New Jabra accessories available to order

You’re on! Jabra Bluetooth & wireless audio accessories from Clove Technology

Jabra are a longstanding manufacturer of high quality audio accessories, founded off the back of ventures in the ’80s that had developed in-ear microphone and telephone technologies. Throughout the ’90s, Jabra created and patented a number of technologies and established themselves a brand associated with premium audio equipment for both businesses and consumers.

Jabra have solutions for a number of scenarios, ranging from fitting out call centres, providing equipment for a fleet of vehicles or simply delivering a top notch experience to individual consumers. Clove have long offered Jabra’s consumer products and we are pleased to announce a new range for 2014.

Jabra’s range is split primarily into Bluetooth headsets for phone calls, headphones (wired and wireless) for sports & music, speakers (fashion or in-car) for music & calls and lastly office/call-centre headset solutions.

Bluetooth Headsets

Jabra Storm 2 Jabra StormThis is arguably Jabra’s most well-known product category, and possibly the most difficult to differentiate in. There are many basic Bluetooth headsets available at a wide range of price points so it takes something special to improve upon what’s already been.

Jabra’s two newest headsets, Storm and Stealth, incorporate new microPOWER technology which allows for a reduction in battery size from previous generations, whilst keeping the same lifespan. This has allowed for the designs to be slimmed down to improve ergonomics and remove excess weight, yet still deliver the same length of use.

You’ll also find Noise Blackout™ & HD Voice technologies incorporated. The first is Jabra’s noise cancelling system, featuring a second microphone to capture directional sound that adds to the traditional noise cancelling microphone and Digital Signal Processing algorithms developed in the late ’90s.

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HD Voice is known in telephony as wideband audio, sampling sounds at a higher rate for clearer reproduction at both ends of a call. If your network provider utilises HD Voice in your area then you will benefit from clearer sound when using compatible equipment such as Jabra’s headsets.

Finally, the feature to differentiate the Stealth from the Storm is that it can integrate with your phone’s personal assistant. Whether you use Siri on iPhone or Google Now on Android, just press the dedicated headset button on the Stealth and speak away.

Jabra Storm – £59.99 (£49.99 ex-VAT)

Jabra Stealth – £69.99 (£58.32 ex-VAT)

Wireless Headphones

Jabra Sport Wireless PlusJabra produce some wired headphones, although we’re only looking at the wireless units for now. Once the provision of those with a lot of money to spend, wireless headphones are now as affordable as their corded cousins and capable of lasting days on a single charge.

If you’re in the market for something that stays put when running or working out then the Sport Wireless+ may be of interest. With an over-the-ear design, the Sport Wireless+ stays solidly in place and offers all of the benefits of Jabra’s most recent Bluetooth headsets.

To add a little bit of extra value, Jabra also include 7 sets of gels to find the perfect size and a 3 month free subscription to the Edmondo Premium fitness app.

The Rox Wireless is the slimline and discreet option for music lovers. New battery technology allows for a stripped-down design and an innovative method of keeping the buds in place: EarWings. It might sound like a silly name however these tiny, lightweight plastic additions can be added to the gel buds to keep them locked in place.

Inline controls and miniaturised microphones also make the Rox Wireless a capable companion for taking calls and adjusting volume or tracks on the fly. You can even use the Rox Wireless as a gaming accessory with Bluetooth compatible consoles or PCs.

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds 5For those that consider fitness to be king, there’s always more to be gained from a workout; whether stripping a few seconds off a PB or looking to to increase efficiency during burns, extra data is always welcome.

The brand new Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds from Jabra deliver everything the Rox does, in the same design with a sporty flash of yellow, yet adds a little high tech wizardry by taking and relaying your pulse. The ear is one of the best places on the body to get good heart rate information so it makes perfect sense to put a sensor in an earbud.

