Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 530

bm9raWEtbHVtaWEtNTIwLWNvbG9y1-491x430 With flagship smart phone products we often see a great deal of change in their specification from one year to the next.  Manufacturers like Nokia are always trying to out do their competitors to produce the most powerful smartphones money can buy.  But what about the other end of the market, the cost-effective phones which consumers buy when they don’t need or want the latest and most powerful technology.  How have the phones at this end of the market improved and are customers now getting more for their money than before?

The recently announced Nokia Lumia 530 is at the lower end of  Nokia’s product range, but for many it provides all the features and functionality they want.  We will be looking at how it compares to its predecessor the Nokia Lumia 520 released in the early part of 2013.  To see how do these two phones differ in their specification and usability.

 

First we will compare each specification.

 

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930It is difficult to believe, but the Nokia Lumia 920 was first made available  all the way back in 2012.  Since then there has been a great deal of change within Nokia itself, with Microsoft now not only being the main operating system provider, but now the owner of Nokia.  This will likely have caused many changes within the company.  But how does the Nokia Lumia 920 released two years ago compare to the recently released Nokia 930?

When looking at both of these phones it is worth noting that they were, or are current flagship devices for Nokia.  This means at the time of release they were the best Nokia could offer.  So we will see how time has affected how we look upon the Nokia 920 and what improvements there have been with its more recent update the Nokia Lumia 930.

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CAT B15 vs B15Q Tough Smartphone

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The Q is on the left with the flash visible and redesigned speaker grille

What are the differences between the CAT B15 and the B15Q aside from the obvious addition of the ‘Q’ at the end?

To be honest it is initially hard to tell the difference between these two smartphones, unless you look at them in detail.  If you do look at them side by side though you will notice that one of the advantages of the B15Q is that it has a camera LED flash, while its predecessor does not.  Otherwise there is little to physically tell the two apart until you turn them on.

For some brief history of the Cat B15, it first hit the market in 2013.  The design it had offered a rugged and tough look, but didn’t have the bulk seen before with other hard-wearing and resilient smartphones. It provided a mid-range specification in comparison to the rest of the smartphone market.  This was however enough to take top place in the rugged sector.

It was able to do this due to it having a powerful 1GHz  dual-core processor, 4 inch display and most importantly, it came at the time with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean whereas other rugged phones tended to be stuck on 2.3. This instantly removed the restriction which had previously been imposed on rugged smartphones: enabling the use of recent apps.

Best of all this was the first time you could take a smart phone with this level of specification on a building site and not have to worry about it, due to it being water and dust proof, with also the advantage that it could withstand drops of up to 1.8 metres on to concrete.

With the these characteristics it was the ideal smartphone for builders, plumbers and anyone who works in an environment where water and dust are an issue.

The Cat B15Q takes the success of its predecessor and builds on it, giving customers even more for 2014.  So what are the improvements?

Looking at the specification we can see there are only few differences, but they are very important.

Click the image below for a full sized side-by-side and read on for a more detailed write up.

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Cat B25 – Now back in Stock

Cat B25Yes, the headline is correct the Cat B25 is now back in stock and available for instant dispatch.

This tough and compact phone is able to deal with anything you throw at it.  It is water and dust proof with a protection rating of IP67. In fact it can stay under water to a depth of 1 metre for a full 30 mins.  This means that it is a phone you can rely, and due to its durability (withstand drops of up to 1.8 metres) you don’t have to worry about it while you are hard at work.

The battery life is remarkable as you can keep communicating with your friends and work colleagues for up to 9.5 hours.  While the standby time is equally good with it being a healthy up to 13 days.  Making it a phone which you can use without having to constantly being worried about charging it.

Specification Highlights

  • Tough, ruggedized exterior
  • Talk-time of 9.5 hours
  • Drop-proof up to 1.8 metres
  • Impervious to dust
  • Waterproof to 1m for up to 30 minutes
  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Bluetooth 2.1

The Cat B25 is available for just £76.80 and you can place order HERE.

