HTC One (M8) Unboxing

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The HTC One was a popular and award winning handset for a number of reasons, so HTC have had to do something special with the 2nd generation HTC One (M8) to appeal to both existing and new users.

From the spec sheet it would look like they have done just enough to compete with other flagships, but that just enough becomes somewhat more meaningful when you hold the device in your hand and see what it looks like for real rather than in the photos.

The M8 has stiff competition from the likes of Samsung and Sony, however the stand out features such as Blinkfeed, BoomSound and HTC Zoe which made the original One unique have been improved upon and continue to differentiate the M8 from other similar handsets on the market.

We unbox the HTC One (M8) 2014 edition in the following video and a full review will be coming very soon.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of April 2014

April is always a big month with the previously announced devices arriving in shops and on the virtual shelves.

At the time of writing we are days away from the first stock arriving of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.

The HTC One M8 has just arrived in time to make it into this months list.  However, where will it stand in a months time?

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.

1Cat B15 front0. CAT B15

CAT might be a name you are familiar with if you have been past a building site.  If you work in the trade you are likely more familiar with it.

Focused primarily on heavy machinery, the brand have a range of accessories to cater for the needs of those in the building industry and the B15 is one such example.

This phone is capable of being dropped, knocked and submerged in water and still able to perform.

Larger than many phones, it will not be desirable to all but it is better suited than many.

the specs are not too bad really all told and the phone comes in both single and dual SIM options.  So you can have your personal and work phone on at the same time.

Buy CAT B15 HERE.

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HTC Desire 816 Available for Pre-Order

HTC_Desire_816_AllColorsHTC has recently announced the HTC Desire 816, which with its bright colours and glossy design is certainly striking.  It resembles the HTC One which was released last year, but slightly tweaks the look for a more colourful look.  HTC has also chosen to include a microSD slot so you can easily increase the amount storage available for media.

A generous 5.5 inch screen is included which benefits from resolution of 720p.  This should be ok for most people, as this is intended as a mid-range device, but some may prefer to look at elsewhere for the full high definition experience.  Like with the HTC One dual front-facing speakers are provided which give with the HTC Boomsound gives you enhanced audio.

The HTC Desire 816 is now available for pre-order.  So you can register your interest and be one of the first your own this phone.

Features of the HTC Desire 816 include:

  • 5.5” HD Display (720p)
  • 13 Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 5 Mega Pixel Front-Facing Camera
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Memory Card Slot
  • Front-Facing Speakers wit HTC Boomsound
  • 3G & 4G Connectivity

For further information please visit our HTC Desire Product Page

HTC One Gold now available

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Standing out from the crowd is important for many.

The HTC One, which is now available in Gold allows you to do just this.

Gold in colour (not real Gold), the device has the exact same specifications as the award winning HTC One, the only difference being the colour.

You can expect:

  • Google Android Operating System
  • HTC Sense with HTC BlinkFeed
  • HTC Zoe dynamic photo gallery
  • 4.7” Capacitive Screen
  • UltraPixel BSI Sensor Camera
  • 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Slim full metal design, just 9.3mm thick
  • HTC BoomSound dual frontal stereo speakers with dedicated amp
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 25GB Dropbox for 2 years
  • 4G (Subject to network provider)
  • NFC

If the Silver or Black coloured units were not for you, then CLICK HERE to order you Gold coloured unit today.

HTC One Dual SIM Now Available

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2 SIMs are often better than one for some smartphone users, and the new HTC One Dual SIM offers such functionality.

One of the first high end handsets with dual SIM capability to be launched in the UK, this version also offers microSD memory card expansion unlike the original HTC One.

First stock has now landed in the UK and is available to order HERE on the Clove website, with the first orders being shipped from the 7th January.

The HTC One has won many awards thanks to its features and design, the dual SIM version just goes on to expand the appeal to those who need to use more than 1 SIM.

 

HTC Mini+ & Fetch now in stock

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The HTC Mini+ and the HTC Fetch are two interesting accessories that HTC announced some time ago, but only today have we received the first stock of both these accessories.

The Mini+ is essentially a compact Bluetooth handset for you phone. Meaning that if the HTC One Max is your main device, the Mini+ is a more suitable option for actually taking the call on rather than the Max itself. Whilst carrying two bits of equipment may seem a bit over the top, it does mean you can easily multi task.

The HTC Fetch on the other hand is a very different product. It is in essence a tag that notifies you when something goes out of range.  For example if you generally keep your key & phone within a short range of each other and the keys have the fetch attached, then it will go off when out of range of the phone, alerting you before it becomes an issue. Watch the video below for a visual representation of what it can do.

If you want to buy either of these products, CLICK HERE for the Mini+ and HERE for the Fetch.

 

HTC One Dual SIM & Gold now available for pre-order

HTC_One_GoldHTC recently announced 2 further variations of the popular HTC One handset.

We are pleased to say that the HTC One Dual SIM and the Gold coloured HTC One is now available for pre-order at Clove.

We expect both devices to be available from January.

The Gold coloured unit carrys the exact same specification as the original HTC One, the only difference being the colour of the phone.

The Dual SIM variant on the other hand is slightly different in terms of its physical size and weight and the frequencies it supports.

