Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Review (GT-S7710)

Samsung's Galaxy Xcover 2 rugged Android smartphone has replaced the Galaxy Xcover model (in case you've forgotten what kind of device it is,

You can refresh your memory by repeating the materials of the review of this model), which has seen the light of dayLike its predecessor, the second-generation Xcover received hardware control keys (despite the fact that this year it seems to be out of fashion) and the design and body materials characteristic of a rugged device.Another distinguishing feature of the Galaxy Xcover 2 is, to the delight of our news editor Eugene Bond, a hardware camera button on the body, an up-to-date version of the operating system and one of the best performance indicators for a rugged smartphone (after the Sony Xperia V) today.

Specifications

Model features are at the level of smartphonesfor 2500-2800 UAH (I hope everyone understands that we are talking about prices for white models), but its starting price will be 3333 UAH, which is understandable with regard to the protected case. Inside this “all-terrain vehicle”, a dual-core Exynos processor of an unknown model works (there is no information about it in benchmarks or reliable sources) with a clock frequency of 1 GHz, Mali-400 MP graphics, 1 GB of RAM. The device came out with Android 4.1.2 on board, and according to Sammobile, over time it should receive an update of the operating system to version 4.2. Since this model does not belong to the top league of Samsung smartphones, its four-inch screen (with the manufacturer’s standard resolution of 480x800 pixels) is equipped with a TFT matrix. The battery capacity is 1700 mAh.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

operating system
Android 4.1.2

SIM card
SIM, one

Dimensions and weight
131x 68×12 mm, 149 g

Housing protection degree
IP67

Display
TFT, 4-inch, 800×480 dots (233 ppi pixel density)

CPU
Dual Core, 1 GHz Clock Speed, Mali-400 MP Graphics

Memory
1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, microSD support

Camera
5 MP (2592×1944), flash, autofocus, HD video recording

Communications
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, A-GPS, Bluetooth

Battery
1700 mAh

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 video review

And as an experiment, we decided to showtaking care of those who do not like to read and watch large reviews to the end, and have prepared a review of the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 in nano format. Click on the picture to avoid reading the full review.

Just kidding Be sure to read to the end.

Appearance


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Like most rugged mobile phones(not made by Sony), Xcover 2 has a massive and heavy body. Weight &#8211; almost 150 grams. With a screen diagonal of 4 inches (as in the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, for example), it is longer than the latter by as much as 10 millimeters. All thanks to the plastic armor. The plastic is textured, so the device should not slip out of your hands. In fact, this is not the case; the body turned out to be relatively slippery. Although not the same as in the same Galaxy S III mini. On the textured sides, it’s a bit difficult to find the screen lock and volume keys. By the way, they are located in the traditional place for Samsung. Headphone jack (on the top) and microUSB on the bottom &#8211; under the plugs. The plugs are fixed, which is convenient.

On the body there is something for the eye to catch &#8211;The control keys are hardware (by the way, a bit stiff for my taste), with symbols on them. The speaker grill and (of course) the manufacturer's logo shine on the top of the bezel.


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There is a peephole on the back of the casecameras, speaker, flash (the last two are slightly recessed into the body) and the logo &#8211; it's on top. Bottom &#8211; a hefty bolt, without unscrewing which the cover cannot be removed from the case. All these elements look catchy and surprisingly nice. The texture of the plastic also does not make the eye feel bored. It seems to me that this design of the body of an Android smartphone looks more advantageous than glossy, non-textured plastic.


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To unscrew the bolt, you can use your nails, not necessarily rush to search for a screwdriver or a ruler, or something else suitable form.

Thus, the space under the housing cover is organized.


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Slots for a SIM card and a memory card are located under the battery.


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Around the battery is a shallow groovein its form on the lid is located a rubber rim. This is an obstacle due to which water should not get inside. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the lid is very securely attached to the body. And to close it, by the way, is not so simple.

Screen

Galaxy Xcover 2 received a four-inchTFT display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels &#8211; a typical solution in mid-level Samsung smartphones. There are no special complaints about viewing angles (brightness drops only with good vertical deviation) or color saturation. Especially compared to the Sony Xperia V.


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But as soon as the first spring sun appeared on the street, it immediately became clear that he was completely blind under him.


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Another disadvantage of the screen is the lackauto brightness settings, to which I, for example, have already managed to get used to the order (and you?). At the same time on the front panel of the Galaxy Xcover 2 you can see the holes in which, in theory, the corresponding sensor should be hidden. A “smart backlight” in this model is there, it works well.

Dive

In the first photo for this review (and onvideo) you can see spots on the screen resulting from immersion of the smartphone in water. They appeared the next day after the first attempt to take a couple of photos for a review of the smartphone under water. To film the video review, I dipped my smartphone into the water for the second time (attention, fatal number, it may not come out of there alive!). The smartphone remained alive. But, as you can see, the screen does not respond to touches with wet fingers, which makes it inferior to two other rugged devices, Sony Xperia Go and Panasonic Eluga DL1 (you can read its review if you suddenly forgot what kind of device it is).

Since in our hands there was not a commercial sample, but a sample, which, as attentive readers remember, oftengg, have imperfect body, dothe final conclusion about the insufficient protection of the corpus we cannot. Exactly how to guarantee our dear readers that everything in the sales model will be in perfect order. Therefore, we hope to get another copy for re-immersion. And the most interesting question for those who want to purchase remains open.