Cat B15Q & B100 now with FREE trend safety sunglasses

Cat GlassesIf you now order either a Cat B15Q or B100 from Clove Technology you will receive a FREE set of Cat Trend Safety sunglasses.  Like the phones, these are robust being suitable for use when you are working on a job and giving you the protection you need to use tools safely.

They are anti-scratch, anti-fog and have adjustable lenses, so your vision is not impaired when using them. Comfort is important when using any safety glasses, catered for here by the built-in ventilation system, along with the flex temples and integrated cushioning system, ensuring they are comfortable and easy to use.

Both the Cat B15Q and B100 are great tough phones which are compact and can withstand more punishment than your average phone.  They are water and dust proof  with an IP67 rating, and can withstand drops of up to 1.8 meters on to concrete.  This means they will be able to deal with a typical building site, or being used outside.

To take advantage of this offer by purchasing  one of the following:

Cat B15Q Touch Phone - £234 inc VAT

Cat B100 Touch Phone – £104.40 inc VAT

Improve your health and fitness with a Withings product

WithingsWe are now able to offer Withings health and fitness products.  These high-quality smart products can help improve your health and general wellbeing. They include blood pressure monitors, activity trackers and various scales.  All of which have being designed to integrate within your digital lifestyle. They give more information about yourself then you would have thought possible!

Withings products are full of creative ideas, for instance the Smart Body Analyzer has integrated air quality screening.  Additionally all the Withings scales have gravity compensation and position control. These features make sure you have the highest level of accuracy possible. While the blood pressure monitor has been medically approved by regulatory authorities in various countries around the world.  Giving you reassurance when using the product and the confidence that the results you receive are right.

In addition Withings products have received many awards for innovation. We are currently offering these products:

Wireless Scale WS-30 (available in white or black)  £89.95 Inc

Smart Body Analyzer (available in white or black)  £129.95 Inc

Pulse O2 (available in black or blue)  £89.94 Inc

Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor    £109.99 Inc

Record your adventures with the Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera

As the weather improves in the summer we all enjoy having new adventures outdoors.  Being able to get outside and have some fun is great, but you need the right camera to record your adventures.  Whether you are going for a cycle right, kayaking down a river, or getting involved in some other adrenalin fuelled activity you need the right camera.  The requirements for this type of camera are durability and the ability to withstand any dirt or water you may meet.  The Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera fulfils these requirements, and it is able to capture your adventures in full high-definition 1080p video at 30fps.  Ensuring the people viewing your endeavours can see everything, as it happens in crystal clear clarity.

While you are enjoying participating in your chosen activity, you don’t want to worry how your videos look.  For this reason the Garmin VIRB Elite Action features advanced digital image stabilization.  So when you are holding a viewing of your exploits all the bumps and shakes are not seen, and instead you have a smooth video showing the action.  The look of the video is further enhanced by Lens Distortion Correction (LDC), removing motion blur.

The 1.4 Chroma display enables you to preview your videos straight away, to make sure you have all the action. It also is your interface for adjusting settings and due to its low power characteristics  it doesn’t drain the battery.  If you want more control connect the VIRB Elite Action Camera to your iPhone, or Android smartphone.  Giving you the ability to control the camera remotely.  With a highly sensitive GPS being integrated you can accurately record your place and even setup profiles for automatic recording.  This means when you get to a place, such as the top of a ski run the camera will automatically start recording and finish when you reach the bottom.

Garmin include propriety software for editing of your video which can even add data from other products.  So you can show your speed while cycling, or similar information.  A wide variety of mounts are available from Garmin, so which ever activity you choose to enjoy you can take your camera with you.

The Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera is available from Clove Technology for just £349.99 inc.

Check out details HERE

 

Some things just get better – CAT B15Q Tough Smartphone

CAT updates the popular B15 with Android KitKat, quad-core processing and Bluetooth 4.0, plus improved battery life.

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The CAT B15 Smartphone was a release of  last year which attracted a great deal of attention due to it being a rugged device with a high specification for the time.

