NGM Forward Endurance – 5000mAh of power

NGM Endurance Black with caseIf battery power is important for you the NGM Forward Endurance with its massive 5000 mAh battery will keep you going while others look on in envy.

Even some of the most desirable handsets from the likes of Sony, Motorola  and Apple can’t compete here and the internet is alive with people complaining that their phones don’t last the full hog of their working day.

Many handsets now have battery saving features but they do mean that some functions of your device will be turned off so you either have a charger with you in the hope you can get a power socket or have a portable charging unit with you.

It also boasts a powerful 1.3GHz Quad Core processor with 1GB of RAM so you’ll be able to play the most demanding games and get about the NGM Forward Endurance with ease all backed up by that huge 5,000 mAh battery.

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Sony Xperia E4g User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia E4g User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony Xperia E4g user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

With a large 4.7″ touchscreen, 8GB internal memory, microSD expansion slot, a 5 megapixel camera and 4G connectivity, the E4g is Sony’s budget 4G capable smartphone that is pretty good value for money when you consider what you get including the premium Sony brand name.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini user manual

HTC One M9 User Guide/Manual

HTC One M9 User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the HTC One M9 user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

Rather than a completely new design, the HTC One M9 continues the HTC One design series but focuses on refinement.  A new camera module, less slippy metal body, software tweaks all come together to make this a stylish and powerful smartphone.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini user manual

Sony Xperia E3 price drop – now just £89!

Limited time offer – over £50 off while stocks last

Sony_Xperia_E3_BlackFancy a bargain? Of course you do!

The Sony Xperia E3 might not be the most highly specced device on the market, but at just £89 (£74.17 ex-VAT) for the black model, you won’t find more phone for your money from a major manufacturer.

Running Android KitKat and powered by a nippy 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the SIM Free Xperia E3 also has 4G LTE support – this is the cheapest 4G capable phone we’ve ever had!

The offer won’t last forever, we have a limited batch of stock available at this price and when it’s all sold the price will go back up. It’s also only available on the black model, not the white version.

Check out the key specs below and hit the blue button to visit the Clove retail site and place your order!

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core / 1 GB RAM
  • 4.5″ IPS LCD touchscreen
  • Micro SD memory card
  • 2,300 mAh battery with STAMINA mode
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 4G/LTE, NFC
  • 5 MP camera

Order Sony Xperia E3 from Clove Technology

Will we see a Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini?

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Samsung started the ‘Mini’ smartphone concept. Will the S6 range kill it off?

There was a great deal of speculation about what the Samsung Galaxy S6 was actually going to end up looking like, what the features would be and how much it would cost.

Well, we now know the answer to all these questions.  We have 2 variants of the S6 launching in April; the standard or ‘flat’ S6, along with the premium S6 Edge with a display curved down both edges.

We all have differing opinions on the product’s designs and only time will tell if this was the right approach for Samsung.

As the Galaxy S line of smartphones has evolved over the years, we have seen physically smaller and technically less advanced versions of these released alongside.  Branded as ‘Mini’ devices, the Galaxy S3, S4 and S5 have all had one, so will the S6?

Officially nothing has been announced, so everything is speculation at the moment.

In many people’s eyes the S6 is a marked improvement in the physical hardware quality for the Galaxy line. Gone are cheap plastics and in their place is an abundance of aluminium and Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Whilst plastics have their advantages, the glass and metal combination we now have is perhaps more reflective of the ‘premium’ product that the flagship Galaxys have always been marketed as.

What should a Mini device really be?

There are opposing views on what a ‘mini’ devices should really offer.

Samsung’s Galaxy Mini devices have to date always been about taking a similar design of their premium counterpart, then reducing the specifications to give a blend of design and performance that makes them more affordable.

This has won many fans and many sales for Samsung, but they have also suffered. Some users were felt they were mislead about the Mini devices being technically less capable when carrying the same name as the larger model. These users have been under the impression the Mini devices were primarily a physically smaller variant of the more powerful Galaxy S device.

When Samsung invest so much in advertising the S series and the word ‘Galaxy’ is used so prevalently, it is probably not unsurprising that some misunderstanding occurs. This isn’t helped when advertising for a ‘Mini’ phone is never going to list its shortcomings over the full size version.

Other manufacturers have taken a similar approach.  LG for example released the LG G2 and followed it with a G2 Mini which was technically less capable.  There is too the LG G3 and the LG G3 S.

Sony Xperia Z3 CompactSony on the other hand have taken a very different approach.  Rather than naming their smaller devices with the word ‘mini’, they are known as ‘Compact’ variants. Whilst physically smaller, they do not have anywhere near the same technical compromises as the Mini series from Samsung, LG or HTC.

The Z3 Compact is almost as powerful as the larger Z3, keeping the same powerful processor and having only slightly less RAM, so there is considerably less variance between the two.

Whilst this stops users feeling cheated, the effect is seen in price.  Sony’s powerful compact handsets are considerably more expensive than the mini devices from other brands.

Thus, you cannot really have it all. With any approach there will be different opinions and there will never be the perfect middle ground.

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Do Samsung have space for another Mini?

Samsung have recently introduced their A Series of handsets (A3 / A5 / A7) which sit just below the premium Galaxy S Series both technically and in price.

They are not quite as powerful as an S series, although more capable than the previous Mini series and have a build quality expected of a more premium handset. So in summary the A series is somewhat better than an ‘S Mini’ device but not as good as a full premium S handset.

Of course you then have the other lower end devices from Samsung, including the Ace, Trend and Young series. Add in the Note devices at the top of Samsung’s device ladder and don’t forget outliers like last year’s Alpha or the rugged Xcover range and you have a lot of different phones with varying specifications, sizes and build qualities.

