U|Karbon who are they?


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

As 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.

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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).


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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LG G Watch R 60 Second Review

Short of time and want to know what the positives and negatives are of the new LG G Watch R?

Check out the following videos which covers the highs and lows in around 1 minute for you.

Sony SmartBand Talk Review

Sony_SmartBand_Talk (1)The Japanese firm Sony have become a bit of a pioneer in the wearables space.  First the SmartWatch, then the SmartBand along with the SmartWatch 2 and now we have the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk.

Released at a time when the tech communities are smitten with Android Wear SmartWatches, particularly those with circular faces, how does this cheaper and potentially ‘dumber’ alternative work out in day to day usage.

The SmartBand talk is a crossbreed between SmartWatch and fitness band. It looks like the latter, but has some of the features you would expect of a SmartWatch.

You may also like our 60 second review video

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Clove’s top 10 Smartphones of November 2014

It is at this time of year that we have normally seen all the new devices come to market and it will be a new year before any significant changes occur in the mobile space.

Between now and the New Year I can think of a couple of devices though that will be arriving, but what impact they make on the top 10, only time will tell.

There is a fantastic selection of phones available, from the big to the small and slim, few will find it difficult to find the right phone for you.

So what are our top 10 smartphones for November 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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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Tablet Compact is a powerful tablet with an 8″ touchscreen display and other specifications that keep it in line with the Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphones that are also on offer from Sony.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini user manual

White BlackBerry Passport coming December

BlackBerry_Passport_WhiteThe BlackBerry Passport may not be everyone’s idea of a smartphone, but it has genuinely surprised us as to how popular it has been.  Much of this is helped by the excellent specification and robust nature of the handset.

To date it has been available only in the Black colour, but we are pleased to confirm that as of week commencing 8th December, we will have the Passport in White to.

Key features of the Passport are:

  • 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

If you have missed all the fuss, you can read the full review here or watch our 60 second summary view below.

If you are keen to get hands on with the White Passport, order yours now by clicking here.