Silver Metal Sony SmartWatch 2 now available

Sony_Smartwatch_2_Silver_MetalIt might seem like some time ago, but back in October the Sony SmartWatch 2 was released.

A wrist-mounted companion for your mobile device, the Smartwatch 2 offered the following key features:

  • Splash proof (Not suitable for, bathing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, or water-related work)
  • Easy calling
  • NFC capabilities
  • Versatile accessory ideal for the active person
  • Connects via Bluetooth to your compatible device
  • Transmits key information from the mobile device to the SmartWatch without the need to touch the phone itself
  • Can be clipped to clothing, bags or worn on the wrist
  • More applications being developed at all times to give greater personalisation and functionality

At the time of launch, only Black Silicone and Black Metal options were available. Some 4 months on Sony announced a Silver Metal version of the SmartWatch 2 has now arrived.

There has been a delay from the original stock date of March, but the Silver version of the SmartWatch 2 can be purchased HERE. On the same page you an also view the new FIFA edition due to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Rio this Summer.

If you want to see what it will look like and what it can do, here is our unboxing video recorded last year:

HTC One (M8) v Sony Xperia E1 speaker test

Sony_Xperia_E1hThe HTC One (M8) is well known for its exceptional audio quality, it really is the best audio experience on a  smartphone. Great volume and quality.

A logical competitor would not be the Sony Xperia E1 for many people as it is at the other end of the scale in terms of specs and price.

What makes the Xperia E1 stand out is its speaker.  It is capable of producing 100 decibels; which is loud for a smartphone.

I though therefore I would put a quick video together to show the differences between the speakers on the two.

The M8 produces very balanced sound with good volume, whereas the E1 is louder but the quality is not as good, the speaker sounds strained, but it does serve a purpose at a price.

KAZAM Trooper X5.5 Review

Big screen entertainment, budget price.

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In today’s mobile world the sizes of screen vary considerably. From 2.8” right through to 6.4” on smartphones, you can get a device with just about any sized screen.

Everyone will inevitably have their preferences, so should your preference be a screen of around 5.5” then many would point you in the direction of the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

In all honesty this would be a very valid suggestion, but one issue for some is the cost of these and similar sized devices. Quite often big screen phones come with high end features meaning a high end price tag.

The KAZAM Trooper X5.5 could be a possible alternative. It offers the big screen, mid range specs with what can be considered a low end price point.

Before getting into the full review I will just let you know a little about KAZAM as you may not have heard of them before.

They are a relatively new company headed by industry veterans. You can read more about who they are HERE.

Some key differences on KAZAM handests, the Trooper X5.5 included:

  • All come with Dual SIM capability, meaning 2 SIM card’s in one phone. Perfect for business and personal SIMS.
  • All come with a FREE screen replacement. If you drop it, smash it or it breaks for no reason, you will get 1 FREE screen replacement within the 1st year of ownership.
  • All have KAZAM rescue to make support and assistance simple.
  • All handsets are produced with performance and value for money in mind.
  • All handsets will be repaired in the quickest possible time should something go wrong.

Even before letting you know the price and performance of this handset, you can see there is some additional value built in out of the box.

So lets see what the KAZAM has to offer.

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HTC One (M8) Languages

If you are thinking of buying the HTC One (M8) and want to know what system and keyboard languages are on the phone, then be sure to check out the video and screenshots below that show you just this.

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Sony Xperia E1 Gel Case By Roxfit

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Cases for smartphones come in all shapes and forms from flip cases to chunky rugged cases.

Depending on your preference and level of protection desired will depend on which you opt for.

One type of case that often proves popular amongst our customers here at Clove are gel style cases

Gel cases often provide a nice balance between size and protection, protecting key areas without the oversized thickness.

In the following video we unbox the gel case for the E1.

Made under license by Roxfit for Sony devices, the case comes branded with ‘Made for Xperia’.

The back of the case is transparent with the ‘Made for Xperia’ branding’ whilst the gel sides are available in both black and white colours.  The gel forms a protective edge and a lip around the screen whilst having cut outs for ports such as the microUSB port.

See the case in use below and find more information on the Black case here and the White one here.


KAZAM Trooper X5.5 Languages

Please view the video and screenshots below to see what languages come pre-installed on the KAZAM Trooper X5.5 smartphone.

