The Samsung Galaxy Xcover was released in 2011, in the month of August. It stands out of the many smartphones of that time due to the unique rugged design it had. It has an IP67 certification, which means the phone itself can resist shocks, dirt, dust and submersion in the water up to 1 meter. However, the unlocked cellphone does not contain any rubber content to reduce drop damage. The phone was deemed to be a mix between the new feature phones, and the tougher non-touch phones, which once dominated the market.
The Samsung Galaxy xCover features a 3.65-Inch scratch resistant display, and is probably one of the most ugly looking displays Samsung had ever put on a device. The screen has a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels, which is pretty low. The pixel per inch density of the screen is merely 158, making the images and other text on the screen not appear as sharp. The viewing angles are not the best, and the colors come out unsaturated most of the time. Outdoor visibility is decent, and under direct sunlight, people may find it difficult to operate the phone.
The phone operates on the TouchWiz UI, which runs on top of the Android Gingerbread v2.3.4 Operating System. The TouchWiz UI is the same as what is found on the other models of the company. A grid menu, with customizable home screens is what almost all android users are familiarized with already. Bloatware, along with pre-installed apps can be found on the phone. These apps cannot be uninstalled.
The unlocked cellphone has a 3.5 Megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash. The camera is still of low megapixels considering how many of the competitive phones come with a 5 Megapixels cameras. The photographs clicked from the camera comes out fine, however, some small details might be missed by the camera. Some of the photographs may also come overexposed at times. A number of options are available in the camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy xCover, and several scenario modes are also given. The camera is capable of recording videos in VGA resolution, with minimum details.
The Samsung Galaxy xCover has a 800 Mhz Marvell MG2 processor. The unlocked cellphone works fine, without any mentionable lags. Only slight lags can be experienced while browsing through the phone. The phone has an internal storage of 150 MB, which is pretty less to install apps. Thankfully, the memory is expandable to 32gb through the use of an external MicroSD card. The phone has 512 MB of RAM for multi-tasking, and running the applications. The speakers of the phone are loud, and the sound may crumble at the highest volume point.
The phone consists of a 1500 mAh removable battery, which can last a good time. The phone can last upto 660 hours on standby, and about six and a half hour on 3G calling. The standy time is average, and a person can easily go more than half a day with moderate usage of the device.