Sandisk 128GB microSDXC cards arriving in May

Super-sized storage solutions from Sandisk

sandisk-micro-sdxc-128-gb-3Back in February, Sandisk announced a massive 128 GB micro SDXC card to be used in this year’s smartphones and tablets. This threshold had been reached on larger SD formats before, but never the tiny, smartphone-friendly chips.

Stock of these cards has been doing the rounds in very small volumes globally, and although Clove have been looking to get hold of some since their announcement, none of our regular providers have had reliable stock levels until now.

Thankfully Clove have now been informed today that we should be expecting stock around the 8-9th May; we will be looking to fulfil orders during the week commencing May 12th.

The price has been set at £120 (£100 ex VAT), so you can now place an order or register your interest on the Clove retail site HERE

Silver Metal Sony SmartWatch 2 now available

Sony_Smartwatch_2_Silver_MetalIt might seem like some time ago, but back in October the Sony SmartWatch 2 was released.

A wrist-mounted companion for your mobile device, the Smartwatch 2 offered the following key features:

  • Splash proof (Not suitable for, bathing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, or water-related work)
  • Easy calling
  • NFC capabilities
  • Versatile accessory ideal for the active person
  • Connects via Bluetooth to your compatible device
  • Transmits key information from the mobile device to the SmartWatch without the need to touch the phone itself
  • Can be clipped to clothing, bags or worn on the wrist
  • More applications being developed at all times to give greater personalisation and functionality

At the time of launch, only Black Silicone and Black Metal options were available. Some 4 months on Sony announced a Silver Metal version of the SmartWatch 2 has now arrived.

There has been a delay from the original stock date of March, but the Silver version of the SmartWatch 2 can be purchased HERE. On the same page you an also view the new FIFA edition due to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Rio this Summer.

If you want to see what it will look like and what it can do, here is our unboxing video recorded last year:

HTC One (M8) v Sony Xperia E1 speaker test

Sony_Xperia_E1hThe HTC One (M8) is well known for its exceptional audio quality, it really is the best audio experience on a  smartphone. Great volume and quality.

A logical competitor would not be the Sony Xperia E1 for many people as it is at the other end of the scale in terms of specs and price.

What makes the Xperia E1 stand out is its speaker.  It is capable of producing 100 decibels; which is loud for a smartphone.

I though therefore I would put a quick video together to show the differences between the speakers on the two.

The M8 produces very balanced sound with good volume, whereas the E1 is louder but the quality is not as good, the speaker sounds strained, but it does serve a purpose at a price.

HTC One (M8) Languages

If you are thinking of buying the HTC One (M8) and want to know what system and keyboard languages are on the phone, then be sure to check out the video and screenshots below that show you just this.

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KAZAM Trooper X5.5 Languages

Please view the video and screenshots below to see what languages come pre-installed on the KAZAM Trooper X5.5 smartphone.

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How to use Xperia Transfer Mobile

Migrate your contacts, conversations, media and other content to your new Xperia

xperia-transfer-mobile-logoOne of the most frustrating parts about getting a new phone used to be the conversion process. Getting all of your contact’s numbers & details, as well messages & other media such as music files onto a new handset can be quite the undertaking and daunting to many.

For Android users, the blow has been softened somewhat in the last few years if you regularly back up with Google. Just signing into your account on a new device gives you the option to download any compatible apps you have installed in the past and also ensures your contacts are up to date.

Google doesn’t do everything you might want for you though, plus if you’re making the switch from iPhone to a new Sony Xperia then you could be forgiven for thinking you need to start from scratch.

Xperia Transfer Mobile

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Sony have recently made the new Xperia Transfer Mobile app available on Google Play.

This is designed to allow certain devices to connect to a new Xperia and sent across close to everything you could ever want, including SMS messages, full contact cards, ringtones, video & audio files and even browser bookmarks where compatible.

The full list of everything that can be transferred depends on the exact device you are sending from, and the apps you have used on your device (for instance bookmarks from a different browser on your old device won’t transfer into Chrome on your new Xperia).

Supported data includes: Contacts, Calendar, SMS, MMS, Bookmarks, Notes, Photos, Music, Videos and Apps (iPhone only).

When using Xperia Transfer Mobile, the receiving device must be a Sony Xperia handset running Android 4.3+.

The sending device must be either an Android device running 4.0+ (tested with Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, ZTE and Motorola handsets), or an iPhone with iOS 4.0+. For older Android devices and BlackBerry handsets then you will need to use the existing desktop software suite explained at the end of the article.

