Moto Hint Review – Earpieces can be cool

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The Moto Hint, do you get it?

There are many earbuds out there, none quite as good as what the Moto Hint can offer you. I’ve never been one to use a Bluetooth headset but after a couple of weeks with the Moto Hint I’m sold. I’ve had a giggle to myself when I’ve seen someone walking down the street having a conversation with that thing in their ear, Bluetooth earpieces have never been cool but the Moto Hint could well change that.

One of the perks that the Moto Hint offers you is the fact it doesn’t look like a Bluetooth earpiece, he’s considerably smaller than the conventional ones you’ll see men in suits chatting away  to as part of a tail back on the M25, or what the delivery driver has glued to his ear whilst dropping off your latest online purchase.

The Moto Hint is something you’ll want to use, just like the Moto Assist features on the Moto X 2014 model; it’ll bring you an added value feature to your mobile world. How? Read on and find out.

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MiPow colour range – Playbulb & Candle videos

playbulb_color_blog_1MiPow’s innovative speaker and LED light combo has been one of those interesting products – something that seemed a little silly at first but then instantly justified itself after a demonstration.

It’s been a consistent seller here at Clove since release, with a price of £50 that sits at just the right point between gift, toy and an actually quite useful gadget which performs well.

Building on the Playbulb’s success, MiPow have now improved on the original by introducing an adjustable colour LED into the mix. With the updated app you can change the displayed colour remotely, as well as picking from a variety of colour transitions and styles.

With Bluetooth multipoint technology you can also create groups of Playbulb products, ensuring they all have the same colour and phase options at the same time, and stream the same music where applicable.

Check out our own videos below for a brief demonstration of both products

MiPow PLAYBULB Color

An update to the original Playbulb, the new colour version costs £79.99 – first retail stock is expected in early January.

MiPow PLAYBULB Candle

playbulb_candleThe candle version is an excellent portable ambient light source powered by AA batteries.

It doesn’t feature the speaker, however is a fantastic item to be used indoors as a night-light or perhaps down the beach for when the sun goes down.

The PLAYBULB candle is available individually for £19.99 or in packs of 3 for £49.99 for a saving of £10.

HTC Desire EYE – now available

The new selfie phone from HTC now available SIM free

HTC-DESIRE-EYE-BLUEA few weeks ago we reported making a pre-order page available for the all-new HTC Desire EYE. The innovative ‘selfie phone’ features a 13 megapixel camera on both the front and back of the handset, as well as some pretty powerful overall specs.

This is one of the final big name releases of 2014 and shows that HTC are still committed to making high quality smartphones with interesting flourishes for the consumer.

Alongside the powerful 13 MP cameras (and yes if you love selfies it really does make a difference!), you’ll find a full HD 5.2″ screen, up to date processor and LTE support.

There’s also HTC favourites such as Blinkfeed and ZOE, plus a whole host of additional camera features in the updated HTC EYE camera application including Face Tracking, Screen Share, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Photo Booth and Crop Me In.

Order a SIM free HTC Desire EYE today from Clove Technology

HTC Desire EYE at a glance

  • Front facing 13 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • 5.2″ 1080 x 1920 multi-touch (~424 ppi)
  • 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801
  • 4G LTE (Bands 3, 7, 8, 20)
  • 16GB storage / micro SD up to 128GB
  • WiFi / NFC / Miracast / BT 4.0 / DLNA
  • GPS / GLONASS
  • 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • 154 grams

BlackBerry Classic officially launched

BB_ClassicBlackBerry have today officially unveiled the BlackBerry Classic.

It has been in the spotlight for a few weeks, but during this time the Canadian firm have been teasing us with videos, images and features of the device.

Today everything has been put in the public domain and everyone will now be talking about the Classic and how it brings back that iconic Blackberry form factor.

Key features of the Classic include:

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 1.5GHz Quad-core processor
  • 3.5” display
  • 4 row QWERTY keyboard
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 8MP camera with OIS
  • 2515mAh battery
  • Video out via slimport

The first stock of the Classic is due in early January.  We will be selling it SIM free for £282.50 + VAT (339 including).  Some BlackBerry Classic accessories are already in stock now.

PRE-ORDER THE BLACKBERRY CLASSIC HERE

We have been testing a Classic in the Clove offices for the last couple of weeks and will have a full review online very soon.

BlackBerry themselves have also put together an unboxing of the Classic, which you can view below.

To view the full press release, read on below.

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New Official BlackBerry Classic Accessories Available

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The BlackBerry Classic is a device that has proved of significant interest to Blackberry fans the world over.

It brings back the old school look and fell but with those modern features we have all come to expect from a phone.

With a new phone you’ll need some accessories to protect and enhance your daily routine. The following official BlackBerry accessories are available on our website, here are what we have so far.

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Deff Travel Biz Magnetic Connector Cable – Now In Stock

One of the most successful accessories of this year has been a very simple one; the Deff MicroUSB Magnetic Connector Adapter for Sony Xperia devices.

This handy little unit sits on the end of a standard micro USB cable and attaches to the magnetic charging ports of the Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact, negating the need for opening the USB port cover.

The tip is great but something many people have asked for is a full cable that ends in the magnetic adapter – something Sony have yet to officially release in the UK. We spoke to our contacts in Japan and lo and behold, such a product was being developed!

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We placed an order for these a few weeks ago and are pleased to say that we are now in stock of the new Deff Travel Biz Magnetic Connector Cable. Priced at just £15 (£12.50 ex-VAT), the cable has a full size USB connector at one end for use with USB sockets on mains chargers, computers, portable battery packs and other power sources.

