In this post, Shaun McGill describes with both the written and spoken word, how he first became a Clove customer, what’s kept him coming back over the years and the addiction that now grips him as a result.
It all started with Psion
It would be fair to say that the mobile world started for me with Psion and from what I remember, the same is true for Clove. I remember visiting Clove many years ago on occasion to purchase a Psion game, accessory or memory card and was always impressed with the level of service offered and the in-depth knowledge on show. Above all, however, Chris and the gang were exceptionally friendly and always willing to help.
I suspect Wardy and Jon were barely in primary school at the time, but it is pleasing to see that all of the traits above continue to this day and this is why Clove will always be the first place I go to for new kit. The prices are competitive, but you cannot put a price on trust and good service and this is why I keep coming back.
In the early days, Psion was the name of the game for Clove and it was a playground of mobile goodness to visit and make a new purchase. I was so obsessed with my Psion PDAs that I could have spent a fortune every time I visited because so much was on offer. 1MB of memory for slightly more than £100, a banking app on a card for £45. It all seemed like such good value because the experience of Psion PDAs was unmatched by anyone else, and in some areas I would argue that they have never been matched.
Has there every been a more efficient and more realistic mobile calendar application than that found on the Psion 3 series PDAs?
Has any other mobile platform offered as much integration between the core apps as the EPOC operating system?
Has any other mobile platform offered a month between battery changes?
Has any other mobile platform offered as much reliability as Psion? I would argue that only in the past two years has Android and iOS caught up to the legendary reliability of Psion.
The answer to all of the above questions is ‘no’ and it is remarkable to think that all of this was on offer two decades ago. Two decades is more than a lifetime in computing terms and I look back and still marvel at what the early Psion PDAs offered me.
I also look back, and consider the present, and marvel at how Clove has managed to stay on top of the game for all of these years. Mostly, however, I marvel at how they have managed to stay friendly in an industry that is more competitive than ever before. Here’s to you Psion, I still miss you. And here’s to you Clove, you still amaze me.