ARCHOS Smart Home Bundle available first from Clove Technology, throughout June

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POOLE, UK – 21st May, 2014 – Home automation and intelligent security monitoring has taken a giant leap forward thanks to Poole based Clove Technology who have just launched the new Smart Home range of products from ARCHOS.

Clove Technology Managing Director, Chris Love, says “Having a smarter home which understands its environment, knows who is coming through the door and could automatically text you when the kids get in is now available at the fraction of the price of systems put into million pound properties just a few years ago”.

The ARCHOS Smart Home is a innovate kit comprising of a 7” Smart Home Tablet, two (2) movement tags, two (2) mini cam’s and two (2) weather tags that work together to allow your home to become smarter and yourself more informed.

The six (6) provided wireless components communicate with the tablet using the Bluetooth Smart data transfer standard. Able to be positioned indoors and out, the components have a communication range of up to 20 meters indoors.

Powered by lithium batteries, these innovative modules are capable of lasting a whole year without replacement; the kit offers a tidy, cable free solution for the modern home.

Easily programmable with three simple steps, the use of a Trigger, Action and Schedule allow you to configure the system to work for you the true power of the system is only realised when you have it in hand and see it in use.

Mike Edwards, UK Managing Director of ARCHOS, commented. “We are very excited about this new range of products we are launching and the way they can offer a simpler more cost effective solution to many aspects of home automation. There are additional products to complement the range further coming soon and we are pleased to be working with Clove Technology exclusively on this launch.”

The UK exclusivity runs for a period of one month from June 1st when the first kits will begin shipping from Clove.

The ARCHOS Smart Home is available for order now, at a price of £199.99 from Clove.

For further more detailed information on the Smart Home and how it works visit our Explore Archos Smart Home page.

About Clove Technology

Clove Technology more commonly known as ‘Clove’ is a specialist provider of the very latest mobile technology, most specifically, smartphones, tablet PCs and accessories.  Established in 1992, Clove is a small knowledgeable company with friendly staff, competitive prices and dedicated to providing the best customer service. www.clove.co.uk

For a copy of the full press release, please click the icon below.

Sony Xperia M2 now in stock

Sony_Xperia_M2Following the popular Sony Xperia Z2 the Xperia M2 is now in stock at Clove.

Featuring a 4.8″ touchscreen, WiFi, NFC and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor the M2 is no slouch, but a phone that offers performance at an acceptable price point.

Powered by Android, this handset has the full suite of Google apps and services and of course the ability to download your favourite apps and personalise it in a way that suits you.

Available SIM FREE now from Clove in either Black or White, the M2 costs just £175+VAT.

Order yours here.

Sony Xperia Z2 now in stock with accessory bundle

Sony_Xperia_Z2_FormationThe SIM free variant of the Xperia Z2 from Sony may have been subject to some delays, but we can now confirm that this exceptional handset is in stock and available for purchase now.

Available in either Black or White colour options the Z2 is priced at £450+VAT.

For this price, included at no extra cost is a NFC enabled portable speaker and noise cancelling headphones worth £120, plus an £80 digital content bundle.

The digital content bundle includes 6 film downloads and 30 days subscription to Sony Music Unlimited.

Originally available to pre-order customers only the bundle offer has been extended whilst stock lasts.

You can CLICK HERE to order yours today.


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If you want to know more about the Z2, you can read about it here in our full review, or watch our unboxing and video review below for the most detailed coverage.

Samsung Galaxy S5 delayed

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UPDATE 27/5: NOW IN STOCK.

AVAILABLE FOR ORDER HERE.

Further delays have been caused by a last minute change in commercials by Samsung.

Stock is now expected late next week approx (28th May).  The selling price has also increased as a result.

Customers affected by the delay have been notified and the new higher price on the website.

The blue colour option has also been removed, with only Black or White available for purchase.

Should delays with any particular colour(s) occur next week, then affected customers will be contacted with up to date stock information and their available options.

The supply of SIM free stock is ultimately in the hands of Samsung; until next week all official UK Galaxy S5 stock is to be sold directly by them or their chosen partners.

Clove’s shipment, along with other online retailers who have been waiting for UK stock, is to be fulfilled by a distribution partner in conjunction with Samsung.

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.

Instruction manual printing & binding service

Manual_PrintingGet your .PDF user manual printed

For some time now we have been offering a service whereby we print and bind the official user manual for your smartphone or tablet.

Modern technology often does not come with an instruction booklet included, instead it is included on a disc or on available online for download.

Whilst digital copies have their advantages, sometimes the good old paper manual works best.  Most often so you can quickly and easily refer to it when you need to and to learn how to get the most from your product.

You can get a user guide printed for your smartphone or tablet here.

Due to the popularity of this service, we are now offering the option to you, to have any user manual printed, whether it be for a cooker, a TV or a stereo.

All you need do, is click here to be taken to our instruction manual printing & binding service (here).  Select the appropriate option based on the number of pages in the manual you want printed and then enter the URL/web link to the manual available online that you want us to print.