Being an integrated design with a smaller profile, this adapter cable is also more inclined to stay attached to the magnetic charging plate when the phone is moved, as well as being more compatible with some 3rd party cases.

The cable also features a built-in LED that changes from red to blue to show when it is either connected to power or delivering charge to a phone.

Order a Deff Travel Biz Magnetic Connector Cable today

BlackBerry Classic – browser and apps

BlackBerry-Classic-Black-FrontWe’re inching ever closer to BlackBerry’s official Classic announcement – due on the 17th – so here’s another post looking at some of the features we can expect to enjoy.

The BlackBerry Browser is a bit of an understated trump card in BB10. It was originally designed from the ground up for the Z10 and is integrated fully into the BB10 operating system.

Unlike standalone browsers on other systems, the BlackBerry Browser has functionality that is directly linked to other parts of your BlackBerry phone such as the messaging hub. It has also been consistently found to be the fastest mobile browsing platform, outperforming Opera Mobile, Safari, Chrome for mobile, Dolphin, IE10 and more!

When it comes to apps, you will find both BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore preloaded on the Classic, providing access to a great range of productivity enhancers, games and other useful tools.

The deal with Amazon brings the opportunity to natively download Android applications, without Google Play, that are guaranteed to run on your Classic.

You can also sideload Android apps quite easily, should you have the knowledge to do so and be after something that isn’t available through the Amazon front. As a nice touch, sideloading apps won’t affect your warranty.

PRE-ORDER the SIM FREE BlackBerry Classic from Clove today

New official BlackBerry Passport Accessories available

 

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The BlackBerry Passport has been a very popular device with our customers, we’ve seen some impressive numbers ship out and the accessories are now coming in thick and fast.

A couple of new accessories are headed our way and as you’d expect from BlackBerry they are ones that will enhance your mobile life.

They’re all official so not only will you be getting a product designed specifically for the Blackberry Passport but also made to the highest standard.

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BlackBerry Classic – navigation keys

We’re getting excited about the upcoming BlackBerry Classic here at Clove. At £339 first SIM free stock is expected in early January, although we’ve received a pre-production unit and will have a comprehensive hands-on and review for you very soon!

Until we’ve got this ready, we’ll be running through some of the features that BlackBerry are hoping will have people flocking to the Classic.

We’ve already covered the return of traditional BlackBerry user’s favourite trick – keyboard shortcuts – so on we move to the other half of this design story, the navigation bar.

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It seems like a very simple thing, although for traditional BlackBerry users, these physical buttons were an all-important part of what made a BlackBerry a BlackBerry.

Not only does the trackpad offer fine control for selecting from menus, it also becomes an excellent pointer and navigation aid when browsing. Now as we approach the end of 2014, many websites have been designed to be mobile friendly, however there are a great many that aren’t and the extra aid in scrolling and selection can be an absolute blessing.

The physical buttons are also a great way to navigate through the phone. All of BB10s touch gestures are included of course, so you can still swipe away to your heart’s content, however the presence of the solid clicky buttons gives you an added option to do what you need to quickly. Enough from me though, watch the official BlackBerry video below for a bit more info

Flexible phones in 2015? SmartKem certainly think so.

Consumer technology moves along at a rapid pace, one only superseded by the minds and companies behind the scenes, running the science and developing the products of the future. SmartKem, based in Manchester, are one such company.

Specialising in the manufacture and delivery of their own organic semiconductors (the sciencey bits that make e-ink and flexible displays work), SmartKem are one of a few companies well positioned enough to know what they’re talking about when it comes to the future of mobile displays.

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Speaking to Mobile Today, SmartKem’s head of strategic marketing Mike Cowin said: “There’s a new product on the market with a fixed curve but this is just the beginning. Then it will be a progression to bi-foldable and tri-foldable.” The fixed curve he mentions is clearly a reference to the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung often one of the first major manufacturers to market with new technologies.

Flexible. Curvy. Mobile.

Mobile screen technology has developed massively in a few short years. The trend to higher resolutions has effectively ended at QHD (quad HD – 4 times 720p or 2560 x 1440).

There really is little point going higher at mobile screen sizes, although it’s almost guaranteed someone will try and squeeze a 4K screen at under 6 inches next year, even if it’s a lesser known manufacturer trying to grab headlines.

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The next stage now that costs are falling, is to bring the curved and flexible technologies being shown off in huge panels at electronics expos over the last few years to phone sizes.

We’ve already seen demo screens like this, although actually getting one to sit on top of the phone tech, as a usable portable device, is clearly going to be the next big step.

If we are to believe Mr. Cowin, then we could be looking at such phones by this time next year, he states that SmartKem have been “in talks with the world’s biggest OEMs” and the “two most popular phone manufacturers in the world right now” so that their technology will be “available in late 2015″.

Reading between the lines we can probably expect the ‘two most popular manufacturers’ to be Apple and Samsung. The other big names such as Sony and LG are never really left lagging behind though, although if everyone will be using the exact same technologies remains to be seen.

Another fantastic line from Cowin is “You’ll be able to smash it with a hammer and it won’t break, it’s that flexible … there is a natural progression for a new type of form factor”. Looking at the foldable mockup image above certainly sets pulses racing! The hammer quote might be pushing things a little far by the time tech reaches consumer hands in an actual product, however it’s certainly a statement of intent manufacturers will be looking to.

It’s an exciting development to read this sort of information – it seems an age since flexible screens began appearing in the news and at expos, yet their journey to smartphones is taking some time. With these comments from SmartKem, maybe 2015 could be the start of an incredible new wave of devices.

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