Motorola Moto E – delivers with dual-core

qualcomm-snapdragon-processorIt’s very easy to think that only expensive gadgets can include top quality components, with cheaper products using parts from lesser known manufacturers. This needn’t be the case though if you build to a required specification and stick to your guns.

The Moto E, despite retailing at an almost silly £99 off contract and SIM free, still manages to make use of a dual-core processor to power things. This isn’t from an unknown silicon manufacturer either, it happens to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200.

Qualcomm have been pushing the boundaries of mobile processing technology for several years and their Snapdragon range is widely regarded as being the go-to chips for making smartphones, tablets and other mobile kit. Qualcomm always offer a range of chips at different performance levels in any given technology cycle. The Snapdragon 200 is on the lowest rung of their current ladder, however is still a very capable processor.

This happens to be a version of the 200 that is dual-core rather than quad-core (almost all other Qualcomm chips utilises quad-core technology), also seen in budget phones from LG and Sony. This doesn’t detract from its capabilities however and is a very good option for keeping the final price of the phone low.

With this chip running the show, the The Moto E is still able to smoothly handle a number of tasks simultaneously, great if you forget to close your apps down properly when flicking between them!

The Snapdragon 200 does have its limitations of course. You’ll find some of the most up to date and powerful mobile games will be beyond its capabilities to run well, however if this is what interests you in the mobile world then you’re probably well aware you need to be spending more money.

Overall you’ll find that Motorola’s decision to pick Qualcomm for the processor is good investment. They have respect in the mobile industry and are known for the quality of their components. The dual-core Snapdragon 200 offers a responsive and reliable experience with the Moto E, keeping the illusion running that the phone in your hands must be worth more than £99.

LG G3 Design Story

LG_G3_Shine_Gold_Hands_On6With a number of device launches over the past few weeks and months it’s always good to take stock of what has actually been released.

Launched at well under £500, the LG G3 was a definite contender for best value for money in the flagship stakes, combining top of the range hardware and features at an impressive price.

The one thing that will sway many consumers however, especially if they are not too concerned about software features or processor speeds, is simply how the phone looks.

Much has been made of Samsung’s style choices over the years and HTC won awards in 2013 for breaking convention. LG though also gathered column inches when the G2 was released last year, with the eyebrow raising decision to place the power and volume buttons on the reverse of the handset.

It was a brave move and the style has continued into the G3. In the following promotional video from LG, a number of key designers talk about the process that went into finalising the G3′s design, based on the ergonomics of holding the device with rear buttons, materials used and hardware components.

The LG G3 is available to buy from Clove for £492 (£410 ex-VAT), with a free WCD-100 wireless charging plate while stocks last.

Motorola Moto E – a budget-conscious bargain

Motorola_Moto_E_black_and_WhiteIt seems that every few months there’s a new announcement in the mobile industry. Whether Samsung are pushing a new octa-core processor, or Apple want to include gold mined from Mars in the latest iPhone, the news usually focusses on the most expensive and powerful mobile devices we enjoy using.

In the last few years though, the smartphone has become a tool accessible to the masses and offers immeasurably more than a simple communicator ever could. Whilst the market for ever-increasingly powerful portable computers won’t be dying out any time soon, there’s a huge number of people who neither need nor want all the features a £5-600 price tag provides.

Cheaper phones have always been available, yet they have often seemed to be little more than an afterthought when compared to their shinier counterparts adorning adverts. Issues including poor build quality or lacklustre software experience have often spoiled what could otherwise be a consumer savvy choice.

Not so more with Motorola’s recent handsets. Their new philosophy is to provide the basics, done well, at a price that leaves other manufacturers scratching their heads. The Moto E is just £99 off contract and SIM free. Considering the overall specification, the price almost looked like a joke when first announced.

Let’s also not forget that Motorola aren’t a new company. They aren’t a Chinese startup or a loss-making division in a larger overall business. This is Motorola. The company may not be exactly what it once was since it separated from the wider enterprise-oriented Motorola Solutions, however the name still carries weight and respect in the consumer space.

Right now nothing comes close to touching the Moto E. If you understand the specification and realise you don’t need a phone to do anything more than the Moto E can, there’s almost nothing else you can really compare it to.

