Xperia Z2 Tablet – A window to a world of entertainment

CaptureTablets have been selling like hot cakes over the past couple of years.  Both young and old have jumped on them, and for the younger generation, tablets have even replaced their phones in some cases.

With the all new Z2 Tablet from Sony, a world of opportunity opens up to you. If you’re a movie buff, a keen reader or love to kick back and play the latest game, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has all the bases covered.

I don’t know about you but my tablet is also used for many purposes; keeping up with the news, dropping into Google+ to catch up with goings on or relaxing with some video downloads from the Play Store. Combining all of these things is what the Xperia Z2 Tablet will offer better than many other tablets out there.

The screen still comes in at 10.1 inches, as per the previous Z Tablet, packing a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels and is slightly lighter at 426g. Holding it whilst watching Sherlock or reading the paper will give you a super visual experience yet still be easy on the wrist.

With Sony’s TRILUMINOS display for mobile, Live Colour LED and X-Reality, flicking through your pictures or streaming the latest movie, everything will be looking top-notch with richer colours, razor-sharp image quality and crisp pictures free of any jagged edges.

To get the  the best seat in the house, head over to the Clove retail site where you can put your name down for one. Also for a full review, grab a cup of tea, sit back and see what Jon has to say after spending some hands on time with the device.

HTC One Max price drop & FREE D180 car cradle

Over £100 off HTC’s plus-sized One Max plus a FREE D180 car cradle while stocks last.

htc-one-maxReleased in the latter part of 2013, the One Max was released as HTC’s first product in the phablet category. The handset was generally well received, continuing with the much-praised design of the original HTC One and providing a streamlined and aesthetically pleasing device even at this size.

With a 5.9 inch screen surrounded by HTC’s now iconic dual front speakers, the One Max is certainly not a handset for those with small pockets. If you’re the type of user who enjoys browsing, gaming and watching videos though, a huge screen is of massive benefit. Plus the massive 3,300 mAh battery ensures you can stay charged up for longer.

With the recent release of HTC’s new flagship One (M8), the Taiwanese company’s back catalogue is getting some reductions. You can now pick up the HTC One Max for just £469.99 (£391.66 ex VAT). That’s £120 off Clove’s previous UK retail price.

Also,we are able to provide a FREE official D180 Car Cradle and charger package while stocks last. To qualify for the free cradle, please ensure it is added to your basket and the discount will be automatically applied at the checkout.

You can place an order for the HTC One Max on the Clove retail site HERE

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Sony’s surprising SmartBand – Clove Vlog #77

Having been testing out the Sony SmartBand for the past week now, I have been quite impressed so far with what it does and what it offers, especially considering the fact that I am not really personally into the ‘fitness/wearable tech’ category as yet. Hear my full thoughts by watching the video.

For more information on the particular product(s) shown please visit: http://www.clove.co.uk/sony-smartband

Sandisk 128GB microSDXC cards arriving in May

Super-sized storage solutions from Sandisk

sandisk-micro-sdxc-128-gb-3Back in February, Sandisk announced a massive 128 GB micro SDXC card to be used in this year’s smartphones and tablets. This threshold had been reached on larger SD formats before, but never the tiny, smartphone-friendly chips.

Stock of these cards has been doing the rounds in very small volumes globally, and although Clove have been looking to get hold of some since their announcement, none of our regular providers have had reliable stock levels until now.

Thankfully Clove have now been informed today that we should be expecting stock around the 8-9th May; we will be looking to fulfil orders during the week commencing May 12th.

The price has been set at £120 (£100 ex VAT), so you can now place an order or register your interest on the Clove retail site HERE

Silver Metal Sony SmartWatch 2 now available

Sony_Smartwatch_2_Silver_MetalIt might seem like some time ago, but back in October the Sony SmartWatch 2 was released.

A wrist-mounted companion for your mobile device, the Smartwatch 2 offered the following key features:

  • Splash proof (Not suitable for, bathing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, or water-related work)
  • Easy calling
  • NFC capabilities
  • Versatile accessory ideal for the active person
  • Connects via Bluetooth to your compatible device
  • Transmits key information from the mobile device to the SmartWatch without the need to touch the phone itself
  • Can be clipped to clothing, bags or worn on the wrist
  • More applications being developed at all times to give greater personalisation and functionality

At the time of launch, only Black Silicone and Black Metal options were available. Some 4 months on Sony announced a Silver Metal version of the SmartWatch 2 has now arrived.

There has been a delay from the original stock date of March, but the Silver version of the SmartWatch 2 can be purchased HERE. On the same page you an also view the new FIFA edition due to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Rio this Summer.

