Samsung Mobile UK make the Galaxy S5 take the ALS ice bucket challenge

Is calling out 3 non-waterproof phones clever marketing or a tacky plug?

Samsung Galaxy S5If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few weeks, you should have seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge going viral across social media and even featured in major international newspapers.

Several well known celebrities, most probably a few of your friends and maybe even you have joined in at some point, dumping a bucket of ice cold water over yourself and hopefully donating towards ALS research in the process.

You also get to nominate 3 people afterwards, who should complete the challenge within 24 hours or donate extra instead.

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is an overall term for motor neurone diseases and also the name of the most common type, simply referred to as Motor Neurone Disease in the UK.

The ALS Association (ALSA) in the USA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to researching the disease, and whilst the ice bucket challenge didn’t originate with them, most of the recent media has focussed on donations to them and advocating their cause. Other charities have also joined in recently, most notably Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK.

Highlights of the media frenzy have included Bill Gates’ geeky contraption and the Foo Fighter’s parody of Stephen King’s cult classic Carrie.

In the video below, posted on the official SAMSUNGMOBILEUK YouTube page, the Samsung Galaxy S5 introduces itself with a robotic female voice, gets drenched in ice water then calls out the Apple iPhone 5S, HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia 930 to follow suit.

Whilst this could be seen as some clever marketing and getting in on a popular craze, it is also interesting to note that the 3 phones nominated are not waterproof. Samsung UK have made a donation to the MND Association (similar in scope to the ALSA in the USA), although at the time of writing there is no mention of a donation in the video or description, so a cynic could look at this as mostly advertising on the back of a successful charity campaign.

Still, it will be interesting to see how the other manufacturers respond and if Sony, who brought waterproofing smartphones to the mainstream with their original Xperia Z have anything to say on the matter.

For more information about the ALS Association, MND Association and Macmillan, please click on the following links:

www.alsa.org

www.mndassociation.org

www.macmillan.org.uk

Nexus 5 32GB at £280 now in stock

 

Nexus 5The wait is over, we now have the Nexus 5 in both White and Black in stock. A great device at a super price of £280 including VAT. For your money you’ll get some top end specs including a massive 32GB of storage; more than enough for games, music and other media.

A quick recap of the specs sees you get a Quad Core 2.3 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM with a 4.95″ Full HD screen. As with all Nexus devices you get Android as it should be, smooth, quick and easy to get around.

Nexus devices also get a few extra bits that others won’t see, such as the intuitive dialer and updates which can take a while to make their way to other Android devices.

Our phones are going mad at the moment so to make sure you get one head over to our website and we are looking to get them out to you Tuesday / Wednesday after the August Bank Holiday.

Kazam – What they are all about

KAZAM came into the smartphone scene in November 2013, promising to be slightly different .

A new company, made up of an experienced team, they set out with the following mission.

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It has been nearly a year and there is already a relatively strong portfolio of devices here in the UK, many of which we have had hands on with and reviewed (Read them here).

What sets them apart form other manufacturers a little is some of the policies that they work and operate by.

  • All their handsets are dual SIM
  • All handsets come with a 2 year warranty
  • All handsets come with one free screen replacement for a year

On top of this their handsets are also very cost effective.

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Their most expensive device is currently the Trooper X5.5 which is £138 including VAT.  For £138 you get:

  • A 5″ display
  • Google Android operating system
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 1.2GHz dual-core professor
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash

Not bad really!

But do not just take our word for it.  They have put together a promotional video that in their own words explains who they are and what they stand for. Check it out:

HTC One Mini Silver – Now £270 with free car cradle

HTC_One_mini_Jul18.jpgJust a quick post to let you know that the price of the original HTC One Mini in SILVER has now dropped to just £270 (£225 ex-VAT). Not only that but while stocks last we’ll be giving away a free official HTC D170 car cradle with each purchase.

With the reduction and the free cradle, this offer makes for a total saving of over £80!

This offer is limited, as with the recent launch of the HTC One Mini 2, the original model is sure to be discontinued at some point soon. To qualify for the free D170 cradle, please ensure it has been added to your basket at the Clove checkout and the discount will automatically be applied in your total. We’ll be running the offer for as long as stock is available.

Follow HERE to order yours today from the Clove retail site.

HTC One Mini at a glance

With a premium aluminium casing and dual front facing speakers, the HTC One Mini followed in the footsteps of its award winning bigger brother. Now available with an update to Android 4.4 KitKat, the One Mini is a top-quality 4G LTE smartphone with a host of modern features.

