Nokia HD-10 Miracast Adapter due end of September

Nokia-HD10-Miracast-Screen-Sharing-CloveI didn’t see this one coming – Nokia are looking to provide stock of one of the best looking Miracast adapters to date by the end of the month.

The HD-10 Miracast Screen Sharing Adapter connects to your HDTV with an HDMI cable, then waits for a connection from your Miracast enabled phone.

Miracast is included in the new Lumia 930, upcoming phones such as the Lumia 830 and a select few older Nokia devices such as the Lumia 1520.

Miracast is also baked into Android phones from 4.2 onwards and Nokia have ensured these will also be compatible with the HD-10.

One unique design extra with the HD-10 is that it features an NFC tag for super quick pairing. If your phone doesn’t have NFC then you can of course just search for the HD-10 in your display settings, but the NFC tag makes the process all the quicker.

Even better this NFC tag is located on a slick little portable disc, which can be removed and put somewhere convenient such as a coffee table. I’m assuming this disc uses uses Bluetooth low-energy and a tiny rechargeable battery to keep connected to the powered main unit (I’ll take any corrections to this in the comments!).

You can order the HD-10 from Clove for just £61.20 (£51.00 ex-VAT), in black or white with first stock expected by the end of September.

 

Miracast?

Nokia-HD10-Miracast-NFC-Disc-ClovePlenty of you might not know about Miracast, although it’s been creeping into more tech for a couple of years now.

Think of it like a wireless HDMI cable. Essentially it lets you share exactly what is on your phone’s screen with an HDTV. If the TV doesn’t have Miracast built in, then you stream to an adapter like this HD-10, which is connected in turn to the TV over physical HDMI .

Miracast is an extension to the WiFi protocol and uses WiFi Direct. This means that the two devices are talking directly to each other on an ad-hoc network, rather than taking up bandwidth on your main wireless network.

With Miracast whatever is on your screen gets transferred, so you can stream app content, videos, music, games and even web pages.

Nokia Lumia 930 Price Drop & UK special offer reintroduced

Nokia Lumia 930What seems ages ago already, the Nokia Lumia 930 launched in the UK to quite a fanfare.

Not only did UK customers receive the best Windows Phone device manufactured to date, they were also able to claim a promotional bundle from Nokia including an MD-12 wireless speaker and DC-50 Portable Wireless Charger.

Nokia have now decided to officially reintroduce this offer, so all new UK orders will now be eligible to receive this bundle.

Claiming the offer

To claim the bundle, you will first need to wait for your Lumia 930 to arrive from Clove.

You can then visit the Lumia 930 Offer redemption website and input the unique IMEI number of your phone (please be aware that this site will not be live until Saturday 20/09 when the announcement is made for physical high street sales).

Once you have added your IMEI number, the website will prompt you for your choice of colour for the speaker (black, yellow, green or orange).

There is limited stock of each colour available at any given time, so if yours is unavailable, try again later.

The portable charger will always be white. Following this, you can add your preferred delivery details to the page and Nokia will dispatch as soon as possible.

Lumia 930 price drop

To coincide with the UK offer being reintroduced, we also have a price drop for all customers.

You can now order your choice of Green, Orange or Black from Clove for just £399.98 (£333.32 ex-VAT).

This price is confirmed and will remain going forward.

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Moto X 2nd Gen Pre Launch Price Drop

Bamboo, Black Leather and Resin finishes due by the end of September

moto-x-2014-bamboo-blog-cloveMotorola sure are keen to get their refreshed 2014 devices in people’s hands as soon as possible. The Moto X 2nd Gen is receiving great reviews from tech enthusiasts worldwide who have been lucky enough to get their hands on one early.

With the most up-to-date version of Android always available with guaranteed updates, a perfectly formed design with a number of options and top-notch specifications across the board, the new Moto X is being touted by many as the best Android smartphone ever.

We’ve already had stock of Motorola’s incredibly priced Moto G 2nd Gen earlier than expected and now there’s also confirmation of not just a price drop for the Moto X 2014 edition, but also an exclusive bamboo finish we weren’t expecting!

This new finish is an all-natural, wooden backplate that oozes premium quality and is available for the same price as the leather option.

You can now place an order for the new Moto X for the Bamboo & Black Leather options at £429.60 (£358 ex-VAT), or the slightly cheaper black resin option at £408 (£380 ex-VAT).

We don’t have an exact UK arrival date from Motorola yet, although are fully expecting stock to ship before the end of the month. You can also register to be informed by email when stock of your chosen colour lands.

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation at a glance

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen with Shake to Wake
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 MP camera
  • Moto Assist & Moto Voice
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7 mm thick /140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC / Bluetooth 4 / WiFi

Sony Xperia Z3 Unboxing

A first look at Sony’s all new Android flagship

Sony_Xperia_Z3_CopperSony have now officially announced the Xperia Z3 and we expect to be able to start shipping orders before the end of September.

We have the Black and Copper colours confirmed from Sony, both in 16GB configurations. Our stock is expected to arrive in the next couple of weeks and we will be dispatching as soon as it arrives.