Jabra Sport Wireless+ - £79.99 (£66.66 ex-VAT)

Jabra Rox Wireless - £99.99 (£83.33 ex-VAT)

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless – £199.99 (£166.66 ex-VAT) – UK Availability TBC

Speakers

Jabra Solemate MaxThe Jabra Solemate range provides fashion speakers in a range of sizes, each with a number of different features and increasing in bass & volume as they get larger. The original Solemate and ultra-portable Mini version are examples of Jabra’s commitment to sound quality in a consumer product.

It is their newest Solemate Max though that deserves applause. The size and weight make it a little less portable than its little brothers however it more than makes up for this in sound quality and versatility. Check out our full review to learn more.

It’s not all about music speakers though, there’s probably room in your vehicle for a Jabra somewhere, especially if you don’t like, or it is illegal in your country, to drive whilst wearing a headset.

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The newest addition to the consumer in-vehicle range is the Streamer. Rather than an expensive speaker, separate from your car’s audio system, Jabra have opted for a more compatible option that should work with stereos of almost any age.

The Streamer pairs to your smartphone just like a Bluetooth headset, then uses a simple 3.5mm connector to plug into your stereo. This relatively low tech accessory can also be used as a Bluetooth receiver for stereos in your home too.

We don’t have a new car speakerphone for 2014 just yet, however the Freeway remains a high quality product, perfect for mounting to your sun visors and allowing you to hold a full conversation with ease.

Jabra Solemate Max – £249 (£207.50 ex-VAT)

Jabra Streamer – £TBA

Jabra Freeway – £69.99 (£58.33 ex-VAT)

Doro 624 now available

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We’re pleased to announce the availability of a new addition to our Doro range of phones, the Doro PhoneEasy 624. With all the functions and features that are unique to Doro the PhoneEasy 624 comes in a stylish Red clamshell design.

The Doro PhoneEasy 624 also comes with a host of features to help you with the everyday including a calendar with reminder, torch, wake up alarm and their unique ICE (In Case of Emergency) feature.

In the box you’ll find a lanyard so you know where your phone is, a desktop charger to keep your Doro PhoneEasy fully charged and a USB cable.  You’ll be able to order one for £119.99 here or you can always give us a call on 01202 766015 if you have any questions or would like some advice on what phone is best for you.

Samsung Galaxy Mega now half price

Samsung Galaxy Mega User ManualThe Samsung Galaxy Mega is now £240 including VAT, that is virtually half the price it was when it launched 12 months ago. That is quite a saving.

When it launched it was £455 and now at £240 that is £214 saving.

Whilst the Mega is not for everyone at £240 there is a lot it can offer is you have a specific requirement.

An almost tablet sized device the Samsung Galaxy mega has 6.3″ display, which is ideal for media on the move.

Other notable features include:

  • 8GB internal memory
  • Large, removable battery – 3200mAh
  • Only 8mm thick
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung TouchWiz
  • True multi-tasking in split screen mode
  • AirView lets you preview content by hovering your finger over it
  • IR Blaster – use the Mega as a remote control
  • MicroSD slot to expand storage space for files
  • Plenty of connectivity features – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • GPS GLONASS for navigation
  • Video out via MHL – connect the handset to the TV
  • 199g in weight
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core processor

The Mega is available now in Black and White from smartphone specialist Clove.  Order yours here.

Constantly tweaking your smartphone setup

HomescreenI am well aware that many of you who are reading this are smartphone fans who love to test,  find and try new technology.  So if I were to ask are you constantly tweaking your setup? Your answer would probably be yes.

However you, me or your next door neighbour will always be tweaking a little bit with app additions etc, but do you have a a setup that sort of works best for you?

Do you have apps organised in folders? Do you have home screen dedicated to apps? Is it a clean or cluttered layout?

If you were to switch to a new phone, would the layout be the same? Would this be one of your first jobs or would you play about with features before organising the layout the way you like it.

Considering I am normally quite organised I am not happy with my home screen layout, I need to spend some time to make it work better for me.  However I currently have a messy, but organised setup.