It of course allows for 2 SIM cards to be inserted and does too offer now a microSD memory card slot, something that was not available on the original HTC One.

Unlike other dual-sim Smartphones, HTC’s dual active solution offers complete flexibility:

• Receive calls from either sim card at any time

• Switch seamlessly between both sim cards while you talk

• HTC Sense helps you manage calls, texts and data between sim cards effortlessly

• On-board Dual Network Manager allows you to select a preferred network and personalise the name of each SIM, eliminating any complexity

If you are keen to get your hands on one of these, you can pre-order now.   We will bring you more details and hands on coverage once we receive the first stock.

 

HTC One Max Pros & Cons

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the HTC One Max?

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Pros

Display – HTC are renowned for producing high quality displays and the One Max is no exception. This LCD 3 panel features full HD resolution (1920×1080) and 367 pixels-per-inch; spread across a stunning 5.9-inch display. Colours are deep and realistic whilst web browsing, gaming and viewing media content are a joy to behold.

Build quality – The same theme has continued throughout the One series, an aluminium build with the curved back coupled with those front facing BoomSound speakers. Yet again HTC have produced another premium handset with the Max. Although slightly heavier than most rival phablets it certainly pips them when it comes to the aesthetics and all round feel of the device.

Expandable storage – This is a welcome feature as a MicroSD card slot was not included on the One; or the One Mini for that matter. With only 16GB of internal storage many of you will be looking to expand at some point. HTC have certainly listened to their consumers by opting to include a MicroSD card slot on this occasion.

Sense 5.5 – The latest version of HTC’s Android skin certainly brings some welcome tweaks. BlinkFeed has received most of the attention resulting in a more refined and customisable news feed. You now have the choice to turn off BlinkFeed amongst other features. For more on Sense 5.5; please check out my review of the HTC One Max here.

Battery life – HTC opted for a mammoth 3300mAh battery which came in bigger than all of its rivals. most average users will get a day-and-a-half out of the Max whereas heavy users will easily see through a day/night without needing a charge.

Cons

Size – Phablets were designed to be the meet between your average smartphone and 7-inch tablets. I cannot justify carrying around such a large and weighty device from day-to-day, it just doesn’t work. You’re sure to notice a 10mm thick 217g handset sitting in your pocket; that’s if you can find a pocket big enough to hold the One Max.

Fingerprint scanner – Apple introduced its TouchID sensor on the iPhone5S and HTC have tried following this trend. Although it’s a great concept and the UI looks great it just doesn’t work. Attempting to swipe your finger across the scanner whilst balancing this large handset is a challenge in itself, then you have to contend with the 70% success rate of unlocking the actual screen which is infuriating when in a rush. It comes across as a bit of a gimmick and the actual fingerprint scanner on the back of the device looks ugly and is also placed in the most ridiculous place; right below the camera lens.

Optical image stabilisation - Optical image stabilisation has not been included meaning that you’ll have to take extra care and really ensure you keep a steady hand when shooting, HTC have included ‘Anti-shake’ which helps but has no where near the same affect as OIS did on the original One.

Older processor – The size and speed of the processor is a slight drawback. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra both feature more powerful Snapdragon 800 processors whereas the Max is still on the older Snapdragon 600 processor. On paper this is a negative when compared to its rivals however there isn’t a glaringly obvious difference in all round general performance between these high end phablets.

HTC One Max review

HTC join the phablet gang

HTC announced the One Max with the intention of it surpassing Samsung’s Galaxy Note series amongst other rival phablets that are available on the market today.

Coming off the back of such a successful launch with the HTC One, have HTC managed to steal the crown with their entry into the phablet market?

Let’s take a look at this goliath and strip it down for a better understanding of the One series’ monstrous sibling.

Design/Hardware

The size and speed of the processor alarmed me some what; especially when you take into consideration that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra both feature more powerful Snapdragon 800 processors. After some time I came to realise that this wasn’t a huge issue as the One Max ran extremely efficiently, I experienced no lag whatsoever and even got to install some fairly demanding games that performed swimmingly with no interruptions at all.

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HTC Desire 300 available to pre-order at Clove

Take a look at HTC’s new budget Desire 300

HTC Desire 300 BlackHTC may be focussing all of their marketing efforts on the One range, including not just the flagship handset but also the new Mini & Max variants, however they haven’t left the lower end of the market completely alone.

The Desire brand name, once the embodiment of balancing performance, design and price, lives on in HTC’s entry level and mid-tier devices. The Desire 500 has been available for a few months and until Motorola’s announcement of the Moto G last week, was the cheapest big name quad-core device available.

The Desire takes the specifications a notch lower to a 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor; still  powerful enough chip to suit the needs of most average users.

The HTC Desire 300 also has support for micro SD expandable storage up to 64 GB and has a removable battery, unlike other entry level devices that it is competing against.

You can currently pre-order the HTC Desire 300 from the Clove site. Pre-orders are not charged, you will be contacted to make payment when the final release date and price are confirmed.

At a glance

  • 4.3″ 800 x 480 display
  • 900 / 2100 3G connectivity
  • 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 4GB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot supporting up to 64GB
  • 1650 mAh removable battery
  • 131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12mm
  • 120 grams

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