We are currently taking paid orders at £515 (£429.17 ex-VAT). If the price drops before launch day then any existing orders will of course be refunded the difference.

If you’re itching to know what the Z3 looks like then Sony have been kind enough to send us an advance retail unit of the Copper model to play with! You can watch Jon’s unboxing below and hear his his initial thoughts.

This is a sample box so there are no accessories inside, the phone itself is a final production model though. Very nice.

If you have any thoughts let us know below. Personally I’m very happy with the copper finish, almost like a muted gold.

Samsung Gear VR – Register your interest

Samsung-Gear-VR-2Alongside Samsung’s somewhat salubrious Unpacked event in Berlin last week, that unveiled the new Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, was an accessory announcement that some are still scratching their heads over.

The Samsung Gear VR is an ambitious project that looks to provide an early vision for the future of VR and AR headsets and entertainment. To manufacture the Gear VR, Samsung have teamed up with Oculus, the company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2bn and responsible for developing the quite literally game-changing Rift gaming headset, due to be released to consumers in 2015.

The Gear VR is certainly more of a concept piece than a mass market gaming device, however it will be fully functional at launch, with a host of content out of the box and more available through the Oculus Store.

The idea behind the Gear VR is that you will slide the Galaxy Note 4 into the front, using the new phablet’s QHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED screen as the main display. The Oculus tech inside will then use some visual wizardry to stretch and augment the display to completely encompass your field of vision. The result is said to thoroughly immerse you within what is being shown, almost putting you in the action, with some content such as the Cirque du Soleil demo letting you physically turn your head and focus around the stage.

Movies, video and games appear to be the biggest draws for Gear VR, although it is yet to be shown if the experience extends beyond ‘compatible apps’ and into navigating the actual Android system, or even browsing the entire web.

‘Video passthrough’ is another feature that may be a necessity: long press the back button on the Gear VR and the Note 4’s 16MP camera will kick into life, giving you a heads-up of what’s going on in the real world outside of your VR experience.

Available content

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Some tech demos and licensed movie content will come pre-installed, so you can explore Tony Stark’s lab in the new Avenger’s Tower or see what it’s like to pilot a Jaeger from Legendary’s Pacific Rim franchise. Other content includes partnerships with IMAX, Dreamworks and VEVO, along with the game Protocol Zero (working title) from DENA.

Games are where Oculus would like to see developers ply their trade for their main Rift product, although the Gear VR provides an enticing look at what these may feel like in action. With included accelerometer, gyro and proximity sensors, as well as a side mounted touchpad, the Gear VR is more than just a fancy immersive display unit to showcase Oculus’ visuals. Should devs be so inclined, they could also adapt existing games or create new ones to run through the Gear VR, with the Note 4 picking up the processing.

Register your interest

Samsung haven’t dropped an officially confirmed UK release date or price for the Galaxy Note 4 yet, so we haven’t yet got these for the Gear VR either. We’re hoping that the two will launch together when Samsung do decide to provide them to retailers, so right now we’re looking to gauge interest in the VR.

You can visit the Clove retail site for more details on the new Samsung Gear VR – add your email details to the notification box on the product page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we know more regarding price and availability.

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Moto G 2nd Gen Shells & Flip Shells Now Available

Moto-G-2014-Shell-RedOne of the most surprisingly successful accessories in the last year has been the simple Motorola Shell, compatible with the original Moto G and Moto G 4G. Initially we were surprised at the volume of requests for these, however in hindsight it now seems obvious that they were going to be a highly sought after accessory.

Android smartphones have become increasingly similar in their look, with only a few colour variations to exercise your personal choice. Sony have a rather flamboyant purple shade for some of their flagships, however for almost everyone else it’s mostly just black or if you’re lucky, white.

With the Shells and Flip Shells, Motorola provided a cheap and simple method of quickly refitting your Moto G. Thankfully this has been continued and the range has been completely repurposed with the same colour options for the new 5 inch 2nd generation Moto G.

A device this cost-effective is going to appeal to a huge number of different people from fashion-conscious teenagers to novice users and also those in developing areas of the world. With a couple of Shells under your belt, you can swap out the look of your Moto G in seconds. Shells are also a great way to give the G a new lease of life, should you be a bit heavy handed and give your original black cover a bit of a beating after a few months.

Moto-G-2014-Flip-Shell-BlueYou can also benefit from the Flip Shell, which also replaces the back cover of your new Moto G.

7 colours of each, all available now

The Moto G 2nd Gen Shell is available now for £14 (£11.67 ex-VAT), in the following colours: Turquoise, Lemon/Lime (yellow), Cherry Red, Royal Blue, Chalk (white), Violet & Spearmint (green).

The Moto G 2nd Gen Flip Shell is available now for £18 (£15 ex-VAT), in the following colours: Turquoise, Lemon/Lime (yellow), Cherry Red, Royal Blue, Chalk (white),Violet & Liquorice (black).

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.

Jabra Stealth

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)

MHL, Slimport, Miracast and Chromecast. What’s the best way to get from phone to TV?

Wired or wireless? We look at the best ways to get your phone display on your big screen.