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.4 and Sense 6 update available)
  • 1.4 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 400
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 4.3 inch 720p screen (341 ppi)
  • 4G LTE (800 / 1800 / 2600 MHz)
  • HTC Ultrapixel main camera with HTC Zoe / 1.6 MP front facing
  • HTC BoomSound with dual front speakers
  • 1,800 mAh Li-po battery
  • 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

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Jabra Solemate Max – Social Jukebox

Jabra’s big daddy portable speaker isn’t cheap at £249, but it packs a powerful punch.

We don’t spend all our days at Clove playing with smartphones you know. Sometimes we get to play with speakers and other toys too! It’s a little outside the standard product range for Clove, however Jabra are an established audio brand whose products have always sold in decent numbers as accessories. With this in mind I took the plunge with their newest – and largest – portable speaker, the Solemate Max.

Design

Jabra_Solemate_Max_02First up is looks; when you’re spending over £200 on a piece of kit, you want it to look the part. The Solemate Max is somewhat chalk and cheese in this respect, with a grey rubber casing dominated by the perforated silver speaker grille that stretches round the whole unit. There are also flashes of yellow in the handle, controls, lettering and a yellow 3.5mm cable.

The style won’t be to everyone’s tastes (what is?), with the overall look being similar to a larger Pure radio model. It conforms to modern trends, inoffensive with a splash of neutral colour, although would struggle to fit in with traditional décor.

At around 3 kilos the unit is surprisingly heavy. It remains portable, however I wouldn’t want to be carrying it too far in any one trip. This is definitely more of a unit that can be easily moved from room to room, or from car boot to beach, rather than kept in your bag every day.

SolemateMax_gallery_02The controls reside on the top of the Max, seamlessly covered in the same rubberised surface material as the rest of the speaker. They have a responsive ‘click’ and the soft touch finish is pleasing, whilst also being easy to wipe down and clean. Several ports adorn the far end of speaker, opposing the chunky handle to the left side, providing a number of connectivity options. Here is where you’ll also find the NFC tag for one-touch pairing with compatible devices.

Finally the base of the device is ribbed like a boot sole to avoid sliding around and features the unit’s logo. There’s also a quite neatly cut groove and sockets for storing the included 3.5mm audio cable, perfect for connecting to devices without Bluetooth or computers/laptops/screens with audio output.

All said the Solemate Max has a functional and simple design, almost understated in some ways. If it wasn’t for a 2014 RedDot Design Award I would say it’s a style that’s not trying to win awards; possibly the best compliment a product designer can hear!

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930It is difficult to believe, but the Nokia Lumia 920 was first made available  all the way back in 2012.  Since then there has been a great deal of change within Nokia itself, with Microsoft now not only being the main operating system provider, but now the owner of Nokia.  This will likely have caused many changes within the company.  But how does the Nokia Lumia 920 released two years ago compare to the recently released Nokia 930?

When looking at both of these phones it is worth noting that they were, or are current flagship devices for Nokia.  This means at the time of release they were the best Nokia could offer.  So we will see how time has affected how we look upon the Nokia 920 and what improvements there have been with its more recent update the Nokia Lumia 930.

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Doro S580IUP available end of August

We continue our line up of Doro handsets with the Doro S580IUP, a device that has a simple approach to keeping vulnerable family members in touch. It comes with all the features you’d expect from a Doro phone, ICE (In Case of Emergency), support for hearing aids and buttons that are big and spaced apart giving the user confidence that they won’t be selecting the wrong option or calling the wrong person.

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There are a few extras that set it out from other devices in its class and indeed some of the higher end mobile devices out there. With an IP54 certification the Doro S580IUP can take on splashes of water and dust particles.

The Assistance button located at the back. This gives the user a simple press of a button to summon help should they need it, the mandown and motionless state feature will automatically send a text message with a GPS location to numbers that are pre-programmed.

Clove Technology are proud to be offering our customers of all ages, abilities and needs the right device for them and the Doro range compliment what is a very diverse market. Our full range of Doro devices can be found over on our website, alternatively please give us a call on  01202 552936 if you would like further advice.

You’re never too old to own a mobile phone

Reversible USB Type-C Connector

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I am sure like me on one or more occasions you have tried connecting the microUSB cable to your smartphone, only to realise you cannot get it securely in, because you are trying to put it in upside down.

Well soon you will not have to worry, because to solve your issue, the USB 3.0 promoter group have had USB type-c connector approved from mass production.

USB type-c does away with this issue because the connector is reversible. The right way up or the wrong way round, the connector will slot into the port on the bottom of your phone.

Sounds fantastic right?  It is, but its going to be a few years before this becomes mainstream.

