The Evolution of Sony Xperia Z Smartphones

How Sony have evolved the Xperia Z smartphone over 24 months & 6 handsets

Sony Xperia Z Evolution

The Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones may dominate in terms of numbers and general public interest, however putting up a strong fight is Sony with its line of Xperia Z handsets.

2 years on from the first device and 6 variations of the Z smartphone later, just how has the range developed?

In the following video, accompanied by the written story, we summarise how the Sony flagship range has developed from the original media-grabbing Z through to the current Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.

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Honor 3C Review

Wow, what a great phone

Honor_3C_Hands_On_Photo (20)The Honor 3C is a new entrant to the smartphone market that looks to offer exceptional value for money, but many may be questioning who are ‘Honor’?

Honor comes about as a reaction to Oppo, OnePlus and Xiaomi who have been growing rapidly in select markets of the world thanks in part to the value they create in devices.

Honor is actually a brand developed, financed and supported by the Chinese giant that is Huawei. However, they wish to distance themselves and let Honor stand on its own two feet, but to you and I we can take comfort in knowing that the parent company is a hugely resourceful and experienced entity that bring this to the Honor brand.

According to the Oxford English dictionary the word ‘honour’ is to have high respect and great esteem for.

My initial impressions of the 3C lead me to believe come the end of this review I will have this respect for it, but only time will tell, so lets take an in depth look at what you get with the 3C.

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Save £55 on BlackBerry Passport – Now £399

BlackBerry_Passport_Hands_On (2)Save £55 on the flagship BlackBerry Passport

For a limited time, you can now save £55 off the cost of a SIM free BlackBerry Passport in either Black or White colour.

Previously £455 including VAT you can now purchase the Passport for £399 inclusive of VAT.

A more unique product, but one that could really enhance the productivity of your daily life key features of the device 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

Order the BlackBerry Passport for £332.50+VAT (£399 inc VAT)

In addition to the hardware features, there are a couple of value added software tweaks which make the Passport a more desirable smartphone than you may first think.

The addition of the Amazon Appstore and the ability to side load Android apps, means app availability is less of an issue than it once was.

BlackBerry Blend also allows for remote access to the handset, even if its many miles away along with the ability to easily connect to a desktop computer for more of a traditional computer set-up, the difference here is that the Passport is doing all the work.

We have written a full review on the BlackBerry Passport here, if you would like to read it, or watch the following video which summarises it in around 60 seconds.

Of if you would simply like to take advantage of this superb offer, head over to the Clove website to purchase your SIM free Passport now.

Order the BlackBerry Passport for £332.50+VAT (£399 inc VAT)

January 2015 Freebies

Get something for free – Anyone stands a chance of winning.

If you are a regular visitor to the Clove Blog, you will know that every so often we have a clear out. Its one of those jobs we don’t like doing, but it has to be done.

We have done just this and uncovered some items we are no longer sell online and have no homes for. Here is where you come in.

The following is a list of all the items we have to give away for FREE. You get to choose what you want off the list.  If you are picked at random from the entries, you get sent it. Simple.

We are aware some of the stuff listed is for older phones but hey, something for nothing right!

To enter simply CLICK HERE, make your choices, supply the required information and that is it.

ENTER THE FREEBIES GIVEAWAY

The prizes:

  • 4 x 10 Pack of Apple iPhone 5 Screen Protectors
  • 2 x Sony Xperia Z Roxfit Book Case – Black
  • 3 x Otterbox Commuter Case for BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930
  • 1 x Salmon uLinkBot+ Bluetooth Speakerphone & Boombox
  • 1 x Otterbox Commuter Series Wallet in Glacier for Samsung Galaxy S4
  • 1 x Motorola MC55 Sync Cable Part 25-108022-02R
  • 1 x Tech21 Impact Snap Case with Cover – Nokia Lumia 925
  • 1 x BlackBerry Z30 Leather Swivel Holster
  • 1 x Sony Xpeira SP Roxfit Book Case Black
  • 1 x Crocfol Screen protector Coupon (For devices with up to 5” screens)
  • 3 x Sony Xperia T Roxfit Hard Shell
  • 1 x Sony Xperia S Screen Protector
  • 1 x Nokia Lumia 1520 Protective Cover CP-623 – Black
  • 1 x CAT Active Utility Case for iPhone 5
  • 1 x CAT Active Urban Rugged Tablet Case for iPad Mini
  • 1 x CAT Active Urban Rugged Tablet Case for iPad Air
  • 1 x Proporta Leather Flip Case – Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
  • 2 x Case-Mate Signature Flip Case – Sony Xperia Z
  • 1 x Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Flip Cover in Blue
  • 1 x 10 Pack of Screen Protectors – BlackBerry Bold 9900
  • 1 x Case-Mate Screen Protection Kit – Sony Xperia Z1
  • 1 x Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover – Blue/Black
  • 1 x 3 Pack Silicone Skins – Samsung Galaxy S2
  • 1 x HTC  TC P350 International Charge Pack
  • 1 x Clingo Universal Podium
  • 1 x iBolt In Vehicle Charging Dock – HTC One X
  • 3 x Charging Dock with Battery Slot – Samsung Galaxy S3
  • 4 x Fix2Car Active Holder 62265 with 12/24V Curly Wire – Nokia Lumia 920
  • 1 x Fix2Car Active Holder with Suction Cup 62267 – Nokia Lumia 920
  • 1 x 3 Packs of HTC ChaCha Screen Protector SP 560
  • 1 x Saloum uWave Go Induction Speaker

