YotaPhone2 – register your interest

Yota’s innovative 2nd generation 2 screen phone is coming soon – register for updates

YotaPhone2-official-heroYota. A name you may not be familiar with but one that has been making noises in the mobile industry for a little while now.

Originally producing high speed 4G connectivity devices such as personal routers, Yota’s success in developing enterprise and consumer technology has lead them to manufacturing a truly innovative smartphone range.

The original YotaPhone, released in late 2013, introduced the world to a phone with 2 screens – 1 main touchscreen on the front and a second low powered e-ink display on the reverse. Many of us spend a lot of time reading on our phones, quickly draining battery life by powering the screen for a simple task.

With the e-ink rear screen, you can delve into news articles, books, emails and other low intensity pursuits without affecting battery life.

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The rear screen uses the EPD (electronic paper or e-ink) technology made world-famous by the Kindle e-reader. The pervasive display has a contrast ratio similar to that of newspaper and is comfortably readable, even in direct sunlight. With the advent of e-books and the huge number of reading apps available for Android, you can now consume to your heart’s content on your lunchbreak or while travelling, without worrying about running short of power before the end of the day.

You can also utilise Yota’s own Put2Back applications for transferring content from main screen to rear. Perhaps you’re browsing online then come across an article you want to read. Simply throw it over to the rear screen and read without excess battery drain. You can even control the phone as normal (in monochrome of course) from the rear screen. This superb power saving feature is great should you be running low on juice after a busy day.

We don’t have official pricing or an exact date on when the YotaPhone2 will be with us, however we’ve been told to expect them quite soon. We should hopefully have some videos and reviews of a test unit for you all shortly as well.

REGISTER FOR YotaPhone2 UPDATES NOW

YotaPhone2 at a glance

  • 5″ AMOLED Full HD 1920 x 1080 capacitive main screen
  • 4.7″ EPD (e-ink) rear touchscreen
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 2.26 GHz Qualcomm 800 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 MP main camera / 1.2 MP front-facing
  • YotaPhone gesture controls
  • Put2Back apps for transferring content
  • Wireless charging

Google Nexus 6 – UK Pricing confirmed

32 GB Midnight Blue £499. Orders due to commence November 18th.

Update: We now have the Nexus 6 available to order

We can now confirm that Clove Technology will be stocking the 32 GB Midnight Blue version of the Nexus 6 at £499 inc. VAT. Other colour/memory configurations are TBC at this time, with availability likely limited to the UK Play Store due to stock levels.

Right now you can register your interest for the Nexus 6 – we will be emailing everyone on the list when orders are opened. According to Google / Motorola we can expect to begin taking orders on the 18th November in conjunction with the UK Play Store. An exact shipping date is to be announced, although we expect early December.

Google Nexus 6

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR THE NEXUS 6 – ORDER FROM NOV. 18th

Google’s Nexus range has always been massively popular, not just with developers after the newest version of Android on the best possible hardware, but also with bargain hunters looking for a low-price, high-spec handset.

Rumours have been circulating for several weeks that the UK price of the Motorola manufactured Nexus 6 would be a fair bit higher than anticipated compared to the Nexus line’s history. This has been based mostly on the US pre-order price of $649 that appeared briefly on the American Play Store.

Considering the specification of the Nexus 6, we think everyone will agree that this is still a very good price all considered. It may be higher than many were hoping for, however when you factor in a 6 inch QHD screen, the most up to date hardware configuration available and Motorola’s now proven build quality, this is still a bargain.

Google Nexus 6 at a glance

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 6″ Quad HD 2560 x 1440 display (493 ppi)
  • 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Camera and f2.0 lens
  • Dual front-facing stereo speakers
  • 3,220 mAh battery – get up to 6 hours use from 15 minutes charging
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • SlimPort for video out via HDMI
  • USB host & USB OTG
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC

Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Review

A bump in screen size and a memory card slot ups the price. So is the new Moto G still the best budget Android around?

