Sony DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock Available Now

Sony_Xperia_DK39_Magnetic_Charging_DockIt’s always refreshing when a manufacturer is confident enough to provide accessories well in advance of their main devices and Sony continue to impress in recent times.

It may be a relatively small item, however the DK39 charging dock for the Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of those little extras that can totally change how you interact with a product.

The DK39 props the Z2 Tablet up at a comfortable viewing angle, whilst connecting to the magnetic charging port located on the bottom edge. With the docking station connected to mains power via a micro USB power adaptor, you can charge the Z2 Tablet without having to open up the port cover to attach a cable.

The DK39 is a great addition to your work desk, bedside table or even in the kitchen! You can watch Jon’s unboxing and hands-on of the DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock below:

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock can be ordered from the Clove retail site for £34.99 (£29.16 ex-VAT).

First stock of the Z2 Tablet itself is due in April and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Some HTC One (M8) retail stock booting in Safe Mode

The phone isn’t broken – all you need to do is hard restart or factory reset

275x175_HTC One M8First stock of the HTC One (M8) has arrived in the Clove offices and as always we have taken a few out of their boxes for testing, providing to our review partners and generally having a play with! (After all we wouldn’t be in this business if we didn’t enjoy tech as much as you, so we’re entitled to have a go on them first!)

One thing that we have seen in activating a few devices though is that a number have booted straight into Safe Mode, despite being sealed retail stock.

Due to this we have opened some more to test and can confirm that this occurs on a number of handsets, and is not isolated to any particular batch or IMEI range. In fact one from a box delivered to us by HTC may be affected whilst the rest are not.

Simply reset the phone

If your device is affected, you will see “Safe Mode” stamped in large letters across the bottom of your screen. Safe Mode is often used by developers or for debugging to see if an app is misbehaving. The biggest effect it has on your device is that it will not connect to mobile networks.

Your phone is not broken, and you will not need to return it. You will however need to reset or restart the phone to use it properly, otherwise you will have no mobile signal.

In order to get out of Safe Mode and into the standard operating system, you will need to hard restart or complete a factory reset of the device. If you see Safe Mode on your screen during or after the initial setup, this should be the first thing you do on your new M8.

First try a hard restart by following these instructions:

  • Press and hold the Power key.
  • On the screen, touch and hold Restart under Phone Options.
  • When the ‘Restart phone’ message appears, tap RESTART.
  • When the phone restarts it will no longer be in safe mode.

If the phone is still in Safe Mode, then you will need to complete a factory reset. To do so follow these instructions:

  • Remove your SD card if this has information you do not want to lose
  • Go to the Settings app
  • Scroll down to and select “Backup & reset
  • Select “Reset phone
  • Scroll down and tick the “Erase all data” box. Tick the “Erase SD card” to format any SD card in the device
  • Press OK then OK at the following prompt

Your device will spend a few minutes resetting. Leave it alone until you see the startup screen and it should no longer show Safe Mode when finished.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Hands On

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Watch our demo of the new Xperia Z2 Tablet 4G

Sony have updated their popular waterproof Android tablet for 2014 in the guise of the the Xperia Z2 Tablet. The original Z Tablet might not have set the world on fire in terms of sales, however it was a critical darling; the first high-end 10-inch Android tablet to have a full water-resistant IP rating, 3G and complete call functionality.

Much like the new Xperia Z2 smartphone, the Z2 Tablet has improved upon all the features that made its processor a hit with fans. 3G functionality has been replaced with global 4G LTE support, the processor updated to the giddy 2.3 GHz quad-core speeds offered by the Snapdragon 801 and

Below you can watch Jon’s hands-on with a pre-release Z2 Tablet 4G lent to us from the awesome guys at Sony UK.

Pre-order the Xperia Z2 Tablet

You can place a pre-order for the Z2 Tablet 4G on the Clove retail site. The price is currently set at £499.99 (£416.66 ex-VAT), although this is subject to change.

No payment is taken for pre-orders and you will be contacted to pay the final, confirmed price. A cheaper WiFi only version of the tablet is also expected, Clove are waiting for clarification on availability of this model .

Sony SA1 Dual USB Mobile Flash Drive Now Available

Pick up one of Sony’s uniquely styled mobile memory sticks today

sony-sa1-duo-usb-flash-driveThe issue of storage on mobile devices is one that has caused a number of debates over the last few generations of handsets. Just how much is enough, and is it OK to not offer expandable storage in the face of always-online cloud alternatives?

Whatever your thoughts on the subject, it’s difficult to argue against the convenience of USB memory sticks or flash drives. These little accessories have become essential to students, office workers, journalists, photographers, and just about everyone else the world over that has a need to quickly, conveniently and cheaply share files.

Little has changed in their design over several years however Sony have put together a really cool tool in the new SA1 Duo USB Flash Drives.

