CAT S50 Review

Should the S50 be your new Toughphone?

When you hear the word CAT, you first thought is probably a four legged fluffy friend, but the next thing you probably think of is big yellow diggers, construction equipment and all things related to the building trade.

Whilst I do not blame you for thinking about the household pet, we are actually referring to the latter. The CAT brand is at home in construction but over the last couple of years CAT have branched out into the mobile space, producing phones that fit the needs of your builder, plumber or groundworker amongst others. They are essentially designed to be tough and reliable.

These devices might fit the needs of many, but put one next to an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy and there is an obvious difference in looks.

Their B15Q is the best attempt yet and is still a very good solution, but there is now something new. A more premium, more stylish, yet still rugged CAT phone: the CAT S50.

The S50 has been designed from the ground up to be more visually appealing and more capable, yet retain the rugged nature that CAT equipment and phones have become synonymous for.

On first glance, the S50 looks like a B15Q that has been run over by a road roller, perhaps a little harsh, but only said because it is significantly thinner and wider.

Let’s take a look in a bit more depth at the S50 and see what it has to offer. Check out our video review below or continue reading for the full written review.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Review

Should you upgrade to the Sony Xperia Z3?

This is our review of the SIM Free Sony Xperia Z3, which we have available to order here on the Clove website. We are currently offering an accessory bundle with the handset worth £40.

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In the world of smartphones the name Sony Xperia is as strong as it ever has been thanks to the consistently well performing devices that the Japanese firm have been producing over recent years.

The Z3 is the newest addition to the family that launches only six months after the Z2.

The Sony flagships are being upgraded at pretty much double the speed of competing devices, which shows Sony’s determination to make a stand in the mobile space.

It is all too easy to become frustrated that a new model is out, but Sony themselves expect most potential Z3 customers to be those already using a Sony Xperia Z or Z1, rather than the Z2 and of course they hope that you will be looking to switch from your current Samsung, Apple or HTC device if you have one.

Whilst there is nothing stopping you upgrading from the Z2, the Z3 is less of a significant upgrade and more of a slight refresh.

What does the refresh bring? Read on to find out or watch our video review below. 

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

We go hands-on with Sony’s latest Compact smartphone

This is our review of the SIM Free Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which we have available to order on the Clove website here at the fantastic price of just £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT).

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_BlackRoughly six months ago Sony launched a new breed of smartphone into the market.  A smartphone that many desired but never really existed; but Sony took a bold step that has ultimately paid off for them.

The Xperia Z1 Compact was and still is as powerful as the Sony Xperia Z1 on which it was based, but had a smaller display to make the overall handset more user friendly, but did not want to sacrifice memory and processing power; which was too often the case with other ‘mini’ or ‘compact’ models.

Whilst I like to keep reviews as balanced as possible I do have a personal affinity with the Z1 Compact.  It is my device of choice and I could not be happier.

The problem with the Z1 Compact was that it was released at the same time as the Z2, but was based on the previous Z1, in theory out of sync with Sony’s range.

With the launch of the Z3 comes the launch of the Z3 Compact to keep the 2 in line with each other and much closer matched in terms of specification.

The differences between the Z3 and Z3 Compact are:

  • The compact has 2GB RAM rather than 3GB
  • The display is a 4.6” 720p IPS panel as opposed to the 5.2” 1080p
  • The battery is 2600mAh as opposed to 3100mAh
  • It is 8.6mm thick and 129g compared to the Z3 at 7.3mm thick and 152g

In comparison to the Z1 Compact:

  • 2.5GHz processor compared to the 2.2GHz quad-core of the Z1C
  • 4.6” 720P display rather than a 4.3”
  • 2600mAh battery rather than 2300mAh
  • 8.6mm thick and 129 grams rather than 9.5mm thick and 137g
  • Stereo speakers
  • Softer edges on the Z3 Compact

So with less than a year between the two how does the latest model stack up? Find out in our video review below or keep reading for the full written review.

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Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) flip shell unboxing

Moto-G-2014-Flip-Shell-BlueA couple of days ago, Josh posted about the availability of the Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) shells and flip shells to say they were now ready to order.

Both types replace the existing back cover and the Flip Shells also offer protection to the Moto G’s screen.

Priced at £18 including VAT, they are a good value options and are available in the following colour options:

  • Liquorice (Black)
  • Chalk (White)
  • Cherry Red
  • Turquoise
  • Royal Blue
  • Violet
  • Lemon/Lime

We have completed a quick hands on with the official flip shell accessory to show  you what it looks like and how it fits to the phone.

For more information or to pick one up yourself just head over to the product page on the Clove website here.

Sony DK48 magnetic charging dock for Xperia Z3 & Z3 compact unboxing

Sony_DK48If you are in the market for a Sony Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact then you might be interested in the Sony DK48 magnetic charging dock.

The magnetic charging dock has been a popular accessory for Xperia Z devices of past and allows you to charge your handset without needing to open the port covers on the phone.  This is thanks to a 2 pin connector on the side of the Xperia handset.  Dock the phone in landscape orientation and the connector on the dock and phone align and start transmitting charge, assuming you have connected it to mains power.

The dock is for charging only and can not be used with a computer for data transfer.  No USB cable is provided in the box, so you will need to use the one that came with your phone or purchase another.

