MiPow Playbulb Color & Candle – available to order

Try MiPow’s new remotely controlled colour LED bulbs and lighting accessories

playbulb_color_blog_1December is just round the corner and for the many of us that haven’t yet got ourselves organised (me included), that means it’s about time to start thinking of gifts for the upcoming season.

This is the time of year when quirky gadgets and interesting ideas that wouldn’t otherwise make it to market start to appear on the shelves of many stores up and down the country.

The original Playbulb from MiPow was a neat idea that was executed very well and is still selling well to date.

With this success, MiPow have developed on the design and introduced a full spectrum of coloured LEDs for a new version of their main light, as well as a smaller ‘candle’ version, perfect for bedside or coffee tables.

With Playbulb, you have a versatile main light and Bluetooth speaker system in one affordable unit. Fitted in a traditional socket with a shade, you can not only direct sound to fill an entire room, but now really get the party started with a proper light show.

Order MiPow PLAYBULB products from Clove Technology


The same shape and size as the original Playbulb, the new colour version uses an RGB mix to be able to recreate a full colour spectrum.

You can choose from a constant colour (or normal white light) or various ambient modes including pulsing (smooth brightness change on one colour), flashing (on/off on one colour), rainbow (jumps from colour to colour) and rainbow fade (pulses from colour to colour).

MiPow have also created a new control app, PLAYBULB X, available from the App Store and Google Play. Just like the first app, this lets you control what’s playing, the volume, alarms, light levels and now colours / fades. With a Bluetooth 4.0 multipoint connection, your phone can connect to and control up to 8 Playbulbs in the local vicinity.

£79.99 inc VAT from Clove Technology.


playbulb_candleSimilar to the new light fixture, the Playbulb Candle has a full RGB colour spectrum that can be controlled remotely.

You don’t get a speaker with the Candle, however you do get a modern alternative to a traditional and timeless lighting method.

Believe it or not, you can actually blow the Playbulb Candle out to turn off, just like a real candle. There’s also a built in lavender chip should you want to have the experience of a scented candle.

Finally, if you flip the Playbulb candle over, it can also act as a holder for a traditional tealight, whilst still putting out ambient coloured light underneath.

Using the 3 AAA batteries, the Playbulb Candle should last for about 2 months of continuous use (average 4 hours per day) and so is completely portable. The Playbulb X app allows you to group Playbulb products together (lights and candles) so they can be synchronised with the same colours and fades.

£19.99 inc VAT from Clove Technology.


LG G Watch R User Guide/Manual

LG G Watch R User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the LG G Watch R user manual.

The G Watch R is the second Android Wear smartwatch from LG but what makes the R so special is the circular watch face.

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.

U|Karbon Carbon Fibre Smartphone Skins

Protect your device & get 15% off

UKarbon_LG_G2_Carbon_Skin_BlackaWhen you have spent your hard earned money on a new smartphone, you often wish to to protect it to stop it being damaged.

However, if you have opted for one of the more stylish looking phones, you often do not wish to hide those nice curves and smooth edges a case often does this.

There is a possible solution, a middle ground, it comes in the form of  a skin.  A skin is usually a thin piece of adhesive material that adds less than a couple of millimetres to the thickness to the phone and virtually no extra weight.

Many of these skins can be found online but the problem is often the quality of the skin, some are better than others in terms of look, feel, adhesive strength and long term life.

Here at Clove, we have a particular fondness for the Carbon Fibre look, so this is why we have teamed up with U|Karbon, a specialist provider of Carbon Fibre looking skins.



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Moto Hint coming in December

Motorola are getting some fab devices out there, we’ve got the Moto G, the Moto X and the Moto 360. A new line that is heading our way in December is the Moto Hint, another wearable that like the Moto 360 keeps your phone in your pocket or on the desk and allows you to take control with your voice.

It works with any handset but works best with a Moto X and the awesome always-on listening feature. The Moto Hint will work with other devices, you can pair it with a Sony Z3, an iPhone or a Lumia device and with a tap of the capacitive button use your voice to take control.

Coming in at £99 on the dot the Moto Hint is your very own personal assistant, hit the big blue button below to get yours, as soon as they are with us we’ll ship them out to you.

 Buy the Motorola Moto Hint from Clove Technology

YotaPhone2 – register your interest

Yota’s innovative 2nd generation 2 screen phone is coming soon – register for updates

YotaPhone2-official-heroYota. A name you may not be familiar with but one that has been making noises in the mobile industry for a little while now.

Originally producing high speed 4G connectivity devices such as personal routers, Yota’s success in developing enterprise and consumer technology has lead them to manufacturing a truly innovative smartphone range.