As good as the solution is, it will take time for manufacturers of the ports and mobile products to adopt the technology change not to mention the fact that not too long ago, the microUSB was set as the ‘standard’ in many countries around the world.

An 18 pin configuration, is essentially two USB 3.1 SuperSpeed connectors (which have the standard four pins, plus five more to enable 10Gbps connections). If you plug the connector in one way, the top set of pins are used; if you plug it in the other way, the bottom set of pins are used.

Another addition is support for power up to 100 watts which is enough to charge a laptop!

But the news gets even better as there will be cables with a type-c connector at bot ends meaning subject to compatible products you can connect either end of the cable into the port on either device.  My initial thought comes to those fiddly USB ports on the back of your computer, you know the ones, hidden under lots of cables. You find the port, try to insert the cable and you have it the wrong way round.  In the future you should not have to worry. Whether they will come to desktop PC’s or not is still to be confirmed as it has been designed with mobile in mind.

A similar size to a microUSB connector, the cable will be quite handy, but it lacks an attractiveness for many as it is not backwards compatible.  Therefore an adapter will be required or a device with a type-c connector.

Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector include:

  • Entirely new design
    • Tailored for emerging product designs
    • Robust enough for laptops and tablets; slim enough for mobile phones
    • Similar to size of USB 2.0 Micro-B
  • Usability enhancements
    • Reversible plug orientation and cable direction
  • Supports scalable power charging
  • Future scalability
    • Designed to support future USB performance needs
  • Mechanical specs:
    • Receptacle opening: ~8.4mm x ~2.6mm
    • Durability: 10,000 cycles
    • Improved EMI- and RFI-mitigation features
    • Power delivery capacity: 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing

A great example of how the simple things in life are often the best!

Source: USB.org Via: Extremetech

LG G3 Brodit vehicle mounts now available

Securely fit your LG G3 to any work or personal vehicle.

brodit-active-usb-lg-g3-1The LG G3 has now been available for several weeks, debuting with an impressive specification including a mainstream industry first 2K resolution screen.

Several accessories have been made available so far, including the WCD-100 wireless charger and D855 portable wireless photo printer currently being offered for free with every new G3 purchase from Clove.

In addition to these, we now have access to Brodit’s new full range of vehicle mounts for the G3, which includes their passive, active and fixed installation versions. Longstanding Clove customers will know we always recommend Brodit holders for their excellent build quality and wide range of styles.

The cheaper passive units are basic holders without power; without a mounting Proclip, they cost just £21.60 (£18 ex-VAT). The more advanced powered units have options for fixed wire cigarette charger, split cable USB & separate charger (pictured above) or Molex adaptor models for professional installation to the vehicle’s electrics.

Which ever option you choose, Brodit holders ensure a quality fit and premium-looking solution to mounting your G3. View the full range of G3 holders on the Clove retail site.

Brodit ProClips

brodit-proclip If you haven’t purchased a Brodit holder before then you will likely need a ProClip. These attach to the dash or pillar of your vehicle and are specific to the car in use. Once fitted, you can screw the holder into place and position as required. You can also order new holders without a Proclip, to swap devices in the same vehicle or extra Proclips to aid moving the holder to other vehicles. Prices on the Clove site are provided both with and without Proclips included.

There are thousands of ProClips available for a huge number of vehicles, so we can’t list every one. Instead, head over to Brodit’s site and use the tool at the top of their homepage to find which Proclip suits your vehicle and driving style. Once you have the relevant Brodit 6 digit code, add it in the Clove checkout when prompted so we can make sure it ships with your order.

Sony Xperia Z1 & Z2 price drops

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Saving a few pennies is always a bonus.  What is that old saying? ‘Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.’

Well today we aim to help you achieve this by knocking £24 including VAT off the Sony Xperia Z1 and £38 including VAT off the Sony Xperia Z2.

There is no denying that the Sony Xperia range is strong. Whilst we may not see as many adverts like we do from Apple and Samsung, the products do the talking for Sony, with the Z2 winning the Group Test award in the Android Magazine. It has tough competition in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Motorola Moto X.

On top of this, we are still offering £200 of additional products and content with the Sony Xperia Z2, so for a total of £400 you get a SIM free Xperia Z2, a wireless speaker, noise cancelling headphones, 6 digital film downloads and a trial of Sony Music Unlimited.

Buy the Sony Xperia Z2 for £333.33 + VAT HERE.

If the budget can’t quite stretch to a Z2, or you only need the features a Z1 offer, then for £225+VAT you can purchase the Z1 HERE.

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