Samsung plops out waterproof smartphone
Touch and flow
In preparation for a wet autumn, or perhaps to cater for those escaping the Blighty weather for sandy shores, Samsung has unveiled a waterproof smartphone with touchscreen capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an 800MHz processor. It packs a 3.6in reinforced touchscreen display made from tempered anti-scratch glass. There's also a 2GB MicroSD card included which can be expanded up to 32GB as well as a 3Mp camera with LED flash.
The talking point here though, is the protection from the elements. The Xcover is waterproof up to a depth of one metre - for 30 minutes at least - while its IP67-compliant airtight form factor means it'll also be protected from dust and grit.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover will be available later this year. Prices have yet to be announced. ®
My dear M man...
Your handset seems indestructible but I fear _your_ days are numbered. I urge you to seek medical attention.
A concerned citizen.
HTC are ROCK hard
I have a magic.
I have fallen on it while drunk.
dropped it in a river.
Punch my mate with some force while holding it.
dropped it down a metel fligh of stairs.
dropped it down a carpeted fligh of stairs.
dropped it of my desk. MANY times.
placed in a pool of tea.
sat on it..
Dropped it in the mud along the canal, dragged it along by my headphones for a foot, reeled it in and contined running(damned if I was going to let it effect my pace)
dropped it from chest hieght onto a wooden floor.
the last instance was in an orange shop while talking to a windows phone promoter. the look of utter horror as the phone fell hard enough yo scatter the battery followied by awe as i turned it back on without a worry, is somthing I will remeber for a long time
Its VERY well worn but works perfectly.
as you can see i'm pretty clumbsy(i broke the previous phone in 24hrs)
If your is as solid as the magic you have nothing to fear.
The Defy has a higher spec camera, and as I read it the Defy is rugged while this is just waterproof - so both are droppable but you have to be selective about where you drop the Samsung.
Now, if only someone would make a rugged non-smart phone with a decent camera...
"I think 3.7 inches is plenty big enough."
What does your missus think?
Vs. Motorola Defy
Let's see how it compares to the Motorola Defy, which was a nice piece of hardware, let down by grotty and old software.