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.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of March 2015

Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been and gone and like every year a whole host of devices have been announced including the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9.

You can see all the announcements here.

The general theme appeared to be small improvements rather than revolutionary changes, although Samsung have reworked the S6 and it has ended up looking quite similar to an iPhone.

Since last months list though we have had few changes in the way things stack up, although the new Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation) has made an entrance.

YotaPhone2-official-hero10. YotaPhone 2

A new entry, daring to be different with two displays, the Russian designed and built Android smartphone may not be for everyone, but it looks to challenge an issue that many of  us face, power drain from checking our phones for messages, calls and more that do not ‘need’ to be handled on a rich AMOLED display that adorns the front of the device.

A solid build and good specification set make the YotaPhone 2 a bit of a challenger fro some of the other flagships out there, but the higher price tag an unique nature leave some questioning whether it would be the right decision for them.

We reviewed it in full here, highlighting the highs and lows.

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BlackBerry Leap User Guide/Manual

BlackBerry Leap User Guide

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

Designed with the mobile worker in mind the BlackBerry Leap offers cost effective mobile computing with the added benefits that come from owning a BlackBerry, primarily security, but the very powerful BlackBerry Blend that allows remote connection and working from your phone.

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

BlackBerry Classic White coming soon

BlackBerry_Classic_White_FrontAs the name suggests, the Classic Blackberry that many knew and loved returned with the ‘BlackBerry Classic’ at the start of the year.

Competitively priced at £315 including VAT when purchased SIM free, the Classic has won back some of the old faithful.

Since hitting shelves in the UK at the start of January, it has been available in Black colour only, but now we have added the White colour option to our site.

Due to be available towards the end of March, the pricing and specification is the same, the only difference is the colour.

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BlackBerry Leap announced

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BlackBerry are looking to Leap (pun intended) into the BYOD market with this new 5″ all touchscreen smartphone.

If you are familiar with the BlackBerry Z3 it is essentially an improved version of this or an upgrade to the BlackBerry Z30.

A workhorse the Leap offers performance and productivity at a great price without looking or feeling cheap.

The slab black design is similar to many phones on the market today but the soft touch textured back cover makes for a comfortable and secure grip in hand.

Able to keep you online and in touch with everyone you need to, the 4G enabled handset can make calls, send text messages, emails, browse the web and much more.

Whilst BlackBerry are known for a great keyboard, the Leap features an online screen keyboard which is best in class thanks to personalised next word suggestions and auto-correction software.

A dual core processor and 2GB of RAM keep things ticking along and power the BlackBerry 10 OS that is installed on the Leap.

Where it once fell behind the competition the software has been greatly improved. Retaining the security and stability you need.

BlackBerry 10 features a combined inbox that makes light work of emails and social network updates and the pre-loaded Amazon app store, gives access to thousands of applications that are not available from BlackBerry’s own app store.

No longer is the lack of apps a viable reason to ignore what it has to offer.

A rear facing 8 megapixel camera captures images and video and the WiFi or 4G connectivity options make it simple to share these moments if required and the internal battery will keep you operating for long periods of time with up to 25 hours of usage time.

Pricing and availability is still to be confirmed, but if you are interested you can register your interest by following the link below.

BlackBerry Leap Smartphone – Register your interest

Also announced alongside were accessories for the Leap.  These include:

If you would like to read the full press release you can do so below.

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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.

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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.

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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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