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

Cooler Master REN multi-fuctional aluminium stand

Cooler Master RENTablets like the iPad are becoming increasingly popular and we all like to relax while using them at home.  The Cooler Master REN multi-function aluminium stand makes it easy to place your iPad at a comfortable viewing angle.  So you can enjoy using it and benefit from many of the available features.

The Cooler Master REN doesn’t just enable you to comfortably place your tablet on a desk for reading and other general activities.  It also gives you far more possibilities as its name suggests.  Firstly you are not restricted to just portrait or landscape positions, you can easily switch between the two so you can have your iPad just how you want it.   Secondly there is the ability to attach the stand to desk or shelves giving you more options when placing your iPad.  Why not have your tablet in the kitchen with handy recipes available?  Traditionally this would not be practical as the tablet would be in the way.  But with the Cooler Master REN you can take advantage of any available shelving you have.

Not only do you have more options with the Cooler Master REN you know that your table is safe and secure while using it.  This is due to high-quality aluminium being used in its construction making it strong and light.  This has additionally been sand blasted giving it a smooth finish for a quality feel just like your iPad.   While conveniently placed rubber inlays keep your tablet in place and make sure it doesn’t suffer any scratches or damage while being used.

The unboxing video below provides you with some hands-on experience and demonstrations how you can use Cooler Master Ren multi-function aluminium stand.  Check it out to get some new ideas of how to use your iPad.

The Cooler Master REN multi-function aluminium stand is available for £59.99 inc VAT, for more information and purchasing please Click Here

BiBiTel SIM SKIN Now Available

If you are someone who regularly travels, or need to call abroad the low-cost charges available with the BiBiTel will be tempting.  Charges to the USA are typically as low as 1 pence per minute and other countries are comparably priced.  You don’t even need to remove your existing SIM card as the BiBiTel SIM SKIN works with it.   This is possible due to the skin using unique technology which means it is incredibly thin, in fact it is just microns thick.

To get you started £5 of credit is available for use with your BiBiTel account.

 

The BiBiTel SIM SKIN is available for – £11.99 inc VAT

 

Muc-Off Cleaning products now available

Muc-Off Rescue KitWe all know what it is like: you try to keep your shining new smartphone clean, but dirt and grime somehow finds its way on to it.  You end up with smears and fingerprints all across your screen and you wonder how they got there.

With our hectic lives it is all too easy for this to happen and some reports also point to risk of germs culminating on our devices as they are handled regularly and not properly cleaned. Muc-off is a name associated with high quality cleaning products for bicycles, motorbikes and cars.  They have now put their knowledge into producing equally high quality products for cleaning tablets, smartphones and TV screens.

The product supplied in the kits (and available separately) is perfect for cleaning any mobile device and TV screen.  It removes all the dust, dirt, grime and oily residue from your mobile device or screen, and leaves a streak free finish.  The unique ammonia and alcohol free formula not only kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria, it also doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals so keeps the environment safe.

Muc-Off additionally produce cleaning cloths for use with their cleaning product.  These have been specially designed for use on delicate surfaces and feature split fibre technology for cutting-edge moisture absorption.  They are also machine washable for convenience.

We are stocking the following Muc-Off cleaning products:

Check out our range of Muc-Off products HERE

Share with Photo Beam on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Photo BeanThe Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 provides a great digital photography experience.  In the following series of posts we will be highlighting some of the key innovations available with this product.  Samsung has prompted some of these capabilities under the banner of “Tag & go” with a strong emphasis on the sharing capabilities of the camera.  The first of these we will be looking at is Photo Beam.

It is often still surprisingly awkward to transfer the photo you are viewing on-screen to a friend’s smart phone.  To have to navigate through several menus just send the photo you are already looking at, consumes an unnecessary amount of time.  Photo Beam solves this problem and makes it incredible simple to transfer your photos.  All you have to do is tap your Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 against your friend’s NFC compatible smart phone and the photo you are viewing on-screen is automatically transferred.   It is now that simple to transfer a photo.

 

For more information, or to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 CLICK HERE 

Nokia Lumia 2520 – Now in Stock

Nokia_Lumia_2520We are now able to offer the Nokia Lumia 2520 for immediate dispatch.  This powerful Windows RT tablet has all the functionality you need for work and at home.  With its bright and clear 10.1” display featuring improved readability outside and a full 1080p resolution.  You are sure to enjoy your photos and movies anywhere.