It certainly performed better than many rugged devices of the day due to the 1GHz dual core processor.  That was only part of its appeal though as it also had long battery life and great looking design, which incorporated a high level of protection.

Overall it was a great device, but time moves on and CAT has decided to improve upon the B15 with the new CAT B15Q Tough Smartphone being announced!  The look and feel of the phone hasn’t changed; you still get the same level of protection and battery life.

With the improvements you now have a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and high-class audio performance with Wave Audio. Of more significance is that the B15Q is the first big name rugged phone to feature the newest Android 4.4 (KitKat). This ensures you have all the latest features and capabilities of the Android platform and can take full advantage of the latest apps available.

SwiftKey is another nice inclusion which makes it easier to input data into the phone, allowing you to navigate the on-screen keyboard in a more natural way. Bluetooth on the B15Q is now updated 4.0 too, which brings with it dramatic improvements in the energy consumed.

These improvements are all in addition to the original great features we saw in the original B15. We still have a 4″ screen which has wet finger mode, so you can use it with confidence even in the rain.  The IP 67 protection rating remains, so dust and rain are not a problem and it also adheres to Military Standard 810G for all the drop protection you need.  Most importantly after the improvements you still have an incredible 16 hours talk-time on a single charge.

Check out the CAT 15Q Smartphone which is due for release in early July and priced at £260 including VAT HERE.

CAT B15 Be Extraordinary

CAT B15_1The CAT B15 Toughphone is a tool with which you can do extraordinary things.  You can take it into dusty and wet environments unlike most phones, thanks to its IP67 certified protection rating.  There is also need to worry about using it, as its tough design can withstand drops of up to 1.8 metres.  Giving you the confidence to use it on building sites, within workshop or even taken for a night out with friends.

Great features like the wet finger touch screen give you the ability to use the B15 in conditions which would affect other phones, so there is no longer any need to hide from the rain, unless of course you want to.  The unusually long battery gives you talk-time of over 16 hours and standby of up to 26 days.  This gives you the confidence to rely on the B15 and ensures you don’t have to constantly charge it.

The video below produced by CAT shows how the B15 can provided inspiration and help when you need it.  Where ever you are and whatever you are doing.   If nothing else you can’t help but be impressed with the workmanship it takes to create the guitar in the video.

 

If you fancy having a phone which is built-to-last and provides you with the confidence to use it anywhere take a look at the CAT B15 Toughphone.  

New Range of Nokia Lumia smartphones available for Pre-Order

Nokia Lumia 930Nokia has recently announced a new range of Lumia smartphones.  These include the Nokia Lumia 930, 635 and 630, with the first being a new potential flagship product for the company.  The look and specification of these Windows 8.1 phones is certainly impressive, with their being many great features.  Nokia is known for integrating high-quality cameras into their smartphones and the Lumia 930 is no exception.  With it benefiting from a 20 MP which uses a 6-lens optics configuration for producing stunning photos every time.  Qi wireless charging also makes a return with it once again being integrated into the phone and not requiring any add-on.  With the latest 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a 1080p high-definition 5″ display you have high-quality components for enjoying the latest apps, games and all of your media content.

The Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 are also great looking smartphones, with Nokia’s design flare showing through.  If you enjoyed the ability to exchange covers with older Nokia products you will like the fact that you can exchange the shell of these smartphones and choose from a wide choice of vibrant colours.  They offer you the performance needed to keep in touch with everyone in your life and play the odd game when the mood takes you.  The Lumia 635 additionally benefits from 4G connectivity being included so you can quickly download the latest app, games and browse the web like never before.

The specifications of the Nokia smartphones are as below:

Nokia Lumia 930

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 20 MP camera with 6-lens optics
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 5″ high-definition 1080p display
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G connectivity

Nokia Lumia 630/635

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 4.5″ IPS LCD display
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 4G connectivity (Nokia Lumia 635 only)

For further information and purchasing of the Nokia Lumia 930 Click Here    

For further information and purchasing of the Nokia Lumia 635 Click Here

For further information and purchasing of the Nokia Lumia 630 Click Here

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