LG G3 Design Story

LG_G3_Shine_Gold_Hands_On6With a number of device launches over the past few weeks and months it’s always good to take stock of what has actually been released.

Launched at well under £500, the LG G3 was a definite contender for best value for money in the flagship stakes, combining top of the range hardware and features at an impressive price.

The one thing that will sway many consumers however, especially if they are not too concerned about software features or processor speeds, is simply how the phone looks.

Much has been made of Samsung’s style choices over the years and HTC won awards in 2013 for breaking convention. LG though also gathered column inches when the G2 was released last year, with the eyebrow raising decision to place the power and volume buttons on the reverse of the handset.

It was a brave move and the style has continued into the G3. In the following promotional video from LG, a number of key designers talk about the process that went into finalising the G3′s design, based on the ergonomics of holding the device with rear buttons, materials used and hardware components.

The LG G3 is available to buy from Clove for £492 (£410 ex-VAT), with a free WCD-100 wireless charging plate while stocks last.

Motorola Moto E – a budget-conscious bargain

Motorola_Moto_E_black_and_WhiteIt seems that every few months there’s a new announcement in the mobile industry. Whether Samsung are pushing a new octa-core processor, or Apple want to include gold mined from Mars in the latest iPhone, the news usually focusses on the most expensive and powerful mobile devices we enjoy using.

In the last few years though, the smartphone has become a tool accessible to the masses and offers immeasurably more than a simple communicator ever could. Whilst the market for ever-increasingly powerful portable computers won’t be dying out any time soon, there’s a huge number of people who neither need nor want all the features a £5-600 price tag provides.

Cheaper phones have always been available, yet they have often seemed to be little more than an afterthought when compared to their shinier counterparts adorning adverts. Issues including poor build quality or lacklustre software experience have often spoiled what could otherwise be a consumer savvy choice.

Not so more with Motorola’s recent handsets. Their new philosophy is to provide the basics, done well, at a price that leaves other manufacturers scratching their heads. The Moto E is just £99 off contract and SIM free. Considering the overall specification, the price almost looked like a joke when first announced.

Let’s also not forget that Motorola aren’t a new company. They aren’t a Chinese startup or a loss-making division in a larger overall business. This is Motorola. The company may not be exactly what it once was since it separated from the wider enterprise-oriented Motorola Solutions, however the name still carries weight and respect in the consumer space.

Right now nothing comes close to touching the Moto E. If you understand the specification and realise you don’t need a phone to do anything more than the Moto E can, there’s almost nothing else you can really compare it to.

Without moving to a lesser known manufacturer and risking build quality or cheaper components, the Moto E is undoubtedly the best phone this amount of money can buy.

Sony Xperia Z2 WCR12 Wireless Charging Cover – Discontinued

Sony_WCR12_Wireless_Charging_CovercFor many the thought of adding wireless charging to their Sony Xperia Z2 was a dream come true.

This was promised in the form of the Sony WCR12 due to be available in Black and White.

Sony have now confirmed that this product will not be coming to market, despite earlier confirmations.

This is disappointing for you no doubt, we empathise with you. It would have been a great addition to a superb handset.

No word has been given on the exact reason as to why it will not be coming but we will not be able to ship you one now or in the future.

If you had ordered from us, you will have received an email with further instructions.

LG G3 Languages

The smartphones that we sell here at Clove come SIM free and unlocked for use on all major networks and are too of UK origin.

This means that the default language is English.

However you may have a preference to communicate in another language.  The following screenshots show you what language options for the menus and keyboards are available on the Lg G3.

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Google Nexus 5 32GB £290 – Available August 11th – Order Now

Limited stock of Google Nexus 5 32GB BLACK & WHITE – place your orders now.

Google Nexus 5Back in May we had a very short run of Black Nexus 5 available at an amazing cut price. Demand was incredible and as expected we ran out very quickly.

Now we are pleased to say, after weaving a little bit of magic, we have now been able to secure further 32GB stock in both Black and White.

This time round the price is £290 (£241.67 ex. VAT) and will be available from August 11th (that’s a Monday for anyone rushing to their calendars). This offer makes for a £49 saving over the Google Play store.

Stock is limited and whilst we have managed to secure a fairly large number of these, we cannot guarantee the offer will be able to run up until the 11th. For this reason any orders will be charged when they are placed to help manage the inventory. Of course should you change your mind at any time after ordering, just contact the Clove sales team on sales@clove.co.uk for assistance.

If we sell out of these before the 11th then the offer will be removed from the Clove site. Don’t worry if you’ve placed an order and the offer disappears from the website, it will still be fulfilled unless we contact you to say otherwise.

To place your order for the Nexus 5 32GB, simply click HERE to be taken to the Clove retail site.

LG G3 – Simplified UI

LG_G3_Simplified_UILG have made a concious effort to make the user interface on the new G3 that little bit more intuitive, cleaner and simpler to get to grips with.

Their goal was to design an interface that was simple and allowed users to concentrate on the contents itself with unnecessary graphics removed.

Looking at the image above you can see how the icons have developed from what they were on the left to what they now are on the G3 on the right.

Using more mature colours, key apps are colour coded so you know exactly which app you are in by the colour.

Time has been spent too on finding the right typeface so that information is clear and crisp on screen.