The original YotaPhone, released in late 2013, introduced the world to a phone with 2 screens – 1 main touchscreen on the front and a second low powered e-ink display on the reverse. Many of us spend a lot of time reading on our phones, quickly draining battery life by powering the screen for a simple task.

With the e-ink rear screen, you can delve into news articles, books, emails and other low intensity pursuits without affecting battery life.


The rear screen uses the EPD (electronic paper or e-ink) technology made world-famous by the Kindle e-reader. The pervasive display has a contrast ratio similar to that of newspaper and is comfortably readable, even in direct sunlight. With the advent of e-books and the huge number of reading apps available for Android, you can now consume to your heart’s content on your lunchbreak or while travelling, without worrying about running short of power before the end of the day.

You can also utilise Yota’s own Put2Back applications for transferring content from main screen to rear. Perhaps you’re browsing online then come across an article you want to read. Simply throw it over to the rear screen and read without excess battery drain. You can even control the phone as normal (in monochrome of course) from the rear screen. This superb power saving feature is great should you be running low on juice after a busy day.

We don’t have official pricing or an exact date on when the YotaPhone2 will be with us, however we’ve been told to expect them quite soon. We should hopefully have some videos and reviews of a test unit for you all shortly as well.


YotaPhone2 at a glance

  • 5″ AMOLED Full HD 1920 x 1080 capacitive main screen
  • 4.7″ EPD (e-ink) rear touchscreen
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 2.26 GHz Qualcomm 800 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 MP main camera / 1.2 MP front-facing
  • YotaPhone gesture controls
  • Put2Back apps for transferring content
  • Wireless charging

Free movies with the Z3 Family

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Sony are well known for dishing out freebies with their devices, the not so recent Z2 had a load of free digitial content to snap up with every new purchase and this year Sony are offering some top movie action for you.

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact here in the UK, Spain, France and the US can pick up The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Ghostbusters’.

To get involved all you need to do is head over to the Xperia Lounge app, you’ll find it in your app drawer and you’ll be promoted to click over to the Sony Entertainment network to redeem the voucher.

Once redeemed load up the Movies app on your Xperia device and there they are. The offer is valid until January 15, 2015.

Don’t you just love free stuff, even more so when a classic like Ghostbusters is in the mix!

LG G Watch R 60 Second Review

Short of time and want to know what the positives and negatives are of the new LG G Watch R?

Check out the following videos which covers the highs and lows in around 1 minute for you.

Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen Review

Hi Professor X


The new Moto X, will it be the Moto G of the high-end market?

We already know that Motorola have come on leaps and bounds in the smartphone space over the last year or so. The Moto G was a massive hit; it sold by the bucket load here at Clove and the 2nd Gen Moto G has proven just as popular in recent months. That’s the lower end of the market taken care of, so what about the high-end?

The original Moto X didn’t go down all that well with consumers in the UK, it was by no means a bad device, in fact a very good one, however  it just didn’t seem to sell particularly well.

This time round Motorola have devised a phone that packs some big specs behind an even bigger screen, which still gives you a clean and smooth Android experience. Motorola also offers a couple of extra built-in apps and features that actually serve a purpose – not many phones out there can boast that. Before we get in to the review here’s the main talking points:

  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 5.2 AMOLED capacitive touch screen
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • MicroUSB with USB host
  • 3G / 4G
  • Miracast (screen mirroring)

Check out our video review below or read on for the full written copy

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Motorola Spotlight Player is simply superb


Motorola Spotlight Player is simply superb, if you’ve got a Moto X or Moto G you may have taken a look at the Motorola Spotlight Player app already.  If not it brings technology and storytelling to you in a new way and you’ll find it in your app drawer.

Read our Moto X review here

The really fantastic thing with Motorola Spotlight is you are in control. Move your phone to follow what’s going on, or take a look around where you might come across a few surprises.The animation for Duet, the latest addition to Motorola Spotlight, was directed by Disney alumnus Glen Keane, who has worked on films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.

Duet is the latest story of a boy and girl growing up and more; give it a whirl, I’m more than confident that you’re going to absolutely love it. The other two titles are Windy Day and Buggy Night. More content is added periodically so i fyou check regularly, you may find a nice surprise.

You should find the app on your Moto G or Moto X already, otherwise why not grab it here from Google Play.

Sony SmartBand Talk Review

Sony_SmartBand_Talk (1)The Japanese firm Sony have become a bit of a pioneer in the wearables space.  First the SmartWatch, then the SmartBand along with the SmartWatch 2 and now we have the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk.

Released at a time when the tech communities are smitten with Android Wear SmartWatches, particularly those with circular faces, how does this cheaper and potentially ‘dumber’ alternative work out in day to day usage.

The SmartBand talk is a crossbreed between SmartWatch and fitness band. It looks like the latter, but has some of the features you would expect of a SmartWatch.

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