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Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme S5690 review

Samsung's first rugged Android smartphone hits the deck

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

With GPS and Google Maps on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover, mapping and navigation is nicely taken care of. There are plenty of information layers available these days, such as satellite and traffic data, and Google Maps often proves itself really useful when we are out and about.

Samsung has added a few apps to the Android standard set. It's a pity the nice Notes app from the Samsung Galaxy Y isn't here, but then you can very easily find oodles of notes apps in the Android Market.

Polaris Office looks like it's installed because there's an icon present, but like the Music Hub we mentioned earlier, you have to download it from the Samsung App store.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

It is free, and we suppose this ensures you have the latest version, but the download process is a bit of a pain.

Once you have it, Polaris Office enables you to create documents that are compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as edit existing documents.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 reviews

There's also a books app, which gives you access to ebooks including a good few for free, although the idea is really that you buy ebooks. When we looked, there were plenty of new titles on offer.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 reviews

There's also a little workout helper called Cardio Trainer, but if you are into using your phone for fitness you can find better apps in the Android Market.

With both the Android Market and Samsung Apps - Samsung's own app store - on board, you've plenty of scope for beefing up the apps content of this smartphone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory158 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.58 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Xcover
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack, Orange
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time13.30 Hour
Product ModelGT-S5690
Screen Size9.3 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)100 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerMarvell
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density158 ppi
Height121.5 mm
Width65.9 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time640 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Xcover Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineGalaxy Xcover
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5690KOAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Endurable Smartphone to stay socialised

An ultimate performer in your daily life, the Galaxy X cover handles your daily needs with efficiency and ease ! Whether you're connecting with friends, finding your way via Google Maps or surfing the internet, this mobile can do it all !
This mobile is so functional, you'll take it everywhere. Luckily it can withstand even the most active lifestyles!

Dust & Waterproof (IP67 certificated)

This mobile can withstand whatever you throw its way. Suitable in any situation, it is certified with an IP67 rating to be water and dust proof (temporary immersion in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes and completely protected from dust). You don't have to overly worry about protecting the mobile when around dirt or water.

Limited Warranty2 Year