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
For those who whine about no available batteries: search "xcover pro battery part number"
B08TPLBRNF / maybe EB-BG715BBE
T-H, 09 Jul 2022Xcover moving a bit forwards, a bit backwards.
The Xcover brand has been a favorite among w... moreI am a bit of an XCover-hoarder and I have both a Pro and a FieldPro (EU version gets Android 10); I think the Pro is the better phone in practice. Android is a touchscreen OS, there is not much you can do with the buttons alone, and you will be working with the screen on both phones most of the time. As such the physical buttons on the FieldPro offer little benefit, and most of the time they waste space. Both phones have approximately the same size, and it is a large size that I find rather clunky in the pocket, but at least the Pro does not waste so much of it on "dead" plastic.
(I would not mind a smaller phone with the screen size of the FieldPro, but the button-less layout of the Pro.)
Xcover moving a bit forwards, a bit backwards.
The Xcover brand has been a favorite among workmen and hikers alike: good battery life (and option to swap), sturdy design and fine specifications.
With the Xcover Pro Samsung has moved away from the physical buttons which is a shame, but makes some sense in terms of keeping water out. You can kind-of live with that, though the FieldPro would be a preferable phone if it a) was available b) could run on an Android version above 8.
Two things are really weird about the Xcover Pro:
- Samsung seems to think that hikers and/or workmen needs a phablet? 6.1'' is MASSIVE, and the big screen makes it rather... Unhandy?
- The camera (which is THE argument to buy the Xcover Pro over the Xcover 5 EE) has either poor software or hardware: It crashes occasionally. This is bad for hikers, as the photo moment may just disappear...
The build of the Xcover Pro is more like the Xcover 3, and how I wish they'd gone a more professional way and just upgraded the Xcover 3 frame with better chips, cameras, but kept the frame. That would have been the best Samsung phone ever for workmen and hikers.
What we got, however, is a very decent phone with swapable battery and mid-range specs. In use I find it really good and - perhaps due to my lack of photo skills - I am able to take better pictures with this, than my former phone, S10e, which on the camera part has WAY better specs...
Zakalwe, 04 Jun 2022Good point. Though I must admit, if they really make the new phone substantially bigger, then ... moreGoing from 10 nm on the older chip to maybe 6 nm on the new, would imply a 30 % reduce in load.
That will be fine for most.
Just keep the pogo charging exactly the same, so we can use the KOAMTAC charger anew.
No need to make the phone thicker except for better
Use a more precise finger/ facial recognition chip would be good. 👍
FenCPH, 04 Jun 2022Yes. Not only a battery, but a battery with the exact same specifications as the xcover pro 1.... moreGood point. Though I must admit, if they really make the new phone substantially bigger, then I kinda hope they give it a bigger battery as well.
Bat21, 31 May 2022I agree with your comments, I am interested in the Xcover pro 2 as well. They should sell it w... moreYes. Not only a battery, but a battery with the exact same specifications as the xcover pro 1.
That way you can re-use your investment in the series.
exp1orer, 18 Apr 2022why do i have to care about the life of the battery of this phone? it has a removable battery ... moreit takes 5 to 10 seconds to remove the cover and a a couple of seconds to change the battery and anther 5 to 10 seconds to replace the cover...where is the hassle. Unless its less hassle for you to shell out 100 plus Canadian dollars for a phone with an sealed battery.
Zakalwe, 09 Mar 2022The first more solid rumors about a successor have emerged, the SM-G736B, possibly the Xcover ... moreI agree with your comments, I am interested in the Xcover pro 2 as well. They should sell it with a spare battery or ability to purchase it when you buy the phone. A basic optical 3x zoom telephoto option for the camera would be nice, but might not be able to take too much bouncing around
Sajtkukac, 25 Oct 2021I'm working at a phone accessories wholesale company, and I can tell you, that this whole... moreI have had mine for over two years and have dropped it onto a concrete floors in building mechanical rooms many times when leaning over to repair something. I have an otter box cover because of the rough environments. Its been smeared with grease, dust and dirt and has never let me down. I bought a spare battery from a Dutch company, which is my main gripe of availability of batteries. (I think Samsung should give you two when you buy it)
Regular updates, got one this week. So have been happy with it.