Google-ChromecastOne of the most frequent questions we hear at Clove is “how can I get my x‘s screen to show on my TV?”. It’s a very widespread issue and one that rarely has a simple answer. This is in part due to how much technology in both the mobile and home entertainment industries has advanced and merged in recent years. It’s also not helped by there being a number of different solutions, many of them incompatible with each other or particular devices.

A few years ago wireless wasn’t really a viable option and only the most expensive devices were compatible for video out. There are now more options than ever, however we understand the tech can be complicated if you don’t follow it regularly. In this post we’ll be looking at all the mainstream options available to get content off your phone and onto your telly.

Cables or wireless

belkin-routerOne of the first questions you should ask yourself is do you want to be wired or wireless? Now most of you will probably all chirp in with “Wireless!” as the answer and with good reason. Less wires means less hassle, plus you have the freedom to browse your phone for content away from the TV, rather than choosing something and leaving it there. It’s also much more useful if your TV is wall-mounted without anywhere close by to leave the phone.

Wireless tech however does bring up a couple of issues. One is cost and the other is compatibility, although these are both now becoming less of a factor now than they were even just a year ago. When choosing wireless, you have to ensure that both sending and receiving devices can speak to each other. Usually they can’t, which means buying something to sit in the middle and translate. Traditionally this was significantly more expensive than a wired option, however costs have fallen.

The last issue is your home network. If the tech you choose uses your home wireless network (as most of them do), rather than a direct connection , then sending your content over it will take up bandwidth. Now modern routers can handle a lot of traffic, however if you live in a property with a lot of open connections at once (I’m looking at you students), then running a real time 1080p video from your phone to a receiver could be slowing everyone else down. Also double that if you happen to first be streaming on your phone from an online service such as Netflix before sending it to the TV. If you bought or were provided with your wireless router several years ago then it might be worth double checking its capabilities if many people use it at once.

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Samsung Mobile UK make the Galaxy S5 take the ALS ice bucket challenge

Is calling out 3 non-waterproof phones clever marketing or a tacky plug?

Samsung Galaxy S5If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few weeks, you should have seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge going viral across social media and even featured in major international newspapers.

Several well known celebrities, most probably a few of your friends and maybe even you have joined in at some point, dumping a bucket of ice cold water over yourself and hopefully donating towards ALS research in the process.

You also get to nominate 3 people afterwards, who should complete the challenge within 24 hours or donate extra instead.

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is an overall term for motor neurone diseases and also the name of the most common type, simply referred to as Motor Neurone Disease in the UK.

The ALS Association (ALSA) in the USA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to researching the disease, and whilst the ice bucket challenge didn’t originate with them, most of the recent media has focussed on donations to them and advocating their cause. Other charities have also joined in recently, most notably Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK.

Highlights of the media frenzy have included Bill Gates’ geeky contraption and the Foo Fighter’s parody of Stephen King’s cult classic Carrie.

In the video below, posted on the official SAMSUNGMOBILEUK YouTube page, the Samsung Galaxy S5 introduces itself with a robotic female voice, gets drenched in ice water then calls out the Apple iPhone 5S, HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia 930 to follow suit.

Whilst this could be seen as some clever marketing and getting in on a popular craze, it is also interesting to note that the 3 phones nominated are not waterproof. Samsung UK have made a donation to the MND Association (similar in scope to the ALSA in the USA), although at the time of writing there is no mention of a donation in the video or description, so a cynic could look at this as mostly advertising on the back of a successful charity campaign.

Still, it will be interesting to see how the other manufacturers respond and if Sony, who brought waterproofing smartphones to the mainstream with their original Xperia Z have anything to say on the matter.

For more information about the ALS Association, MND Association and Macmillan, please click on the following links:

www.alsa.org

www.mndassociation.org

www.macmillan.org.uk

HTC One Mini Silver – Now £270 with free car cradle

HTC_One_mini_Jul18.jpgJust a quick post to let you know that the price of the original HTC One Mini in SILVER has now dropped to just £270 (£225 ex-VAT). Not only that but while stocks last we’ll be giving away a free official HTC D170 car cradle with each purchase.

With the reduction and the free cradle, this offer makes for a total saving of over £80!

This offer is limited, as with the recent launch of the HTC One Mini 2, the original model is sure to be discontinued at some point soon. To qualify for the free D170 cradle, please ensure it has been added to your basket at the Clove checkout and the discount will automatically be applied in your total. We’ll be running the offer for as long as stock is available.

Follow HERE to order yours today from the Clove retail site.

HTC One Mini at a glance

With a premium aluminium casing and dual front facing speakers, the HTC One Mini followed in the footsteps of its award winning bigger brother. Now available with an update to Android 4.4 KitKat, the One Mini is a top-quality 4G LTE smartphone with a host of modern features.

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.4 and Sense 6 update available)
  • 1.4 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 400
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 4.3 inch 720p screen (341 ppi)
  • 4G LTE (800 / 1800 / 2600 MHz)
  • HTC Ultrapixel main camera with HTC Zoe / 1.6 MP front facing
  • HTC BoomSound with dual front speakers
  • 1,800 mAh Li-po battery
  • 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

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