I have been using this phone for 3 years.
Normally, I break my phone within weeks of usage considering my work and well... my clumsiness.
I have a Spigen case on it. Makes it bulky, but it makes the phone indestructible. It has survived many falls, dusty environment... just wash it off with soap and water, good as new.
After the years, the battery gave up on me, new one is like 30 euros original, easy to replace. No need to look for another phone.
If you need a phone to call and text, send emails and you need it to withstand some damage, this is your solution.
I don't usually write reviews, but this phone deserves it.
Oh and by the way, it is still receiving regular android os updates!
CAVBR, 21 Nov 2022Miraculously, Samsung launched the Galaxy XCover Pro in Brazil in October 2020, a country wher... moreAlmost a year later, my brother's XCover Pro is still ok. The battery isn't great, but as he only uses it to access Twitter Lite, Facebook Lite and occasionally listen to music, with most of the time on standby, it managed 3 days without needing to charge. The only thing that failed during this period was Quick Share.
It's a shame that it doesn't have two taps to turn on the screen, and the gesture to take screenshots.
And during this period, a store here in Brazil was still selling new units of the XCover Pro, costing R$719 (+/- US$145), reinforcing its failure.
I am also using its latest version Xcover 6 pro. But I'm of the opinion that Xcover Pro is better in shape, looks, weight & size. Though specs have improved.
After use of one year, the phone is working good But the looks like this.
Screen glass is broken
Backcover locks are broken
Battery sides are damaged.
935Baby, 17 May 2023He is my short review after one year of usage. Software - phone get notably slow after one... morePoor battery might be due to usage by RAM Plus. Try toggling it off under Settings.
He is my short review after one year of usage.
- phone get notably slow after one year of usage
- after last update I have error in original "Samsung notes" aplication (icon "create new note" is on same layer as existing note behind. So instead of creating new note when I click, it opens existing note which is behind it. Note name is stupidly located below note instead of above - live it was in previous update)
- brightness is really limiting even when sky is cloudy outside
- not working auto adjust brightness function (as always for Xcover series...)
- like I said in my messages previously, screen not compatible with some polarized
- does not last long
- the fact that user can replace used-old battery is after all useless. Because at moment when your battery dies, your phone will be too old and too slow. I point to fact, that at time this phone was introducted, his software and hardware was already few years behind evolution.
So after all, it makes no sense to buy this phone. My next choice will be some standard range-performing Samsung and I put rugged rubber cover on it.
Here is my message for Samsung:
Please finally wake up! And start to produce Xcover phone which performing better.
you have to suffer, 21 Feb 2023removable battery sucks in terms of battery life though. daily usage might not last long like... moreReplacing battery in seconds means you can use on the go without worrying about battery life
Really a great phone that ticks all the boxes. All day to 1.5 day battery life which is rare considering this being a Samsung phone. I prefer LCD over OLED for its resistance to pixel level burn-in. Run everything pretty smoothly for someone like me who is not a gamer. Only catch is that photos taken by the camera tend to be on the soft side. The camera occasionally churns out good photos but don't expect anything eye popping. One final point is if you need FM radio, get the international or the EU version, as there is no way to install FM radio on all US variants.
Dustin0001, 17 Jan 2023the battery on this phone is awful, i rarely use it to talk, and do basic stuff on the interne... moreremovable battery sucks in terms of battery life though.
daily usage might not last long like oppo a37🤣🤣😭😭
i'd rather have long battery life in this, would be great.
the battery on this phone is awful, i rarely use it to talk, and do basic stuff on the internet, like browsing reddit and social media, im lucky if the phone makes it past 2 hours doing these basic tasks,
that's where the removable battery comes in though, this phone is still worth getting, just be prepared to invest in purchasing additional batteries, i can deal with the inconvenience of a shitty battery if ti means i will have a headphone jack, sd card slot, and removable battery in the same phone,
another thing i have noticed with this phone is at times freezes, fortunately it's been a rare thing,
sucks that my verizon version doesn't have the fm radio chip, i'm wondering if the new xcover pro phone has the fm radio chip inside,
Never again would i buy this product and certainly do not recommend it , it has a known issue of locking up and screen freeze/jumping around , i truly feel ripped off DO NOT BUY IT ALTHO i must say it is extremely tough i have slammed it many many times in frustration
Miraculously, Samsung launched the Galaxy XCover Pro in Brazil in October 2020, a country where Samsung has never launched a smartphone from the Galaxy XCover series before, and which, as a rugged smartphone, has only launched the Galaxy S4 Active previously (Brazilians were luckier with the Galaxy Tab Active).
Interesting that we received the SM-G715U1, the same US edition.
So much so that it only received Dual SIM support with Android 11.
Two years later, it is possible to say that its launch was a failure. Launched at R$ 3100 (almost US$ 600), it quickly dropped to half price, and reached the lowest price of R$ 1250 (almost US$ 240) in July 2021, and returned to that price in November 2022, when I bought this smartphone for my brother who was replacing his Galaxy A10s.
Is there a list of variants and carriers that do have FM Radio enabled and supported? like Verizon for example
Dustin0001, 10 Nov 2022Which version? I would like to purchase the one that has fm radio, it's a really importan... moreEuropean versions have it:
I got mine in Sweden, the FM radio works fine.
As far as I know, the FM radio is part of its Exynos SoC, so technically it is probably built into all versions, but it may have been disabled for some markets or carriers.
Zakalwe, 10 Nov 2022Some versions do have an FM radio.Which version? I would like to purchase the one that has fm radio, it's a really important feature I like having when im in the middle of nowhere,
no fm radio on sm-g715u1. finger print reader under the power button. finger print reader does not work well for me.
My phone seems to have been getting laggy and hangs in the last few months since the last two software updates. It hangs up and I have to turn off the screen and turn it on again to get out of the hiccups. I removed all my photos and deleted a lot of apps and basically storage is around 50%. So I do not know if it a virus or the phone, or a Samsung push you off the phone update bug, LOL....humm ..maybe
Anyway tired of the hang ups and missing the good telephoto lens from my previous phone ( A Note 4 that worked forever!!). I am trading this in for the Galaxy S22.
I will miss the changeable battery and the cheaper ear phones. Plus I used a Hangup blue tooth stereo speaker to listen to Spotify from it. Anyway the phone has been solid performer for me in the last 2.4 years when I used it navigating and doing my emails and net surfing or even games. Just no telephoto and pictures are average to me. So I would generally recommend the Xcover series to anyone.
I had bought a second one used as my original one dropped and had a small rock get past the Otterbox cover and crack the camera lens. Phone and camera still worked and took great pictures through the cracked lens. But I could not find anyone to replace the lens, or order the part in. So the support seems limited to this phone in some areas
Anonymous, 26 Jul 2022For those who whine about no available batteries: search "xcover pro battery part number&... moreI had a spare battery for it and the original battery after 2.4 years of heavy use. Well actual in phone use is 1.9 year as I swapped in other batteries. The original battery is about at 70% capacity. So been pretty good for the ride. But trading it in for a better camera phone