Looking at the Ace and Trend series in particular, these have tended to be very close to previous Mini specifications.

With all these different names under the Galaxy brand, Samsung’s range is very complicated for the standard consumer. Releasing an S6 Mini with differing specifications to the main device wouldn’t help matters at all and could risk harming the S6 branding.

So will we see an S6 Mini?

Whilst we can not rule out a Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini being announced, I do not think we will see one.  It seems as if the S Mini series may have been scrapped in preference for a range of handsets that gradually range in capability and price.

So at the low end you will have the Galaxy Young devices, followed by the Ace and Trend series, jumping to the A series and then the premium S range. Finally the Note devices sit at the very top of the tree, plus Samsung’s occasional release of oddities like the Xcover series that fill a niche outside of their standard handsets.

If Samsung do bring an S6 Mini I believe it would only be a standard S6 variant that we would see, no S6 Edge Mini, although the thought of it is nice.  The S6 series look and feel great, but truthfully whilst the strong branding of S6 could help sell a Mini device, it really only complicates the range if Samsung were to announce such.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha | Clove Technology

So what does this ultimately me for you and me as the consumer?

If you need a low end, not particularly feature rich handset, Samsung, Sony, LG & others have devices available.

If you want a really powerful and capable phone with all the bells and whistles, these are available too.

If you want a powerful, almost top end smartphone without the physical size, you really need to look at the the Compact series from Sony.

If you just need a mid-range handset, something better than the basic, but don’t need all the high end features then Samsung have their Ace, Trend and A series devices to pick through, varying in size and build.

Should you need to know anything more about Samsung, Sony, LG or any other smartphone, you can contact Clove, the smartphone specialists.  Call +44 (0)1202 552936 or email sales@clove.co.uk

Free Tablet with BlackBerry Passport

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Another offer for you!

Buy a BlackBerry Passport in Black and you will receive a FREE Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 7 Android tablet worth £89.99 for FREE.

The tablet offers:

  • A 7″ touchscreen
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • A microSD memory card slot
  • WiFi
  • Blueooth
  • 6 hours of usage time from a 2840mAh battery

The offer is valid while stock lasts.  There are no alternative options available.

If you purchase a Red or White Passport, you will NOT receive the free tablet.

The SIM free Passport is available here for £453.60 including VAT.

Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Unboxing

Motorola have been pushing out what are certainly some of the better handsets available on the market.

The Moto E 2nd Gen with 4G connectivity pretty much smashes everything else in its range out of the park.

For £110 plus postage you get 4G connectivity, Android Lollipop and a  2,390 mAh battery. Other key specs include:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor
  • 4.5 IPS LCD display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • Expandable memory

When you look at what the Moto E 2nd Gen with 4G comes packing it’s the perfect device for those who are either stepping foot in the world of smartphones for the first time or just want a budget phone to make calls, send texts and connect with friends and family.

The video has Jon taking a tour giving you a quick overview of what you can expect. It has proved very popular as we would have expected. Get yours via the blue button below.

Buy the Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation)

Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Accessories

S6_AccessoriesWith the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge about 2 weeks away from official launch (at the time of writing), if you are thinking of opting for one of these, you may also wish to think about some of the accessory options you have.

In true Samsung fashion, you are not short of options.

Below are a list of the official accessory options you have, each of which come in a range of colours.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Of course we also have cases and other accessories from other brands such as Case-Mate and Otterbox, so be sure to view our full range of S6 accessories here and S6 Edge accessories here.

We will be offering lots of hands on content and opinions of each accessory, so be sure to continue to check back for more posts soon.

LG Watch Urbane coming 27th April – £299

UPDATE 30/03 – an earlier version of this post had the LG Watch Urbane priced at £269.99. This has since been revised to £299.LG_WATCH_URBANE5

One of the pioneering brands within the Smartwatch category of technology product, LG have released the G Watch and the G Watch R and now comes the LG Watch Urbane.

Another Android Wear product, the Urbane takes many of the features of the G Watch R with slight design tweaks to create this new variant, which many would argue has a classier and more refined look to it.

Key features include:

  • A sophisticated, elegant and classic looking watch
  • Powered by Android Wear
  • Works with Android 4.3 or higher
  • Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)
  • Always-On ambient mode
  • 1.3-inch P-OLED Display
  • 410mAh Battery
  • Changeable 22mm straps

Watch the following promotional video to find out a bit more.

This new option is due to be available from the 27th April and will cost £269.99 £299 inclusive of VAT for the Silver option.

If the current crop of watches running Android Wear have yet to win your heart, maybe the more elegant Urbane will.

Pre-orders are now being accepted, just head to the Clove site to order yours.

Pre-order LG Urbane Android Wear Smartwatch

Whilst pricing and availability is still to be confirmed, there is too a Urbane LTE variant coming. The LTE option will not rely on being paired to a phone, but will be more expensive and is to be powered by LG’s own software which is a customisation of WebOs.  If you are more interested in this, you can register your interest here.

Honor 6 Special Offer – Not long left

socialmedia2£229.99 including VAT, that is the cost of the Honor 6 which offers a 5″, 445 PPI display, 2 high-spec cameras and a 3100 mAh battery.

Possibly not a household name, Honor is a new brand from telecommunications giant, Huawei.

Honor offer cost effective handsets without sacrificing quality of features.  essentially you get all the things you would of a £100 more expensive handset from Samsung and Sony  for example; the only sacrifice being the brand name.

You still get all the support and updates you would expect of any other smartphone manufacturer.

The 16GB internal storage of this Android powered handset can be expanded thanks to a microSD memory card slot and the user interface looks quite different to most other Android phones thanks to customisation by honor.

You can see the Honor 6 in use in our following 60 second review video, but to take advantage of this offer where you can save £20 off the price, click here.