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.

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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.

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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!

Motorola Spotlight Player is simply superb

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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.

Clove’s top 10 Smartphones of November 2014

It is at this time of year that we have normally seen all the new devices come to market and it will be a new year before any significant changes occur in the mobile space.

Between now and the New Year I can think of a couple of devices though that will be arriving, but what impact they make on the top 10, only time will tell.

There is a fantastic selection of phones available, from the big to the small and slim, few will find it difficult to find the right phone for you.

So what are our top 10 smartphones for November 2014? Read on to find out.

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. For a complete list of the phones that we range, see our SIM free smartphones section.

If you have any questions then contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936 and we will happily help.

Nokia Lumia 830_610. Nokia Lumia 830

Spending another month in the 10th place spot the 830 is a respectable smartphone.

The bright colours of Nokia phones make these handsets standout.  But it is not just the colours that make these handsets appealing.

Windows Phone is not everyone’s choice but a lot has changed since many considered it, vast improvements from the notification shade to the availability of apps.

A Carl Zeiss lens on the camera and the Pureview camera technology along with the vast array of manual control make this a winner for many who like capturing photos on the go. There are few that can argue that the camera on a Nokia phone can be beaten.

16GB of internal storage a microSD memory card slot and user removable battery are make the Lumia 830 what it is.

The 830 is also one of the first handsets to come pre-installed with Cortana, Microsofts voice assistant.  It is early days but it is set to be a powerful option learning from what Siri and Google voice do so well.

Buy Nokia Lumia 830 HERE.

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Selfie Smart Pole for Android and Apple Devices

 

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“a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”

You can now buy the Selfie Smart Pole for Android and Apple Devices for £19.99 over on our website, ideal for sporting events, days out with friends and family or pictures at famous landmarks the Selfie Pole comes with two mounts, one for devices up to 7cm in width and a second for larger devices of up to 8.5cm.

The Selfie Smart pole extends to 35 inches and when you’re finished you can retract it to just 9.8 inches, ideal for a back pack, or stashing away in a suitcase for holiday. Connecting via Bluetooth the Selfie Smart Pole lets you capture both pictures and videos at arms length letting you get more of the scenery  and more people in the shot.

The word Selfie was apparently  first used in Australia back in 2002 by a chap who had a few too many sherbets and came a cropper. He posted the following on a forum:

“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic]  and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps, I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”

You can impress your friends not only with the Selfie Smart Pole but also with your knowledge of where the term Selfie came from. Grab yours here.

Nexus 6 available to order, stock due 1st week of December

SIM free nexus 6 available to buyWe now have the SIM free Nexus 6 available to order on the Clove website. Stock is due to arrive in the 1st week of December and will be in limited supply.

We ship orders in chronological order so the sooner you place an order, the greater the chance that we will be able to ship yours from our first batch of stock.

At the moment it is the 32GB Midnight Blue version of the Nexus 6 that we have available to order, priced at £415.83 (£499.00 inc.VAT).

Click here to order the Nexus 6 from Clove

With a 6″ Quad HD display, the Nexus 6 is the first Nexus phablet. It also features the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop. The other headline features of the Nexus 6 include:

  • 2.7GHz quad-core processor with 3GB RAM
  • Dual front-facing stero speakers
  • 13MP Camera and f2.0 lens
  • 3220mAh battery – get up to 6 hours use from 15 minutes charging
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect the screen
  • SlimPort for video out, USB host and USB OTG for connecting accessories
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC

White BlackBerry Passport coming December

BlackBerry_Passport_WhiteThe BlackBerry Passport may not be everyone’s idea of a smartphone, but it has genuinely surprised us as to how popular it has been.  Much of this is helped by the excellent specification and robust nature of the handset.

To date it has been available only in the Black colour, but we are pleased to confirm that as of week commencing 8th December, we will have the Passport in White to.

Key features of the Passport are:

  • 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

If you have missed all the fuss, you can read the full review here or watch our 60 second summary view below.

If you are keen to get hands on with the White Passport, order yours now by clicking here.

 

Deff Travel Biz Magnetic Connector Cable

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The availability of the magnetic charging connector on many Sony Xperia smartphones, means that with the appropriate dock or cable you can charge your device without needing to open the port covers that reveal the microUSB charging port.

Opening the covers can be a bit fiddly and doing so means that during this time the phone is not IP rated as liquid can ingress into the ports.

Many opt for an official Sony charging dock, but this is a bit bulky, more expensive and not always ideal.

A great alternative is the Deff travel biz magnetic connector cable. At one end is a standard USB connector that will connect to a USB port on a computer, wall socket, mains adapter or battery pack and on the other is a magnetic adapter which connects to the compatible Xperia handset.

When the connector is attached to the magnetic connector on the phone or tablet and the USB end connected to a power supply charge is transferred to the device to power and recharge the battery.

This cable which is 100cm in length is lightweight and easy to transport, great if you are always n the move.

The adapter that connects to your Xperia handset does too have an LED light for symbolising that the phone or tablet is charging or is fully charged. The LED will be blue or a pink/red colour.

A great accessory for your Xperia smartphone or tablet we are sure you will agree.

This is due to be available from early December and will cost £15 including VAT.  For more information or to order one, you can do so by clicking here.

Included below are some more detailed images of the magnetic connector cable for you to enjoy.

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