200GB MicroSDXC memory card from SanDisk

200GB_MicroSDIt was not all that long ago that having 64GB microSD memory cards seemed like just a pipe dream.

However a few years on and technology has developed significantly.  So much so that SanDisk have announced and will soon be releasing a 200GB microSD memory card.

Whilst some devices such as the Galaxy S6 are opting for fixed internal memory, many devices like the HTC One M9 and the LG G3 still have microSD memory card slots.

Those who love movies, music and taking pictures can sometimes find the memory in the phone is not enough and need to take advantage for external memory options.

Whilst streaming from cloud services is said to be one option, the speeds and availability of wireless connections such as 4G can be prohibitive so a more traditional memory card option is the best bet.

Last year SanDisk announced a 128GB option but a year on and we now have the 200GB option.

Offering data transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s you can be assured that this premium memory card will serve you well.

SanDisk intimated a cost of $399 or approx £250 and a release within the next few months.

We will keep you posted as soon as we know more on UK availability.

In the meantime, you can register your interest HERE if you know you will need this memory card in your life.

A full press release is available below for you to read if you would like to.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge announced

The successors to the S5 have been revealed.

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We all knew it was coming but it was just a case of Samsung really confirming it for us.

Yesterday evening in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung unveiled to the world the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, the successor to the Galaxy S5.

Two different versions of the S6, the devices are almost identical in specification, with the exception of the Edge having a sloped edge to the display on the right and left side.  This is very similar to the Note Edge, but now on both sides.

SM-G920F_001_Front_Black SapphireWhat are the key features and specifications?

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with full access to Google Play services
  • Octa core processor for super fast performance
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32, 64 and 128GB memory options
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back to resist scratches and impacts
  • Made from aluminim and glass for a premium in hand feel and look
  • 5.1″ Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution
  • Edge version has angled screen that offers quick access to certain features and customisation options
  • 16 megapixel rear camera with UHD (4K) video recording and optical image stabisation
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Fast charging with wired connector – Get 4 hours use from just 10 minutes of charge
  • Available in a range of colours including Black, White and Gold
  • MHL 3.0 for sharing content with a HD display
  • 4G connectivity
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • and much more…….

Samsung introduce the two models in the following video.

When will they be available?

First stock is epxected to be available from week commencing 10th April.  Precise launch dates and prices for each colour and memory variant are to be confirmed but around the 10th April is when we expect to see the first S6 and S6 Edge units begin shipping.

Can I pre-order?

At the moment you can only register your interest in the handset. We expect a pre-order campaign to begin later this month.  Of course we will bring you news as this happens.  In the meantime, if you want to be notified about either the S6 or S6 Edge, follow the appropriate link below.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – Register my interest

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – Register my interest

Personalise with accessories

Both the S6 and Edge have an array of accessories available for them to protect and personalise your new smartphone.

From screen protectors to S-View cases and fabric wallets and even OtterBox Defender cases, you can view the full range of accessories on the following links.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Accessories

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Accessories

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See what the S6 and S6 Edge look like.

 

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MWC 2015 – All you need to know

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Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 runs from 2nd to the 5th March and is the biggest event in the mobile technology calendar.

There is always lots of news that comes out of the event.  Covering it all will be a virtual impossibility, but we certainly aim to bring you the most important and relevant stories here on the Clove Blog.

Below you will find a list of news stories from the event.  This list will be growing over the course of the event.

Click the news story you are interested in to be taken through to a separate post that explains everything in detail for you.

News Stories from MWC 2015:

Should I buy a car camera?

The pros and cons of buying a car camera

Thinkware_X500_Dash_Cam (3)The decision as to whether you purchase a car or dash camera for your vehicle is ultimately up to you, but in this post we share with you the positives and negatives behind doing so to aid you in making an informed decision.

Negatives

Cost – A car camera setup can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.

Spending around £100 will get you something that offers a mix of quality and features, but spending even more may result in even more benefits if those features to you are justifiable.

It is possible to spend £50 or possibly less, but spending this may result in a less featured, reliable and lower quality product.

The cost could be outweighed by the discounts on insurance given or by the time and effort saved should an incident occur.

If you can not justify the spend on a camera, do not invest in it.

Installation – Installation can be simple or tricky depending on your setup and needs.

In the simplest scenario the camera will adhere to the windscreen via an adhesive pad or suction cup.  A power cable will then need to be routed to the vehicle power adaper.

This can be completed within a few minutes.

For multiple camera setups or those that are to be hard wired then the time and costs of installation could be greater, but may long term be beneficial.  You need to think about routing the cables and whether an auto-electrician is required for safe installation of the cabling.

If a 2 channel setup is opted for and is being powered by the vehicle power adapter installation will likely take 20-30 minutes.  An extra pair of hands can be useful.