My main screen has the time, search, and key apps, with some organised in a folder.

I have another home screen dedicated to contacts for speed dialling, another to my calendar and then another for other regular apps.

So what is your home screen setup like? Do you care to share? Are you constantly tweaking?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – £226 cheaper 1 year on

GS4-Active_008Back in July 2013 the first stock of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active arrived in the UK for sale.

An offshoot of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Active launched with a 5″ full HD display, 8 megapixel rear camera, microSD, and much more, but most importantly at the time an IP67 rating to make it a bit more friendly for those who used their devices in the rain or wet conditions.

At the time of launch it was selling just shy of £500, £486 to be precise.

Just over a year on, you can now obtain the same handset for £260 inclusive of VAT, that is £226 cheaper than at time of launch.

Although it may be 12 months old the S4 Active still has a reasonable specification with key features including:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.9 GHz quad core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage (approx 11.25 user accessible)
  • 5 inch full HD TFT screen
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 2 MP front faceing camera
  • MicroSDXC up to 64 GB
  • Wi-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n dual channel & Wi-Fi direct
  • DLNA, NFC & Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • IP67 ingress protection – water resistant and dust proof
  • 2600 mAh removable battery
  • 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm
  • 151 grams

Still available today at a much more wallet friendly price of £260 you can order an S4 Active here today.

It’s time for the LG G Watch R

LG_G_WATCH_R1It was only a couple of months ago that the LG G Watch went on sale and now we have the LG G Watch R. Although price and availability are yet to be confined you may have seen what it has to offer. A few things that stick out for me is the new look, it comes with a round face, the LG G Watch has a square face.

With the LG G Watch R we see a Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, how this will impact on battery life will remain to be seen but we don’t yet know if it will have an ambient light sensor, one would think so as this was one of the biggest complaints people had over the LG G Watch. 

With the LG G Watch notifications take up the whole screen, some may well be concerned that a round screen won’t but in the press release LG say that 100 percent of the screen is utilized. That is what many have said has put them off the Moto 360.

Key Specifications:

■  Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400

■Ÿ  Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)

■  Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM

■  Battery: 410mAh

■Ÿ  Operating System: Android Wear™

    (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)

■Ÿ  Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG (Heart Rate Monitor)

■  Color: Black

■Ÿ  Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

Another addition is the Heart Rate Monitor, this will link with various fitness apps to help you keep tabs on how you’re getting on with those fitness goals, something many questioned why LG left it out of the original G Watch.

Hopefully we’ll get price and availability over the coming days, LG are going to announce more info at IFA in Berlin, it runs between  4  and 9 September, somewhere in between I’ll be a Dad so not only have I got lots of new tech to look forward but a new addition to the family.

What do you think, has this made you reconsider the Moto 360 or are you happy with your current smartwatch? If so you can register your interest on our website , all we need is your name and email address. As soon as we get more information we’ll let you know.

If you’re new to Android Wear we’ve got a handy post that introduces you and that can be found here.

 

What do you use for in vehicle navigation?

mapsI hold my hands up and admit that reading a paper map is in my mind and old school art form that I have not learnt.

My idea of map reading is Google Maps, very sad I know but that is the way it is.

Whilst I know the rough directions to get from the sunny South coast of England to many major towns or cities, I do rely on the digital brains of Google Maps to confirm this and direct me.

When in the car, I sit my phone in a Brodit mount or I am now using it even more for walking, just carrying it in my hand.

I have seen Google Maps evolve and I like how it has.  I rely on it because 9 times out of 10 it works and gives me things like traffic information, time of arrival and alternative routes.

Whilst I have changed vehicles in my last one, the factory fitted solution was awful. It was out of date and the interface was poor.  Yes it tied in with the cars audio system and perhaps was the all round safer solution.  However when many of the factory fitted navigation systems cost well over £1000 (plus expensive updates) it is very easy to see the appeal of a smartphone solution, that is continually up to date, despite some limitations.