ENTER THE FREEBIES GIVEAWAY

 

Here are the rules:

  • This give-away runs from Friday 23rd January 2015 until 11.59PM on January 26th January.
  • The give-away is open to anybody from around the world.
  • Winners will be picked at random.
  • You do have the chance of winning more than one prize.
  • Failure to complete the questions completely will invalidate your entry.
  • All items will be shipped by post or airmail post.
  • No claims for lost or not received items will be accepted.
  • There is no value to these items and they can not be exchanged for alternatives or cash.
  • By supplying an email address you agree to be added to the Clove email newsletter database.
  • We will not notify those who have won a prize or not, lucky winners will get a package turn up at their door.
  • Where there is more than 1 x free prize, this indicates we have multiples to give away.  I.E 3 x Otterbox Commuter Case for BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 means 3 people have the chance of winning 1 each.
  • Clove’s decision is final.

ENTER THE FREEBIES GIVEAWAY

GOOD LUCK

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active languages

We recently reviewed the rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active.

Many customers ask what languages are available on products.  So to assist you we have taken screenshots from the Tab Active so that you can see first hand the languages available.

If you have any questions, leave them below.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Review

Function meets practicality with the Tab Active

Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_Active_Hands_On (25)The choice we have today when choosing a tablet computer is phenomenal.  They come in all manner of shapes and sizes with varying specifications; the problem is however many are very similar and few really stand out as being different.

Samsung are in part responsible for this, even the most seasoned technology enthusiast will struggle to tell a Galaxy Tab, Tab 2, 3 and 4 apart, let alone explain the differences between them and the NotePro or TabPro tablets.

Thankfully the Galaxy Tab Active from Samsung is different and stands out thanks to its IP rating.

Whilst it could be used in many situations, the Tab Active is geared more towards the business user; the box even says ‘for enterprise’ on it. To set the scene a little, this tablet has been designed to suit, but not be limited to: engineers, the construction industry, mobile salespersons, technicians and those who may generally find their tablet coming into contact with tougher conditions.

Focused on functionality, lets see how it stacks up.

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Clove’s top 10 smartphones of January 2015

We are at the start of another year and no doubt 2015 will be just as big a year in tech as 2014.  What can we expect?  Who really knows, but it is a pretty safe bet that we will see the next generation of wearables, battery life will become ever more important and it is quite likely that the integration of services for a simplified connected life will play a big part too.

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the USA begins this week and is the first insight into 2015 technology.

Little has changed in terms of our smartphone top 10 from December, so read on to find out what our list looks like.

10. LG G3

LG G3With a quad HD display the LG G3 is an absolute stunner when watching back some media on the handset, but is the mobile world ready for this yet, a lot of feedback would suggest not quite.

It is an absolute power house and considering its size of screen it does not feel as big as the Note 3 and not much bigger than the Sony of HTC counterparts.

LG have learnt from the G2 and Nexus handsets and put all of this into the G3 to make it what it is today.

It has a higher PPI than the human eye can really detect, but is that not just a reason to have it, because more pixels are better?

At under £400 including a FREE Bluetooth Headset this is a simply outstanding product bundle for the price!

Buy SIM FREE LG G3

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KAZAM Tornado 348 Reivew

KAZAM_Tornado_348_Hands_On (6)KAZAM are still somewhat of an unknown name when it comes to smartphones, but here at Clove we have been selling their products for a year now.

The parent company and team of individuals behind KAZAM are hugely experienced and offer you and I as smartphone users some great additional benefits.