These neat little modules not only have a full size USB connector for traditional computing but also a micro USB connector for mobile devices. If your phone or tablet supports USB OTG (on-the-go) – here’s a hint; all Sony Xperia handsets do –  then you can instantly access and transfer any stored files.

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The Sony SA1 is available now in a choice of black, white and violet, and 16 & 32 GB configurations, priced at £24.99 & £34.99 respectively (£20.82 / £29.16 ex-VAT). You can also check out Jon’s YouTube unboxing below:

HTC One (M8) User Guide

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View, download or order the official HTC One (M8) user manual

SIM free stock of the All-New HTC One (M8) is almost upon us here at Clove and in advance of this we can provide the official quick-start-guide & full user manual.

The new flagship from HTC looks set to redeliver and improve upon everything that made the original HTC One worthy of winning best smartphone of 2013, according to Mobile World Congress.

HTC One (M8) User Manual

HTC One (M8) Quick Start Guide

Clove also provide a printing service for official user guides. Should you want a printed and bound copy of the official HTC One (M8) User Manual, then you can order from our retail site HERE

Samsung Galaxy S5 now available to order

Clove are now taking paid orders for the Galaxy S5 – due April 11th

Samsung Galaxy S5Earlier this month Clove briefly listed the Samsung Galaxy S5 for pre-order, although we had to take this down whilst UK pricing and availability was finalised.

We know many of you out there are eager to get your hands on the new Galaxy so we are now pleased to open up paid orders!

We currently have the Galaxy S5 available to order in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue, all priced at £534 SIM free (£445 ex. VAT).

Samsung have told us to expect first stock on April 11th. Those quick to check their calendars will spot that this is a Friday, so whether we will be able to ship orders before Monday 14th remains to be seen – this will depend on the time stock physically arrives at Clove HQ.

New features

Alongside the usual top of the range hardware, Samsung are also providing a refreshed user experience with a 2014 TouchWiz interface and updated applications. In the S5 we can look forward to a whole host of new and improved features including:

  • Fast Auto Focus, Selective Focus and HDR (Rich Tone) for the 16 megapixel camera
  • Heart Rate Sensor and new S Health app for fitness (ready for synchronisation with Gear 2, Gear 2 NeoGear Fit)
  • MIMO & mixed cellular/WiFi Download Booster for accelerated network performance
  • IP67 rating for water & dust resistance
  • Finger Scanner for authorisation (including a PayPal partnership available in 26 countries at launch)
  • Ultra Power Saving mode to boost battery performance

Samsung Galaxy S5 at a glance

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 16 MP camera // 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4G LTE bands 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Micro SD up to 128 GB
  • Micro USB 3.0
  • 2,800 mAh Li-ion removable battery
  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm
  • 145 grams

Sony Xperia Z2 UK SIM-free launch delayed until May

Sony revise SIM-free UK launch to “early – mid May”

Sony_Xperia_Z2Rumours have been spreading across the web for the last few days that the launch of the Sony Xperia Z2 may be delayed.

Unfortunately we have now had official confirmation of this from Sony UK.

We are unable to comment on the reasons for the delay, although we can confirm that Sony’s revised date for SIM-free stock to be available in the UK is now “early – mid May“. We will update this post and our retail site with a more definitive date as information on this develops over the coming weeks.

** SIM free stock will not be available until May **

Clove will continue to take paid orders for the SIM-free Xperia Z2 until the new launch date. You can place an order on the Clove site HERE

What if I have already converted a pre-order or paid for a new order with Clove?

Your order is safe with Clove, and your position in the waiting list is not affected.

We are working closely with Sony to ensure we have enough stock to fulfil all orders when the SIM free models are made available in May.

I have a Z2 pre-order with Clove that is not yet paid for

The pre-order will remain on our system until it is converted or cancelled at your request.

No payment has been taken and this will remain so until you wish to convert to a paid order.

I have other items on my Z2 order that I would like to ship OR I would like to change to another device

Please contact sales@clove.co.uk with the details. Alternatively, use the account options on the Clove website to amend your order details, if you have not previously made an amendment.

Will the free wireless speaker & noise-cancelling headphones bundle be available until May?

At this time we will continue to run the offer for as long as we can. The offer was originally subject to end when the Z2 launched in April.

The offer is being provided in conjunction with Sony UK so it will continue to be offered until we are told to stop.

As orders accumulate we may need to end the offer before the launch in May, however we have confidence that there will be enough bundle stock available from Sony to continue into May.

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We don’t like to disappoint any of our customers, and so this delay is frustrating for all of us here at Clove as well. We value honesty and transparency with our customers and hope you can all appreciate that this matter is out of our hands until Sony make the stock available to us in May.

Until the launch, you can refresh yourself on the Z2 features with our comprehensive review. It really is worth the wait!

