Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Review

A bump in screen size and a memory card slot ups the price. So is the new Moto G still the best budget Android around?

Moto-G-2nd-Gen-Review-1Last year Motorola destroyed the low-end Android market. Cheap smartphones had been available before but usually at a huge trade off; poor processing power, a lack of updates and support, plus questionable build quality were just a few thorns in the sides of those just wanting something modern and affordable.

So the original Moto G was the handset to answer the call of thousands of consumers. Under the watchful eye of Google’s ownership, Motorola crafted a solid, well-designed and bang up-to-date smartphone that ticked almost every box. It also provided a sense of familiarity and trust from a brand synonymous with mobile technology and reliability. It’s of no surprise to this reviewer that the original Moto G was the least-returned, high-selling handset at Clove last year.

So here we are 10 months later – what’s changed and is it for the better?

Well for a start Motorola’s range has a notch lower to entry-level with the dual-core Moto E. This little cracker comes in at below £100 and took some of the market the original G captured. They then decided to improve upon the G by adding 4G capabilities. The Moto G 4G is still about the cheapest way to get hold of LTE capabilities in an affordable phone.

So why the need for this new 5-inch 3G only model? Especially since it comes with the same name and risks muddying the brand somewhat?

There’s no denying this new 2014 edition Moto G is an excellent phone

It’s a difficult question to answer, although there’s no denying this new 2014 edition Moto G is an excellent phone (SPOILER – it’s still the best phone at this price point). In the smartphone world bigger is certainly better at the moment and bridging the gap to a 5-inch screen allows the new Moto G 2nd Gen to sit more comfortably on the shelf next to more powerful phones whose price it scoffs at. It’s also a shout out to other manufacturers – as long as Sony, HTC, Samsung et al. all fail to release a quality handset that matches the Moto’s specs and price, Motorola continue to be the king of this particular castle.

You might not need that 5-inch screen. However you should be finding it hard not to marvel at how you can have it for under £150. Read on for the full review.

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LG G Watch R – In Stock Tomorrow – £224.99

LG_G_Watch_RnThe title of the post says is all, the LG G Watch R will be in stock tomorrow, the 24th of October.

It might be the second Android Wear device from LG, but unlike the original G Watch launched only a few months ago, the G Watch are has a completely circular watch face and a more traditional
look to it, yet retains all the great features.

Key features include:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Stainless steel body
  • 410 mAh Battery
  • Changeable strap
  • 1.3-inch P-OLED Display
  • Use in direct sunlight
  • Utilization of the whole screen

Available in Black only, the G Wartch R is available for order from Clove now at £224.99 including VAT or £187.49 excluding VAT.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR G WATCH R TODAY

Interested? Want to know more? Watch the video below and see what it can do for you.

If you have not seen what Android wear is all about, you can watch our full Android Wear review in the following video, which features the original G Watch.

Moto X (2nd Gen) OtterBox Defender coming November

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Don’t know about you but I’ll be getting my hands on one of these. My Moto X  is still shiny and new and I’d like to keep it that way.

The OtterBox Defender Case is the perfect case to protect your phone against the normal everyday and those active weekends.

It may well add that extra bulk to your phone but weight that up against knocks, bumps, scratches and drops and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s worth it.

The cases are due to be with us early November, you can still get your order in and as soon as they get here we’ll get  it out to you.

Clove Technology – Phone System Now Working!

pcs520Hello all, we have today been experiencing some issues with our telephone system.

Here at Clove we use a system of networked IP phones which utilise custom software.

Unfortunately our system provider appears to have a problem with their higher level service provider. This means that all of their customers, including us, are currently experiencing problems with receiving and making telephone calls.

We are aware of the issue and if you are trying to make phone calls to us we are not ignoring you! Our system provider is aware of the problem and is working hard to rectify it.

We will update this post as soon as we have more information

The issues have been fixed and from 12:30 BST we are able to make and receive calls again!

Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 User Guide/Manual

Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Galaxy Ace 4 is a mid range Android powered smartphone with 4G connectivity, GPS all your favourite apps and more.

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.

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Sony bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z range

Z2 & Z3 Updates will begin rolling out early 2015

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact blackSony has confirmed in a blog post that it will be bringing the new version of Android (5.0 Lollipop) to the ‘entire Premium Z series’.

The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition devices will be the first to be updated, with more details to follow shortly.  The core devices from the Z3 and the Z2 range are due to be updated after that – Sony says the updates for these will begin at the beginning of 2015.

We’ve currently got great deals running on both the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact, although the offer for the free case and charger with the Z3 Compact is due to end very soon.

Updates for the other Z devices will then roll out gradually, although a specific time frame hasn’t been given as of yet. The full list of handsets that will receive the update includes:

Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition.

Sony says that some new features of its own will be added alongside the Lollipop updates, bringing improvements to functionality and user experience.

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) price drops – Prices start from £133

275x175_Nexus 7 2013Google may have just announced the new Nexus 9, but for some a smaller 7″ display may be more appealing.

So lets get to the point, we have some special offers on the Nexus 7 2013 model.

16GB WiFi only model – £133.33 ex VAT or £160 including.  Direct from the Google Play Store this would be £199 – A £40 saving from Clove. BUY HERE.

32GB WiFi only model – £166.66 ex VAT or £199.99 including.  Direct from the Google Play Store this would be £239 – A £39 saving from Clove. BUY HERE.

32GB WiFi & LTE model – £200.00 ex VAT or £240.00 including.  Direct from the Google Play Store this would be £299 – A £59 saving from Clove. BUY HERE.

Stocks are limited so act fast!

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation User Guide/Manual

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation/2014 Edition) user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Moto X 2nd Generation is the best of Motorola in one package.  Powerful processor, big screen, sleek design and great software features.

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.

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The Galaxy Note 4 – An Infographic

It’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the Galaxy Note Edge so customers are telling us. The Note range has always proved very popular with our customers, I had one of the first ones that came to market and just as they are now, it was a great bit of kit.

Order the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from the Clove Technology website

The S-Pen and the big bright screen is what does it for people, that coupled with Android and access to Google Play is what makes it the device for work, rest and play. We’re selling the Note 4, at the moment we can offer you a White or Black one cheaper than most of the retailers and cheaper than Samsung themselves.

The infographic below is full of useful info that shows off the unique selling points of the Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Edge – An Infographic

The Samsung Galaxy Edge, it’s proving to be a very popular device, the unique “Edge Technology” is what has been giving it the interest.

With the new edge display you will see that Samsung has extended the display. This is curved around the edge for a truly unique experience. Instead of having to spend time locating your apps and commonly used features they are all, instead, available on the Edge display.

Order the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge from the Clove Technology Website 

This makes them convenient to access, and what’s more you can customise the look and feel of it, by adding your own wallpaper and choosing which apps and features are available, it lets you make the Edge uniquely yours.

The Edge display doesn’t just work in isolation as it is able to adjust to apps and the rotation of your device. It even accommodates the camera options when you are using it, clearing the view finder for a more rewarding experience.

Below is a an infographic that gets to grip with many of the features that have proved very popular. If you’re sold on it you can head over to the Clove Website and get an order in. There are many who are torn between this and the Note 4, take a look at some of the unique selling points of that here.

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