Software – To make use of the footage recorded effectively you often need to use specialist software created by the manufacturer to review the footage.

This is often supplied on a disk or can be downloaded.

Whilst not particularly complicated it is another programme to learn and have installed.

Distraction – Cameras are designed to serve a purpose and should not distract you from driving.  Those with screens are more likely to do so.

If you feel you are easily distracted a camera may not be a good idea or opt for one that is more discrete and be less tempting to you to interact with when driving.

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Positives

Protection, proof & peace of mind – It is a well documented issue that innocent victims are being targeted by scammers to be involved in an accident that ends up being their fault.

The intention is to claim off the victims insurance for compensation for injury and damage.

This is known as ‘crash for cash’ but of course there are other incidents such as car hijackings, theft and road rage incidents along with incidents when you are away from your vehicle.

With most cameras offering continuous recording including audio and many including motion detections, the date, time and GPS location, you know that you have the proof to confirm what happened where and when.

Video evidence with the GPS data speaks volumes over written accounts and witness statements as it presents the facts.

If you are ever involved in an incident a car camera can give you satisfaction and peace of mind that whatever has gone on has been recorded and that you have the evidence.

Discounts – More insurers are recognising the benefits of vehicles with car cameras installed and are rewarding drivers who adopt such with lower or discounted premiums as they know come an incident there is footage to support the case.

These discounts can go some way to paying for the cost of the camera and make ownership justifiable.

Faster insurance claim processing & no claims bonus protection – Where video or graphic evidence is not available insurance claims are decided based on witness accounts, hand drawn diagrams, statements and more.  This all involves a lot of time, effort and administration with many claims taking months to solve as teams of insurance staff look to find out what really happened, who is at fault and what payout if any needs to be made.

Video reduces this process giving more detail than any eyewitness report and just a few seconds of video can save countless hours of administration time and associated costs.

If you were accused of being at fault you can provide the evidence to suggest you were not and help protect your no claims bonus and your insurance premium.

In turn any claims can be dealt with quicker and more efficiently.

Record activity – GPS data available on some dash cameras logs where you were at what time.

If you went for a long drive, stumbled across a magical view and wanted to find out where it was, the recordings would give you this information.

Use it for personal scenarios like this or in professional situations you can record where your fleet and drivers were and at want time as well as how they got there, and how they drove!

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If you are not already aware of all the features available, you may find our guide, which explains car camera features useful.

For further information on car cameras or to purchase one yourself, please visit www.clove.co.uk , email sales@clove.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1202 552936

Sony Xperia E4 User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia E4 User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony Xperia E4  user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

A compact and cost effective smartphone the E4 with Google Android installed and 3G connectivity to ensure you remain connected and able to access your favourite apps.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini user manual

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime User Guide/Manual

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Galaxy Core Prime is a value handset with an 8 megapixel camera, with 3G connectivity and available in a range of colours.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini user manual

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pros & Cons

Galaxy-Tab-Active-Front-C-PenSamsung are a company with a scattergun approach to releasing products. It can be difficult to keep track of every phone or tablet they release, especially with the ‘Galaxy’ brand being diluted into several sub categories over the years.

With this I wouldn’t blame you for having missed the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab Active. Designed with businesses in mind, the Tab Active is also a good choice for consumers with a lifestyle that could include outdoor pursuits or situations where something more rugged is required.

It’s not for everyone, so there’ll be some down points in this overview, however there’s plenty of highs to shout about. If reading’s not your thing, check out Jon’s 60 second overview at the end of the article.

What’s not so cool

It’s great that Samsung provide a stylus with the Tab Active, frustratingly there’s no way of attaching this to the tablet. There’s a silo built into the case but nothing else.

You also can’t use a lanyard or strap with either the tablet or the separate stylus. Neither this nor the above are deal breakers by any means, however when you consider that the Tab Active is being targeted at enterprise, this is the kind of additional feature that many users would want.

The camera isn’t great. Like most modern devices it can take passable images, however I have seen better not just on most phones but also several tablets too. At only 3.1 MP this is probably the weakest overall specification on the Tab Active.

Samsung’s TouchWiz Android skin tends to get a fair amount of berating from reviewers. With a device like the Tab Active you see why – the base specification is very good however pick up another Android 4.4 tablet and you might be surprised that it is noticeably faster.

There’s a lot of apps and features built into the Tab Active’s system, depending on your use you may use lots of them, however a good number could also sit unopened forever. The Tab Active still performs well, just be aware that a chunk of your storage and system speed is sacrificed on things Samsung install.

Samsung have only provided one option/version. Often Samsung get chided for releasing too many versions of a device, although this time it’s the other way round! Just a WiFi only version could have kept the cost down for users that don’t need the cellular connectivity.