Pairing the the devices depends on whether you are sending from an iPhone or an Android. With an iPhone you will need to use a USB host cable; one is included with the new Xperia Z1 Compact and Z2, you can purchase one from Clove at the previous link should you need one. If you wish to transfer and cannot obtain the cable, then use the desktop software suite explained at the end of the article.

Transfer from iPhone

Once paired, you can remove the USB host cable and transfer over a common network via WiFi, although this will be slower (approx. 5.8 Mbit/s compared to 19 Mbit/s).

  • Open the Xperia Mobile Transfer app on your new Xperia
  • Select Next, followed by iPhone
  • When prompted, connect your iPhone to the new Xperia with the USB host cable
  • A pop-up to “Trust This Computer?” should appear on the iPhone screen. Select Trust
  • Following the pairing confirmation, select the content you want to transfer from the list and press Transfer
  • Press Accept on the privacy notice
  • Wait for the transfer screen to finish*
  • (Optional) If you asked for apps / games to transfer, you will now be able to choose from Android equivalents**
  • Press Finish

*The transfer will pause if your iPhone is not connected to power and the screen goes dark. Wake the screen or connect to power to continue transferring

**Many apps from iTunes have a free equivalent in Google Play. Xperia Transfer Mobile will only suggest free Android apps that match your iTunes apps

Transfer from Android

Transferring with Android devices is done using Wi-Fi Direct so can be completed without a common network. Pairing can be done either via NFC or by PIN code generated by the Xperia Transfer Mobile app.

  • Open the Xperia Mobile Transfer app on both your new Xperia and the old device
  • Select Next, followed by Android phone on both handsets
  • Ensure the new Xperia is set to Receiver and the old device to Sender* 
  • On both devices, select the same pairing option (PIN / NFC)
  • Type the PIN generated PIN code on the old device or tap the NFC tags together
  • Press Accept on the “Invitation to connect” pop up
  • Select the content you want to transfer from the list and press Transfer
  • Wait for the transfer screens to finish
  • Press Finish on both devices

*The option for sender/receiver will not be available on non-Sony devices

Xperia Transfer via PC

Sony have also long provided the Xperia Transfer tool through their PC Companion (PC) and Sony Bridge (Mac) software suites. Using the Xperia Transfer tool in these suites is comprehensive and will allow you to migrate much of what you could ever need from an old Android, iPhone or BlackBerry.

Xperia Transfer on a PC is more comprehensive and caters for the following OS versions:

  • Android version 2.1 and later
  • iOS version 4.x and later
  • Blackberry OS 4.x – 7.x (BlackBerry 10.x and later not supported)

Transferring via PC will hand over the same content, however you will need to keep both your new and old devices connected to the PC for the duration of the process.

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The Toughphone to end all tough phones?

Reviewing the new Defender from “The Toughphone”

Once it was enough for builders, roofers, farmers, rig workers or anyone else used to working in, or regularly passing through extreme or outdoor environments, to make do with an affordable and replaceable phone should it ever break.

Nowadays though, most regular consumers have been widely exposed to a smartphone revolution that includes email, instant messaging, shopping, GPS navigation and gaming right at our fingertips. Such power, complexity and convergence of technology makes for relatively expensive gadgets. Without sacrificing a lot of functionality, smartphones are not cheaply replaceable.

Now ever since this popularisation of the smartphone, a number of manufacturers have been trying to corner the market for rugged and resistant devices that can survive drops, dunks, dents and all other denizens of damage. Many have attempted and some have succeeded in producing popular handsets that make the grade, now it’s time for the Defender.

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HTC Desire 816 – White now available to order

First stock of the SIM-free Desire 816 due early May

htc-desire-816-coloursThe Desire 816 is HTC’s new mid-range handset for 2014 and a great choice for anyone wanting a combination of style, performance and up to date features without breaking the bank.

First spotted at MWC back in February, the Desire 816 continues the long-loved brand’s tradition of affordable quality by leaning on the 2013 HTC One for design inspiration. You will find the now familiar dual-fronted speakers adorning the front panel and key HTC features including BoomSound audio enhancement and HTC Zoe camera augmentation.

What also makes the 816 such great value for money are the specifications that matter most to many of our customers. The 5.5″ 720p screen is large but not totally unwieldy, whilst the 13 MP main- & 5 MP front-facing camera combination is a budding mobile photographer’s dream.

Adding to the impressive exterior is up to date support for 4G LTE in the UK & Europe, as well as all the other connectivity mod cons you expect from a new smartphone.

Clove are now taking paid orders for the WHITE version of the Desire 816 – you can place yours HERE for £295.00 (£245.83 ex VAT) – due early May.

