Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone – Battery Life

Cat B15Q dustWith many recent smart phones it is difficult to get a full days usage out of them.  The days when you could charge your phone once a week seem behind us, but the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone has better battery life than most.

Cat has given the B15Q a large 2000 mAh battery which means you have talk time of up to 16 hours.  This means it should get you through an entire day of talking without any worry about running out of power and having your call cut off part way through.

You can also take advantage of the many features available with the Cat B15Q such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without having to constantly keep turning them off to save power.  There by restricting your usage of the phone.  Making the smart phone better able to fulfil your requirements and giving you a better experience while using it.

Being able to keep talking for 16 hours is not something most of us will do within a typically day.  It does however give a good sign of the battery efficiency the Cat B15Q has.  Most of us however occasionally make phone call and do a bit of web browsing in a typical day.

The rest of the time the smart phone is in standby and it is good to know the Cat B15Q can stay in this mode for up to 21 days.   Keeping you away from your charger for longer and removing the constant need to charge the phone.

Check out the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone.

CAT S50 Review

Should the S50 be your new Toughphone?

When you hear the word CAT, you first thought is probably a four legged fluffy friend, but the next thing you probably think of is big yellow diggers, construction equipment and all things related to the building trade.

Whilst I do not blame you for thinking about the household pet, we are actually referring to the latter. The CAT brand is at home in construction but over the last couple of years CAT have branched out into the mobile space, producing phones that fit the needs of your builder, plumber or groundworker amongst others. They are essentially designed to be tough and reliable.

These devices might fit the needs of many, but put one next to an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy and there is an obvious difference in looks.

Their B15Q is the best attempt yet and is still a very good solution, but there is now something new. A more premium, more stylish, yet still rugged CAT phone: the CAT S50.

The S50 has been designed from the ground up to be more visually appealing and more capable, yet retain the rugged nature that CAT equipment and phones have become synonymous for.

On first glance, the S50 looks like a B15Q that has been run over by a road roller, perhaps a little harsh, but only said because it is significantly thinner and wider.

Let’s take a look in a bit more depth at the S50 and see what it has to offer. Check out our video review below or continue reading for the full written review.

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Sony Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact Shipping Next Week

Sony Xperia Z3 Android KitKatWe’ve now had confirmation that stock of the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is due to arrive with us next week. At the moment we estimate that orders will ship on Wednesday 24th Monday 22nd September.

Previously we had an estimated date of arrival of ‘late September’, but stock is now due to be here next week.

We’ve currently got special offers running for both handsets:

The Xperia Z3 comes bundled with £40 worth of accessories: 1 x MicroUSB to magnetic connector adaptor, 1 x Z3 RoxFit case, and 1 x Sony AN 401 Car Charger. It is priced at £429.17 (£515 inc. VAT)

The Xperia Z3 Compact is currently on offer with a huge discount and is priced at £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT).

We also have a ‘stretch goal’ (as it has now been dubbed) running for Z3 Compact orders at the moment. If we hit 600 orders before launch, a RoxFit case and Sony AN 401 Car Charger will be included with the handset free of charge. We are currently at close to 500 orders so we’re confident that we can hit the goal of 600 by the time the Z3 Compact launches next week. More info in this post


We’ve been lucky enough to have an early hands on with both handsets. You can read our Xperia Z3 review here and our Xperia Z3 Compact review here.


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Moto X 2nd Gen Pre Launch Price Drop

Bamboo, Black Leather and Resin finishes due by the end of September

moto-x-2014-bamboo-blog-cloveMotorola sure are keen to get their refreshed 2014 devices in people’s hands as soon as possible. The Moto X 2nd Gen is receiving great reviews from tech enthusiasts worldwide who have been lucky enough to get their hands on one early.

With the most up-to-date version of Android always available with guaranteed updates, a perfectly formed design with a number of options and top-notch specifications across the board, the new Moto X is being touted by many as the best Android smartphone ever.

We’ve already had stock of Motorola’s incredibly priced Moto G 2nd Gen earlier than expected and now there’s also confirmation of not just a price drop for the Moto X 2014 edition, but also an exclusive bamboo finish we weren’t expecting!

This new finish is an all-natural, wooden backplate that oozes premium quality and is available for the same price as the leather option.

You can now place an order for the new Moto X for the Bamboo & Black Leather options at £429.60 (£358 ex-VAT), or the slightly cheaper black resin option at £408 (£380 ex-VAT).

We don’t have an exact UK arrival date from Motorola yet, although are fully expecting stock to ship before the end of the month. You can also register to be informed by email when stock of your chosen colour lands.

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation at a glance

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen with Shake to Wake
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 MP camera
  • Moto Assist & Moto Voice
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7 mm thick /140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC / Bluetooth 4 / WiFi

Another Special Offer for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Free accessory bundle included if we reach 600 orders

We’ve had a great response following the huge price drop on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Thanks to those of you that have placed an order and shared this deal on social media!

We need you to help us a little more though…

If we can get to 600 orders for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (read our Z3 Compact review here!) before launch (due late September), we’ll be able to include a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Roxfit Case and a Sony car charger free with every order.

This means that for £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT) you’ll get the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact + Roxfit Case + Car Charger.

To get to this figure it would be great if you can tell friends and family, and share on social media. We know that everyone has been great at sharing the discounted price of the Z3 Compact already, but with an extra push hopefully we can get to the 600 mark.

We currently have 400 475 over 500  orders and we’ll update this post periodically as the figure rises. Any outstanding orders will be automatically upgraded to the free bundle once we hit 600 orders.

