Reviews of the latest smartphones, tablets and accessories

Below you can find our latest smartphone reviews. Nearly all of the devices reviewed below are also available to buy on the Clove website. We do our best to review as much of our product range as possible so that we can give customers good advice about which device is best suited to them. We welcome discussion and feedback so please feel free to leave a comment on any blog post.

We also post some reviews here on the Clove website.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Review

Function meets practicality with the Tab Active

Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_Active_Hands_On (25)The choice we have today when choosing a tablet computer is phenomenal.  They come in all manner of shapes and sizes with varying specifications; the problem is however many are very similar and few really stand out as being different.

Samsung are in part responsible for this, even the most seasoned technology enthusiast will struggle to tell a Galaxy Tab, Tab 2, 3 and 4 apart, let alone explain the differences between them and the NotePro or TabPro tablets.

Thankfully the Galaxy Tab Active from Samsung is different and stands out thanks to its IP rating.

Whilst it could be used in many situations, the Tab Active is geared more towards the business user; the box even says ‘for enterprise’ on it. To set the scene a little, this tablet has been designed to suit, but not be limited to: engineers, the construction industry, mobile salespersons, technicians and those who may generally find their tablet coming into contact with tougher conditions.

Focused on functionality, lets see how it stacks up.

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KAZAM Tornado 348 60 Second Review

There’s a lot to the KAZAM Tornado 348 and if you can spare just a minute we’ll take you through the good, the bad and everything else.

Did you know that it holds a Guinness World Record for being the slimmest phone? Pretty impressive as is the free screen replacement should yours get damaged.

Hit the play button and Jon will tell you why the KAZAM Tornado will or won’t be your next phone. If you like what you see and hear hit the buy button below.

Buy the KAZAM Tornado 348 

KAZAM Tornado 348 Reivew

KAZAM_Tornado_348_Hands_On (6)KAZAM are still somewhat of an unknown name when it comes to smartphones, but here at Clove we have been selling their products for a year now.

The parent company and team of individuals behind KAZAM are hugely experienced and offer you and I as smartphone users some great additional benefits.

Aside from setting out to provide cost effective handsets in the first place, they do too offer a FREE screen replacement should you accidentally crack or damage it within the first year (which is brilliant for peace of mind). Additionally they also offer remote assistance.

This remote assistance means that they can, with your permission, log in to your handset and try and rectify issues you may experience without it going away for repair.

The Tornado 348 is their latest device which has been certified with a Guinness World Record for the slimmest smartphone at 5.1mm thick.

An Android smartphone with Octa-core processing power, we put the Tornado through its paces to see how it performs; but before we talk about the device itself, it is worth mentioning that if you register your Tornado 348 with KAZAM after purchase, you get an extra year’s warranty, so you have service and support for 3 years!  Thats the added KAZAM value.

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BlackBerry Classic Review

BlackBerry_Classic_Hands_On (18)When you hear the word BlackBerry, aside from the fruit, you probably think of a mobile phone with a keyboard and you would be right to do so.

As the mobile device market exploded, so did BlackBerry, but in recent years a lack of direction meant they lost market share, but now they are back with a clearer focus and direction.

The first of the new devices to come out under this more focused BlackBerry was the Passport.

Reviewing it a couple of months ago I concluded that whilst a very good device “a not quite so wide version of the Passport with the ‘classic’ BlackBerry keyboard is what I think it needs to win more of power and consumer users back”.

Well as it happens this is what we now have, the BlackBerry Classic and I do believe it has what it takes to win not only some old faithful fans back but some new ones as well.

Read on for more, or watch the following video if you prefer.

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YotaPhone 2 60 Second Review

YotaPhone_2 (23)The YotaPhone 2 is a phone with 2 screens!

Considerably different to other smartphones available in the market, key features include:

  • 5″ AMOLED Full HD 1920 x 1080 capacitive main screen
  • 4.7″ EPD (e-ink) rear touchscreen
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 2.26 GHz Qualcomm 800 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 MP main camera / 1.2 MP front-facing
  • YotaPhone gesture controls
  • Put2Back apps for transferring content
  • Wireless charging

We have already put the YotaPhone 2 through its paces in our full review here.

However, we appreciate you may be short of time, but would still like to know the good and bad bits.

In the following video we tell you the good and bad bits about this handset in just 60 seconds.

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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Nokia Lumia 735 Review

Nokia_Lumia_735 (1)Nokia has gone though many changes at the moment relation to how Microsoft is using the name as we discussed in the recent Nokia Lumia 830 review.  Like that review we will be looking at one of the recent products to come out of Nokia the Lumia 735.

With these most recent releases Nokia appears to have separated their smart phone products into two sections premium and standard.  The Nokia Lumia 930 and 830 are the premium products.   While the Lumia 735, 635, 630 and 520 are standard ones.  As you can probably guess the Nokia Lumia 735 has the best specification of the standard products.  In fact its specification is very similar to the one included with the Lumia 830.

The main difference between the premium and standard products is the look and feel of them.  So we will start the review by looking at this aspect of the Lumia 735.

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YotaPhone 2 Review

Because 2 screens are better than one

YotaPhone_2 (15)How many times a day do you check your phone to see if you have a message, a missed call, an email or an upcoming appointment? 5, 10, 20 times? Probably more than that if you counted.

Whether such an act is necessary or just a force of habit, have you considered how it affects your phone’s battery life?

Send a lot of emails or text messages? Use your phone for reading ebooks?

Have you ever thought how the bright white background is draining power and that you do not really need it to be so bright, crisp or vivid?

We all want to be blown away by crisp graphics and stunning on-screen results but if the battery life is sacrificed as a result, is it worth it?

The evolution of wearable technology has begun to reduce the reliance on checking the phone itself, but for many a ‘smartwatch’ is not the solution.

The Amazon Kindle has been extremely popular for a number of reasons, however one is the length of time it can go between charges. What allows this?  If you have seen or used one, you will know that it is the screen technology.

Russian firm Yota Devices have recognised this and about 18 months ago released the YotaPhone, the worlds first dual-screen smartphone with an always-on display.

Using a rear mounted Electronic Paper Display (EPD), many of the activities you would normally complete on the front screen can be done with the EPD, with the benefit of being better on the battery life and softer on the eyes.

They now return with the YotaPhone 2, a device more worthy of being compared to the current crop of leading smartphones.

Watch the video review if you prefer, or read on for the full, detailed, written review.

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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.

Nokia Lumia 830 Review

Introduction

Nokia_Lumia_830_Hands_On (1)We are now entering some interesting times with Nokia following Microsoft’s acquisition last year.  This obviously wasn’t a normal purchasing of a company, but clearly Microsoft has obtained the Lumia brand along with some other assets and the license to use the Nokia brand on their phone.    All of this doesn’t appear to stop Nokia from being in the process of releasing a new tablet.

In fact Microsoft is now starting to releasing phones which no longer carry the Nokia branding.  This shows that they don’t wish to carry on with the status quo, and want to distance themselves from it.  We are however going to look at one of the phones which came out of the Nokia/Microsoft alliance the Nokia Lumia 830.  As most of you are aware this phone has been available for a few months now, but this has given us a chance to put together a proper review having used it for some time.

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