Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Stretch Goal Reached – All Orders Shipping With Bundle!

600 Orders Milestone Reached

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact blackWe’re pleased to confirm that we’ve now reached the 600 figure target of our ‘Stretch Goal’ promotion for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. This means that all orders, both outstanding and new, will have the bundle included free of charge. A big thanks to everyone that’s made a purchase and helped us to promote the offer.

If you have an outstanding order, the bundle will be automatically included when shipping. You do not need to take any further action to have the bundle included.

If you place an order for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact from this point onwards, the bundle will also be added. When checking out on the Clove website you simply need to purchase the handset and the bundle will be added automatically when shipping. In case you haven’t seen already, the bundle includes:

  • 1 x RoxFit Compact Case for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony AN 401 Car Charger

Thanks again to everyone that shared the offer and made a purchase. We started the promotion on Tuesday with 400 orders, and have hit the target of 600 just 72 hours later.  It’s the first time we’ve been able to offer a promotion of this sort and we’ve had a great response from the community!

We look forward to shipping your Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (and bundle) orders next week.

Nokia HD-10 Miracast Adapter due end of September

Nokia-HD10-Miracast-Screen-Sharing-CloveI didn’t see this one coming – Nokia are looking to provide stock of one of the best looking Miracast adapters to date by the end of the month.

The HD-10 Miracast Screen Sharing Adapter connects to your HDTV with an HDMI cable, then waits for a connection from your Miracast enabled phone.

Miracast is included in the new Lumia 930, upcoming phones such as the Lumia 830 and a select few older Nokia devices such as the Lumia 1520.

Miracast is also baked into Android phones from 4.2 onwards and Nokia have ensured these will also be compatible with the HD-10.

One unique design extra with the HD-10 is that it features an NFC tag for super quick pairing. If your phone doesn’t have NFC then you can of course just search for the HD-10 in your display settings, but the NFC tag makes the process all the quicker.

Even better this NFC tag is located on a slick little portable disc, which can be removed and put somewhere convenient such as a coffee table. I’m assuming this disc uses uses Bluetooth low-energy and a tiny rechargeable battery to keep connected to the powered main unit (I’ll take any corrections to this in the comments!).

You can order the HD-10 from Clove for just £61.20 (£51.00 ex-VAT), in black or white with first stock expected by the end of September.

 

Miracast?

Nokia-HD10-Miracast-NFC-Disc-ClovePlenty of you might not know about Miracast, although it’s been creeping into more tech for a couple of years now.

Think of it like a wireless HDMI cable. Essentially it lets you share exactly what is on your phone’s screen with an HDTV. If the TV doesn’t have Miracast built in, then you stream to an adapter like this HD-10, which is connected in turn to the TV over physical HDMI .

Miracast is an extension to the WiFi protocol and uses WiFi Direct. This means that the two devices are talking directly to each other on an ad-hoc network, rather than taking up bandwidth on your main wireless network.

With Miracast whatever is on your screen gets transferred, so you can stream app content, videos, music, games and even web pages.

Nokia Lumia 930 Price Drop & UK special offer reintroduced

Nokia Lumia 930What seems ages ago already, the Nokia Lumia 930 launched in the UK to quite a fanfare.

Not only did UK customers receive the best Windows Phone device manufactured to date, they were also able to claim a promotional bundle from Nokia including an MD-12 wireless speaker and DC-50 Portable Wireless Charger.

Nokia have now decided to officially reintroduce this offer, so all new UK orders will now be eligible to receive this bundle.

Claiming the offer

To claim the bundle, you will first need to wait for your Lumia 930 to arrive from Clove.

You can then visit the Lumia 930 Offer redemption website and input the unique IMEI number of your phone (please be aware that this site will not be live until Saturday 20/09 when the announcement is made for physical high street sales).

Once you have added your IMEI number, the website will prompt you for your choice of colour for the speaker (black, yellow, green or orange).

