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Samsung Galaxy xCover (Extreme) Review

For those who have the lasting impression that Android’s battery life is poor has not experienced Google’s platform within the last year or so. From my past experiences with Windows Phone 7, Android takes a win. I should point out that I haven’t truly experienced an iPhone’s battery life though, so I cannot make a firm comparison.

Moving onto the xCover specifically, most users can expect about a day and a half of heavy usage, up to two days with moderate usage. Samsung has included in the xCover a removable 1500 mAh Li-ion battery. With constant screentime you would be looking at about 4 to 5 hours of battery life.

Strangely, for the first two days I had my review unit idle battery life was purely amazing. But on the third day I put in a MicroSD card (I had trouble finding a spare one at first) and all of a sudden battery life when idle seemed to take a turn for the worse. I cannot confirm, nor deny you will experience this personally if you happen to purchase an xCover.

As a point of reference my average day of usage would be 40 texts, auto-syncing of email, twitter and RSS feeds and roughly 2 hours of screen time. On the xCover this usage would result in roughly just shy of two days of battery life.

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