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 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.

Pre-Order BlackBerry Classic – Coming January 2015

classic-preorder.png.originalClassic BlackBerry returns in the rather suitably named ‘BlackBerry Classic’.

It has been no secret is was coming, but today we can reveal a little more information about the phone and are now taking pre-orders for it too.

Bringing the iconic BlackBerry form factor back, the Classic has been designed to be a functional handset and appeal to those who loved, or still do love this type of device; one with a physical keyboard, but also has a bit of power and functionality built in.

Further information and confirmed specifications are due approximately 17th December, but key features of the Classic are:

  • Traditional BlackBerry design
  • 4 row backlight QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.46″ touchscreen display
  • Stereo speakers
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • SlimPort
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • Excellent battery life

Not due SIM free and unlocked until early January 2015, the Classic will be one of the must-have devices of next year and gives BlackBerry fans something to look forward to.

Another benefit to the Classic is that it is going to be available at a simply superb price.

Pre-order it SIM free from Clove today for £339 including VAT, (£282.50 excluding VAT).

PRE-ORDER THE BLACKBERRY CLASSIC HERE

White BlackBerry Passport coming December

BlackBerry_Passport_WhiteThe BlackBerry Passport may not be everyone’s idea of a smartphone, but it has genuinely surprised us as to how popular it has been.  Much of this is helped by the excellent specification and robust nature of the handset.

To date it has been available only in the Black colour, but we are pleased to confirm that as of week commencing 8th December, we will have the Passport in White to.

Key features of the Passport are:

  • 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

If you have missed all the fuss, you can read the full review here or watch our 60 second summary view below.

If you are keen to get hands on with the White Passport, order yours now by clicking here.

 

BlackBerry Passport 60 Second Review

BlackBerry_Passport_Hands_On (2)Despite the slightly unusual design the BlackBerry Passport is proving quite popular.

We recently undertook a full hands on review of the device, which you can read or watch HERE.

However, we appreciate that you may be short of time, so here are the highs and lows in just over 60 seconds.

BlackBerry Passport Review

BlackBerry_Passport_Hands_On (2)BlackBerry are a household name when it comes to smartphones.  The business users will know the appeal of their email system and teens will know all about BBM; but BlackBerry is a name that many have fallen out of love with over the last few years.

A few questionable commercial decisions let the competition convert users.

However, the Canadian firm are at the start of a new and more focused era and they return with the BlackBerry Passport and aim to win back the hearts of many.

The corporate/business user is at the heart of their current plans, but does the Passport have something for all, and is it a sign of things to come?

Hardware Specifications

The Passport is an out and out powerhouse and is designed to impress.  Key hardware 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
  • 3450mAh battery
  • Video out via slimport

I will talk about the design shortly but it is clear from this hardware that it has what it takes to compete with Android or iOS equivalents.

There has always been a lot of talk about BlackBerry and how they compare to the Apple and Samsung devices but the Passport is proof that they are not as behind as some may think.  The hardware is different, as is the software, but there is a lot on offer and you should not write it off until you have heard and seen more.

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BlackBerry Passport Unboxing

BlackBerry_Passport_Hands_On (2)It has been quite some time since we unboxed a BlackBerry but they are back with the Passport.

Not wishing to be a spoiler, but headline 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

We have already received and shipped our first batch of stock.

See what the Passport is all about in the following video.

BlackBerry Passport User Guide/Manual

BlackBerry Passport User Guide

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

The Passport from BlackBerry brings back the traditional keyboard but in a much more unusual but interesting form factor.  The 1:1 ratio of the screen and the new features found inside the OS 10.3 makes the Passport more suitable than before and could even tempt iOS and Android users thanks to its affiliation with the Amazon appstore.

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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