Sony SmartWatch 3 priced, first stock due October 23rd

Black and lime coming October, metal to follow

We’ve now priced the Sony SmartWatch 3, it’s available to order here on the Clove website.

The black and lime variants are due to arrive first on October 23rd, priced at £150 (£180 inc. VAT).

The metal variant is then expected to arrive mid November and will be priced at £179.17 (£215 inc. VAT).


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The previous two iterations of the SmartWatch came with Sony’s custom OS, but the SmartWatch 3 ships with Android Wear. It’s also got Sony’s new Lifelogging technology, which works in conjunction with your Android smartphone to keep a record of your daily, weekly and monthly activity.

We love the design and we can’t see how the watches match up alongside Sony’s new Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact devices. Here’s a quick run through of the main spec for those that haven’t seen it:

  • 1.6” transflective display
  • Pixels 320×320
  • With voice, touch and gesture input
  • Microphone
  • Accelerometer, compass and gyro
  • Google maps
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • BLE
  • Waterproof IP68

Order the Sony SmartWatch 3 from Clove Technology

BlackBerry Passport User Guide/Manual

BlackBerry Passport User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the BlackBerry Passport user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Passport from BlackBerry brings back the traditional keyboard but in a much more unusual but interesting form factor.  The 1:1 ratio of the screen and the new features found inside the OS 10.3 makes the Passport more suitable than before and could even tempt iOS and Android users thanks to its affiliation with the Amazon appstore.

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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BlackBerry Passport now in stock

SIM free BlackBerry passportAre you looking for a powerful smartphone that does not look like the rest?

Have you considered the BlackBerry Passport?

It has a rich feature set and a unique square design.

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

See it in action in the following video:

Interested?  It is yours for £485 including VAT and is in stock now as a SIM free unit at Clove. Just click here to order yours.

The new QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport

Not just a keyboard

Yesterday we had a quick look at some of the features that BlackBerry has added to its new flagship, the BlackBerry Passport. Today we’ll be looking at its redesigned QWERTY keyboard arrangement in more detail.

Going by some of the early accounts, the 3-row physical QWERTY keyboard will certainly take some getting used to. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, it’s just that many of the BlackBerry faithful will be used to the 4-row QWERTY of old.

BlackBerry passport keyboard

That being said, the Passport does still have 4 rows to its keyboard, it’s just that the top row is on-screen rather than physical. This virtual row is where you can access numbers, symbols and shortcuts when typing. Outside of text input, the row of virtual icons will change depending on the app that you’re using.

Order the Passport from Clove here

A trackpad as well

The most ingenious feature of the Passport’s keyboard is its touch sensitivity, and I wonder if this is a feature that we’ll someday see in laptop keyboards.

The Passport’s touch-sensitive input can be used for both device navigation and gesture control. You can swipe one finger back across the keyboard to delete a word. Or you can configure shortcuts, such as double tapping space to end a sentence and insert a full stop.

The touch sensitivity can also be used in conjunction with predictive text. As you type, predictions are shown on-screen. Flicking upwards on the keyboard below the word you wish to use will select it for you.

The keyboard can also be used to navigate the passport. If you double tap the keyboard ‘close cursor control’ is activated, which enables you to navigate more precisely. This is useful when you want to position the cursor at particular point in a sentence.

Because the keyboard can be used as a trackpad, it accommodates one-handed use. Flip the passport on its side and the screen automatically rotates. You can then swipe your thumb over the keyboard to navigate the screen. This photo from Engadget’s review shows it in action:

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Typing language and predictive suggestions can be configured in the settings menu. If you switch between different languages often, there’s the option to switch the input language option by tapping the language icon in the Passport’s virtual row.

The cut, copy and past tools are easy to access. Simply highlight some text and the edit menu pops up. The Passport also supports dictation, which can be initiated by simply tapping the microphone button in the keyboard’s virtual row.

It’s certainly different to any of the keyboards we’ve seen in the past, and we’re looking forward to seeing just how quickly it works in practice.

What’s different about the BlackBerry Passport?

What are the Passport’s best features?

SIM free BlackBerry passportWith a name like the Passport, BlackBerry’s latest device is bound to stand out.

‘Work Wide’ and ‘See Things Differently’ BlackBerry tells us with its promotional slogans. The Passport is certainly different to anything we’ve seen in a while, and we can’t wait to see how it feels in the hand.

We’ll have a hand-on demo and review coming soon, but in the meantime here’s a look at the features that set the Passport apart from the competition.