Once you have gone through the online checkout, we will print & bind your manual and send it out to you.

Wireless charging coming to the Sony Xperia Z2

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Charge the Xperia Z2 wirelessly.

Wireless charging isn’t exactly a new technology, but it is not an old one either.  It is only within the last year or so has it become more commonplace.

Nokia have pushed this the most on their Lumia range of handsets offering it either as standard on the phone or as an additional option with an accessory.

Samsung have taken a similar approach.  The Note 3 and S4 are both devices to already have optional wireless charging accessories, the S5 will be the same.

To date Sony have not offered wireless charging.  The closest they have gotten to this is through the magnetic charging dock that adorns the side of the higher end handsets.

This is all set to change through with the Z2.

Sony will be offering a case which will be available in 2 colours and a charging plate to enable this wireless option for the Z2.

Exact details on the case and plate are limited, we do not have an actual image of either to show you, but we do now have them listed on our site.

The Black and White WCR12 Wireless Charging cover for the Z2 is priced at £69.99 inclusive of VAT and is due to be available some time in June.

Now the wireless charging cover is no good without a wireless charging plate.  Enter the WCH10 on which the Z2 with the WCR12 fitted can be sat for convenient wireless charging.

The WCH10 charging plate will retail for £54.99 including VAT.

Orders are not currently being accepted for these products, but you can enter your name and email address on the relevant product pages and we shall contact you when we have further information available.

Packages & shipments to Russia – new pricing

russian flagWhether you are a Russian based customer of Clove or not, it is quite likely that you are aware of the issues that have been experienced with mail entering Russia over the last 12-18 months.

Shipments are often delayed, may take several weeks to arrive and in extreme cases the packages have been stolen.

Over the last year Clove have used various services to ensure we get packages to our customers as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

For some time now we have been using a service we term ‘Euro Post’ which can arrive to locations such as Moscow and St Petersburg in less than 1 week. The more remote locations of Russia can take 2-3 weeks, as they are routed from here.

This service has proved itself to be more reliable than standard international post / EMS, with relatively quick delivery times in comparison to alternative services.

As of today we have made some changes to our service which we hope will make the costs of postage better and more affordable for many customers, most specifically on lower value items.

The new and improved options will be offered in the checkout at the time of order and are based on the value and weight of the items you are ordering.

We trust this will come as good news to many.

Pre-order Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5The S5 was announced this week by Samsung as the successor to the S4, sporting a range of new features including IP rating, fingerprint scanner, hear rate sensor, 15 megapixel camera and 2.5GHz quad-core processor amongst others.

First stock is expected on the 11th April in shimmering White and charcoal Black.

As of today you can pre-order the S5 at a price of £550 including VAT or £458.33 excluding.

To pre-order either colour, click here.

To see what the Samsung Galaxy S5 has to offer you, watch the following video:

PayPal limit increased to £500

PayPal

For well over a year now, we have been offering PayPal as a payment option for the majority of countries we ship to.

To date, with the exception of the UK we have imposed a £250 limit on the order value.

We are pleased to say that we have now increased this limit to £500.

Double the previous limit anyone outside the UK can now place orders up to a value of £500 and pay via PayPal.

There is no limit for the UK and select countries can not pay via this method.

If the option is available to you, it will be presented in the checkout when placing your order.

We trust that this will come as good news to many of you.  If you have any questions or queries, do let us know, otherwise go shopping now at www.clove.co.uk

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 Round up

All the announcements from MWC 2014

MWC 2014 has finally kicked off in Barcelona. Below you can find a round up of the announcements, with links to any that we have covered in more detail.

We’ll also provide links to any newly announced handsets that we list on the Clove website.

Wednesday 26/02/14

Update: HTC continue the Desire brand name with mid-range Desire 816 and 610. The Desire 816 is 5.5 inch phablet with 13MP main camera, 5MP front facing camera and LTE. The Desire 610 has a smaller 4.7″ qHD screen, 8MP main camera. Both are powered by the 1.6 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400.

Tuesday 25/02/14

Clove Blog Post: Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced

Update: Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit announced. The Gear 2 Neo does not have a camera, the Gear 2 does. Both are Tizen based and designed to work with Galaxy smartphones. The Gear Fit is a slimmed down version of the original Galaxy Gear. It runs proprietary software from Samsung rather than Tizen or Android and can be used standalone or as a companion to a smartphone.

Clove Website Devices: Samsung Galaxy S5 (accessories), Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo, Samsung Gear Fit.

Update: BlackBerry continue to manufacture new devices; Q20 with QWERTY keyboard and all touch Z3 announced.

Monday 24/02/14

Update: Announced earlier this month, LG show off 5.9 inch G Pro 2 and the G2 Mini.

Clove Blog PostNokia announces the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL

Clove Blog PostSony announce new Xperia Z2 flagship, Z2 Tablet and M2

Clove Website Devices: Sony Xperia Z2 Sony Xperia Z2 accessories, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (accessories), Sony Xperia M2 (accessories), LG G Pro 2

Update: Sandisk announce 128 GB microSDXC card (press release)

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