Should you have any further questions, you can contact the Clove team at sales@clove.co.uk or use the comments section below.

 

HTC One (M8) available to order today from Clove

The new HTC One announced in Grey & Silver. Order today from Clove Technology

htc-one-greySo the wait is finally over! Rumours and leaks concerning the new version of the HTC One have been available from various sources over the past few weeks.

Confirmation the device would be sold on contract from select sellers moments after HTC’s official announcement today has been made, which lead many to speculate if SIM free stock is ready to ship somewhere in the UK…

If you’re looking for a truly open and SIM free version, then look no further; Clove have stock arriving from HTC early next week and are pleased to open up orders now.

Both grey and silver models can be ordered for £534 (£445 ex. VAT).

Key features

A number of HTC’s original groundbreaking features from last year’s One return in the new iteration.

This includes the unibody aluminium construction, BoomSound audio enhancement and dual front facing speakers, HTC Zoe & Ultrapixel camera technology. Of these, BoomSound takes advantage of an amplifier that is 25% louder than last year!

HTC-One-M8-Top-BottomThese have been developed on for 2014, in particular the camera. Ultrapixel rocked a few boats last year by focussing on quality over quantity, the idea being that the number of pixels doesn’t really matter anywhere near as much as the amount of light and data those pixels can process.

The result was a camera module with just 4 megapixels, but matching the performance of others with far higher counts and providing much better low light images. HTC have stuck to their guns with Ultrapixel, and are now unleashing two camera modules at once on the new HTC One, each rated at Ultrapixel 4MP.

HTC-One-M8-Silver-FrontNow this would mean little without the software to back it up and HTC have been hard at work here too. Not only do pictures taken on the 2014 edition HTC One achieve deeper colours and better dynamic range than the older counterpart, the second camera allows for some awesome new tricks.

One of these is the ability to refocus an image after it has been taken and saved. The comparatively low storage space of Ultrapixel images allows for the raw data to be kept so you have far more post production control of the image on the phone itself.

Battery life has been improved by up to 40% in standard use and there will be new power saving modes, similar to Sony’s Stamina, including an extreme option that could leave the HTC One (M8) powered for up to 2 weeks in standby. Gesture control will also work with the screen switched off.

BlinkFeed

Blinkfeed launched with the original HTC One as a type of launcher for HTC devices that included a conglomerate feed of news, social posts and images from your device and connected friends. At first it could not be turned off, although future updates to the Sense UI did allow for this. Now Blinkfeed has been updated to a 2.0 release and for the first time is available on Google Play for non-HTC users.

Developers will also be able to build into Blinkfeed and there are a number of new content partners such as FourSquare.

Other services which you will find installed on the All New HTC One are also available or updated as standalone apps on Google Play including SenseTV, FootballFeed and Power To Give.

Accessories

htc-dot-caseThere are a whole bunch of official accessories that we will cover in other posts. One that caught our eye however is the Dot View Flip Case.

This awesome looking case features a flip cover full of perforated dots. It activates a special low-power lockscreen on the HTC One (M8), and seeing as the screen wakes on a double-tap, shows off a retro dot-matrix style display of the time, weather, notifications and caller ID when you do this.

If HTC develop a Snake style app that can be played from the lockscreen with motion control then I am all over that! A boy can dream…

The name

Everyone’s been trying to figure out what to call this new flagship, which has caused a number of column inches in itself. Is it the All New HTC One? Is it HTC One (M8). Is it HTC One 2014?

The answer, annoyingly, is all of these and none of them at the same time. The true name of this phone, officially speaking, is HTC One. Just like the old one (pun intended).

M8 was the codename and the most likely moniker to keep this version separate. It’s what Clove are going to use on our retail site and all of our posts about the device from now on. This is not to be confused with a model number – there will be territory specific model numbers depending on the sales region.

All-New is a nice marketing touch by HTC and like M82014 is a useful tool for some sites to differentiate between this and the old handset (much like Apple and their iPad ranges over the past few years). Also anyone calling it the One 2 was just a bit silly from the start really.

HTC One (M8) at a glance

Take a look below for an overview of the specs, and don’t forget you can order from clove HERE

  • Android 4.4.2
  • Sense 6 UI
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM 8974-AB Snapdragon 801
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Micro SD support up to 128 GB
  • 5″ Full HD 1080 x 1920 SLCD3 screen
  • Dual Ultrapixel main camera (4 & 4 MP) // 5 MP front camera
  • Dual front speakers with HTC BoomSound
  • 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm
  • 2,600 mAh Li-Po battery
  • 160 grams
  • NANO SIM

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Google announce Android Wear, the new OS for wearables

Google officially getting into the wearable game beyond Glass.