Order the SIM free BlackBerry Passport from Clove today

It’s (almost) square

As its name implies, the Passport is similar in shape and size to a standard passport. This is unusual in a world where smartphones tend to be tall and narrow. The Passport is 128m tall and 90.3mm wide.

Such a square form factor probably wouldn’t work with anything other than a BlackBerry, thanks to its QWERTY keyboard and also the way in which BlackBerry 10 OS has been designed.

The larger display of the passport — which has a resolution of 1440 x 1440 — provides more space to view onscreen content; tasks like checking email, editing docs and browsing the web should become more comfortable on a wider screen.

The extra space created by the square display has also given BlackBerry the chance to rethink BlackBerry 10 OS. There’s more flexibility when arranging apps, as well as improvements to the BBM interface. There’s a virtual demo available here that runs through some of the new features.

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The ultimate guide to importing a UK SIM Free phone into North America

How to buy phones online and import them to the US & Canada

Import a SIM free phoneThis is our no nonsense guide to importing a phone into the US or Canada. We’re a UK based company selling UK smartphones, so the guide will relate to the pros and cons of importing UK stock, but for the most part it is also be applicable to importing other European stock.

Video coming soon: we’ll be adding a video version of this post shortly. Submit your email address here and we’ll email you when it’s ready.

We have many great customers in the US and Canada that are taking advantage of the ‘SIM free’ model. However, we feel there are many more that could be missing out, perhaps because they are unaware of the opportunity, or because it can be difficult to determine all of the facts before buying.

“I’ve been buying SIM-free for about a decade. No use in going back, and I know once people see the benefits, they’ll never switch back either.” – Stefan Constantine (@WhatTheBit), Tab Dump

Ultimately, buying a phone SIM free can save you money, and it can also give you early access to handsets that would be otherwise unavailable. However, there are a few considerations to take into account before you purchase, which we will detail below.

For first time buyers, importing a smartphone is a decision that requires a fair bit of research, so we would like to help by putting all relevant information in one place.

If, for you, the pros outweigh the cons, then hopefully we can do business someday. If not and you think that the disadvantages are too great an obstacle, then thanks anyway for reading!

The guide is also relevant for tablets and other products with cellular capabilities we sell, such as MiFi modules.

Full disclosure: we are a ‘SIM free mobile retailer’ and would like to sell you stuff, but only if it is right for you. We’re not going to sugar coat the situation, nor dress it up as something it’s not. Below you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of importing a SIM free smartphone into North America.

What we’ll cover in this post:

  • What does SIM Free mean?
  • What are the pros and cons of importing a phone?
  • What happens with shipping, taxes and import duties
  • What happens with warranty/faults with the device
  • Compatibility with LTE networks
  • Where to sell a used cell phone
  • What happens with region locking
  • Which service providers to use once you’ve purchased a SIM free handset

A quick run through of the pros and cons

For those of you that don’t have time to read the entire post, here’s a quick overview of the pros and cons of importing a UK SIM Free phone to North America. We cover these in more detail throughout the post below.

Pros

  • It can be cheaper in the long run
  • You have greater flexibility in choosing a handset, and you can import handsets that are not yet available in your country
  • You have greater flexibility in choosing/changing your service provider
  • Your handset is ‘unlocked’ which makes it easier to use with foreign SIM cards if you travel
  • You can change your phone more frequently
  • You can have a service deal that runs month to month, rather than year to year
  • You can take advantage of foreign deals on SIM free handsets, such as the Z3 Compact at the moment
  • There is no carrier bloatware installed on the device

Cons

  • There’s an upfront cost when buying a phone outright
  • You need to determine whether the handset is compatible in your country (mainly for 4G LTE)
  • You may need to return the phone to the UK if it needs to be repaired
  • You need to calculate if there will be import duties
  • You need to pay to have the phone shipped from the UK

We need your help!

We’ve compiled this from our own experiences shipping to the US/Canada, and we’ve also spoken to our customers and blog contacts that are based in North America. However, the more we can talk to people who have completed the process, the better this guide will be. If you’ve got any more insight to add, please click here to email us or leave a comment below – we would love to hear from you!

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – Now In Stock

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact*** UPDATE 29/09 ***

We are still in stock of all 3 colours of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact & both colours of the Xperia Z3.

It has been very busy since stock first arrived last week and all of us here at Clove would like to thank everyone who has placed an order so far.

We are pleased to say all cleared orders placed up until the end of the weekend, have now been processed and dispatched, along with many more placed today.

All orders for the Z3 have shipped with their free bundle of accessories. Some customers may not have the magnetic charging adaptor – this will follow shortly.