Featuring Office 2013 RT which is ideal for working on the move, you will be able to keep in communication using Outlook and create other documents and edit them.  There is also full integration with the Mircosoft Skydrive, so you can easily store documents and share them between your devices.

The powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core processor provides you with a responsive experience whether you are browsing, playing games, or getting on with some work.  Also Nokia has ensured that you have the best web experience by including compatibility with 4G LTE mobile data.  This means that you can quickly access your favourite web sites and download large files with ease.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Specification

  • Windows RT 8.1
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor
  • 10.1” IPS Display with enhanced readability outside
  • 6.7MP Camera with Zeiss optics and auto focus
  • 4G LTE data connectivity
  • 32GB internal storage

Check out the Nokia Lumia 2520, now available to order from Clove for £420 (£350 ex VAT)

HTC Desire 816 Available for Pre-Order

HTC_Desire_816_AllColorsHTC has recently announced the HTC Desire 816, which with its bright colours and glossy design is certainly striking.  It resembles the HTC One which was released last year, but slightly tweaks the look for a more colourful look.  HTC has also chosen to include a microSD slot so you can easily increase the amount storage available for media.

A generous 5.5 inch screen is included which benefits from resolution of 720p.  This should be ok for most people, as this is intended as a mid-range device, but some may prefer to look at elsewhere for the full high definition experience.  Like with the HTC One dual front-facing speakers are provided which give with the HTC Boomsound gives you enhanced audio.

The HTC Desire 816 is now available for pre-order.  So you can register your interest and be one of the first your own this phone.

Features of the HTC Desire 816 include:

  • 5.5” HD Display (720p)
  • 13 Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 5 Mega Pixel Front-Facing Camera
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Memory Card Slot
  • Front-Facing Speakers wit HTC Boomsound
  • 3G & 4G Connectivity

For further information please visit our HTC Desire Product Page

Asus Transformer Book T100TA & T300LA Now Available

Asus Tranformer Book T300LA 1We are now able to offer the Asus the Transformer T100TA and T300LA.  With both you can quickly change between the tablet and laptop modes.  So you have flexibility for improved productive and can choose how you interact either touch or typing.  The T100TA is a consumer product which uses Windows 8.1 and has an Atom processor along with a 10.1” display, 2GB RAM and a 32GB SDD.  In comparison the T300LA designed for business professionals and users who need higher performance.  It has a 13.3”display and Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD.

The below specifications offer a comparison:

Asus Transformer Book T100TA

  • Windows 8.1
  • Intel Atom Z3470 processor (1.8GHz)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 10.1” IPS display (1366 x768)
  • 32GB SSD
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Up to 11 hours battery life

Asus Transformer Book T300LA

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Intel Core i5-4200U (2.6GHz)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 13.3” IPS display (1920 x1080)
  • 256GB SDD
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Up to 8 hours battery life

Additional information of the Asus Transformer Book T100TA

Additional information of the Asus Transformer Book T300LA

Comparison of Sony Smartband and Fitbit Flex

Sony smartbandTechnology companies have recently been developing and promoting wearable tech which enables users to gather data about lives. The idea is that this data can be used to make the wearer more aware of their lives and make improvements. Sony is now promoting their core unit which we should first see within the up coming Sony Smartband. So how does it compare to an existing product like the Fitbit Flex?

Both of these products are able to track how active you are during day.  So you know how far you have run and how many steps you have taken.  They also give you an idea of how much you have slept.  This information is then logged and can be uploaded onto an interface on your smartphone or web browser.  Waterproofing appears to be a standard feature as it is included with both of these products and they are also light-weight as you would expect.

The difference between these two products is that the FitBit Flex concentrates solely on your fitness and health.  Sony Smartband also does this but enables you to additionally make calls and control your music.  It connects to the Sony LifeLog app which logs your activities through your day, so you can keep a record of what you have done.  Photos you have taken and music you have listened to along Fitbit-Flex.jpgwith details of web browsing and video gaming time.  This is then displayed as an animation on your smartphone which you can interact with.  There is the ability to go back and see what you did on a certain day.  Looking back at when and where you took a photo or what you did on a certain day.

