BlackBerry Classic officially launched

BB_ClassicBlackBerry have today officially unveiled the BlackBerry Classic.

It has been in the spotlight for a few weeks, but during this time the Canadian firm have been teasing us with videos, images and features of the device.

Today everything has been put in the public domain and everyone will now be talking about the Classic and how it brings back that iconic Blackberry form factor.

Key features of the Classic include:

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 1.5GHz Quad-core processor
  • 3.5” display
  • 4 row QWERTY keyboard
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 8MP camera with OIS
  • 2515mAh battery
  • Video out via slimport

The first stock of the Classic is due in early January.  We will be selling it SIM free for £282.50 + VAT (339 including).  Some BlackBerry Classic accessories are already in stock now.

PRE-ORDER THE BLACKBERRY CLASSIC HERE

We have been testing a Classic in the Clove offices for the last couple of weeks and will have a full review online very soon.

BlackBerry themselves have also put together an unboxing of the Classic, which you can view below.

To view the full press release, read on below.

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Clove’s top 10 Smartphones of December 2014

Here in the UK, the festive season is upon us.  There has not really been much change in the number of devices available on the market, although the YotaPhone 2 has been announced, but it is not in time to hit our charts this month.

A new smartphone is on many peoples Christmas lists or if it is a little too pricey then what better time of year to treat yourself?!

So what are our top 10 smartphones for December 2014? Read on to find out.

Please do remember that this list is our top 10 based on our preferences, feelings, sales and customer feedback.  Others may have a very different opinion on what makes their top 10. For a complete list of the phones that we range, see our SIM free smartphones section.

If you have any questions then contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936 and we will happily help.

Nokia Lumia 830_610. Nokia Lumia 830

Spending another month in the 10th place spot the 830 is a respectable smartphone.

The bright colours of Nokia phones make these handsets standout.  But it is not just the colours that make these handsets appealing.

Windows Phone is not everyone’s choice but a lot has changed since many considered it, vast improvements from the notification shade to the availability of apps.

A Carl Zeiss lens on the camera and the Pureview camera technology along with the vast array of manual control make this a winner for many who like capturing photos on the go. There are few that can argue that the camera on a Nokia phone can be beaten.

16GB of internal storage a microSD memory card slot and user removable battery are make the Lumia 830 what it is.

The 830 is also one of the first handsets to come pre-installed with Cortana, Microsofts voice assistant.  It is early days but it is set to be a powerful option learning from what Siri and Google voice do so well.

Buy Nokia Lumia 830 HERE.

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FREE Hard Shell with every BlackBerry Passport

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Have you been looking for a new smartphone for business or to perhaps fit into your personal life?  Thought about the BlackBerry Passport?

For a limited time we are now offering a FREE BlackBerry Hard Shell in Black or White (Worth £16) with every BlackBerry Passport ordered from Clove.

To coincide with this offer we have too dropped the price of the handset too.  It is available now for £469.99

The Passport is a very powerful smartphone.  Key features include:

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

I personally reviewed it a couple of months ago and was very impressed with the unit.  You can read or watch the review here.

If you are interested, or wish to order one, please CLICK HERE.

YotaPhone 2 Review

Because 2 screens are better than one

YotaPhone_2 (15)How many times a day do you check your phone to see if you have a message, a missed call, an email or an upcoming appointment? 5, 10, 20 times? Probably more than that if you counted.

Whether such an act is necessary or just a force of habit, have you considered how it affects your phone’s battery life?

Send a lot of emails or text messages? Use your phone for reading ebooks?

Have you ever thought how the bright white background is draining power and that you do not really need it to be so bright, crisp or vivid?

We all want to be blown away by crisp graphics and stunning on-screen results but if the battery life is sacrificed as a result, is it worth it?

The evolution of wearable technology has begun to reduce the reliance on checking the phone itself, but for many a ‘smartwatch’ is not the solution.

The Amazon Kindle has been extremely popular for a number of reasons, however one is the length of time it can go between charges. What allows this?  If you have seen or used one, you will know that it is the screen technology.

Russian firm Yota Devices have recognised this and about 18 months ago released the YotaPhone, the worlds first dual-screen smartphone with an always-on display.

Using a rear mounted Electronic Paper Display (EPD), many of the activities you would normally complete on the front screen can be done with the EPD, with the benefit of being better on the battery life and softer on the eyes.

They now return with the YotaPhone 2, a device more worthy of being compared to the current crop of leading smartphones.

Watch the video review if you prefer, or read on for the full, detailed, written review.

