Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – Hello, pleased to meet you

Over the past few weeks we’ve been providing in depth coverage of the latest Sony flagship handset; the Xperia Z2.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Now we’ll be taking a look at the new tablet from Sony, the rather similarly named Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. There isn’t that much competition in the high-end Android tablet market so Sony could be forgiven for just putting any half decent attempt out there and being done with it.

That wouldn’t be their style though and by sharing a name with the freshly released flagship phone, this new tablet has a lot to live up to.

With the Z2 Tablet, Sony have provided the market with what could possibly be the best all round 10-inch Android tablet you can buy right now. This may be seen as a very bold statement, however it’s one that I intend to back up and convey to you.

Over the course of our story we will take a look at both the outside and probe deep inside to find out why this is another example of Sony brilliance and a worthy successor to last year’s underrated and often overlooked original Z Tablet.

Samsung Galaxy S5 delayed

Samsung Galaxy S5

UPDATE 15/4:  We have further unfortunate news to share on the release of the SIM free stock of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Stock was expected to arrive later this week after an initial delay; but today we have been notified that the earliest we can now expect units is next week.

This coming weekend is Easter Bank Holiday in the UK, meaning our offices and Samsung’s distribution will be closed from Friday 18th through Monday 21st.

The Galaxy S5 stock will therefore arrive during the latter part of next week. We do not have an exact arrival day as of yet.

We will update you next week when we know more.

We share your frustration and disappointment at the extended delay. To the best of our knowledge, this applies to all SIM free sales from UK retailers. The supply of SIM free stock is ultimately in the hands of Samsung; currently all UK Galaxy S5 stock is to be sold directly by them or their chosen partners with carrier contracts.

We continue to await a shipment from their official distribution partners in the UK. As soon as any units arrive we will process and dispatch orders as quickly as is possible to avoid any further delays.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 official launch date is today, Friday 11th April.

Stock was expected to arrive from Samsung and begin shipping today.  However Samsung have delayed the arrival of the SIM free stock to online retailers including Clove Technology.

As a consequence any order placed with Clove will not be shipping today and will do so when stock arrive.

This is extremely disappointing and we can only apologise, but this delay is out of our control.

At this time we do not have a confirmed arrival date for the stock, but have been told we can expect units next week – week commencing 14th April.

Once we have more information we shall update you and of course ship your order as soon as is possible.

On a slightly more positive note, Android Central have confirmed that the S5 is still subject to a region lock, but they have made it clearer how to remove this.

There is a label on the box that reads:

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

If you are ordering from Clove to a country outside of the intended region, you will be asked at the checkout to confirm your acceptance of this limitation as well as your consent for the box to be opened and  the device activated on your behalf.

New Range of Nokia Lumia smartphones available for Pre-Order

Nokia Lumia 930Nokia has recently announced a new range of Lumia smartphones.  These include the Nokia Lumia 930, 635 and 630, with the first being a new potential flagship product for the company.  The look and specification of these Windows 8.1 phones is certainly impressive, with their being many great features.  Nokia is known for integrating high-quality cameras into their smartphones and the Lumia 930 is no exception.  With it benefiting from a 20 MP which uses a 6-lens optics configuration for producing stunning photos every time.  Qi wireless charging also makes a return with it once again being integrated into the phone and not requiring any add-on.  With the latest 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a 1080p high-definition 5″ display you have high-quality components for enjoying the latest apps, games and all of your media content.

The Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 are also great looking smartphones, with Nokia’s design flare showing through.  If you enjoyed the ability to exchange covers with older Nokia products you will like the fact that you can exchange the shell of these smartphones and choose from a wide choice of vibrant colours.  They offer you the performance needed to keep in touch with everyone in your life and play the odd game when the mood takes you.  The Lumia 635 additionally benefits from 4G connectivity being included so you can quickly download the latest app, games and browse the web like never before.

The specifications of the Nokia smartphones are as below:

Nokia Lumia 930

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 20 MP camera with 6-lens optics
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 5″ high-definition 1080p display
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G connectivity

Nokia Lumia 630/635

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 4.5″ IPS LCD display
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 4G connectivity (Nokia Lumia 635 only)

For further information and purchasing of the Nokia Lumia 930 Click Here    

For further information and purchasing of the Nokia Lumia 635 Click Here

For further information and purchasing of the Nokia Lumia 630 Click Here

Qi Wireless Charging Receiver Card for Samsung Galaxy S5

S5_QI_Wireless_Charging_ReceiverThe Samsung Galaxy S5 is just about to hit the shop shelves at the time of writing this post.

One of the features some would say it lacks is wireless charging.

This can be added through a replacement back cover or case. However there are are couple of downsides.  The phone becomes physically thicker and they are expensive.

Of course the added positive is that the the back cover and case are official Samsung accessories.

If you are however looking for a more cost effective solution, then a QI wireless charging receiver card could be a great option.

The card sits under the standard back cover of the S5 and connects to the appropriate connectors under the case.

The receiver card does not affect the NFC or the thickness of the device as it is sat inside the body of the phone.

Once inserted, the receiver will work with other QI enabled products such as a wireless charging pad be it the Koolpad or the official Samsung pad.

The receiver card is due to be available from late April and can be ordered here for a price of £16.80 including VAT.