Due to the massive demand, not all orders for the Z3 Compact have shipped with their free accessories from the ‘stretch goal’. We have kept track of these and will likely ship them in about two weeks, when more stock of the cases arrives.

If you have an order with Clove, please check your emails thoroughly for a dispatch confirmation as this may well contain your tracking number. If it does not, please check your account on the Clove website and view the order. The tracking number may well be visible on the printable order form.

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We are pleased to confirm that the first stock of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has arrived.

If you have already placed an order, we have already begun shipping many orders with further orders due to be dispatched tomorrow.

If you have not yet placed an order, but have been holding out for stock to arrive then we can confirm that you can now order yours today as stock is here and ready for shipping.

As and when your order is dispatched you will receive a dispatch confirmation.

We are including FREE accessories with every Xperia Z3 Compact purchased.

Some customers will receive these accessories with the phone.  For those customers who do not receive the accessories; these will follow in a separate package, at no cost to you, in the next couple of weeks.

Naturally you are keen to get hands on with your phone as soon as possible.  Please rest assured that we are working as quickly as we can to dispatch all orders.

We ask kindly that you avoid contacting us for an update on your particular order, unless we contact you with specific queries. The more people we can dedicate to shipping phones the sooner you will receive it.

Thank you for your custom and we hope you enjoy using the Z3 Compact.

BlackBerry Passport Now Available for Order

BlackBerry PassportWe have all been waiting a long time for the BlackBerry Passport, as there has been a huge amount of tantalising information released over the last few months.  The good news is that you can now order this innovative BlackBerry product, with first stock being available from the 29th September.  BlackBerry has shown that they can again produce interesting products with the Passport including many new features we haven’t seen before.

There is the overall design which like the name indicates is about the size of a passport.  With this form factor, it has given BlackBerry the ability to include a 4.5″ display which unusually for a smart phones is square and has a corresponding 1440 x 1440 resolution.  This makes reading documents and browsing the Internet easier, as there is more room available making each line longer.

The display is not the only innovation as BlackBerry has made some changes to the keyboard with it now being a 3-row QWERTY layout.  This is more like a typical keyboard and BlackBerry has said with practice this will make user more efficient at writing emails and editing documents.  There is also the ability to use more features via a touch interface, so you can navigate around the Internet and interact with documents without taking your fingers away from the keyboard.

BlackBerry Passport_2BlackBerry Assistant provides users with the ability to interact with their Passport using their voice.  This makes it easy to use features like the calendar, phone and emails when you are in a rush.  It also adapts to your voice over time making it more reliable at understanding your commands.  If you thought that BlackBerry Assistant would have only a limited number of commands then you will enjoy the fact that you can use many of the features of the Passport with it.

This phone is also no slouch as BlackBerry has chosen to include a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core processor and a generous 3GB of RAM.  So your apps are as fast as possible and you can multi-task efficiently.  There is also 32 GB of internal storage and the ability to use up to 128GB microSD cards, giving you plenty of storage for all your apps, movies and photos.

To make sure you can use the Internet as fast as possible when you need to get information quickly BlackBerry has included 4G LTE connectivity.  So you will be able to browse the web and download apps faster that your would have thought possible.

Check out the other key features of the BlackBerry Passport

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

The BlackBerry Passport will be available for £485 including VAT.  Click here for further details and ordering.  

Doro PhoneEasy 632 now available

Doro have a new phone heading our way, the Doro PhoneEasy 632 and comes packed with all the great features you’d expect from Doro, plus a few extras.

Along with the ICE assistance button and the hearing aid compatibility, Doro have added a GPS and compass; great if you’ve headed out for a walk or want to find your way on holiday and the built-in weather updates will let you know what the day has in store for you.Doro-PhoneEasy-632-Pale-Rose

Email compatibility has also been added to the Doro PhoneEasy 632. You can send pictures from the 2 megapixel camera to friends and family via your email address, plus with extras such as FM Radio, calendar and more, the Doro PhoneEasy 632 not only keeps you informed, in contact with friends and family but also on the right path.

We’ve got it up for sale now at £109 and you can order it in Black, Pale Rose or Mocca Champagne over on our retail website. In the box comes a lanyard, a desktop charger and a comprehensive instruction guide.

If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line below or give us a call on 44 (0)1202 552936, we’d be happy to to help.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Z3 Compact is the 2nd generation of the powerful yet compact series of phones from Sony.  it follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful Z1 Compact, but is now better matched to the Z3.  The Z3 Compact has stereo speakers, a bigger screen and a improved processing power.  It is set to take on the iPhone 6 thanks to its great features and amazing price.  It is also great for gaming as it supports Remote PLAY with a Sony PlayStation 4.

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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