Lumia 930 Orange flash sale – £299 this weekend only!

Save £50 on the Orange Lumia 930 – also eligible for a free Fitbit Flex!

Nokia Lumia 930Nokia’s Lumia 930, now under the Microsoft Devices banner, is a high powered smartphone suitable for casual users or executives alike.

Complete with 5 inch screen, 20 MP PureView camera, wireless charging and complete access to Microsoft’s Office and Cloud services, the 930 is a productivity dream.

The most recent Windows 8.1 Lumia Denim update also infuses the 930 with extra software features; introducing Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant, updating the camera performance and improving home screen organisation.

For this weekend only, we are slashing £50 off the retail price of the Orange model to just £299 (£249.17 ex-VAT). So if you have a Dutch friend to gift to or just fancy something a little vibrant as the days start to get a little longer, this could be just what you’re looking for.

Even better, this reduction coincides with the end of Microsoft and Fitbit’s promotion to receive a free Fitbit Flex for UK and RoI customers. Order this weekend, and when your receive your Lumia 930, simply download the Fitbit Gift app from the Windows Phone Store and follow the instructions.

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HTC One M9 – Imaging

HTC One M9 (Clove)The HTC One range has had an interesting ride with camera technology. Both the original 2013 model and last year’s M8 featured an ‘Ultrapixel’ camera.

This was developed in house by HTC and whilst it only had a true megapixel number of 4 (the M8 had two of them for a total of 8), the pixels themselves were significantly larger than in other leading smartphones, supposedly resulting in a greatly increased amount of light let in for each picture.

Critics were divided and whilst the low light performance of the cameras was praised, comparisons of the end results in all situations with other smartphones remained inconclusive at best.

HTC have now decided to transfer that Ultrapixel technology to the front of the One M9. In a time where taking a selfie is the new craze, adding an excellent low-light camera for doing just that is a really smart move.

Listening to critics and consumers alike, the main camera has been updated to an industry leading 20.7 MP, now on a par with Sony. This is also protected with a sapphire lens cover to avoid scratches and damage.

The promo video below shows us a few of the new software enhancements. HTC Zoe returns to provide animated slideshows of your best pictures, as well as an updated photo editor.

The new HTC Eye Experience software (first seen on the Desire Eye smartphone) delivers extra features including Auto & Voice Selfie, Group Video Chat, Split Capture, Crop Me In, Face Fusion, Live Makeup and Photo Booth filters.

Register for the HTC One M9 with Clove Technology

Free Fitbit Flex with select Lumia phones – 1 week left!

Last chance to pick up a Fitbit Flex with Lumia 930, 830 or 735

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Back in January we informed you of an offer being run by Microsoft Devices (previously Nokia) that allowed you to receive a free Fitbit Flex with select Lumia handsets.

Well it so happens that there’s only a week left of this offer – qualifying purchases must be made before March 31st!

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All purchases of the Lumia 930, 830 or 735, in any colour, are eligible to receive a brand new Fitbit Flex with an RRP of £79.99.

Once you receive your phone, you will need to activate with a UK or RoI SIM card and register the purchase. This can be done through the ‘Fitbit Gift’ available through the Windows Phone Store. Once registered, a black Fitbit Flex should be on its way to you within 28 days!

Registration must be completed before April 15th.

The offer is being run through Microsoft, Fitbit and their promoter, so unfortunately we cannot change the T&C’s and allow for other countries.

We are a registered partner though, so all purchases from Clove will definitely count. For full terms and conditions of the offer please read after the break.

The Fitbit Flex is a smart activity tracker to monitor your daily exercise, sleep patterns and provide analysis. With a Fitbit account and connected smartphone app you can set goals, share or compete with friends and enjoy real time updates of your progress.

N.B. If you have already registered for this offer and have not yet received your Flex, there is a helpline available on 0844 409 6620. Helpline open hours are 9:00 – 17:30 Monday to Friday. Calls are handled by A-Novo Ltd on behalf of Microsoft. 

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HTC One M9 – BoomSound

HTC One M9 (Clove)BoomSound has been one of the stand out features of the One range since HTC first brought us the front-facing speakers in 2013.

The HTC One M9 doesn’t just feature the powerful dual speaker set up of previous models, it also utilises Dolby Audio Surround technology to deliver your music or movies with truly separated audio channels for a more immersive experience.

Whether your using Spotify, streaming an episode of your favourite series from Netflix or playing back a clip of the most recent gig you went to, The HTC One M9 offers great sound quality every time.

Register for HTC One M9 with Clove Technology

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge – Hardware

samsung-galaxy-s6-next-is-nowTop of the range smartphones need top of the range hardware and the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge are no different to others in this respect.

Samsung have utilised their own processor technology in the S6 range, bucking a longstanding partnership with manufacturer Qualcomm and their Snapdragon chips.

The new Samsung Exynos is the first 14 nm octa-core mobile chip, making it an absolute performance powerhouse when coupled with 3GB of RAM.

Battery life remains a big issue in 2015 and Samsung have addressed this. New fast charging technology offers up to 4 hours use from just 15 minutes of charge, and there are now far more options for managing power consumption and optimising the phone to conserve battery.