Android-Wear-Google-Prototype-1Many analysts predicted that 2014 would be the ‘year of the wearable’, with major manufacturers such as Samsung & Sony stepping up their game and the startups and newbies of the industry using the emerging product category to gain more exposure and increase their product ranges.

Eyes have recently been on Google, whose pet project Glass has been quietly, but not silently, making headlines in the USA for quite some time now. Not without its controversies, some have wondered if Google would continue working specifically on wearable consumer technology.

Today Google have finally broken their silence on their official blog, formally announcing Android Wear; a version of Android to cater specifically for wearable devices and smartwatches in particular.

The specifics of what’s new are available at the developer preview page, although we can expect some serious Google Now integration, especially when  looking at the prototype interface being presented on the videos.

Notifications will naturally come through to Android Wear units, as well as passive reminders for appointments, contacts and other information Google Now considers useful to you.

Also take a look at the circular screen on that image, something that hasn’t been on the current crop of wearables. According to Motorola’s official blog, this is a prototype of the Moto 360, a product we can expect later in the year.

The blog post makes a statement out of these main points when talking about Android Wear:

  • Useful information when you need it most. This is most likely to involve Android’s growing integration with Google Now to provide relevant and up-to-date information, personalised with your daily use and metrics. 
  • Straight answers to spoken questions. Google have developed their voice recognition significantly and the phrase “OK Google” to wake a new device is familiar now. I would bet that Android Wear’s interface will require intuitive use of the phrase.
  • The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Google look to be making a run at the popular category of ‘wellbeing wearables’. If a decent API is baked into Android Wear, then the likes of Fitbit and others should be looking over their collective shoulders.
  • Your key to a multiscreen world. This we can really expect from any good wearable really – the ability to cast information to and from your main Android device(s) & the wearable. Right now only Samsung have really pushed this to current limits on the Gear, with many other smartwatches remaining dumb displays. Android Wear promises to open up the possibility of more cross compatibility between devices so using “OK Google” to open playlists on your phone, or cast media to a TV etc.

We’re also already working with … Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung … Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year

Android-Wear-Google-Prototype-2Of course watches aren’t everything, as Google state in their post. Many in the industry do seem to be focussed on the category though. Hopefully with Android Wear now out in the open, enterprising developers can perhaps move on from the idea of simply making watches, and move on to even more interesting products. What would you consider to be a killer app or device considering this new approach?

Google’s next big event is Google I/O from June 25th / 26th and we can expect a lot  more information to be released then.

Until then or whenever Google decide to release more information, this pair of videos from GoogleMobile and AndroidDevelopers gives a good overview of what we can expect from Android Wear, as well as providing some useful information for anyone that wants to get coding now!

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Bluetooth accessories available to order

Enhance your experience with a Bluetooth Keyboard, Speaker and Remote Control.

Sony have been really forging ahead with providing useful accessories for their most recent Xperia range devices. Alongside docking stations, headsets, and some useful adaptors, Sony have now added 3 new NFC & Bluetooth capable units that can be used with the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and other select Xperia devices.

All of these accessories can currently be ordered from Clove, although at the time of writing we are waiting on exact delivery dates from Sony.

BKC50-Bluetooth-Keyboard-1Sony BKC50 Bluetooth Keyboard with Tablet Cover Stand

Made up of two pieces, the BKC50 case is designed exclusively for the Xperia Z2 Tablet and folds up to leave the tablet at a comfortable angle for viewing media and typing, whilst also providing screen protection in transport.

The Bluetooth keyboard has been manufactured to fit into the case perfectly, although it can be removed and as it uses the HID Bluetooth profile, is compatible with almost all other Android smartphones and HID enabled devices.

Available to order at £109.99 (£91.66 ex VAT)

BSC10-Bluetooth-Speaker_1Sony BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad

The BSC10 is a powerful 10W speaker with NFC one-touch pairing and call handling. The Bluetooth connection can maintain audio and calls with any compatible smart device, although the ace in the sleeve for the DSC10 is the magnetic charging pad.

Designed to connect to the relevant connector on the Xperia Z2 Tablet or Z2 smartphone, you can rest your Xperia device on the BSC10 in landscape to keep it charged whilst you enjoy music, video or even video calls.

Available to order at £129.99 (£108.33 ex VAT)

BRH10-Bluetooth-Remote-1Sony BRH10 Bluetooth Remote and Handset Function

A little bit of a niche product, the BRH10 continues the technology seen in the SBH52 handset that allowed for high quality call handling in a small portable unit. Not only does the BRH10 feature an integrated speaker and microphone for calls, it can also act as a remote control for devices with the BRH10 application installed.

Developed with Z2 Tablet in mind, the BRH10 functions with other Xperia devices and Android handsets. Selectable screen elements are highlighted to aid navigation with the remote and quick keys allow for the fast change of volume, track or call pickup.

 Available to order at £79.99 (£66.66 ex VAT)

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