I actually went as far as reconfiguring my last vehicle, installing a tablet in place of the factory fitted navigation system, you can  see the result in the following video.

However, what I am keen to know is what is your navigation in a car?

Do you have a factory solution? If you do, do you pay the high prices for the map updates? Do you use a smartphone or tablet instead?

Whatever the solution would you consider something else or like to see changes made?

We are beginning to see manufacturers integrate more up to data solutions through schemes such as Google Auto, but is it enough?

Sony tease IFA announcements #xperiadetails

Sony have begun to tease us ahead of IFA next week.

The 1 minute video does not tell us a great deal, but if you analyse the video you will get some clues.

The first is at the beginning, the numbers count up 1, 2 and then finish on 3.  Interesting that there has been the Xperia Z, Z1 and Z2….

At 5 seconds a woman in the video creates a triangle using her hand. Any link to the fact Xperia products are PlayStation mobile certified?

There is a lot of intimation of social, sport and fitness.

Mentions of powerful and keep going may refer to processor speeds and good battery life.

There is then reference to a lot of colours and water.  Reference to colour options on future handsets and the fact they are IP rated?

Via: Xperiablog

Nokia Lumia 530 Now in Stock

Nokia-530-messaging-HomescreenIf you were thinking about purchasing the Nokia Lumia 530 you will enjoy to hearing it is now in stock.  All colours are available, so if you want it in green, orange, or dark grey we will be able to fulfil your order.

This phone is Nokia’s budget smart phone, but you get lots of features and benefits, the main one being Windows 8.1.  This is the latest version of the Microsoft’s Phone operating system and it brings with it many advantages. This includes the new “Action Centre”, the ability to add folders to your Home screen, an improved on-screen keyboard and plus many others.

To give you a reminder we included the specification below which you will agree is great for under £100.

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 1.2Ghz quad-core processor
  • 4″ display (854 x 480)
  • 5MP camera
  • 4GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

The Nokia Lumia 530 is now available for £99 inc VAT

Update we can now offer the green and dark grey versions of the Nokia Lumia 530 at just £90 inc VAT.  Giving you a further discount on this competitively priced smart phone.

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

Jabra_Sport_Pulse_Wireless_EarbudsWhilst exercise has always been important, today we are told more than ever about what we should be doing to keep ourselves fit and healthy.

For many, exercise can seem monotonous and perhaps boring.  Listening to your favourite music and podcasts can help ease this.  Therefore investing in a suitable set of headphones or earbuds is important to ensure you are not only able to listen to this audio, but do so comfortably knowing your ears will not be irritated nor will they fall out with the motion of running and general exercise.

Already available are the Jabra Rox earbuds that provide a great solution for just this. Wire free they are simple to use and have in-line controls.

However, today Jabra have evolved the product line adding the Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earbuds which bring additional value to you as the user.

An integrated heart rate monitor makes these your all-in-one training solution.

A biometric in-ear heart rate monitor works in conjunction with the Jabra Sport Life app, available for Android and iOS to ensure you train in the correct workout zone for maximum effectiveness.


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Incorporating a heart rate monitor, real time voice coaching and immersive Dolby sound the Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Designed for comfort and practicality the earbuds fit comfortably in the ear canal and the toughened wire trails around the back of the head and next so as not to restrict movement.

Jabra_Sport_Pulse_Wireless_EarbudsfThe connection to your smartphone is completed via a wireless Bluetooth connection.

An inline control on the cable allows you to play and pause music, skip tracks, control the volume and even take telephone calls.

The Jabra Sound app is a dedicated music player for your phone where you can create and browse playlists, share music and optimise the audio experience.

Once setup and familiar with the headset and apps, the integrated fitness level and aerobic capacity tests allow you to test yourself and set personal targets based on distance, time or calories burned.

The Pulse is a sophisticated headset for your fitness needs.

We are awaiting confirmation of availability, but you can register your interest here.

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