Another nuance. I cannot determine whether this is a consequence of water ingress, a feature of a non-commercial sample, or a disease of this model as a whole, but the device that visited us in the editorial office had a weak microphone. When I talked on the phone, I was normally heard only in the room, and quiet. And when the phone was directly near the mouth.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 isa typical mid-range device (as of the beginning of 2013) with performance at the level of Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, HTC Desire X, LG Optimus L9 or LG Optimus L7 II (and Dual). I wonder what kind of performance mid- and high-end smartphones will show in a year, if already for most users the capabilities of the above devices will suffice for a long time. And the user of a mid-level Android smartphone has to complain more about the modest capabilities of the batteries against the backdrop of the growing capabilities of the system and hardware. In general, the benchmark results can be traditionally seen in the gallery of screenshots below; they are quite acceptable. Watch movies, play with intricate toys &#8211; This is all a smartphone can do. Of course, once you install a dozen applications on it and launch them all at once, the smartphone may begin to hesitate before taking action. But in general, most likely, for most users its capabilities will be more than enough.

Interface

Android 4.1 paired with the TouchWiz interface in Samsung smartphones has repeatedly been described by all editorial staffggin reviews, so I see no point in repeating it.Those who are reading us for the first time and are planning to purchase this device can carefully look at the screenshots in the gallery below. For me, the only thing new in the model’s interface was the ability to customize the smartphone’s context page for certain conditions of use. For now, only the contextual page for connecting headphones and for roaming is available in the settings. So, when connecting a headset, the user sees a desktop with functions that may be useful in this case. If he does not need them, he can switch to another desktop by simply flipping. You can also see what it looks like in the screenshots below.

Regularsggwill also note the presence of one new application inarsenal of Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 &#8211; Cardio Trainer &#8211; for those who want to start leading an active lifestyle. The logic of its appearance is clear and the desire is commendable &#8211; install on a smartphone for an audience that potentially prefers an active lifestyle an application that will monitor their figure and exercise. We saw the same thing in Sony Xperia Go, although there it was all implemented a little more successfully. Firstly, Xperia Go &#8211; The device itself is small and lightweight, which is really convenient to take with you on a run. Xcover 2 weighs more, and not everyone will take the extra 150 g of weight with them to conquer the next kilometers. Secondly, Sony installed several sports applications that reminded of themselves in such a persistent manner that you became ashamed of yourself and wanted to immediately go and play sports. Third, one of these apps was miCoach &#8211; an application from Adidas, which, in my opinion, is more convenient. And although it is intended only for planning and keeping a training diary (while Cardio Trainer also allows you to monitor your diet), I suspect that for those who want to lose weight or just exercise on a regular basis, it will be the best motivation. But by and large, if you really need sports, you can download any of these applications for free on Google Play.

Autonomy

A secure phone for many usersis associated with use in wild conditions, and those in turn &#8211; with the need for improved autonomy performance. The 1700 mAh battery installed in this device, of course, will not set any records for battery life. However, it will not “burn out” in half a day. At the maximum load of the battery test, 80% of the smartphone's battery charge took 3.5 hours. In AnTuTu Tester, the device scored 618 points, this is a slightly above average result, but in the end it will be the same 1-2 days of battery life, depending on your use case.


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Camera

The smartphone has a 5 megapixel camerawith a flash (which prominently adorns the back of the device), autofocus and the ability to record video in HD. Traditionally, the user can count on good, by the standards of a 5-megapixel camera, pictures in good lighting, and weak &#8211; in bad. You can see examples of photographs below or with pictures in original resolution in a separate gallery on Torba.

Competitors

Since secure smartphones are not yetsuch a common thing, this model has only one competitor &#8211; last year's Sony Xperia Go. It has a smaller screen (3.5 inches), lower resolution (320x480 pixels), an older OS version (Android 4.0) and a 200 mAh smaller battery. At the same time, it is cheaper than the Galaxy Xcover 2 by approximately 600 UAH, and is smaller in size and weight. and supports screen control with wet fingers. If you often use a smartphone while playing sports, I think this will be an important advantage, as well as a bed of pre-installed sports software in this case.

In addition to the Xperia Go, Sony has two more interesting rugged models &#8211; Xperia V and Xperia Acro S &#8211; but they cost one and a half times more, and therefore belong to a different segment.

In the dry residue

Thus, the strengths of this modelare the performance and uncluttered appearance of the case. Well, this is not counting the fact that the main strong point of the Xcover line, of course, is the protected case, but our copy, as you can see, leaked. But since this is not a commercial sample, we would like to once again verify the ability of the case to not allow water to pass through on another sample, and I hope that we will have such an opportunity soon. Moreover, the Galaxy Xcover 2 overall made a very good impression on me. The weak point of the device is its screen, in particular, it goes blind under the sun, which will cause great discomfort in the city and even more &#8211; somewhere in nature. In addition, the screen cannot be operated with wet fingers and there is no automatic brightness adjustment.

4 reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2:

  • you need a secure smartphone;
  • and tired of faceless remnants in the world of Android-smartphones;
  • excellent performance, Android 4.1;
  • the ability to fix plugs for connectors in the open;

2 reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2:

  • the screen goes blind under the sun;
  • the screen can not control wet fingers.