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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 handles your Facebook and Twitter contacts via its Social Hub, which is where it also handles SMS messages.

Initially this looks inviting, but in fact it doesn't mean there are integrated Twitter and Facebook apps on board. Tap either option and you're taken to the mobile web versions of each social network.

Worse than that, while we were automatically logged into our Facebook, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover had the cheek to ask us to log into our Twitter again. It's hardly a fully-integrated solution.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

Moreover, there are no dedicated apps for Facebook or Twitter pre-installed. You can get both from the Android Market, of course, but their absence makes the Samsung Galaxy Xcover a fairly socially unaware handset out of the box.

To add a little insult to injury, we had a bit of a problem with sessions expiring and found we had to log in again quite frequently. If this were an ongoing problem with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover we'd be pretty annoyed, since the whole point of seamless social network integration is that it is seamless.

Moving on to SMS text messaging - the other thing the Social Hub handles - this is a rather more pleasant experience. Missed calls are listed here, as well as text messages. Click through to create a new SMS, and the screen offers smart dialling in its search box.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

When it comes to typing messages, the keyboard lets things down a bit. You have to pop onto a second screen for punctuation and numbers.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

It slows down the rush of fingers across the screen a little.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

On the other hand, the threaded message view works well and gives you a reasonably lengthy view of an SMS chat.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover offers Swype, but you can't turn it on and off from within the keyboard settings. It's in the general settings area under Locale and Text.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

This is also where you can turn on and off predictive text and different keyboard types, including old fashioned numerical style keypads and handwriting recognition in portrait mode.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

Of course there's email support too, and you can set up accounts very easily by adding in the standard information. It's nice that the keyboard offers '@' and '.com' shortcuts here for quick information entry.

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