Without moving to a lesser known manufacturer and risking build quality or cheaper components, the Moto E is undoubtedly the best phone this amount of money can buy.

Google Nexus 5 32GB £290 – Available August 11th – Order Now

Limited stock of Google Nexus 5 32GB BLACK & WHITE – place your orders now.

Google Nexus 5Back in May we had a very short run of Black Nexus 5 available at an amazing cut price. Demand was incredible and as expected we ran out very quickly.

Now we are pleased to say, after weaving a little bit of magic, we have now been able to secure further 32GB stock in both Black and White.

This time round the price is £290 (£241.67 ex. VAT) and will be available from August 11th (that’s a Monday for anyone rushing to their calendars). This offer makes for a £49 saving over the Google Play store.

Stock is limited and whilst we have managed to secure a fairly large number of these, we cannot guarantee the offer will be able to run up until the 11th. For this reason any orders will be charged when they are placed to help manage the inventory. Of course should you change your mind at any time after ordering, just contact the Clove sales team on sales@clove.co.uk for assistance.

If we sell out of these before the 11th then the offer will be removed from the Clove site. Don’t worry if you’ve placed an order and the offer disappears from the website, it will still be fulfilled unless we contact you to say otherwise.

To place your order for the Nexus 5 32GB, simply click HERE to be taken to the Clove retail site.

Nokia Lumia 930 Promotional Bundle – UPDATE 18/07

275x175 Nokia Lumia 930Last week Jon explained in detail the promotional bundle being offered to UK customers for the Lumia 930.

UPDATE 18/07

We can confirm that ALL UK ORDERS PLACED UP UNTIL THE 18th JULY are eligible for, and will receive, a promotional bundle to be delivered separately from the phone.

To register your phone for a free bundle, you should visit THIS WEBSITE. Here you can register the IMEI number of the handset(s) you have received from Clove Technology. The IMEI number can be found on the box or from the settings options on the Lumia 930.

Once added, these will be checked against a list of IMEI numbers known to have been dispatched by Clove to UK customers. Nokia will then handle the dispatch of the bundles. We currently expect all bundles to be delivered in 2-4 weeks.

The offer is being removed for the weekend 19/20th July as our offices are closed and we are rapidly approaching the end of our available stock.

UK orders placed from 17:30 BST on July 18th onwards are not guaranteed to receive a bundle, however may receive one as we fill the last of our allocation.

We do not expect any further stock of the promotional bundle beyond that we have already secured.

If you have any questions regarding this offer, or about an order you have already placed, please contact the Clove team at sales@clove.co.uk

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We can confirm that ALL UK ORDERS PLACED UP UNTIL THE 17th JULY are eligible for, and will receive, a promotional bundle to be delivered separately from the phone.

This offer was originally intended to run for all orders received until July 31st, however due to unprecedented demand, the offer is now limited until stock remains.

We are honouring this offer for new UK orders placed from the 17th July onwards, while stock lasts.

We cannot at this time confirm when the stock will run out. Instead all details of the offer will simply be removed from the product page and this blog post updated when this happens.

New LG G Pad range now available from Clove

LG G Pad 7.0 in stock now, 10.1 coming soon.

LG_G_Pad_Series_500The original G Pad was a surprise hit from LG last year. With a decently sized screen, plenty of features taken from the G2 smartphone experience and a very competitive price, it ticked almost every box required.

The new range from LG continues this success, expanding to include more screen sizes whilst continuing with cost-effective pricing and features from the G3.

Cost-effective power

The specifications aren’t going to challenge the absolute top of the range, however this isn’t really the point of the new G Pads. They have been designed with the budget conscious customer in mind.

If you have looked at the cheap 7 & 10 inch tablets readily available from a host of 2nd and 3rd tier manufacturers, yet held off buying for fear of their reliability, LG are hoping their offerings will be what you’re looking for.

The Snapdragon 400 processor, as seen in the hugely popular Motorola Moto G smartphone, runs the show on these new G Pads with aplomb. Each size model happily handles the rigours of daily social use and communication, multitasking, games and modern apps, with complete certification for Play Store access and all other Google services.

