Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 review
Our Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 review finds a rugged smartphone that has affordability in its corner, or at least so when compared to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. You can read our Samsung Galaxy S8 Active review here.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 holds two certifications for ruggedness. The first is the more common IP68 certification, while the second is the rarer Military MIL-STD 840G certification.
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If desired or needed, the phone can be immersed to 1.5 metres for up to half an hour, making it ideal for active people, sports people and outdoor workers. The design brings with it a non slip finish, giving a more reassuring grip, even when your hands are wet.
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The Galaxy Xcover 4 is 9.7mm thick, which is thinner than the Galaxy Xcover 3. Weighing 172g, this Samsung phone is also lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, showing that it doesn’t all go the Active’s way on the spec sheet.
The 5” display has a HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. A Blue Light Filter can be used to reduce eye strain in the evening and you can manually set a time for this to be activated or have it auto activated based on the time of sunset, for your specific location. The touchscreen can also be used while wearing gloves.
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A steady performance is driven by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, which for all but the most demanding, will bring a satisfactory experience with minimal lag times.
Phone Set Up
Samsung Knox gives business grade security and includes real time malware protection. There is no fingerprint sensor or iris scanner, like that on the Galaxy S8 Active, so you can choose PIN, pattern or a password.
Samsung has give the Galaxy Xcover 4 a Secure Folder for keeping photos, documents, notes and even apps private. It is probably wise to set the Secure Folder to auto-lock, if you intend to use it.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 has a 16GB memory, of which 10.1GB is free to the user. You can boost the memory through the microSD card slot that accepts cards with a value of up to 256GB.
You can transfer content from an old phone onto this using Wi-Fi Direct or the Samsung Cloud, or through a number of other different methods.
Xcover Active Key
The Xcover Active Key gives quick access to preferred apps and can be customise to switch on the torch or open the camera app, for example.
Google and Samsung apps
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 runs Google’s Android Nougat operating system, which brings with it apps such as Chrome, Gmail, YouTube and Maps. Nougat also introduces users to Multi Window Split Screen View for using apps side-by-side, in size adjustable windows.
Samsung has pre-loaded Samsung Notes and S Health and you can download more Galaxy apps from the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store. You can also still visit Google’s Play Store to download apps from third parties.
Camera & Video
The 13MP camera has a LED flash and a double click of the home button will launch the camera quickly. Shooting modes includes Auto Mode, Pro Mode, Continuous Shot, Panorama, Night, Sports, HDR and Sound & Shot.
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You can also record video at a quality of Full HD.
5MP selfie photography
The 5MP selfie camera uses a screen flash when needed. You can make beautification adjusts before taking a selfie, including adjusting your skin tone, enlarging eyes or slimming the face. You can then preview these changes before activating the shutter.
A Wide Selfie Mode is available on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 and this works like Panorama. So rather than having a wide angle lens, you pan the camera from side to side to take a group selfie or selfie with scenery.
The 2,800mAh battery provides good usage times. You can expect to get up to 14 hours of internet use or up to 13 hours of video playback, 77 hours of audio playback or up to 17 hours of talk time.
If needed, you can switch the phone into Maximum Power Saving Mode, for days of standby.
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Written by: Michael Brown