Now a month ago it fell out of my pocket and the camera which was recessed in the phone by an 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch, got a hit by a small rock to damage it. Not the phones design fault at all. Its in the shop getting replaced. Phone still was worked fine otherwise.
I bought a new unused Xcover pro for 300 Canadian dollars off of a local buy and sell.
Love these tough phones, love the ear jack. I just wish our local phone provider provided the phone with the FM Radio in it. Other then that its been a great phone.
Even if 4s has smaller capacity battery, it conserves battery better than Pro. One thing I wish the Pro has is the hatched side/edge grip of 4/4s.
It turned out Xcover 4s has better loudspeaker sound than Xcover pro. But using the earphones, XCover Pro has better sound with dolby sound enhancement activated on both phones.
935Baby, 25 Apr 2022Thank you for your comment. I did not have this problem with Amoled or SuperAmoled displays wh... moreOf course they do not state any warning, because this is a potential issue with all screens, or rather, any combo of glasses and screen. This is not something special about the XCover Pro - and if anything, it might as well be the responsibility of the optician who sold you the glasses. I have polarized glasses myself: my XCover Pro seems completely unaffected, my FieldPro (AMOLED) dims very slighty in landscape mode, my work iPhone SE dims a bit more, and my fiance's P30 Pro (AMOLED) goes completely black when held diagonally (between landscape and portrait). My car dashboard goes black if I tilt my head sideways (not much risk for that in practice).
If you choose to wear polarized glasses it is your responsibility to figure out what works and what does not. I am not sure what you expect - it sure is not reasonable to expect phone manufacturers to test their phones with all glasses on the market, and they cannot give a blanket statement "works with polarized" or "has problems with polarized", because it depends on the individual glasses.
Zakalwe, 25 Apr 2022This is a general problem of polarized glasses: you get problems when looking at screens. LCD ... moreThank you for your comment. I did not have this problem with Amoled or SuperAmoled displays when using polarized sunglasses. So I was surprized now with IPSC sreen on Excover Pro. But I would expect Samsung to think about this prior to devoloping of their products. Also this was not stated in phone specifications as warning.
935Baby, 24 Apr 2022Here one important note for summer use in combination with polarized sunglasses. There is some... moreThis is a general problem of polarized glasses: you get problems when looking at screens. LCD inherently emits polarized light, and with OLED the manufacturers usually add a polarizing filter to reduce glare. Now put on polarized glasses, and depending on the angle the two layers of polarization will interfere with each other, causing rainbow effects, dark bands or even a blank black screen. Some glasses will be more compatible with some screens, but it is hard to predict. Users of polarized glasses need to be aware of such risks. It is one reason why pilots are not supposed to wear polarized glasses, and it can even be an issue with cars that have digital instruments.
Here one important note for summer use in combination with polarized sunglasses. There is some error-phenomen about which officials do not speak and it is following:
if you put the phone into landscape mode and you are wearing polarized sun glasses - the screen is basically unusable (goes totally dark). But when you rotate it to portrait mode, its visible again. This is very uncomfortable phone property.
Zakalwe, 21 Apr 2022I agree in principle, and of course every little bit matters, but nevertheless I wonder how mu... moreA full charge will cause a. 87 loss in the total number of manufacturers planned charging cycles.
A 85 % charge will be a .17 loss according to the AccuBattery app.
If that is correct it's a big deal.
Enough to have my first battery in the XCOVER PRO last almost 3 years.
Today I have 3 that gets recycled.
You are right that nothing is forever, but going easy on charging and exposure can help us and the next generation and the next.
Let's all advance repairability and common sense.