The black version is currently still on pre-order (no payment taken) whilst we await an arrival date. You can also register your interest for the green & orange versions as we wait for more information on these.

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LG G2 Mini coming at the end of April

TLG G2 Minihere is a current trend to create compact or mini versions of the most popular phones. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 all have smaller counterparts.

LG’s G2 now joins the gang with the LG G2 Mini.

Unlike the Z1 Compact though the G2 Mini does have inferior specs to it’s big brother but there is still a lot to like.

The G2 Mini which will be available at the end of this month for £249.99 including VAT has the following headline specifications:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 4.7″ IPS LCD touchscreen
  • 4G connectivity

For more information or to order one, please just CLICK HERE to be taken to the LG G2 Mini page on the Clove website.

ARCHOS are building the smart home

Cameras, sensors and personalised remote control – all from your mobile device

Defining what makes the smart home will be very different in many people’s eyes.

From a construction company or property developer’s perspective, a smart home may be one that is fitted with all mod cons, has a streamlined, simple construction and perhaps comes with items pre-fabricated off site.

To a gardener, a smart home may be one that has sprinklers built into the lawn and borders that can be controlled remotely.

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To most people reading this on the Clove Blog, a smart home will probably mean a house full of electricity hungry, screen rich gadgets that intercommunicate.

If you’re anything like me, your home is well on its way to being filled with lots of these products already, but just how smart are they?

Independently they may be very clever and contain some brilliant functions, but what about when it comes to connecting and integrating?

Integration

Take the simple scenario of having one central location that stores all of the photos and media captured on the variety of mobile devices used in your home. You may have a slick solution and set-up, however I bet it took some time and plenty of learning to get there. Or it may still be a nightmare, especially if you have a variety of platforms in use that don’t communicate well with each other.

Now whilst I don’t have the perfect solution for anyone who may have the above issue; this is just one example of how our individually sophisticated pieces of tech can be much more complicated and cause unforeseen problems further down the line.

The ARCHOS smart home

ARCHOS are a known brand, most recently for their tablets and previously for personal media players, although they have perhaps always been seen as second class to the likes of Samsung, Apple and Sony.

I’d hope this attitude should start to change soon though when you see what they are bringing to the market.

Back in January, ARCHOS announced their Smart Home and Josh covered all of the products which were showcased. The whole concept was in connecting the products in your home with ease.

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I can speak first hand about how connecting your home isn’t that simple as I am currently trying to make my own home smarter. Honestly though, there are so many products with different purposes that do not communicate well that the process is arduous. Unless I or anyone else is willing to spend big bucks on a brand new integrated system from scratch, the task is going to be difficult and lets face it, few of us can afford to do this.

ARCHOS are looking to change this; essentially giving you, me, your mum, gran or next door neighbour an equal opportunity to have a more connected home. You need not have a big budget or have to re-build your entire home’s wiring and other systems.

Monitoring & Security

ARCHOS’ current vision for the Smart Home, possibly even an automated home (depending on your take) is quite clear. They want to provide the opportunity to monitor surroundings and perform actions that previously we would have had to buy lots of expensive and separate kit for.

Have you ever wondered whether your kids have been rummaging through your change pot? Perhaps if someone keeps turning the heating up when you have gone to work? Did that tradesman really spend as long on the job as they said they did? What if your teenage son is raiding the liquor cabinet?

I surmise that most can readily relate to these or similar situations.

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The solution

With that in mind, imagine if for around £200 you could have a kit that included 2 cameras, 2 environmental sensors and 2 motion sensors, along with a main control unit.

Imagine then that when you had gone to work, you could remotely login to see what the temperature is in your house an hour after you left for work.

Suppose you could record and watch the tradesman at your home whilst you were at work.

Imagine knowing and recording, complete with graphic evidence that your kids did ‘borrow’ those few coins from your change pot.

Finally, think about receiving an email to inform you that a certain drawer, door or cabinet had been opened…

The ARCHOS Smart Home will allow for all of this.

Due to be available very soon, the kit will include all of the aforementioned functionality along with the ability to expand your system further.

The components themselves are separate (and have been covered in depth HERE), although they all communicate seamlessly over Bluetooth and your home WiFi network. The Smart Home Tablet pictured above is the central hub and you can also access all the data remotely from your smartphone via an ARCHOS app.

The scene has been set as to what you can have. Follow the Clove Blog and the story of the ARCHOS Smart Home here as we bring you more news, information and details on how the smart home works and how it could make your home smarter.

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