To better understand the theory behind the changes and the new graphic user interface, the short promotional video from LG below,  explains it all very well.

CAT B15Q Tough Smartphone 60 Second Review

Cat_B15Q_Hands_On_ReviewiThe CAT B15Q is a tough phone designed for tough environments.

Drop it, get it wet, immerse in sand, cover it in dust, mud and more and it will still work.

This is thanks to an IP and military rating that makes the B15Q perfect for industry.

Here are the positive and negatives in just 60 seconds.

For a more detailed view and opinion on the device, you can read our review here, or watch our full video review below.

If you want to buy a SIM free handset you can purchase it here for £216.67+VAT.


Nokia Lumia 930 Promotional Bundle – UPDATE 18/07

275x175 Nokia Lumia 930Last week Jon explained in detail the promotional bundle being offered to UK customers for the Lumia 930.

UPDATE 18/07

We can confirm that ALL UK ORDERS PLACED UP UNTIL THE 18th JULY are eligible for, and will receive, a promotional bundle to be delivered separately from the phone.

To register your phone for a free bundle, you should visit THIS WEBSITE. Here you can register the IMEI number of the handset(s) you have received from Clove Technology. The IMEI number can be found on the box or from the settings options on the Lumia 930.

Once added, these will be checked against a list of IMEI numbers known to have been dispatched by Clove to UK customers. Nokia will then handle the dispatch of the bundles. We currently expect all bundles to be delivered in 2-4 weeks.

The offer is being removed for the weekend 19/20th July as our offices are closed and we are rapidly approaching the end of our available stock.

UK orders placed from 17:30 BST on July 18th onwards are not guaranteed to receive a bundle, however may receive one as we fill the last of our allocation.

We do not expect any further stock of the promotional bundle beyond that we have already secured.

If you have any questions regarding this offer, or about an order you have already placed, please contact the Clove team at sales@clove.co.uk



We can confirm that ALL UK ORDERS PLACED UP UNTIL THE 17th JULY are eligible for, and will receive, a promotional bundle to be delivered separately from the phone.

This offer was originally intended to run for all orders received until July 31st, however due to unprecedented demand, the offer is now limited until stock remains.

We are honouring this offer for new UK orders placed from the 17th July onwards, while stock lasts.

We cannot at this time confirm when the stock will run out. Instead all details of the offer will simply be removed from the product page and this blog post updated when this happens.

LG G3 – Floating Arc Design

LG_G3_ArcI will be the first to admit that the glossy slab like design of many smartphones is very appealing, but from a comfort perspective during daily usage, that styling can sometimes compromise comfort.

LG, Samsung and Nokia all add some curvature to the sides of the phone, which make for a slightly more comfortable grip, but maybe does not feel as solid as those squarer styled devices.

With the G3,  LG have tried to reduce the extra weight and bulk because with a 5.5″ display it will be heavier, so if weight can be saved in other places it all makes the difference.

The G3 weighs 149 grams and has what LG refer to as a floating arc design, shown in the above image.

The result is reduced hand fatigue and better grip.

The G3 weighs just 27.3g for every 1 inch of the display, whilst something like the HTC One M8 weighs 32g per inch.  Its a small but noticeable difference.

Facts and figures on paper are one thing, the in hand experience is another.

I reviewed the G3 having used the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as my daily phone for 4 months prior.  I use the Compact as I have smaller hands and generally find the larger phones uncomfortable and cumbersome to use, yet I concluded;

After several long days testing as many features on the G3, I am pleased to say that much like the G2, the G3 has left me with a very positive view of it and one that for me personally has teased me into moving back to a larger screened device.

The way that LG has squeezed such a large and immensely vivid display into a form factor no bigger than Sony’s Z2 which has just a 5.2” display is simply incredible. It feels like every millimetre of the chassis has been used to best effect.

Of course you need to make your own judgement, but I can honestly say the words above are truth and it really is testament to LG’s commitment to small details like the curvature that leave me with such feelings and it is quite possible you will feel the same. With screens getting bigger and bigger, keeping the feeling of slim and comfortable is very important.


LG G Watch – Not just a time machine

IMG_20140716_091450Those of you who are old enough to remember Knight Rider or any other show that had someone talking to their watch, would have thought that one day we might be able to do the same.

There are quite a few things that are becoming a reality from all those TV shows of yesteryear and yes, you can now talk to your watch.

Although the LG G Watch can’t talk back, which one of the reasons why I like it so much, you can ask a number of things. From what the weather is going to be like, or showing me how badly England are getting on at the cricket, it can also display other information such as missed calls, or when the next baby related appointment is.

There are lots of people either not sure about, or just dismissing Android Wear for various reasons. Some would like to have it talk back to you, giving you directions by voice and others think it’s a little too early to get involved with.

It’s all about the convenience; a quick look at my wrist to see who’s calling and if I’d prefer not to talk I can simply reject the call. Reading an email, replying to a Hangout and jotting a note down with Google Keep are just some of the tasks simplified by Android Wear. There are also already a host of apps available from some well-known names, with many more on the way.

I’d be keen to hear what you think of it, is there anything you’d like to see in coming revisions or or are you perhaps just holding back and going to take a while to get your wallet out? If you do want one head on over to our website and place your order. I’m sold but are you?