Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone – Android 4.4 KitKat

Cat B15Q rightTraditionally smartphones which have a rugged design use older versions of operating systems.  An older example of this was when you could buy a rugged phone with Windows 6.5 installed, long after it disappeared from general consumer phones.

This is due to companies often having update schedules, as well as using bespoke software which needs testing to make sure of compatibility with multiple systems. There are also costs implications with moving to a new OS which typical consumer devices do not have to worry about.

It is therefore refreshing that we have seen a different approach from Cat, in that they are offering the latest version of Android with the B15Q Tough Smartphone.

The first rugged phone with Android 4.4

4.4 KitKat provides many benefits and improvements over earlier versions of Android, making the Cat B15Q an interesting product for anyone looking for a modern, rugged smartphone.

So what are the improvements with Android 4.4 and how do they enhance the B15Q?

A feature you may have heard about is “OK Google”.  With it you can perform searches, send text messages, get directions and access many other abilities of your phone by simply using your voice.  This means that if your hands are dirty and you don’t want to touch the screen, you can still access many of its functions. All you have to do to activate this voice control is say “Ok Google”, just as the name implies.

There is also enhanced caller ID which retrieves information from local listings within Google Maps. This can be great for helping you know who those unrecognized numbers are, giving you the option to take the call, or ignore it as necessary.

All of your communication is now consolidated into one place, bringing together your SMS, MMS video calls and Google Hangouts chat messages. This means you no longer have to hunt around for messages you know you received, but can’t quite recall from which service. This makes it easier to follow all communications between friends, clients and yourself.  Also if you chat with certain people more often, your Cat B15Q will automatically sort your contacts and rank these based on popularity making them easier to find.

Cat B15Q dustIf you ever need to create documents quickly you will welcome the integration of QuickOffice. This is now pre-installed on the Cat B15Q and enables you to edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations, whether you have used Microsoft Office or Google Docs to create them.

These are just some of the features which show how having Android 4.4 KitKat improves the capabilities of the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone, giving you the ability to do more, quickly and efficiently.

Check out the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone, currently available from Clove for £234 (£195 ex-VAT), with FREE Cat Safety Glasses while stocks last.

Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone – Robust Design

Cat B15Q water dropThe Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone is a smart phone which is more robust and resistant to drops and water than your typical consumer ones.

This is due to it having a IP67 Rating and adhering to Military Standard 810G, but what exactly does this mean?

Firstly we will look at the IP rating the full name of which is International Protection rating, it is also sometimes referred as the Ingress Protection rating.  This name gives you a clue about the benefit of this feature.  It assess the product’s ability to resist solid and liquid entering the internal electrical components.  In fact the numbers deal with each aspect of the protection rating, the first deals with the solid particle ingress and the second refers to the ability to resist liquids.

Each has a scale, in the case of the solid particles this has a range of 0-6, with the lowest being not protection and  highest being dust tight (no ingress).  The liquid protection similarly has a range in this case 0-8, with the lowest again being no protection and the highest providing continuous immersion to a specific depth.   In between both there are various steps of improvement in the protection rating the product is able to offer.

Below is a list of the various protection rating, so you know how good the level provided with the Cat B15Q is.

Protection against Ingress of solid objects

  • 0 – No Protection
  • 1 – Protected against solid objects of 50 mm and greater
  • 2 – Protected against solid objects of 12.5 mm and greater
  • 3 – Protected against solid objects of 2.5 mm and greater
  • 4 – Protected against solid objects of 1 mm and greater
  • 5 – Dust-protected (no harmful ingress)
  • 6 – Dust-tight (no ingress)

Protection against liquids

  • 0 – No Protection
  • 1 – Protected against vertically falling water
  • 2 – Protected against vertically falling water when enclosure tilted up to 15 degrees
  • 3 – Protected against water spray vertically at an angle up to 60 degrees
  • 4 – Protected against splashing water
  • 5 – Protected against water jets from any direction
  • 6 – Protected against powerful water jets
  • 7 – Protected against the effects of temporary immersion in water
  • 8 – Protected against the effects of continuous immersion in water (to a specified depth)

Cat B15Q desertMilitary standard 810G, which the Cat B15Q adheres to is the latest update to a series of tests approved by the United States Department of Defence for equipment.  These tests emphasize the conditions which equipment is likely to meet during typical service life.

This means that products need to withstand variations in temperature, humidity, shock and many other conditions.  It is however up to the manufacturer of commercial products to confirm how they test them, as there is no third-party organisation or agency which monitors this compliance.

In the case of the Cat B15Q it testing has confirmed this product is able to withstand shock and drops,  along with temperature changes.  The testing has verified it is able to drops of up to 1.8 metres (5 foot 11 inches) on to concrete.  While you can use it in any temperature between -20 C and up to 55 C, which should satisfy most people’s needs and requirements.

This all means the Cat B15Q is able to deal withstand far more punishment than typical smart phones.  So you can take it on to a building site, drop it into a puddle of water and meet rain without worrying about it.

The Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone is the ideal phone for any trade people, or anyone who needs to use one within a harsh environment.

Check out the Cat B15Q Tough Smartphone and see what it can do for you.

Nokia Lumia 530 Now in Stock

Nokia-530-messaging-HomescreenIf you were thinking about purchasing the Nokia Lumia 530 you will enjoy to hearing it is now in stock.  All colours are available, so if you want it in green, orange, or dark grey we will be able to fulfil your order.

This phone is Nokia’s budget smart phone, but you get lots of features and benefits, the main one being Windows 8.1.  This is the latest version of the Microsoft’s Phone operating system and it brings with it many advantages. This includes the new “Action Centre”, the ability to add folders to your Home screen, an improved on-screen keyboard and plus many others.

To give you a reminder we included the specification below which you will agree is great for under £100.

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 1.2Ghz quad-core processor
  • 4″ display (854 x 480)
  • 5MP camera
  • 4GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

The Nokia Lumia 530 is now available for £99 inc VAT

Update we can now offer the green and dark grey versions of the Nokia Lumia 530 at just £90 inc VAT.  Giving you a further discount on this competitively priced smart phone.

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

 

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