When docked, your device will be sat at an ideal viewing angle should you wish to watch some media back on it.

Sony do include in this kit, 4 adapters.  The adapters allow either a Z3 or Z3 Compact to be used in the dock with or without a case.  We can not provide a list of all the compatible cases, but the official Sony and Roxfit book cases both work with the dock.

See what the dock is like and what you get in our unboxing video below.

And for those of you who are wondering, I am sure there are a few; the dock does not really work with other Sony Xperia Z handsets.  Depending on your Xperia and which adapter you use, you may get the connector to align, but the phone will unlikely hold steady and the connection may be lost.  We have tried a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Z Ultra in the dock with the varying connectors and can confirm that whilst possible, for the hassle and possible DIY fixes you may need to do, best to opt for the dock designed for that particular handset.

Priced at £29.99 including you can order yours here.

Sony Xperia Z3 gets wireless charging with WCR14 wireless charging cover

Sony-Xperia_Z3_WCR14_Wireless_Charge_Cover (3)Sony are set to offer Qi wireless charging on the Xperia Z3 in the form of the WCR14 wireless charging cover which will be available in both Black and White.

The lack of wireless charging is quite possibly one of the biggest disappointments on the Z3 smartphone.  Whilst a magnetic charging connector and optional dock go some way to doing away for this need, Qi charging for many is a real bonus.

The downside of adding Qi charging to the Z3 is that it is not a simple back cover replacement like it would be on a Samsung smartphone, it is a case with Qi built in.

An official accessory, made specifically for the Z3 (not the Z3 Compact) the WCR14 cases are due to be available around the time of launch of the Z3 itself, at the end of September.

The cost of the case will be £59.99 including VAT, but as well as adding wireless charging it will also protect your device and allow you to sit it in landscape mode so there is extra added value.

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The case will be compatible with all Qi enabled wireless charging pads, but Sony do offer their own, the WCH10 which was released earlier this year to pair with the WCR12 for the Z2, but they never came to market in the end.

If you are into your Sony products and contemplating either the WCR14 or WCH10, you might be interested to know that the new BSP10 Bluetooth speaker can also use the WCH10 as a charging pad so a bundle of the three might make for a more cost effective solution.

Due in at the end of September, you can order a White or Black coloured WCR14 case from Xperia specialists, Clove, here.

Sony Xperia Z3 bundle – Just £515 with £40 of FREE accessories included

Sony_Xperia_Z3_BundlebAre you contemplating Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z3 as your next smartphone?

If the answer is yes, then we have a great offer for you.

Order a SIM free Black or Copper coloured handset from Clove for £429.17 excluding VAT (£515 including) and have supplied with the phone 3 accessories that are together worth £40 at no additional cost.

The offer which is open to anyone includes:

  • 1 x MicroUSB To Magnetic Connector Adapter – This allows you to charge your phone without opening the port covers. Just connect a microUSB mains adapter to this and connect to the magnetic charging pins on the side of the phone
  • 1 x Roxfit book case for Sony Xperia Z3 – Protect your phone from unwanted marks and damage with this case made specifically for the Z3
  • 1 x Sony AN401 Compact Car Charger With MicroUSB Cable – Made up of a USB to microUSB cable and a car power adapter you can keep your device powered when in a vehicle.

Sony_Xperia_Z3_BlackaThe Xperia Z3 itself boast the following features:

  • Android 4.4
  • 20.7 megapixel camera
  • IP65/68 rating
  • Powerful 2.5GHz processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • MHL 3.0
  • 4K video recording
  • 3100mAh battery
  • Hi-Res Audio support
  • PLayStation certified with remote play
  • 152g
  • 7.3mm thick

The first stock of the Z3 is due at the end of September, so you have some time to take advantage of the offer, but it will not be around for long!  CLICK HERE to order yours.

 

Nokia Lumia 930 60 Second Review

Nokia_Lumia_930_Hands_OncThe Nokia Lumia 930 has been available to buy for a few weeks now.  It might not be eveyones cup of tea with the bright colour options and Windows Phone platform, but we have already seen some very positive feedback here at Clove from customers already using the device.

We have put together a full written review and video here, but below is a video that gives you the positives and negatives of the 930 in just 60 seconds.

Hit play to find out what they are.

Sony DK48 magnetic Charging Dock User Manual

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The DK48 magnetic charging dock is an official Sony accessory for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.

It might not be the most exciting of products, nor might it be the most complicated.

However you might be interested in reading the manual and seeing what you get ahead of its arrival or use with yourself.

So for your benefit we provide the official .pdf manual below.

If you are looking to purchase the DK48 charging dock, you can order it here for £24.99 + VAT.

Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) Unboxing

Motorola_Moto_G_2nd_GenAnnounced less than 12 hours ago and already in stock, we have got hands on with and unboxed the new Motorola Moto G (2nd generation).

Keeping a very similar design to the original, the new 5″ 2nd generation model has many features including:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • Dual SIM (2x micro SIM)
  • 5″ 720 x 1280 display (294 ppi)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 8GB storage / micro SD up to 32GB
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400  processor
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3G / WiFi / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Customisable covers

Priced at £149.99 (£124.99 ex-VAT) this is an exceptional value handset that can be ordered here.

See what it is like in the hand by checking out our quick unboxing below.

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