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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

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover supports Samsung's SNS services, which means it can bring in your social network contacts to one place.

Setting up accounts is easy, and you can tell the Android smartphone how often to check for updates.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

And you can instruct the handset precisely what updates to check for.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

Once you've set up Facebook and Twitter, the contacts area is populated and you can see everyone's little photo by their name, and whether they're a Facebook or Twitter contact.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

You can easily search this list using the search box, and if you click through you can see people's contact details and history.

The other way of reaching out to your contacts, of course, is via the Samsung Galaxy Xcover's smart dialler. Call this up and start tapping out a name or number and matches are displayed. There isn't much space for the display, but a little number to the right of the only match that shows tells you how many there are, and tapping it gives you the full list.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

In-call services are well thought out, with easy links to hold, the speaker and mute button and to go back to the dial pad.

Call volume on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover was good, although we'd have liked a bit more volume from the speaker, which seems under-powered.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

As with TouchWiz, there's nothing here that we haven't seen before, but Samsung lays all the elements out well, and the feature that any phone must get right - calling - is well handled.

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