There is limited stock of each colour available at any given time, so if yours is unavailable, try again later.

The portable charger will always be white. Following this, you can add your preferred delivery details to the page and Nokia will dispatch as soon as possible.

Lumia 930 price drop

To coincide with the UK offer being reintroduced, we also have a price drop for all customers.

You can now order your choice of Green, Orange or Black from Clove for just £399.98 (£333.32 ex-VAT).

This price is confirmed and will remain going forward.

Nokia Lumia 930 UK Offer September

Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone – Battery Life

Cat B15Q dustWith many recent smart phones it is difficult to get a full days usage out of them.  The days when you could charge your phone once a week seem behind us, but the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone has better battery life than most.

Cat has given the B15Q a large 2000 mAh battery which means you have talk time of up to 16 hours.  This means it should get you through an entire day of talking without any worry about running out of power and having your call cut off part way through.

You can also take advantage of the many features available with the Cat B15Q such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without having to constantly keep turning them off to save power.  There by restricting your usage of the phone.  Making the smart phone better able to fulfil your requirements and giving you a better experience while using it.

Being able to keep talking for 16 hours is not something most of us will do within a typically day.  It does however give a good sign of the battery efficiency the Cat B15Q has.  Most of us however occasionally make phone call and do a bit of web browsing in a typical day.

The rest of the time the smart phone is in standby and it is good to know the Cat B15Q can stay in this mode for up to 21 days.   Keeping you away from your charger for longer and removing the constant need to charge the phone.

Check out the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone.

CAT S50 Review

Should the S50 be your new Toughphone?

When you hear the word CAT, you first thought is probably a four legged fluffy friend, but the next thing you probably think of is big yellow diggers, construction equipment and all things related to the building trade.

Whilst I do not blame you for thinking about the household pet, we are actually referring to the latter. The CAT brand is at home in construction but over the last couple of years CAT have branched out into the mobile space, producing phones that fit the needs of your builder, plumber or groundworker amongst others. They are essentially designed to be tough and reliable.

These devices might fit the needs of many, but put one next to an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy and there is an obvious difference in looks.

Their B15Q is the best attempt yet and is still a very good solution, but there is now something new. A more premium, more stylish, yet still rugged CAT phone: the CAT S50.

The S50 has been designed from the ground up to be more visually appealing and more capable, yet retain the rugged nature that CAT equipment and phones have become synonymous for.

On first glance, the S50 looks like a B15Q that has been run over by a road roller, perhaps a little harsh, but only said because it is significantly thinner and wider.

Let’s take a look in a bit more depth at the S50 and see what it has to offer. Check out our video review below or continue reading for the full written review.

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Sony Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact Shipping Next Week

Sony Xperia Z3 Android KitKatWe’ve now had confirmation that stock of the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is due to arrive with us next week. At the moment we estimate that orders will ship on Wednesday 24th Monday 22nd September.

Previously we had an estimated date of arrival of ‘late September’, but stock is now due to be here next week.

We’ve currently got special offers running for both handsets:

The Xperia Z3 comes bundled with £40 worth of accessories: 1 x MicroUSB to magnetic connector adaptor, 1 x Z3 RoxFit case, and 1 x Sony AN 401 Car Charger. It is priced at £429.17 (£515 inc. VAT)

The Xperia Z3 Compact is currently on offer with a huge discount and is priced at £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT).

We also have a ‘stretch goal’ (as it has now been dubbed) running for Z3 Compact orders at the moment. If we hit 600 orders before launch, a RoxFit case and Sony AN 401 Car Charger will be included with the handset free of charge. We are currently at 575 orders so we’re confident that we can hit the goal of 600 by the time the Z3 Compact launches next week. More info in this post

 

We’ve been lucky enough to have an early hands on with both handsets. You can read our Xperia Z3 review here and our Xperia Z3 Compact review here.

