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As a key partner of both MTN and Qhubeka, Samsung have kindly offered to take care of my communication needs on the trail by letting me test their new ‘outdoor lifestyle’ android smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy X-Cover. This smartphone is both dust and waterproof so should lend itself well to the RASA conditions. All race blog updates to this site will be via the Android WordPress app on the Galaxy X-Cover……iLove Android 🙂











Full specs for the phone are:

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2011, August
Status Available. Released 2011, October
BODY Dimensions 121.5 x 65.9 x 12 mm
Weight 100 g
– IP67 certified – dust and water proof (up to 1m for 30 mins)
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.65 inches (~158 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– DNSe sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Internal 150 MB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, VGA
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
CPU 800 MHz Marvell MG2
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Gray
– Social networking integration
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document editor
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 640 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 11 h (3G)
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Sit back, relax, put those headphones in and enjoy 50mins of fantastic race footage and on the trail interviews with the 2010 Freedom Challenge competitors. This clip is what hooked me to sign up for this incredible challenge – I hope it does the same for you:

2010 Freedom Challenge RASA from D4 Productions on Vimeo.

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