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Samsung Galaxy Xcover S5690 Review

Samsung Galaxy Xcover S5690Although the Galaxy Extreme is IP67 rated, (completely dust tight and able to withstand immersion in 1m of water), it looks pretty much like any other Samsing smartphone, in fact, at first glance it doesn't look particularly rugged at all! However you cant argue with that IP67 rating, so this is indeed a ruggedised Android smartphone. This rugged phone category is fiarly new, so the only real competitors so far are phones like the Motorola's Defy+, which is in the same price range as the Galaxy Extreme.

This not especially rugged-looking, Android 2.3 handset uses an internal layer to protect surface buttons, which luckily has no adverse effects on usability. The Micro-USB port on the bottom of the phone and the headset socket on the top are both protected by hinged covers which can be sometimes awkward to remove, but without them the Galaxy Extreme would have the same resistance to dust and water. There is also a double seal layer inside the backplate, one layer protects all around the edge, while an inner layer surrounds the battery. To complete the "ruggedisation" the screen is protected with scratch-resistant, Gorilla Glass.

The screen is small, but nicely responsive to the touch, and text entry is comfortable particularly with the Swype option (screen-sweeping text-entry system). You can also choose handwriting recognition in portrait mode. from the main settings area of the handset. This is a mid level handset in terms of pricing so you can't really expect high-end specifications. But the 800MHz processor is fast enough and the responsiveness of the phone is good, unfortunately there is no Flash support, which is annoying and clearly has an adverse effect on the web-browsing experience. There is a decent 512MB of RAM, but with just 150MB of internal storage, an external microSD card is a must have option.

The Extreme runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and being a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone offers HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps. There's also Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi with hotspot capability, but no DLNA application for wireless sharing of photos, video and music. The 3-megapixel camera is an entry-level specification for smartphones these days with VGA resolution video and fairly basic features.

The Samsung Galaxy Extreme is an affordable Android handset with the added appeal of rugged features, but the display and camera are pretty basic and it's short on internal storage, but if you want a rugged Android smartphone that looks like a normal phone, the Galaxy Extreme is a good choice, but you should also consider the Motorola Defy+.

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