Win an Archos 45 Helium smartphone

Archos_Smart_Home_HeliumBuy an Archos Smart Home from Clove and leave a review on our site before the 31st August 2014 and you will be entered into a draw to win an Archos 45 Helium smartphone.

The Archos Smart Home is a powerful yet cost effective solution to make your home more powerful and allow you to remain connected when away. See what it offers you by watching the video below.

If you have already purchased a Smart Home from Clove, or you do so before the 31st August, all you need do is leave a review on the Smart Home product page (here) and you will be automatically entered into a draw to win an Archos 45 Helium smartphone. Full terms and conditions below.

The 45 Helium is a great value smartphone that offers the following features for just £145 including VAT.

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
  • 4.5″ 854 x 480 (WVGA) IPS LCD screen
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB storage
  • Micro SD support up to 64 GB
  • 4G LTE compatible ( 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 )
  • 5 MP camera
  • 135 x 67 x 9.75 mm
  • 1700 mAh battery

For more information on the Helium please click here.

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer valid to any customer who purchases an Archos Smart Home from Clove before August 31st 2014.
  • A review must be left on the site to qualify.
  • A winner will be chosen at random from all customers who purchased an Archos Smart Home and left a review.
  • Clove’s decision is final.
  • Clove reserve the right to remove the offer at any time or substitute the prize with something else of equivalent value.
  • Prize will be dispatched within 28 working days of the offer ending.

Win a £25 Hungry House voucher

Suggest a feature in the comments to take part

Update 29th October: 

Voting for Hungry House’s next feature is now open on the Hungry House Blog. Take part for your chance to win a £25 voucher.

Update 25th October: 

Congratulations to Melissa Kellard who is the winner of the voucher. Melissa’s suggested feature was:

I think there should be a feature to check on what stage your order is at, ie. ‘in the oven’, ‘out for delivery’ etc. It would be a really useful tool and it would minimise the amount of customers calling in to check on their orders!

This will also be entered into a grand prize draw on the Hungry House Blog, with voting opening on the 28th October and the winner announced on the 30th.

Thanks to all of you that took part, there were some great suggestions offered for the app. Check back to the Clove Blog for more competitions in the future.


This week we are teaming up with online takeaway service Hungry House to give you the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on a meal of your choice.

To take part, simply download the Hungry House app for iPhone or Android and suggest a feature that you think would improve the app in the comments at the bottom of this post.

The competition is now open and will run until midnight (GMT) on Thursday 24th October 2013. We’ll then announce the winner here on the Clove Blog on Friday 25th October. 


We have previously reviewed the Hungry House iPhone app for the Clove Blog and were impressed with what it had to offer. Whether you’ve used the app before or you’re a first time user, suggest a new feature below for your chance to win.

Once we’ve picked a winner we’ll email the £25 voucher code through to you, which can then be redeemed on the Hungry House website. This is more than enough to order a family sized meal, but should your order come to more than £25 you can pay the remaining balance using PayPal or credit card. The voucher is valid for use until the end of this year.

We will keep this competition open to all readers, but Hungry House is a UK only service so please bear in mind that you will not be able to order from overseas if you do win from outside of the UK.

Sony Xperia L vs Sony Xperia M (comparison video)

In the video below you can watch our hands on comparison of the Sony Xperia M and the Sony Xperia L. These are a fantastic pair of handsets at the lower end of the smartphone pricing scale.

Whilst their specs are quite similar there are a few differences that you need to be aware of. This video therefore discusses the similarities and differences and provides a nice visual comparison of the two handsets.



Every so often we like to give away a few things, any now is one of those times.

It is first come first served and you can claim only one item from the list. 

To grab a freebie, just specify in the comments below which product you would like and make sure you input your email address in the specified field.