Moto-G-2nd-Gen-Review-1Last year Motorola destroyed the low-end Android market. Cheap smartphones had been available before but usually at a huge trade off; poor processing power, a lack of updates and support, plus questionable build quality were just a few thorns in the sides of those just wanting something modern and affordable.

So the original Moto G was the handset to answer the call of thousands of consumers. Under the watchful eye of Google’s ownership, Motorola crafted a solid, well-designed and bang up-to-date smartphone that ticked almost every box. It also provided a sense of familiarity and trust from a brand synonymous with mobile technology and reliability. It’s of no surprise to this reviewer that the original Moto G was the least-returned, high-selling handset at Clove last year.

So here we are 10 months later – what’s changed and is it for the better?

Well for a start Motorola’s range has a notch lower to entry-level with the dual-core Moto E. This little cracker comes in at below £100 and took some of the market the original G captured. They then decided to improve upon the G by adding 4G capabilities. The Moto G 4G is still about the cheapest way to get hold of LTE capabilities in an affordable phone.

So why the need for this new 5-inch 3G only model? Especially since it comes with the same name and risks muddying the brand somewhat?

There’s no denying this new 2014 edition Moto G is an excellent phone

It’s a difficult question to answer, although there’s no denying this new 2014 edition Moto G is an excellent phone (SPOILER – it’s still the best phone at this price point). In the smartphone world bigger is certainly better at the moment and bridging the gap to a 5-inch screen allows the new Moto G 2nd Gen to sit more comfortably on the shelf next to more powerful phones whose price it scoffs at. It’s also a shout out to other manufacturers – as long as Sony, HTC, Samsung et al. all fail to release a quality handset that matches the Moto’s specs and price, Motorola continue to be the king of this particular castle.

You might not need that 5-inch screen. However you should be finding it hard not to marvel at how you can have it for under £150. Read on for the full review.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – stock delayed until 24th October

Samsung Galaxy Note 4We have today received an update on the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Unfortunately the stock due to be with us on Friday 17th has been delayed by 1 week and is now expected on the 24th October.

UPDATE  23/10

Samsung have again delayed stock of the SIM free Galaxy Note 4 to online retailers.

We have now been told to expect our first stock from the 31st October.

Charcoal Black & Frost White

The above affects all customers who have a Charcoal Black or Frost White Note 4 on order with us. We will continue to hold your order and ship it as soon as the first stock arrives.

If you have not ordered from us, then you may wish to do so, as the demand for the Note 4 is high and our price currently remains £54 less than Samsung direct. We would hate for anyone to miss out!

Bronze Gold

If you have an order for the Gold colour option, please refer to your email regarding the availability of this (we have now emailed you). This option has been removed from sale on our website due to an exclusivity agreement signed by Samsung. We will reinstate this once we have confirmation it has ended and stock is available.

If you wish to change your Gold order for a Black or White model, please respond to the email you will have been sent with your choice of colour and we will get this changed for you.

We appreciate the delay is frustrating. We wish to get hands-on with the Note 4 too, we love tech after all!

Updates will continue to be placed on this blog and on our website should the situation change.

We are doing what we can to ship orders as soon as possible.

In the meantime we are still taking new orders for the Black and White Note 4:

Order a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from Clove Technology

Samsung Gear VR Priced – £169.99 – Pre Order Today

Enhance your new Note 4 with Oculus VR technology

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Update 14th October: the Samsung Gear VR price has now been confirmed as £158.33 (£189.99 inc. VAT) You can place an order here on the Clove website

About this time last month we added the Samsung Gear VR to our retail site to register interest.

This quirky accessory will work exclusively with the new Galaxy Note 4, due to launch with resellers in the UK on October 17th, utilising its powerful QHD (2560 x 1440) screen and patented Oculus technology to immerse your field of vision.

Some video content and demo games will be preloaded on the VR to give you a taste of what awaits you, with access to the Oculus store provided to allow you to delve deeper into the world of virtual reality and augmented experiences.

As Oculus themselves gain traction and release their long anticipated Rift product to consumers next year, the storefront will continue to fill with content from developers, who have been using the pre-release version to test and build new apps and games with.