As an added bonus, Samsung have also included wireless charging as standard (no need for extra cases) – even better – they have ensured both the Qi and PMA standards are covered.

Register interest for Galaxy S6   Register interest for Galaxy S6 Edge

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HTC One M9 – Sense Home

HTC One M9 SIM Free UKIn this promotional video we take a look at the new Sense Home Widget available for the first time on the HTC One M9.

The widget has been designed to use your location data and then display a unique set of applications based on this.

The idea behind the widget is that when we’re relaxing at home, sat at our desk in the office or out for a stroll at the shops, the applications we’ll be interested in differ. By learning your daily patterns, the Sense Home Widget can curate which apps you have the quickest access to at any time.

The video also briefly advertises how the new Themes applications can take your own images to personalise not just the phone interface, but also a number of internal applications too.

Pre register for HTC One M9 with Clove Technology

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge – Camera

samsung-galaxy-s6-next-is-now Samsung Galaxy phones have long been praised by critics for their camera performance, combining high quality hardware and software for excellent results.

With the S6 and S6 Edge, we will see a 16 megapixel main camera and a big increase in the front-facing camera to 5 MP. It’s not all about the raw pixel numbers though, both cameras have had their F stops dropped to 1.9 (from 2.2 and 2.4, back and front respectively), so there is now a lot more light detail coming through on every image.

Samsung have also committed to HDR and OIS (optical image stabilisation) for both stills and video. The combination allows for rich colours, contrast and greatly reduced blur. Plus there are dozens of filters, shooting modes and editing options available straight out of the box. You can even edit video on the fly!

Register interest for Galaxy S6   Register interest for Galaxy S6 Edge

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HTC One M9 – First Look video

HTC One M9 Gold SIM Free UK (Clove)As is always the way with the run up to a new launch, HTC have released a few promotional videos to explain a little more about the HTC One M9.

This first video in the series is an overview of what the M9 will be offering, casting a close eye over the design, materials and a few of the new features we can expect.

We get an introduction to Themes, which will allow personalisation of the Android interface and some apps based on your preferences and pictures.

There’s also a little bit of time dedicated to the ‘Home Widget’ which will use location data to provide an updated list of readily available apps on your main home screen.

BlinkFeed has been a One series staple and has now been updated to provide meal recommendations from the local area, based on review data.

Ultrapixel technology won some fans but left just as many cold compared to other rear cameras, so HTC have moved it to the front, replacing the main shooter with a 20.7 MP Sony module with sapphire lens cover.

HTC are also keen to advertise the high quality audio from their BoomSound technology which has now been enhanced with Dolby, as well as HTC Connect for quickly sharing media between devices.

Pre register for HTC One M9 with Clove Technology

 

Take a look at Sony’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop design

Rolling out for Z3 & Z3 Compact now and select Xperia devices soon

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_Blacke“When is my device getting an update?”

This or variations on it is a question we hear a fair bit at Clove. Many customers rightly wonder when their handset will get an update, especially when a major Android release is a good few months old already.

Android 5.0 Lollipop delivered a huge cosmetic overhaul in Material Design, so it will be interesting to see how manufacturers with traditionally extensive overlays cope with adapting it.

Sony’s Android UI has been praised by many critics for being relatively close to original Android with useful, rather than overbearing, additional features and navigation.

In the video below, we get to see what the Sony devs have done with Lollipop and how they have managed to keep the now familiar Xperia interface, whilst integrating the language of Material Design.

The update will be rolling out to the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact first, then down through supported earlier devices.

Some of the obvious and almost unchanged features include the intelligent lock screen notification cards and corner app shortcuts, along with the customisable quick settings menu. We also see Lollipop’s user profiles make an appearance.

One other feature many will be happy to see advertised is the return of ‘Move apps to SD card’. Google listened to developers and consumers alike after messing around with SD card privileges in KitKat. Things are (pretty much) back to normal there now.

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Win a new Moto G 2nd Generation 4G from Clove

moto-g-4g-2nd-genFancy a free Moto G 4G 2nd Gen?

Sure you do. To stand a chance of winning couldn’t be easier, all you need to do is visit our YouTube channel and comment on this video that we’ve also posted below. That’s it!

It’s a little thank you for us reaching 40,000 subscribers on YouTube and whilst you don’t need to be a subscriber to take part, we’d love it if you were!

To clarify, comments to this blog post are not counted as entries, only comments under the video on YouTube will count.  

You have up until March 31st to pop a comment on the video. After that date we’ll use a random generator to pick one comment. We’ll then use the comments to tag you and get in contact.

The competition is open to anyone around the world, so even if you happen to live 10,000 miles away from our offices, we’ll still ship the Moto G out to you!

Order Moto G 4G 2nd Gen

For those of you just looking forward to ordering a new Moto G 4G 2nd Gen, first stock is expected in the next 1-2 weeks. You can order one today for just £155 (£129.17 ex-VAT) and it will be shipped out as soon as stock arrives.

The new Moto G 4G 2nd Gen has Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, a 5 inch 1280 x 720 screen, 8 GB base storage, micro SD support and LTE on bands 1, 3, 7, & 20.