If you want to see what it will look like and what it can do, here is our unboxing video recorded last year:

Xperia Z2 Tablet – Horsepower

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If you’re using your tablet heavily as a  media device then you’ll need something that can pack a punch and the Xperia Z2 Tablet certainly does this. With the 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, not only will you be whizzing around your tablet but playing graphically intensive high-end games will also be a wonderful experience with the on-board Adreno 330 GPU.

There are arguments both for and against including a higher number of processor cores, however if you’re looking to effectively multi-task, perhaps streaming music, whilst reading a magazine and downloading a film for example, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is certainly well equipped.

Not only does it come packed with a quad-core processor, it also boasts 3 GB of RAM which goes along way to keeping things ticking along smoothly as you run your tablet on a day-to-day basis.

At the moment the Z2 tablet in front of me is idling with some web pages open and using just under 700 MB of the 3 GB that is available. The more things you start to run on the device and the more apps you download and have ticking away in the background then the more RAM you’ll use up. This is particularly true of high-end memory-hungry games, although you don’t tend to be running much else on the device at the same time unless you are downloading in the background.

Putting 3 GB of RAM on board a device which requires most of that just to get by doesn’t really constitute high performance, something other tablets do suffer from. This is where Sony’s lightweight Android skin is a blessing, compared to other more intensive

If you’re looking at picking a Z2 Tablet up, make your way over to the Clove retail site where you can put your name down for one. If you’re looking for the full review, you’ll find it HERE.

HTC One (M8) v Sony Xperia E1 speaker test

Sony_Xperia_E1hThe HTC One (M8) is well known for its exceptional audio quality, it really is the best audio experience on a  smartphone. Great volume and quality.

A logical competitor would not be the Sony Xperia E1 for many people as it is at the other end of the scale in terms of specs and price.

What makes the Xperia E1 stand out is its speaker.  It is capable of producing 100 decibels; which is loud for a smartphone.

I though therefore I would put a quick video together to show the differences between the speakers on the two.

The M8 produces very balanced sound with good volume, whereas the E1 is louder but the quality is not as good, the speaker sounds strained, but it does serve a purpose at a price.

KAZAM Trooper X5.5 Review

Big screen entertainment, budget price.

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In today’s mobile world the sizes of screen vary considerably. From 2.8” right through to 6.4” on smartphones, you can get a device with just about any sized screen.

Everyone will inevitably have their preferences, so should your preference be a screen of around 5.5” then many would point you in the direction of the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

In all honesty this would be a very valid suggestion, but one issue for some is the cost of these and similar sized devices. Quite often big screen phones come with high end features meaning a high end price tag.

The KAZAM Trooper X5.5 could be a possible alternative. It offers the big screen, mid range specs with what can be considered a low end price point.

Before getting into the full review I will just let you know a little about KAZAM as you may not have heard of them before.

They are a relatively new company headed by industry veterans. You can read more about who they are HERE.

Some key differences on KAZAM handests, the Trooper X5.5 included:

  • All come with Dual SIM capability, meaning 2 SIM card’s in one phone. Perfect for business and personal SIMS.
  • All come with a FREE screen replacement. If you drop it, smash it or it breaks for no reason, you will get 1 FREE screen replacement within the 1st year of ownership.
  • All have KAZAM rescue to make support and assistance simple.
  • All handsets are produced with performance and value for money in mind.
  • All handsets will be repaired in the quickest possible time should something go wrong.

Even before letting you know the price and performance of this handset, you can see there is some additional value built in out of the box.

So lets see what the KAZAM has to offer.

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HTC One (M8) Languages

If you are thinking of buying the HTC One (M8) and want to know what system and keyboard languages are on the phone, then be sure to check out the video and screenshots below that show you just this.

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Sony Xperia E1 Gel Case By Roxfit

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Cases for smartphones come in all shapes and forms from flip cases to chunky rugged cases.

Depending on your preference and level of protection desired will depend on which you opt for.

One type of case that often proves popular amongst our customers here at Clove are gel style cases

Gel cases often provide a nice balance between size and protection, protecting key areas without the oversized thickness.

In the following video we unbox the gel case for the E1.

Made under license by Roxfit for Sony devices, the case comes branded with ‘Made for Xperia’.

The back of the case is transparent with the ‘Made for Xperia’ branding’ whilst the gel sides are available in both black and white colours.  The gel forms a protective edge and a lip around the screen whilst having cut outs for ports such as the microUSB port.

See the case in use below and find more information on the Black case here and the White one here.


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