  • 2 x Proporta TurboCharger 3400
  • 5 x Samsung Galaxy S3 Grey Gel Case
  • 1 x Proporta Gadget Bag
  • 1 x OtterBox iPhone 5 Clearly Protected 360 degree screen protector
  • 1 x Tech21 iPhone 5 Special Ops Patrol Case in Black
  • 1 x Tech21 iPhone 5 Impact Mesh in Black
  • 1 x BlackBerry Z10 Case-Mate Signature Flip case in Black
  • 1 x BlackBerry Z10 Case-Mate Barely There case in White
  • 1 x BlackBerry Z10 Case-Mate Barely There case in Brushed Silver
  • 1 x BlackBerry Z10 Case-Mate Barely There case Zebrawood
  • 1 x BlackBerry Z10 Case-Mate Barely There case Rosewood
  • 2 x Zagg HTC Sensation Screen Protector
  • 2 x Fix2Car Phone holders (suitable for smaller phones like Samsung Galaxy Ace – Not sure of exact part code or compatibility)


#clove20 Grand Prize Draw

Thanks to all of you that have taken part in our Clove 20th anniversary giveaways over the last couple of weeks, it has been a fantastic time. We’ll be sending out the prizes early next week.

Please check the master list here (it may take a few hours from now to update with today’s winners) to see if you have won anything throughout the competition, and email sales at with your address details if you haven’t already.

So without further adieu, here are the winners – picked at random – of our Grand Prize Draw, the prizes for which we have kept secret until now. Congratulations guys!

HTC One X+ Winner: Neville Cohen

Sony Xperia J Winner: Stephanie Jung

htc one x plus prize

sony xperia j prize

Competition 9– WINNERS – Using your mobile devices for DIY & construction #clove20

For competition 9 of our #clove20 giveaway we asked you to share with us your DIY & construction stories that involved using your mobile device.

Yet again there were a range of entries that showed just how diversely mobile technology could be used.  It seems the camera and torch are widely used.

The winner is: Lynne Pope

They have won a JCB Sitemaster2 and a JCB Mug, Pen and Keyring.

The Sitemaster2 from JCB is a phone capable of surviving in harsh environments and in many DIY & construction projects.  This is particularly popular in the trade due to the following features:

  • Water / Dust resistant
  • Certified to IP67
  • Military Specification
  • One Ton Pressure Tested
  • 2m Drop Tested
  • 2MP Camera
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • Torch
  • 2 Year Warranty

Well done to Lynne

There are also 2 runners up who have each won themselves a pack of 6 x NFC Hang Tags courtesy of RapidNFC.

  • Sam Woodley
  • Mike Paterson (we know we used this as an example but it was just vey good)

Well done to all who took part.  Please email your names and address to so that we can send your prizes out.

Competition 10– Personalised Freedom i-Connex Combi Keyboard for Apple iPad #clove20

Update 30/11: The winning prize goes to @torharrington

The final competition before the final grand prize draw tomorrow.

Today we are giving away a personalised Freedom i-Connex Combi Keyboard for the Apple iPad.

When we say personalised, the guys at Freedom Input will put your initials or name (providing it fits) onto a silver metal plate that measures 23mm x 10mm.

Here is an example:


The i-Connect Combi is the slimmest and lightest case with a keyboard solution you will find.  It has been well received and many rate this product very highly.

It measures 45 x 189 x 21mm or 9.6” x 7.4” x 0.8” (with iPad inside) and weighs just 405g or 14oz.

It is compatible with Apple iPad 2 and iPad 3.

You can find more information about this product HERE.

This is a very unique prize. It is not everyday you can have something personalised.

How to enter:

Very simple.  Just tweet or comment below:

‘I want to win the @freedominput i-Connex combi from @clovetechnology #clove20’ 

The competition is open until 12PM (GMT) on Friday 30th November.


We will announce the winner tomorrow for the Freedom keyboard, but we will too at 5PM tomorrow be announcing the winner or maybe winners…from of final grand prize draw.

It is possibly fair to say that we have saved the best until last.  CLICK HERE to enter your name to stand a chance of winning.

Competition 9–Using your mobile devices for DIY & construction #clove20

We are going to leave the identity of this competition prize a secret until we announce the winner, but today we want to know if and how you have used your smartphone or mobile devices as part of any DIY or construction project.