Aside from setting out to provide cost effective handsets in the first place, they do too offer a FREE screen replacement should you accidentally crack or damage it within the first year (which is brilliant for peace of mind). Additionally they also offer remote assistance.

This remote assistance means that they can, with your permission, log in to your handset and try and rectify issues you may experience without it going away for repair.

The Tornado 348 is their latest device which has been certified with a Guinness World Record for the slimmest smartphone at 5.1mm thick.

An Android smartphone with Octa-core processing power, we put the Tornado through its paces to see how it performs; but before we talk about the device itself, it is worth mentioning that if you register your Tornado 348 with KAZAM after purchase, you get an extra year’s warranty, so you have service and support for 3 years!  Thats the added KAZAM value.

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Win 1 of 15 U|Karbon Skins for your Smartphone

If you are a regular visitor to our blog then you will likely have seen us talking about U|Karbon products.  If you have missed them, you can see those posts here.

U|Karbon are a UK based company, who manufacture Carbon Fibre Skins for smartphones, tablets and associated technology products.

The skins are essentially an alternative to a traditional case, as they offer a level of protection against scratches as well as adding that personal design touch to your handset.

Many of these types of 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.  U|Karbon offer a product at a quality that you would expect!

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Of course it is not true Carbon Fibre (that would be rather expensive and complicated to create) but an adhesive material called DI-NOC from 3M that has the look of Carbon Fibre.

Even at just a couple of millimetres thin, fitting is fairly simple as a guide is provided; but patience and a steady hand can be helpful to get the perfect fit. Thankfully the material is fairly resilient so if you get it wrong, it is possible to peel it off and start again.

Once fitted not only will your device look different to many others out there, it will now be considerably more resistant to scratches and damage from change, keys and other objects your phone may come into contact with.

When buying a U|Karbon skin for your smartphone you have several options.

  • Back – A skin just for the back
  • Front – A skin designed to fit just the front of the phone
  • A full skin – Covers the front and back and sometimes the sides of devices.

The carbon skin comes in 3 colour options

  • Carbon Black
  • Polar White
  • Signature Red

Thanks to a special promo code ‘Clove15′ you can get 15% off any skin ordered from the U|Karbon website.

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However, it is Christmas and a time to be festive, so we have 15 skins to give away for FREE.

All you need do is follow both Clove Technology  (@clovetechnology) & U|Karbon (@Ukarbon) on Twitter and tweet the following:

‘I want to win a #Ukarbon smartphone skin in the @Clovetechnology & @Ukarbon #giveaway http://wp.me/p23YcY-9Qm”.

The phones for which you can win the skins for are any one of the following:

  • BlackBerry Z10
  • HTC One
  • UKarbon_Samsung_Galaxy_S5_Carbon_Skin_WhiteaHTC One M8
  • Apple iPhone 4
  • Apple iPhone 4s
  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Apple iPhone 5C
  • Apple iPhone 5s
  • Apple iPhone 6
  • LG G2
  • LG G3
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

So, if you fancy winning a skin, for you or someone you know, then all you need do is follow both Clove Technology  (@clovetechnology) & U|Karbon (@Ukarbon) on Twitter and tweet the following:

 ‘I want to win a #Ukarbon smartphone skin in the @Clovetechnology & @Ukarbon #giveaway http://wp.me/p23YcY-9Qm”.

Rules:

  • The competition runs from 1PM on Wednesday 24th December until 11:59PM on Wednesday 7th January.
  • Winner will be picked at random after the competition closes.
  • Multiple entries are accepted for a higher likely chance of winning.
  • Prizes will be dispatched as soon as possible after confirmation is received of what skin you require.
  • Prizes can not be exchanged for anything else.
  • We reserve the right to cease the giveaway without notice.

BlackBerry Classic Review

BlackBerry_Classic_Hands_On (18)When you hear the word BlackBerry, aside from the fruit, you probably think of a mobile phone with a keyboard and you would be right to do so.

As the mobile device market exploded, so did BlackBerry, but in recent years a lack of direction meant they lost market share, but now they are back with a clearer focus and direction.

The first of the new devices to come out under this more focused BlackBerry was the Passport.

Reviewing it a couple of months ago I concluded that whilst a very good device “a not quite so wide version of the Passport with the ‘classic’ BlackBerry keyboard is what I think it needs to win more of power and consumer users back”.

Well as it happens this is what we now have, the BlackBerry Classic and I do believe it has what it takes to win not only some old faithful fans back but some new ones as well.

Read on for more, or watch the following video if you prefer.

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