Finally the battery life and loudspeaker could be better. Again neither is terrible, although at this cost one could expend them to be longer and louder respectively.

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What we like

Whilst ruggedly built anyway, much of the protection comes in the form of a removable case. This makes the Tab Active a good option for users moving between environments, or for keeping the weight down if relaxing with the Tab Active after a day of work.

The cellular connection is useful for workers on the move or for consumers taking the Tab Active out and about away from WiFi hotspots. 4G/LTE support is also included for high speed connections, perfect for downloading files or possibly uploading videos.

With some wizardry and science, Samsung have made both the microUSB port and headphone jack not require covers. It seems minor but the complete lack of flappy port covers is decent design. The inclusion of pogo pins for simple docking station charging is also welcome and useful for enterprise.

The rugged rating is certified to IP67 for immersion in water and dust resistance. You can also be pretty confident of the tablet’s protection against drops with testing from 1.2 meters.

Samsung KNOX security is perfect for enterprise users. It has been signed off in many corporate environments and allows for siloing of data and the locking down of app installation to an administrator.

As a complete package the £450 price point (£375 ex-VAT) is actually very impressive. Considering the overall specification, rugged case and stylus and design work, you’ll be hard pressed to find a comparable portable tablet in this category.

Thinkware X500 dash cam review

Front and rear recording with a wide range of features

Thinkware_X500_Dash_Cam (2)Car cameras or dash cams as they are otherwise known are not a particularly new type of product, but they are one of the faster growing technology products thanks to the increasing availability, falling prices and improved features, in part driven by demand as drivers are becoming aware of the benefits of owning one (explained here).

Many different cameras exist with different price points and in this review we are looking at one of the more premium solutions from Thinkware, the X500.

Personally I have little experience of car cameras so this review is based on my personal thoughts and opinions and will not be making direct comparison with other models on the market.

The X500 from South Korean firm Thinkware comes in 2 options. The first being a camera for the front windscreen powered from the supplied cars power adapter and the second being the front camera complete with a camera for the rear windscreen and cables for a hard wire or permanent installation.

I am testing the latter and more premium solution.

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Sony Xperia E4g – pre-orders live at £125

xperia-e4g-black-front-landscapeJust a couple of weeks ago we let you all know that Sony Xperia E4 pre-orders were live at just £99.

Well to add to that we can also confirm that Sony’s E4g, complete with LTE connectivity, is now expected to be with us in early April at just £125! Pre orders are now live on the Clove site.

Pre order Sony Xperia E4g from Clove

Although both coming under the E4 branding, there are some slight differences between the two models which we’ll outline here.

The E4g screen is slightly smaller at 4.7″, compared to the cheaper E4’s 5″, although the processor speed jumps up to 1.5 GHz from 1.3 GHz. You’ll also find that the E4g version is slightly smaller and lighter, plus the E2003 model number Clove will be stocking has NFC as well.

With the Moto E 2nd generation now released and shipping from today, the LTE capable entry level scene could well be getting quite crowded soon. This E4g from Sony offers a larger screen and a better camera performance than the new Moto E though, plus an LED flash, so it’s certainly worth considering and definitely justifies the extra few notes.

Sony Xperia E4g at a glance

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat – guaranteed update to 5.0 Lollipop
  • 4.7″ qHD 540 x 960 IPS LCD screen
  • 1.5 GHz quad core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage / micro SD support
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • LTE coverage (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)

Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation) available for £110

Motorola Moto E 2nd Generation (Clove)Motorola are making quite a name for themselves with cost effective handsets.  We have had the E, G and G 4G as well as the 2nd generation Moto G.

The Moto E range has long been everything an entry-level phone should be. Reliable, long-lasting and above all, affordable.

This newest edition for 2015 brings 4G / LTE support for those that would like it at a low price. Other improvements include a 4.5″ screen, quad core processor, 8 GB of internal storage and 5MP camera.

Just £110 for a SIM free Moto E from Clove.

With a 2,390 mAh battery, the all-new Moto E (2nd Generation) is designed to last a full day. Dash to school or work in the morning. Meet up with family or friends. Then head out for the evening. All without worrying about stopping to recharge.

The 4.5″ touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass is your window into a digital world.  Browse the web, stream media or complete work documents on the go.

The addition of the very latest Android software, known as Lollipop, provides a modernised clean interface, modelled on what Google refer to as Material Design.

This new style will be prevalent on all Google’s services to provide a synchronised experience. Notifications have also been overhauled; they are now less intrusive and allow you (if you choose) to respond directly from the lockscreen or not interrupt your viewing when playing full screen games or movies.

To find out more, click here.