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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 has a 1500mAh battery, which is pretty generous and should, on paper, provide a relatively long life. We've not seen an official battery life quote from Samsung, but elsewhere we've seen it quoted as good for 11 hours talktime on 3G and up to 640 hours of 3G standby.

We found the battery to live up to the usual smartphone expectation of delivering about a day's worth of life between charges, but what you get will of course very much depend on how you use the Samsung Galaxy Xcover.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

When we left it on overnight just with Wi-Fi on, it lost about a tenth of its charge just ticking over. Playing music for an hour lost it about 20 per cent.

And over a two-and-a-half hour period when we used the video camera, played music continuously and sent and received emails over Wi-Fi indoors and 3G outdoors, the battery drained down to close to half of its power.

So, we reckon if you use the Samsung Galaxy Xcover on a daily commute, you ought to budget for an afternoon power boost, and another in the evening.

Connectivity options don't run to the likes of DLNA and HDMI - this isn't an expensive enough smartphone to warrant those.

But Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are of course here, HSDPA supports 7.2Mbps downloads and 5.76Mbps uploads, and those who like their location-aware services will be pleased to see A-GPS is here too.

Samsung galaxy xcover extreme s5690 review

In addition, you can use the Samsung Galaxy Xcover as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

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