BlackBerry News & Reviews

Below you can find posts about the various BlackBerry handsets that we range of the Clove website.

If you're thinking of buying a new phone, please see our SIM Free BlackBerry Phones section on the Clove website. We also offer official and third party BlackBerry accessories for the handsets that we range.

BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Arrives for BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5

Are you a BlackBerry smartphone user with a BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10 or Q5?

blackberry-logo_1If so, good news for you as an update is on its way to upgrade your software version to 10.3.1.

The full press release detailing the update is available below, but in summary there are some core new features.

  • BlackBerry Blend – Use most features of your BlackBerry phone on a Mac, Windows, iOS or Android computing product via wired or wireless connections. Left your phone at home? No problem, you can remotely access the device
  • BlackBerry Assistant – Use voice commands to complete many repetitive tasks
  • Battery performance improvements
  • Update to BlackBerry hub, calendar, camera, multimedia and more
  • Inclusion of Amazon Appstore for a wider range of apps – Android apps for use on a BlackBerry phone

Keep an eye out on your BlackBerry Hub and you will be notified when the update is available for download on your device.

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Clove’s top 10 smartphones of February 2015

We are just a matter of weeks away from one of the biggest mobile events of the year, MWC.  How many new devices we will see is unknown, but it would appear Samsung and HTC are two names we can expect to see new devices from.

It is getting even more difficult to come up with new technology and features that really appeal and capture the desire of many.  Will the trend be better battery life, higher resolution displays or more software features or possibly a mix of all?

There has been a few changes in our list since last month, but not all that many. Read on to see what comes in where.

10. Motoroa Moto X (2nd Gen/2014 Edition)

moto-x-black-leather-bothMotorola have gone through a bit of an evolution in the last 18 months and this evolution has resulted in devices like the Moto X that just work.

A streamlined range does not offer that much choice but too much choice can be a bad thing.  The Moto X 2014 is the basis on which the Nexus 6 is formed and that says something as to how good an option this makes the Moto X.

Smaller than the Nexus 6, the Moto X+1 as some refer to it as, still has a full HD 5.2 inch display, Android 4.4 and a snappy 2.5GHz quad core processor amongst other high end specs.

Moto Assist and Voice are software additions that are rated quite highly and the included Moto Migrate helps with that switching process.

If you wish to get the party started from the Moto X it may be short lived, the speaker just isn’t up to the job, but it is a small sacrifice for what else is on offer.

Buy SIM FREE Motorola Moto X

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BlackBerry Passport in Red now available

BlackBerry_Passport_RedThe BlackBerry Passport has been on the market for a few months on now, it first launched in Black, then it became available in White in December and now; in February 2015 we now have a limited number of the Passport in Red available.

Hardware and specification wise there is absolutely no difference aside from the actual colour of the handset.

To get your hands on the Red Passport, there is a slight premium, retailing at £437.50 excluding VAT or £525 including; but there are very few about.

At Clove the Passports we sell are SIM free, there are no contracts, so simply pop in the SIM card of your choice.

Buy SIM FREE BlackBerry Passport in Red

Reasons to buy BlackBerry Passport

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

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BlackBerry Z3 Review

BlackBerry’s budget touchscreen

BlackBerry_Z3_Hands_On (1)You will likely have heard and possibly seen how Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry are going through somewhat of a change.

Producing fewer, but more focused devices that suit particular users needs.

The Passport and Classic answered the needs of those who wanted higher end specifications and a physical keyboard which were more likely to be using it for work oriented tasks.

The Z3 is a little different as a lower end, full touchscreen device.

Originally released in Asia, the Z3 has made its way to the UK just under a year later.

Perfectly suitable for business but less feature rich, the Z3 is appeals to those looking for a more cost effective mobile device without a physical keyboard.

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BlackBerry Classic 60 Second Review

The classic look and feel of Blackberry is back and it comes in the form of the BlackBerry Classic. Those looking for a communication device won’t get much better than this, if you’re a Blackberry fan you’ll love it.

Here we run through the best and not so good of the BlackBerry Classic. Sold on it, you certainly won’t be the first as we’ve had lots of interest.

You can get hold of your accessories now, you’ll find them here and to get your Classic hit the blue button below.

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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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BlackBerry Classic User Manual/Guide

BlackBerry Classic User Guide

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

The Classic brings back the iconic keyboard and form factor that many love.  A device suitable for personal and business use the Classic is packed full of features including access to Amazon’s app store for enhanced functionality..

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.

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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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Clove’s top 10 Smartphones of December 2014

Here in the UK, the festive season is upon us.  There has not really been much change in the number of devices available on the market, although the YotaPhone 2 has been announced, but it is not in time to hit our charts this month.

A new smartphone is on many peoples Christmas lists or if it is a little too pricey then what better time of year to treat yourself?!

So what are our top 10 smartphones for December 2014? Read on to find out.

Please do remember that this list is our top 10 based on our preferences, feelings, sales and customer feedback.  Others may have a very different opinion on what makes their top 10. For a complete list of the phones that we range, see our SIM free smartphones section.

If you have any questions then contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936 and we will happily help.

Nokia Lumia 830_610. Nokia Lumia 830

Spending another month in the 10th place spot the 830 is a respectable smartphone.

The bright colours of Nokia phones make these handsets standout.  But it is not just the colours that make these handsets appealing.

Windows Phone is not everyone’s choice but a lot has changed since many considered it, vast improvements from the notification shade to the availability of apps.

A Carl Zeiss lens on the camera and the Pureview camera technology along with the vast array of manual control make this a winner for many who like capturing photos on the go. There are few that can argue that the camera on a Nokia phone can be beaten.

16GB of internal storage a microSD memory card slot and user removable battery are make the Lumia 830 what it is.

The 830 is also one of the first handsets to come pre-installed with Cortana, Microsofts voice assistant.  It is early days but it is set to be a powerful option learning from what Siri and Google voice do so well.

Buy Nokia Lumia 830 HERE.

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FREE Hard Shell with every BlackBerry Passport

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Have you been looking for a new smartphone for business or to perhaps fit into your personal life?  Thought about the BlackBerry Passport?

For a limited time we are now offering a FREE BlackBerry Hard Shell in Black or White (Worth £16) with every BlackBerry Passport ordered from Clove.

To coincide with this offer we have too dropped the price of the handset too.  It is available now for £469.99

The Passport is a very powerful smartphone.  Key features include:

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

I personally reviewed it a couple of months ago and was very impressed with the unit.  You can read or watch the review here.

If you are interested, or wish to order one, please CLICK HERE.