Samsung Galaxy XCover 5: Easy to use and hard to break is the motto

Review: Rugged but sensitive phone protects against water and can be used with gloves

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5

 

Smartphones have become an important part of lives, taking responsibility for managing everything from our fitness and our finances to our social lives. But they’re also a little more delicate than we’d like, despite the strides made in durability over the years, especially for those who may be working in more phone-unfriendly environments. Enter the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 (€379), a rugged phone that is made to survive. Not only does it have protection against dust and water, with an IP68 rating, it is designed for use with gloves, with a more sensitive touchscreen than your standard smartphone. “Easy to use and hard to break” is the motto here; it has military-standard certification and enhanced shock absorption that makes sure it won’t shatter should you drop it from a few feet.

The battery is replaceable, too, which eliminates any anxiety over potential loss of power at a crucial moment – simply swap and go. On the inside, it comes with Samsung’s Exynos850 processor, 4GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage. The camera, should you need it, is a single 16 megapixel f/1.8 rear camera, live focus, and a 5 megapixelfront camera for video conferencing.

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