Goals can be set with both products but the Fitbit Flex is the only one which provides a visual indicator of your progression.  This it provides as a series of lights which illuminate as you get closer to your goal, giving you an idea of your progression.  With the Sony Smartband it appears that you have to check out your smartphone to see how you are doing.

The Fitbit website and app provides nutrition information and has the ability to keep a log of the food you have eaten.  There by helping with your diet and keeping you fit and healthy.  We haven’t so far seen any indication that the Sony LifeLog will provide you with the ability to log this type of data.  So this may be a distinct difference between how the two products have been developed and aimed at different market segments.

Conclusion

Both of these are great products, it really depends on what your individual requirements are.  The Sony Smartband will be a great product when it is release for logging your life.  Seeing what you do on a daily bases, when you are active and relaxing.

It also gives you the ability to interact and control some features of your phone including the making of calls and control of your music.  You will be able to activate it when you are performing a certain activity and gain some insight into how much time you spend doing them.  It really is a life logger as the name of the app suggests.

Fitbit Flex on the other concentrates on monitoring and tracking your activity.  It is also able to know when you are sleeping and also how well you sleep by how much you move.  It doesn’t log your life like the Sony Smartband, but it does provide more dietary help, with perhaps more emphases on the active part of your life.

Details and ordering is available at the links below.

Sony Smartband

Fitbit Flex

Nokia Lumia 1520 Pros & Cons

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Nokia Lumia 1520?

Lumia 1520 Yellow Front

Pros

Display – When the Nokia Lumia 1520 was released, it was one of the first phones of its type to reach a 6 inch screen. Many other products before had come close, with only a couple reaching the barrier. Not only is the screen large, it is also of a high quality manufactured with a ClearBlack IPS panel at a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This means that you can view Full HD content and also benefit from an additional column of active tiles (the Windows Phone 8 interface) on the Home screen. There are also lots of other great benefits including super sensitive touch input and enhanced viewing in direct sunlight.

Build Quality – With Nokia you always know that you are going to have a product which has been crafted and produced to a premium standard. The materials used are not your typical plastics used by other manufacturers and thought has gone in the usage of the product. Buttons are conveniently located for the size and you have a final product which lasts and will still look good in a year’s time. Further demonstration of Nokia’s commitment to quality is the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 3, ensuring scratches to your screen are minimised.

Processor – A Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 2.2GHz processor has been included with the Lumia 1520.  This processor is currently Qualcomm’s highest range mobile unit, providing all the power you need for quickly moving between business applications, browsing the web and enjoying the latest games available on the Windows Store.

High Quality Camera - The 20 Megapixel Pureview camera technology developed by Nokia is quite simply stunning; producing the kind of photos you have always wanted on a smartphone, but have been unable to obtain. The level of detail which can be captured is amazing with bright and vivid colours, even in poor light conditions. This is to be expected as the camera benefits from ZEISS optics with a large f/2.4 aperture, 6-lens design, plus lots of other great features.

Cons

Physical size – The size of the screen is great but of course this increases the overall size of  the Lumia 1520 compared to other products. So even though Nokia has done a great job of keeping the product as compact as possible with good button placement and slimming at every opportunity, some potential customers will simply find that it is just too large for every day use.

Windows Phone 8 – Microsoft’s mobile operating system is very good for its target audience and also those who are willing to spend time learning its intricacies. There are some top-notch business applications included, the most notable being Microsoft Office.  Simply put though, one big problem is that Windows Phone is not a particularly popular development environment for application developers. With both Android and iOS providing more choice in available apps to the consumer. As a result your favourite app, or one you’re itching to try out simply might not be available within the Microsoft Store. Every potential WP8 customer should browse the store first before committing to their purchase.

Nano SIM slot – Having to change your SIM card can be an unnecessary frustration and with the Nokia Lumia 1520 you will likely need to do this, as it uses the new Nano SIM card standard. This new SIM card shape is both thinner and also decreases the overall dimensions further than the previous micro version. This makes it much more difficult to personally trim your existing card. Whilst possible, it is recommended to contact your mobile network provider for a new card.

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