 

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Moto X 2nd Gen Pre Launch Price Drop

Bamboo, Black Leather and Resin finishes due by the end of September

moto-x-2014-bamboo-blog-cloveMotorola sure are keen to get their refreshed 2014 devices in people’s hands as soon as possible. The Moto X 2nd Gen is receiving great reviews from tech enthusiasts worldwide who have been lucky enough to get their hands on one early.

With the most up-to-date version of Android always available with guaranteed updates, a perfectly formed design with a number of options and top-notch specifications across the board, the new Moto X is being touted by many as the best Android smartphone ever.

We’ve already had stock of Motorola’s incredibly priced Moto G 2nd Gen earlier than expected and now there’s also confirmation of not just a price drop for the Moto X 2014 edition, but also an exclusive bamboo finish we weren’t expecting!

This new finish is an all-natural, wooden backplate that oozes premium quality and is available for the same price as the leather option.

You can now place an order for the new Moto X for the Bamboo & Black Leather options at £429.60 (£358 ex-VAT), or the slightly cheaper black resin option at £408 (£380 ex-VAT).

We don’t have an exact UK arrival date from Motorola yet, although are fully expecting stock to ship before the end of the month. You can also register to be informed by email when stock of your chosen colour lands.

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation at a glance

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen with Shake to Wake
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 MP camera
  • Moto Assist & Moto Voice
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7 mm thick /140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC / Bluetooth 4 / WiFi

Another Special Offer for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Free accessory bundle included if we reach 600 orders

We’ve had a great response following the huge price drop on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Thanks to those of you that have placed an order and shared this deal on social media!

We need you to help us a little more though…

If we can get to 600 orders for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (read our Z3 Compact review here!) before launch (due late September), we’ll be able to include a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Roxfit Case and a Sony car charger free with every order.

This means that for £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT) you’ll get the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact + Roxfit Case + Car Charger.

To get to this figure it would be great if you can tell friends and family, and share on social media. We know that everyone has been great at sharing the discounted price of the Z3 Compact already, but with an extra push hopefully we can get to the 600 mark.

We currently have 400 475 over 500 545 575  orders and we’ll update this post periodically as the figure rises. Any outstanding orders will be automatically upgraded to the free bundle once we hit 600 orders.

This is the link to our Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Product Page

Thanks to those that have already ordered – hopefully we can add even more value to this deal for you!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Accessories now available

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Accessories

We’re seeing a great deal of excitement  in the new addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note range and we’re pleased to announce that we have a wide range of Galaxy Note 4 accessories for you to take a look at.

From a wide range of cases to a spare S-Pen and a very handy extra battery kit, there is something for everyone to keep their Samsung Galaxy  Note 4 protected, productive and looking good.

You’ll find a host of official Samsung cases as well as some carefully selected third-party accessories all competitively priced, with the back up of great customer service whether you’re local or on the other side of the world.

Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 accessory page  or give us a call if you need any help on 44 (0)1202 552936.

Sony Xperia Z3 Review

Should you upgrade to the Sony Xperia Z3?

This is our review of the SIM Free Sony Xperia Z3, which we have available to order here on the Clove website. We are currently offering an accessory bundle with the handset worth £40.

SIM free Sony xperia z3

In the world of smartphones the name Sony Xperia is as strong as it ever has been thanks to the consistently well performing devices that the Japanese firm have been producing over recent years.

The Z3 is the newest addition to the family that launches only six months after the Z2.

The Sony flagships are being upgraded at pretty much double the speed of competing devices, which shows Sony’s determination to make a stand in the mobile space.

It is all too easy to become frustrated that a new model is out, but Sony themselves expect most potential Z3 customers to be those already using a Sony Xperia Z or Z1, rather than the Z2 and of course they hope that you will be looking to switch from your current Samsung, Apple or HTC device if you have one.

Whilst there is nothing stopping you upgrading from the Z2, the Z3 is less of a significant upgrade and more of a slight refresh.

What does the refresh bring? Read on to find out or watch our video review below. 

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