Galaxy Xcover 2 - £170
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
The Galaxy Xcover 2 is a mid-range smartphone that runs on a version of Android Jelly Bean that has been augmented with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. It is a rugged mobile phone that is both dust and splash resistant meaning that it can handle all manner of bumps and drops and is designed to work in harsh environments.
This phone has a 4 inch touchscreen that displays in 233PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Xcover 2 has a 5MP camera (which can be used underwater), can record video in up to 720p and has a 0.3MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 40 out of 100.
The Xcover 2 has an estimated battery life of around 12 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1700mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Xcover 2 comes with 4GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Xcover 2 has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It is also able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The Xcover 2's stand out feature is its IP-67 rating, which means that it is both dust and splash resistant. It has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
Samsung hopes that the Xcover 2 will appeal to people with active lifestyles and extreme sports enthusiasts. It is a smartphone first and tough second, which helps to differentiate it from some of the other tough smartphones on the market.