There’s no denying the Gear VR is a niche product, although it is scheduled for a release in November so is certainly not vapourware. Requiring a Note 4 to function will limit the appeal somewhat, however for those who are looking to ride the crest of modern technology, this is an exciting glimpse at what the future of home entertainment and gaming will look and feel like.

At an expected £169.99 inc. VAT the Gear VR won’t be bought with pocket change, although if you’re already in the market for a Note 4, you may well be able to justify the tag to be one of the first to try something new. There is also a floated price of £199.99 from our sources which includes a Samsung gamepad; we’re awaiting more information on this deal.

Samsung-Gear-VR-viewing-anglesPre Order now

We can’t be certain right now exactly when stock of the Gear VR will land and how much we’ll have access to. For this reason we’re opening pre-orders with the preliminary price tag.

No payment is taken when you place a pre-order on the Clove site. Instead when we get confirmation of the availability, you will be invited via email to convert your pre-order into a paid order!

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE – clearance price drop

10 inch screen. IP58 waterproof. LTE connectivity. £390.

Xperia Z2 TabletI love dropping prices. It make me feel all fuzzy inside. Today it’s the gorgeous Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, first released about 8 months ago and now with a massive £80 off the standard retail price.

Despite an onslaught of models from Samsung taking most of the Android tablet market share, Sony’s been quietly showing everyone how to do it for coming up 2 years now.

The original Z Tablet showcased a water & dust resistant casing and cellular capabilities; if you could afford it then it was the cream of the crop and looked totally at home next to a premium build iPad or Note 10.1.

The Z2 Tablet improved on this with up to date hardware specifications, making it one of the most powerful Android slates money can buy.

From today you can now pick up this excellently designed and powerful tablet for just £389.99  (£324.99 ex-VAT). With a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, IP 58 protection rating and complete global 4G LTE support, the Z2 Tablet is an incredibly versatile device.

This is a clearance price, and once we’ve sold out it won’t be coming back, so if you’re interested get your order in today.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet at a glance

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2.3 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974-AB
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 screen
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Micro SD up to 64 GB
  • 8.1 MP camera with 2 MP front facing
  • LTE bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 20
  • 6,000 Li-Po battery
  • 266 x 172 x 6.4 mm
  • 439 grams
  • IP 58

 

Moto X Bamboo finish now arriving 3rd October!

Motorola Moto X Bamboo

Bamboo due in 3rd October

After receiving the Xperia Z3 range last week, along with the Moto X black resin and new Nokia devices today, we could be forgiven for thinking our party of new phones was over.

Not so! Originally expected to be with us from Monday 13th, first stock of the Bamboo backed Moto X will be arriving at Clove tomorrow, October 3rd.

This does come at the expense of the Black Leather version though, which has now been pushed to a TBC date.

Personally I think this is one of the most beautiful phones I’ve ever seen. The thin backplate is crafted from a sheet of natural bamboo and fitted perfectly to the rear of the Moto X. With a complementary white face and inlay, as well as sleek chrome edging, this particular version of the Moto X oozes quality.

At £429.60 (£358.00 ex-VAT), it’s a shade more expensive than the black resin model we’ve had in today, although in my opinion is worth every extra penny.

You can order yours now from the Clove retail site

Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact White Papers

Confirmed specifications and tech lists for the new Sony Xperia range

Sony Xperia Z3 CopperOne question we get asked a lot on the build up to a product launch is to confirm the official specifications, especially from frequent travellers and business people looking for compatibility with non UK networks.

Whilst we make sure the most commonly required information is available on our product pages, there are a number of specific features that we can’t include. The best place to get detailed info is from the official white paper which outlines everything the handset can do.

We make these available to download on our retail site and considering the demand for the Z3 and Z3C, have decided to post them here also.

If you’re after some details such as supported LTE frequencies, Bluetooth profiles or anything else our standard spec sheet doesn’t cover, you’ll find it here.

Remember Clove will be selling the Xperia Z3 D6603 and the Z3 Compact D5803 versions.

Sony Xperia Z3 White Paper

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact White Paper

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.

Nokia Lumia 930 UK Offer September

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