They also have some cool features unique to LG, one of which is QPair. Despite the tablets themselves being WiFi only, they can pair to any Android 4.1+ smartphone with QPair installed from the Play Store and allow you to respond to calls and texts. Perfect if you’re relaxing with the tablet in one room, with your phone elsewhere.

LG G Pad 7.0

LG-G-Pad-7.0-blueAvailable now in black and white for the very competitive price of £149.99 (£124.99 ex-VAT), the G Pad 7.0 is a perfect high quality alternative to the likes of Tesco’s Hudl or Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Not to mention it has complete Play Store access and a powerful, modern processor that leaves the cheaper competition looking lazy.

  • 7.0-inch IPS (1280 x 800, WXGA)
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
  • 8 GB storage / 1 GB RAM / microSD slot
  • 3.15 MP main camera / 1.3 MP front facing
  • 4,000 mAh non-removable battery
  • 189.3 x 113.8 x 10.1 mm / 293 grams
  • a/b/g/n dual band Wi-Fi
  • QPair 2.0, Smart Keyboard, Knock CodeTM

Orange and Blue versions have also been announced and we are awaiting arrival dates on these.

LG G Pad 10.1

lg-g-pad-101-blackThe 10.1 version has been confirmed to the UK by LG, although we are currently waiting on a retail price and availability.

You can currently register your interest for the 10.1 and we can provide you with updates for both the planned red and black models.

  • 10.1-inch IPS (1280 x 800, WXGA)
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
  • 16 GB storage / 1 GB RAM / microSD slot
  • 5 MP main camera / 1.3 MP front facing
  • 8,000 mAh non-removable battery
  • 260.9 x 165.9 x 8.9 mm / 523 grams
  • a/b/g/n dual band Wi-Fi
  • QPair 2.0, Smart Keyboard, Knock CodeTM

LG G Pad 8.0

An 8.0 variant has also been announced by LG, although we have yet to receive any information about a UK release, nor is it currently listed on the US LG website with the 7.0 & 10.1.

With the current 2013 8.3 model continuing to sell well, LG may well be waiting to sell through their lines before replacing it.

The 8.0 will follow the same hardware specifications as the 10.1 based on LG’s official news release, with a 5 MP camera & 16 GB storage, so we’ll share information on UK availability as soon as we have this.

Cat B15Q User Manual/Guide

Cat B15Q User Manual/Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the user manual for the Cat B15Q rugged smartphone. Click the PDF icon to open the manual.

If you would like a printed version of the manual, just click here.

Cat B15Q User Manual

The B15Q is the updated version of the very popular Cat B15 launched last year. A rugged phone with an impressive top-marks IP67 protection rating, the B15 impressed critics by being far more than the sum of its parts.

With many rugged phones falling into the trap of providing protection at the expense of user experience, Cat’s efforts have been outstanding at delivering a smooth and modern smartphone.

The new B15Q updates where most needed, providing the current version of Android KitKat alongside a nippier processor.

Should the user manual here not answer any of your questions about the B15Q, then feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

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New Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Brodit Mounts available to order

Keep your new Tab 4 10.1 close to hand in your work or personal vehicle.

Galaxy-Tab-4-Brodit-Active-USB-1The Samsung Galaxy Tab range has been one of the most successful run of Android slates since Honeycomb first brought an updated interface for larger screens.

Perfect for personal or light business use, Galaxy Tabs, which have been regularly updated, are a great middle ground of performance and price. A great alternative to a laptop, they can also be used out and about as a navigation aid, or for managing stock, processing payments or anything else a small mobile business may require.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is now available in a 16GB/WiFi variant from Clove for just £306 (£255 ex-VAT). Alongside the tablet though, you may be interested in a safe and secure method of mounting in your personal or work vehicle.

As with most popular devices, Brodit have released a range of passive, active and fixed installation holders for this very purpose, all available with or without a vehicle specific Proclip.

Brodit’s full range for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is available to order from Clove HERE, including the passive (basic holder), active (charging) and fixed installation versions.

The cheapest passive holder is available for just £30 (£25 ex-VAT).

