CAT B15Q Tough Smartphone 60 Second Review

Cat_B15Q_Hands_On_ReviewiThe CAT B15Q is a tough phone designed for tough environments.

Drop it, get it wet, immerse in sand, cover it in dust, mud and more and it will still work.

This is thanks to an IP and military rating that makes the B15Q perfect for industry.

Here are the positive and negatives in just 60 seconds.

For a more detailed view and opinion on the device, you can read our review here, or watch our full video review below.

If you want to buy a SIM free handset you can purchase it here for £216.67+VAT.

 

CAT B15Q Review – Tough made smart

Cat_B15Q_Hands_On_ReviewdModern smartphones are products of countless hours of design and engineering to craft them into the glamorous and shiny objects that they are.

Current phones are not built to survive more challenging environments though and do not often survive exposure to water or being knocked 6 feet onto solid concrete.

If you or someone you know is a tradesperson, engineer, emergency service personnel (amongst others), then you will have probably experienced or seen cases where that new phone has been exposed to irreversible damage because of the conditions worked in.

Protecting your new HTC or Apple product is all possible, but a chunky case detracts from the design.

Those phones that really survive the demands of your job and workplace are also often big, bulky and unattractive.

CAT then tried to step in with a happy medium. For the last 12 months the B15 has offered a mid-range specification, with a design that is not unsightly and can also withstand water, knocks and bumps.

Here at Clove feedback from customers has been positive amongst those who need such a device.

A year on and the B15Q has now arrived, offering identical robustness and improved specifications, bringing it up to speed with more modern handsets. So how does it fair? Read on to find out.

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Sony Xperia M2 review

The lowdown on Sony’s new mid range M2 smartphone.

xperia-m2-black-duoThe Sony Xperia M2 is exactly what an increasing number of new smartphone buyers are looking for. It may not blow anyone away with it’s looks, specifications or feature set, however with the smartphone market maturing, it could be a very attractive prospect for anyone looking out for a great deal.

If you’re reading Clove’s blog then it’s odds-on you already own a smartphone. Where that device sits in the tiers of power & price may be a little difficult to guess though, with specifications rising and relative prices falling faster than ever before.

What’s even harder to gauge it was what you may need from a new handset. If you’re approaching an upgrade period at the end of a 24 month cycle, or perhaps just fancy a new phone after a year or so, then the market has changed drastically since your last look.

Smartphones in the M2′s SIM free price range of around £200 are no longer cheap, cheerful devices to turn your nose up at. They are in fact powerful, capable machines that may even outperform the 2 year old flagship in your hand that cost more than twice as much not too long ago.

I won’t be going into Clove’s usual deep longform detail in this mini review – that’s reserved for flagship handsets – although if you’re interested in the M2 and want to know a few more details then read on.

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Huawei Ascend P7 60 Second Review

Huawei_Ascend_P7_Hands_On_Image (7)Considering the Huawei Ascend P7 or just interested in the latest smartphones?

Check our our 60 second review of the handset for a brief and to the point synopsis of the device and what it has to offer.

If you would rather watch or full review or are keen to know more then you can either watch it, below or click here to read our opinion on it.

Huawei Ascend P7 Review

Huawei_Ascend_P7_BannerMaking a mobile phone call, sending a text message or browsing the web on our handset is second nature to the majority of us. We can connect and do more than ever before on the move; and much of this is thanks to the hardware that actually makes this all possible, a very large proportion of which is manufactured by Chinese firm Huawei.

Having spent many years making the technology that allows all of the above to happen, you would assume that their smartphones should match in terms of capability and performance.

The P7 is their latest handset to hit the UK so lets take a look and see how it compares.

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LG G3 – 60 Second Review

LG_G3_Shine_Gold_Hands_On3We appreciate that you are often short of time and out 6500 word written review and video might have been a little long for some, so we have a 60 second review of the LG G3 in the following video.

It is the successor to the G2 from 2013 and has specifications which compete with the best handsets available to buy today.

If you do want more information or more detail on any of the points raised, you can read the full review here or watch the full review video below.

The G3 is set to begin shipping from the 1st July. Priced at £499. Buy it SIM Free here.

LG G3 Review

LG G3The ‘smart’ element of the smartphone has never been more relevant in my mind than it is today.

Choosing a phone is no longer as simple as it once was, the choice is most certainly yours.

From different brands, to different sizes, specifications and colours, you can almost purchase your ‘dream’ phone there are that many options to choose from.

LG are keen to make your dream phone the G3. Since launching the G2 last year they have worked tirelessly crafting hardware and software to achieve the following three key goals.

  • Goal 1: Reducing steps for the same output
    • Achieved through:
      • Knock code
      • Smart notice
      • Wireless charging
      • Quick windows
  • Goal 2: Enhancing output without changing usability
    • Achieved through:
    • Quad HD display
    • Faster autofocus camera
    • 3,000mAh removable battery
    • Smart keyboard
  • Goal 3: Removing the unnecessary and adding value
    • Achieved through:
      • Metallic yet light deisgn
      • Floating arc design
      • Simple graphic user interface
      • Software diet

So how will the G2 successor sit against the well respected competition from Sony, HTC and Samsung to name just a few?

To find out, grab a tea or coffee, clear 20 minutes in your day and read on, because there are 6500 words that let you know all you need to about the G3.

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Archos Smart Home Review

Making your home smarter and you more informed about what is going on.

Archos_Smart_Home10 years ago the thought of installing CCTV cameras, a remote controlled thermostat and washing machine, might have been something that only the super rich or technologically aware would have have considered.

At the same time, the thought of a smartphone more powerful than a desktop computer might too have been an object of our dreams and desires.

In the last 10 years the rapid development in technology has meant that all of the above is now becoming possible for the average person on the street, without the need to sell your worldly possessions to be able to afford such.

Whilst super powerful smartphones are very much here, because we demanded it; the more connected home is still very much in it’s infancy for the wider public, but in another 10 years the story will be very different. It will be thanks to products like this, the Archos Smart Home.

The Archos Smart Home is set to make the connected home possible for you, me, your neighbour and even your grandparents.

Read on for the full text review or click play the following video if you prefer to sit back, watch and listen.

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LG G2 Mini 60 second review

Short of time and want to know what is good and bad about the LG G2 Mini?  If the answer is yes, then you could do a lot worse than watching the following video for a summary of just this.

If you want to know more then you can watch the full review in the following video or read it here.

HTC One (M8) 60 Second Review

If you want to find out the positives and negatives of the new HTC One (M8) and are short of time, then be sure to watch our 60 seconds review video below.

If you have a little more time or want to know more, then read the full review or watch the following video for the full review.

To buy the HTC One M8 click here.

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