcover 2 comes equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus that takes pictures at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels and has a single LED flash for helping in low light situations. The camera application features simultaneous HD video and image recording, face and smile detection, geo-tagging and so on. The image quality is great, with accurate colors, fine contrast and good amount of resolved detail.
The Xcover 2 features a nice video camera that shoots 720p videos at 30 fps under or above water. Pretty neat, don’t you think?
A front facing VGA camera is also on board.
For audio playback, you’re being offered a nice music player that features the SoundAlive music enhancement, equalizer presets, the Music Square for filtering your songs by mood and so on. The audio quality is excellent.
If wanting to watch some movies, the phone has a nice video player that offers support for subtitles, AVI and MP4 files and others.
The Xcover 2 holds a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, GLONASS and Google Maps for navigation. (the latter features offline caching).
The phone can also view document files.
In conclusion, I think that the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is really fit for being your companion in a trip or somewhere else where it can impress with its physical talents and smartphone skills. Being basically a niche product, it is the ideal gizmo to have if you need a rugged and reliable phone for work and play, with all the functionality of a smart device.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 front back


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