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YotaPhone 2 Announced – Coming December 15th – £549

YotaPhone_2 (6)Yota Devices is unlikely to be the first manufacturer name that comes to mind when you think of a smartphone, but it might be in the future.

The Russian firm released the original YotaPhone last year, but today they have announced the YotaPhone 2.

Quite different to the normal ‘smartphone’ YotaPhone’s have 2 screens, one on the front and one on the back.

It may sound a bit gimmicky but it actually has a purpose, most notably the increased battery life, but there are too plenty of fun things you can do with it.

The YotaPhone 2 is no slouch either, just take a look at some of the key features.

  • 5″ AMOLED Full HD 1920 x 1080 capacitive main screen
  • 4.7″ Electronic Paper Display (e-ink) rear touchscreen
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 2.26 GHz Qualcomm 800 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 8 MP main camera / 1.2 MP front-facing
  • YotaPhone gesture controls
  • Wireless charging
  • SlimPort video out

Of course being so unique there is simply nothing it compares too.

The first SIM free unlocked units will be available from Clove from the 15th December and will cost £549 including VAT.

Buy YotaPhone 2

We have had hands on with it already, do take a look at our hands on images along with some from tonight’s press conference. Our full review can be found here.

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U|Karbon who are they?

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We have recently teamed up with U|Karbon to provide you with skins for a range of smartphones.

Carbon_Skin_15_Percent_OffAs an added bonus you can even get 15% off the cost using ‘Clove15′ in the checkout.

Discounts aside, we thought you might like to know a little bit more about U|Karbon and the products they offer so we put a few questions to Tom and Harry, the founders.

What is U|Karbon and how did it come about?

We started UKarbon as a learning experience. We both wanted to gain and improve our skill set whilst having full responsibility of a company of our own. We felt that if there ever was a time to start a business, our placement year was the one. Both sharing an interest in carbon fibre products and having ordered them from various companies ourselves, we found to get the best quality skins you have to order from the US. We felt that together with our combined skill sets we should reflect the quality of these established brands and build a stronger presence of premium skins over here in the UK. Our vision is to be a leading producer of carbon fibre (and ultimately all skins) in the UK.

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Sony SmartBand Talk 60 Second Review

Sony_SmartBand_Talk (6)It is the 2nd generation SmartBand from Sony, now with talk functionality.

How does this new version complete with 1.4″touchscreen e-ink display and IP68 rating stack up.

Find out the highs and lows in 60 seconds by watching the following video.

Pre-Order BlackBerry Classic – Coming January 2015

classic-preorder.png.originalClassic BlackBerry returns in the rather suitably named ‘BlackBerry Classic’.

It has been no secret is was coming, but today we can reveal a little more information about the phone and are now taking pre-orders for it too.

Bringing the iconic BlackBerry form factor back, the Classic has been designed to be a functional handset and appeal to those who loved, or still do love this type of device; one with a physical keyboard, but also has a bit of power and functionality built in.

Further information and confirmed specifications are due approximately 17th December, but key features of the Classic are:

  • Traditional BlackBerry design
  • 4 row backlight QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.46″ touchscreen display
  • Stereo speakers
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • SlimPort
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • Excellent battery life

Not due SIM free and unlocked until early January 2015, the Classic will be one of the must-have devices of next year and gives BlackBerry fans something to look forward to.

Another benefit to the Classic is that it is going to be available at a simply superb price.

Pre-order it SIM free from Clove today for £339 including VAT, (£282.50 excluding VAT).

PRE-ORDER THE BLACKBERRY CLASSIC HERE

LG G Watch R User Guide/Manual

LG G Watch R User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the LG G Watch R user manual.

The G Watch R is the second Android Wear smartwatch from LG but what makes the R so special is the circular watch face.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

U|Karbon Carbon Fibre Smartphone Skins

Protect your device & get 15% off

UKarbon_LG_G2_Carbon_Skin_BlackaWhen you have spent your hard earned money on a new smartphone, you often wish to to protect it to stop it being damaged.

However, if you have opted for one of the more stylish looking phones, you often do not wish to hide those nice curves and smooth edges a case often does this.

There is a possible solution, a middle ground, it comes in the form of  a skin.  A skin is usually a thin piece of adhesive material that adds less than a couple of millimetres to the thickness to the phone and virtually no extra weight.

Many of these skins can be found online but the problem is often the quality of the skin, some are better than others in terms of look, feel, adhesive strength and long term life.

Here at Clove, we have a particular fondness for the Carbon Fibre look, so this is why we have teamed up with U|Karbon, a specialist provider of Carbon Fibre looking skins.

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