Brodit ProClips

If this the first time you have ordered a Brodit holder, then you will also require a ProClip. ProClips are specific to each vehicle and generally attach to a section of your dash, vent or pillar. Once attached, you can then secure a Brodit holder for any device to it. You can then order new Brodit holders for other devices without a Proclip and then swap holders/devices in the same vehicle.

Brodit have the car specifications to manufacture thousands of ProClips; due to this we can’t list every one. Instead you can pop to Brodit’s website and use the tool at the top of their homepage to locate which one best fits your vehicle and driving style. Once you have the relevant 6 digit code, add it in the Clove checkout when prompted and we can ensure it ships with your order.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini due end of July for £379.99

Samsung’s newest Galaxy gets the inevitable Mini treatment.

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_WhiteThe sun sets and rises, dogs have 4 legs and new flagship smartphones will have a smaller version released a few months after launch. So it is written.

With the undeniable facts of life laid out before us, the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is now available to order from Clove Technology. Officially announced at the start of the month, the S5 Mini is the usual downsizing and price drop we have come to expect.

Keeping exactly the same design aspects as the main Galaxy S5, the new Mini features the dimpled, soft-touch removable backplate, is sealed for IP 67 protection and available in the same colour range.

Many of the features have carried over too including the Private/Kids mode for locking down the phone to user specified apps and stopping calls, messages and payments; perfect when passing your device over to friends or the smaller members of the family.

The S Health wellbeing application remains too, a useful hub for managing a healthy lifestyle and compatible with leading fitness wearables such as Samsung’s Gear Fit. Samsung have also made sure the fingerprint scanning technology is included on the S5 Mini. An extra many thought would be dropped, this is great for securing your device and authorisation purposes.

Of course there is almost always a reduction in specification to complement the size and price drop. With the S5 Mini we have a 4.5″ 720p HD Super AMOLED screen, more than suitable at a comfortable 326 ppi. The camera drops to a more standard 8 MP as well, although many of the software features included in the main S5 make their way to the Mini’s camera app.

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First stock due end of July

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is ready to order from the Clove retail site at £379.99 (£316.66 ex-VAT), with first stock expected by the end of July.

3 colours are confirmed right now; Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue, just like the main S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini at a glance

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 4.5″ Super AMOLED 720 x 1080 screen
  • 8 MP camera with autofocus, flash, HDR & panorama
  • 2.1 MP front facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanner for locking & authorisation
  • Ultra Power Saving Mode
  • Private / Kids Mode
  • IP 67 rated (water & dust resistant)
  • 2,100 mAh removable battery
  • 131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1mm
  • 120 grams

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LG G3 QuickCircle Case Update

2 versions of the LG G3 QuickCircle case coming to the UK: ‘snap-on’ and ‘replacement-cover’.

LG_G3_QuickCircle_CaseNothing’s ever too simple in the mobile industry and even when it comes to accessories, some manufacturers like to provide a lot of choice.

We’ve known the LG G3 would be receiving an official QuickCircle case since its initial announcement. What we weren’t expecting was more than one version!

As seen by some reports from customers in Asian territories, 2 versions of the QuickCircle case exist; one that simply snaps on to the back of the phone and another that replaces the original backplate.

LG have now confirmed to us that both versions are coming to the UK and should be available from the 21st July in Metallic Black, Silk White and Champagne Gold.

Do they support wireless charging?

Initial reports suggest that the ‘snap-on’ version will not cater for the built-in wireless charging capabilities in the G3. The ‘replacement-cover’ version however should have pin contacts so it can still be used with Qi wireless charging plates such as LG’s WCD-100.

Reports of the replacement-cover version in Asian territories are conflicting however, with two subversions existing, one of which doesn’t have charging contacts. This seems to be due to an Asian G3 variant existing without Qi charging built in.

We therefore remain confident that the replacement-cover stock we are receiving will support the wireless charging, as the UK D855 G3 model we sell has this built in.

Pricing

The G3 QuickCircle snap-on is priced at £24.99 (£20.82 ex-VAT).

The G3 QuickCircle replacement-backplate is priced at £29.99 (£24.99 ex-VAT).

The Black, White & Gold versions are first due in by July 21st. Pink and Green/Mint options may arrive later, although we are still waiting on confirmation of these.

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