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo User Guide/Manual

Samsung Gear 2 Neo User Manual

Below you can find the digital version of the user manual for the Samsung Gear 2 Neo.

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.

Sony SmartBand SWR10 unboxing

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The Sony SmartBand is Sony’s most recent addition to their wearable technology range.

It is a slightly more intelligent fitness band.  Tracking your steps and calories burned, the SWR10 SmartBand goes one stage further recording the weather, what photos you took and what interaction you had with your phone in any given day.

Pairing with your Android 4.4 handset via Bluetooth the band and the phone communicate to transfer the data between the two.

Access the ‘Lifelog’ app on your phone and you can see all the activities in a very clear and easy to use way thanks to fun and interactive graphics.

Sony’s promotional video does an excellent job of explaining how it works.

You can see just how powerful it is.

At the time of writing and recording the SmartBands are sat waiting to be shipped on the official launch date of the 1st May, but we wanted to have a play with them so we unboxed one. You can see in the video below what you get in the box and our initial opinions.

Be sure to check back in a week of so when we will have a full review of the SmartBand and give our honest feedback on it.

FREE £54 entertainment voucher on Nokia Windows Phones

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Buy a Nokia Lumia 625, 1020, 1320 or 1520 and get a free app voucher worth £54 to be used for purchases of eligible apps and games in Windows Phone Store.

The offer is valued from the 14th April until 30th June for UK & Ireland residents only.

Terms and conditions

Qualifying Purchase – refers to the purchase you need to make to take part in this offer.
Register – refers to downloading the Gift Voucher app from the Nokia Collection in Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store, installing it on a Qualifying Device, launching the app, and accepting these Terms and conditions (T&C).

Qualifying Purchase and Offer

  1.  Buy a Nokia Lumia 625, 1020, 1320 or 1520 and get a free app voucher worth £54 to be used for purchases of eligible apps and games in Windows Phone Store.
  2. This offer only applies to original purchases of the specified Nokia Lumia smartphone models from authorised retailers in the UK and Ireland(“Qualifying Purchase”) made between 14 April 2014 and 30 June 2014.
  3. App vouchers are only available while stocks last.
  4. To take part in the offer you must be at least 18 years old and a resident in the UK and Ireland.
  5. This offer excludes employees of Nokia and their families or participating retailers, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this promotion.
  6. Windows Phone 8 is required.
  7. The offer is only valid in the UK and Ireland and is not for resale.
  8. The offer is non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash unless required by law.
  9. The app voucher is provided as part of a promotional offering.
  10. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
  11. Nokia reserves the right to disqualify any Registrations that appear to be fraudulent, incomplete or invalid.
  12. The offer is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  13. The app voucher value cannot be combined with any other payment method for purchase.

How to Register your Qualifying Purchase and redeem your voucher

  1. To Register your Qualifying Purchase, switch on your Lumia, then go directly to the Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Store to download the Gift Voucher app. Registration must be completed before 14 July 2014. Nokia will not accept any claims after this date.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Gift Voucher app to Register your Qualifying Purchase. A unique Gift Card Code will be sent directly to your phone, which will remain stored in the app.
  3. The Gift Card Code provided is non-reloadable.
  4. You have until 15 July 2014 to redeem your Gift Card Code in the Wallet app in your Windows Phone. Instructions to do this are in the Apps Voucher app you downloaded to get the Gift Card Code.
  5. Once redeemed, you have 180 days to use the Gift Card Code, after which any unused funds will expire.

By participating in this offer, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Check out our FAQ

If you have any questions about your claim or eligibility, please go to www.nokia.co.uk/support or www.nokia.ie/support.

LG G2 Mini coming at the end of April

TLG G2 Minihere is a current trend to create compact or mini versions of the most popular phones. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 all have smaller counterparts.

LG’s G2 now joins the gang with the LG G2 Mini.

Unlike the Z1 Compact though the G2 Mini does have inferior specs to it’s big brother but there is still a lot to like.

The G2 Mini which will be available at the end of this month for £249.99 including VAT has the following headline specifications:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 4.7″ IPS LCD touchscreen
  • 4G connectivity

For more information or to order one, please just CLICK HERE to be taken to the LG G2 Mini page on the Clove website.

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