Qi Wireless Car Charging Dock

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Wireless charging is becoming more popular with more smartphones now enabled out of the box with this or the functionality added by accessories.

There is a wide variety of charging pads available for desktops but few for your vehicle.

This car cradle is the solution you have been waiting for.

If you phone has Qi wireless charging, sit it within the dock, using the adjustable clamp arms to hold it in place.

Connect the provided USB cable and USB car charger together connecting one end into the dock and the other into the vehicles 12V/lighter socket.

Once connected the charge will be transferred to the phone.

Thanks to ‘cool’ charging technology the phone and cradles temperature are kept under 45 degrees.

With no physical cable connected to the phone, inserting and removing it from the dock has never been easier.

3 charging coils are encased within the holders plastic frame to ensure the maximum charge is delivered in the fastest, safest and most convenient of ways, no matter your phone size or position.

A strong suction mount offers secure fastening to a windscreen or other flat surface.

Use the adjustable ball joint to adjust the position of the holder to offer the best viewing angle.

All of this for £39.99 including VAT. Nokia make an equivalent for £69.99 including VAT, that is £20 to be saved!

To find out more, please click here.

CAT B100 Toughphone now available

CAT B100 5There are times and places where it’s not always convenient to have a top of the range smartphone. If you work outside, or in an environment not suitable for high end devices then the Cat B100 could be the perfect phone for you.

Whilst the B100 does not have the capabilities of modern web browsers and apps, 3G functionality is available so you can access the Internet for basic browsing and email retrieval.

Where the Cat B100 comes into its own is with its rugged nature. Rated to IP 67, the phone is dustproof and waterproof in freshwater up to 1.5 metres for half an hour. The military 810G protection rating also certifies the device for drops onto concrete up to 1.8 metres (6 feet).

Unlike other very bulky, rubber encased tough phones like the Cat B25, the B100 follows the same design as the B15 smartphone. The strength and durability come from a reinforced aluminium chassis with rubber surrounds only in the areas where they are most needed.

The result is a handset that can take some serious hits without being a complete brick. The keypad is also widely spaced with larger than average buttons, perfect for those with big thumbs or wearing gloves!

See it in action in the following video. If you think it is the device for you, then CLICK HERE.


Clove’s top 10 smartphones of April 2014

April is always a big month with the previously announced devices arriving in shops and on the virtual shelves.

At the time of writing we are days away from the first stock arriving of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.

The HTC One M8 has just arrived in time to make it into this months list.  However, where will it stand in a months time?

Please do remember that this list is our top 10 based on our preferences, feelings, sales and customer feedback.  Others may have a very different opinion on what makes their top 10.

1Cat B15 front0. CAT B15

CAT might be a name you are familiar with if you have been past a building site.  If you work in the trade you are likely more familiar with it.

Focused primarily on heavy machinery, the brand have a range of accessories to cater for the needs of those in the building industry and the B15 is one such example.

This phone is capable of being dropped, knocked and submerged in water and still able to perform.

Larger than many phones, it will not be desirable to all but it is better suited than many.

the specs are not too bad really all told and the phone comes in both single and dual SIM options.  So you can have your personal and work phone on at the same time.

Buy CAT B15 HERE.

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Price drop on the Moto X

Moto X

Good news if you’ve been twiddling your thumbs over the Moto X, we’ve got a price drop for you today which sees the rather super phone from Google and Motorola down  from £241.67 ex VAT to £225 ex VAT. The Moto X has received a mass cult following ever since it was announced and the opening up to other markets including the UK has seen its popularity grow.

The Moto X is feature rich, most of what it comes packing including the 10 MP Camera, 4G LTE compatibility and powerful  1.7 GHz dual core processor certainly give other devices a run for their money. Google have also bundled  in 50 GB of Google Drive Storage so you can keep the built in 16GB for music, videos and apps. To get your hands on one head over to our website , we have them in stock.

Discounts on selected Sony Xperia smarphones at Clove Technology

Sony Xperia Z, Z Ultra, Z1, Z1 Compact and SP all receive discounts!

Buy Sony Smartphones from Clove TechnologyDue to the recent announcement of the Sony Xperia Z2 (UK SIM free stock due early to mid-May), we have revised the pricing on a number of popular Sony Xperia handsets. This stretches back to the original Xperia Z, resulting in some rather attractive price drops.

The incredibly popular Z1 & Z1 Compact are notable on the list, along with more niche devices such as the super-sized Z Ultra & gamer friendly Xperia SP.

These are all highly capable smartphones that have received some fantastic reviews and feedback from our customers here at Clove. Please find the latest pricing below:

Xperia Z2 – In a nutshell

SCR10-Style-Cover-Stand-blackThe mobile market is very competitive, there are some big names all fighting to have their devices in your hand and it could all come down to one simple feature that sets it apart from the rest. What Sony have done with the Xperia Z2 is bring great features that make it uniquely Sony but keep it close to the Android way of doing things.

For the first timer to the seasoned user you’ll find a device that has been crafted to a very high standard measuring in at 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm.

Many a people debate what makes a good smartphone, Apple have always been at the top with their design and build, Sony can proudly say that they sit up with the best of them when it comes to a device that not only has great features, runs very well but also feels and looks like a premium device.

With a aluminium frame and glass front and rear panels, just by looking at it you know it’s a Sony device.

 

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