Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme

9/8/2012 9:30:58 AM

The Xcover Extreme is Samsung’s attempt at a robust handset and to some extent it succeeds, but it still feels like it struggles it compete as an overall package

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme is quite an attractive handset with its copper color effect, and it was also durable enough to withstand several drops to the floor. It is a little larger to hold given the 3.65-inch screen, but we certainly liked the port coverings to protect the phone from dust and water and the series of ridges to the side to enhance the grip (as did the cheered pattern on the back).

Description: Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme is quite an attractive handset with its copper color effect, and it was also durable enough to withstand several drops to the floor

Additionally, you will find a handy torch to the side which is activated using the volume rocker once the phone is in sleep mode. At the base of the screen you also have three physical Android buttons which gave reassuring sounds and were slightly easier to press with wet hands given its water resistance rating.

Unlike the JCB, the back cover is a lot easier to remove as its screw can be turned using a coin or your fingernail. Unfortunately the back cover was a little flimsy and occasionally does not clip into place without a push, so you need be vigilant.

The phone, however, survived being submerged in water, but removing the back cover unfortunately revealed a lot more water seepage than the other products in the group.

Description: The phone comes primarily with consumer apps, though there is a Cardio Trainer app installed (that also features on the Motorola) so you can use this to train outdoors

The phone comes primarily with consumer apps, though there is a Cardio Trainer app installed so you can use this to train outdoors

Firing up the handset reveals Samsung’s bog-standard TouchWiz user interface and app customizations. The phone comes primarily with consumer apps, though there is a Cardio Trainer app installed (that also features on the Motorola) so you can use this to train outdoors (when running, for example). Sadly due to its larger screen size, the lower on board resolution was a lot more noticeable and colors lacked the vibrancy of the Sony.

General performance was at least on-par with the Motorola for browsing or streaming. Unfortunately for games it was less effective due to the resolution (some games would not run). Again, this isn’t the end of the world - gaming isn’t your priority here.

As for the three-megapixel camera (with VGA resolution) this was not spectacular, but it was definitely not as bad as we thought it would be and several outdoor shots and videos actually came out perfectly acceptable.

However, even with a beefier battery than the Sony (1500mAh) the larger screen did affect the battery performance and it did not hold up that well under testing which was a surprise.

Description: Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme


On paper the camera was not brilliant with only a three-megapixel rating with VGA video recording. However, it did manage to take some respectable shots and was certainly a lot better than we first thought

Copper effect

The phone sports a nice copper color effect down the side and this is enhanced with some ridged edges which certainly help with the phone’s grip. The physical Android buttons were also easier to press with wet hands

Uninspiring apps

The Samsung was mainly left with its standard TouchWiz Ul and customization, with only one notable change in apps which was the Cardio Trainer app for outdoor exercising. However, the phone’s size is less effective than the Sony when used for outdoor activities

Get your money out!

To gain access to the back cover you don’t need to have a screwdriver to hand as you can release the screw-catch with a coin or your fingernail. But the cover still needs prying off and feels a little too plastic



The phone does have a consumer appeal with a nice copper effect and solid construction. Its back cover was easier to get into, but a little flimsy. If you are not careful it doesn’t connected properly, which affects its water resistance.


In terms of durability the phone survived several drops and the IP67 rating helped protect the screen from minor scratches. While the phone also survived being submerged in water there was certainly a lot of seepage under the back cover.


You get the standard Samsung TouchWiz Ul with a selection of consumer apps. The phone does include a cardio app for training, but otherwise there is nothing major here. Performance was respectable, but its low-res screen didn’t excite.

Battery life

For a 1500mAh battery the results could have been better. It managed to slump to 53 per cent during our heavy video playback tests. Use it for outdoor GPS and it would require regular charges.


Solid effort, but back cover water seepage was a little concerning and its battery and screen vibrancy was disappointing




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Technical specs

Operating system

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)


800 MHz Marvell MG2


512MB RAM, 150MB internal storage, 2GB micro SD card


121.5 x 65.9 x 11.95 mm




3.65" Coming Gorilla Glass (IP67 certified - scratch, dust and water proof)


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V 3.0, GPS, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


3.15-MP rear, no front camera, VGA video recording


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