This is the link to our Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Product Page

Thanks to those that have already ordered – hopefully we can add even more value to this deal for you!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Accessories now available

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Accessories

We’re seeing a great deal of excitement  in the new addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note range and we’re pleased to announce that we have a wide range of Galaxy Note 4 accessories for you to take a look at.

From a wide range of cases to a spare S-Pen and a very handy extra battery kit, there is something for everyone to keep their Samsung Galaxy  Note 4 protected, productive and looking good.

You’ll find a host of official Samsung cases as well as some carefully selected third-party accessories all competitively priced, with the back up of great customer service whether you’re local or on the other side of the world.

Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 accessory page  or give us a call if you need any help on 44 (0)1202 552936.

Sony Xperia Z3 Review

Should you upgrade to the Sony Xperia Z3?

This is our review of the SIM Free Sony Xperia Z3, which we have available to order here on the Clove website. We are currently offering an accessory bundle with the handset worth £40.

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In the world of smartphones the name Sony Xperia is as strong as it ever has been thanks to the consistently well performing devices that the Japanese firm have been producing over recent years.

The Z3 is the newest addition to the family that launches only six months after the Z2.

The Sony flagships are being upgraded at pretty much double the speed of competing devices, which shows Sony’s determination to make a stand in the mobile space.

It is all too easy to become frustrated that a new model is out, but Sony themselves expect most potential Z3 customers to be those already using a Sony Xperia Z or Z1, rather than the Z2 and of course they hope that you will be looking to switch from your current Samsung, Apple or HTC device if you have one.

Whilst there is nothing stopping you upgrading from the Z2, the Z3 is less of a significant upgrade and more of a slight refresh.

What does the refresh bring? Read on to find out.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

We go hands-on with Sony’s latest Compact smartphone

This is our review of the SIM Free Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which we have available to order on the Clove website here at the fantastic price of just £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT).

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_BlackRoughly six months ago Sony launched a new breed of smartphone into the market.  A smartphone that many desired but never really existed; but Sony took a bold step that has ultimately paid off for them.

The Xperia Z1 Compact was and still is as powerful as the Sony Xperia Z1 on which it was based, but had a smaller display to make the overall handset more user friendly, but did not want to sacrifice memory and processing power; which was too often the case with other ‘mini’ or ‘compact’ models.

Whilst I like to keep reviews as balanced as possible I do have a personal affliction with the Z1 Compact.  It is my device of choice and I could not be happier.

The problem with the Z1 Compact was that it was released at the same time as the Z2, but was based on the previous Z1, in theory out of sync with Sony’s range.

With the launch of the Z3 comes the launch of the Z3 Compact to keep the 2 in line with each other and much closer matched in terms of specification.

The differences between the Z3 and Z3 Compact are:

  • The compact has 2GB RAM rather than 3GB
  • The display is a 4.6” 720p IPS panel as opposed to the 5.2” 1080p
  • The battery is 2600mAh as opposed to 3100mAh
  • It is 8.6mm thick and 129g compared to the Z3 at 7.3mm thick and 152g

In comparison to the Z1 Compact:

  • 2.5GHz processor compared to the 2.2GHz quad-core of the Z1C
  • 4.6” 720P display rather than a 4.3”
  • 2600mAh battery rather than 2300mAh
  • 8.6mm thick and 129 grams rather than 9.5mm thick and 137g
  • Stereo speakers
  • Softer edges on the Z3 Compact

So with less than a year between the two how does the latest model stack up?


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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price confirmed, due week commencing October 13th

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date set for mid-october, available to order now.

SM-N910_Frost White_Left-45- degree-Pen_011We have now had official pricing confirmed for the SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Note 4; it is available to order on the Clove website for £479.17 (£575 inc. VAT)

We are expecting the first stock of the Note 4 to arrive the week commencing October 13th.

Click here to visit our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 product page and place an order 

We have the Note 4 available to order in black, white and gold. In case you haven’t seen them already, here’s a quick run through of the Note 4 specs:

  • 5.7″ quad HD Super AMOLED display
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MIcroSD memory card slot
  • 4G
  • MHL 3.0
  • 3GB RAM
  • 8.5mm thin
  • Metal frame
  • Android operating system
  • New and improved S Pen technology
  • 16 megapixel rear camera
  • Refined user interface
  • Choice of colours

Galaxy Note Edge not coming to the UK

We have also heard this morning that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be coming to the UK at launch. However, we will be doing our best to source non-UK stock for those customers that are interested in ordering one. More information available in this blog post.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the UK at launch

2[1]Whilst we await official confirmation from Samsung, we have heard from distribution channels that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the UK at launch.

What does this mean for UK customers interested in the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge? 

When the Note Edge launches, there will not be UK stock available. It will not be available in the majority of European countries.

For those customers that are interested in purchasing the Note Edge, we will look to source non-UK stock. This means that, if possible, we will purchase the stock intended for one of the countries where the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is due to launch.

What about pricing?

At the moment we await confirmation on pricing. We currently have the Note Edge available to pre-order, although the price is not confirmed. If you place an order at this time, your card will not be charged. Once we have confirmed the price we will contact pre-order customers to confirm whether or not they would like to proceed with the order.

Click here to visit our Samsung Galaxy Note Edge product page

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Pricing Confirmed

We have now confirmed the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which was announced at the same event as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

The Note 4 will be priced at £479.17 (£575 inc. VAT) with the first stock due to arrive the week commencing October 13th.

Click here to visit our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 product page

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