For example have you used your phone as a spirit level or to calculate how long a length of cable you need to cut?

The following is one example (from a previous blog post comment) of how long time customer Mike Paterson used his tech in this way.

Create a Video Message ~ with a bit of a difference!

I will first take you on a story……
A few months back I was in our garage which is detached a good 30 feet from our house.

At the time I was working in the attic space above the garage and found a need to contact my wife to first ask a question then pick up some tools I needed. Unfortunately at the time she was out of earshot sat watching TV in the main lounge of the house and a telephone call to her would not be suffice to explain what I needed to ask nor what tools to pick up for me.
The trouble was I was in an awkward spot and if I came out of the attic and descended into the garage followed by a walk around the garden, kick off shoes etc. etc. then make my way to where my wife was sat and then go and pick up my tools from a different place outside the house it would be time consuming but worse I did not really want to leave the attic space as it was unsafe to leave the electrics I was working on.

After a brief minute I hit upon an idea….. I picked up my Samsung Galaxy SIII, put it into video mode and made a short video explaining both by voice and video exactly what I wanted my wife to do for me.
After creating and saving the video I then tapped at the top of the video screen the icon of a TV. This sent the video immediately to the TV my wife was watching.

In other words the program she was watching was then automatically interrupted by my face and video being shown on the TV.

The look on my wife’s face when she came out to me a few minutes later with the appropriate tools in hand was priceless. :)

We think you will agree that this is a great method. Mike, we shall enter you into the competition.

How to enter:

Simply let us know how you have used your phone or mobile devices in DIY or construction projects. Comment below or share it on social networking sites. The competition is open until 12PM (GMT) on Thursday 29th November.

Do not forget that on Friday at 5PM we will be closing our grand prize draw. CLICK HERE to be in with a chance of winning.

Competition 8–Feligan Powerbrick winner #clove20

For competition 8 of our #clove20 giveaway , we asked you to share a photo or one of your gadgets with the #clove20 displaying on it for the chance to win a Feligan Powerbrick.

We have had some really great entries but the winner is:

Carl Alsford @carlalsford

We love cars and Carl went all out to personalise his Maserati MC12 in ForzaHorizons

@clovetechnology #clove20 the Maserati MC12 I've been using online in @turn10studios' #ForzaHorizon #HorizonCars

There are 10 x runner-up prizes, which are a smartphone skin of your choice from DiabloSkinz. Visit the DiabloSkinz website and pick the skin that you would like and email it over to us ( See if you are a runner up below.

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Competition 7–Motorola RAZR winner #clove20

For competition 7 of our #clove20 giveaway, we’ve asked what you would be willing to do to win a Motorola RAZR. We’ve had some great ideas sent in, including:

  • Eating two, very well portioned roast dinners
  • Creating a Clove video advert
  • Being nice to the mother in-law for a whole month
  • Destroy an old handset with a hammer/fire/by burying it in the back yard
  • Become a Justin Bieber advocate
  • Go for a swim in the sea on boxing day
  • Switch from Android to iOS for a month
  • Switch from Windows Phone to Android
  • Dress up as a Clove hand mascot and spread the word
  • Hand out Clove flyers to the neighbours
  • Hike to Clove HQ from Scotland
  • Shave a Movember tash off
  • Carry out some real world spamming using NFC and geocaching
  • Lick the husbands feet

However, the biggest commitment out of all of these (and realistically completing it) is without doubt getting a tattoo of the Clove logo. We had a couple of people enter this idea, but we’re going to award the prize to @iLewisOfTheDead as he was the first to enter it, who will be given the chance to win the RAZR and will also receive an Android figurine.

As runners-up we’ve selected the following, who will receive an Android figurine and will be given the chance for the main prize should the winner not go through with it:

  • Hand deliver a box of donuts to the Clove office
  • Draw the Clove logo on A4 paper and eat it
  • Cover Maroon 5’s “This love” with Motorola RAZR lyrics
  • Create a ‘Clovemobile’ using car vinyl and drive it until the end of the year