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.


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Motorola Moto X review

Google and Motorola’s joint stab at creating their very own flagship device

Moto X blog title imageThe Moto X is Motorola’s first flagship release since Google acquired their services, inevitably giving the consumer a cleaner Android experience.

The X was originally launched in the US back in August ’13 taking almost six months to reach the UK and Europe.

Motorola will be hoping that their latest flagship gets the same hype and exposure as it’s little brother (Moto G) in a quest to turn around the companies financial fortunes from some fairly substantial losses over the last year and a half.

Motorola stated that they have put a lot of effort into the fine tuning of the Moto X’s speech recognition to handle all kinds of accents and tones; as the touchless control facility ‘Google Now’ features heavily on the Moto X with Andrew Morley (director of Motorola UK) stressing “The Moto X is a device which is trying to change the way people think about the smartphone

These are very interesting comments, I’ll be focusing on what Moto’s Director is referring to later on in depth.

Hardware Specifications

I’ll just start by outlining the main spec of the Moto X:

  • 1.7 GHz Dual-Core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory (12 GB available)
  • 4.7 AMOLED display
  • 10MP CLEAR PIXEL camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • MicroUSB with USB host
  • 3G/4G
  • Miracast (screen mirroring)

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact V Moto G

Motorola Moto GSony and Motorola are two big names in the world of mobile, so how do their current devices, the Xperia Z1 Compact and Moto G compare?

It has been widely covered that the Moto G is exceptional value for money, but the Z1 Compact brings high end technology into a smaller form factor.

The headline difference between the devices:

  • Software – The Compact runs Android 4.3 whilst the Moto G now has an update to 4.4 available
  • Display – The Moto G is 4.5” compared to the Z1 4.3”
  • Processor – 2.2GHz uad core in the Z1 whilst the G has 1.2GHz
  • RAM – 2GB for the Compact, 1GB for the Moto
  • Memory – 8 & 16GB options for the Motorola with only 16 available on the Z1 Compact
  • Expansion Slot – Only the Z1 Compact offers memory expansion through the use of a microSD card
  • Camera – 5 megapixel on the Motorola v’s the 20.7 of the Z1.
  • Connectivity – 4G, MHL & Miracast on the Z1 all of which are not available on the Motorola.
  • IP Rating – Z1 Compact has a IP55/58 rating
  • Materials – Aluminium for the Z1 against the plastic of the G.
  • Battery – 2070mAh just beaten by the Compact with 2300mAh
  • Size & Weight – Z1 Compact is lighter and thinner at 137g and 9.5mm thick compared to the G at 143g and 11.6mm.

Ok so on the face of it the Z1 Compact offers a lot more and it will set you back just over another £200 of the Moto G, so is it worth it? Read on or watch to find out.

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Motorola Moto X User Manual

Motorola Moto X User Guide

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

The Moto X is the big brother to the very popular Moto G, offering always on voice commands amongst many other great features.

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

Motorola Moto X languages

Do you communicate with people in different languages or maybe your native tongue is not English.

Check out the following video and screenshots to see the language options available on the Motorola Moto X.

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Motorola Moto X Unboxing

It may have been launched in summer 2013 in the USA, but since it arrived here in the UK a couple of weeks ago, the interest and demand has been much higher than we expected.

Now back in stock having been sold out for the past week, you can order a Moto X here.

We have put together an unboxing video for you, like we do on most phones, which will be followed by a review in the coming week.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of February 2014

In January CES took place in Las Vegas and a numbr of new handsets were unveiled, but only one of which has landed on the shores of the UK, the Xperia Z1 Compact.

February is a big month in the mobile world, with Mobile World Congress (MWC) taking place in the last week.

Rumours are circulating at a frantic pace, but only when the event is over will we be able to look back and see which were correct. What we can be sure of is that manufacturers will be bringing us many new devices, that will likely appear in our top 10 lists later this year.

There isn’t a great deal of change in our overall list from January but there is at least 1 new entrant.

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Motorola moto g interactive image

We’re big fans of the Motorola moto g here at Clove – it offers a solid Android experience at a fantastic price. It was the first non-Nexus device to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat, so buying it will mean that you’re running the latest version of Google’s platform.

We’ve created plenty of moto g content over the last couple of months and we’ve now consolidated this into the interactive image below. Hovering over any of the coloured boxes in the image will link you to the relevant blog post, video or product page.

Let us know your thoughts if you’re already a moto g owner, or if you’re thinking of going ahead and buying one.

I thought the Xperia Z1 Compact was the device for me

Sony Xperia Z1 CompactFor some time now I have been wanting a device that does it all but is smaller than the feature rich handsets that currently exist on the market.

Most of the feature rich handsets that I want have a screen size of 4.7” and above. However I am demanding something smaller, something with a 4.3” to 4.5” display.

The reason being is I just find the bigger handsets a little bit cumbersome to use sometimes. I wrote about my plight back in August last year here.

As I mentioned last year the Sony Xperia Arc was an epic device, I loved it and I think part of me is hanging out to rekindle that love.

When Sony announced the Xperia Z1F for the Japanese market I let out a little yelp of joy and sadness. Joy at the fact that what I thought would be perfect had been announced, but sadness that it was launched only in Japan only.

Motorola Moto G

Then the Motorola Moto G comes along and gets considerably close to what I want but it does not have it all, it does not have the higher end features such as video out and ideally I would like a higher resolution camera.

Slightly depressed I put it to the back of my mind and then Sony announced the Z1F as the Z1 Compact at CES. They caught my attention again!

Twitching with excitement like many smartphone lovers do (sad and geeky I know) I began looking through the tech specs. The smaller battery is a shame but the device is smaller than the Z1. The lower screen resolution is not an issue for me either and it will drain less power so together they are not that much of an issue.

IP rating over and above my Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bonus, but then the high came crashing down. I looked at the dimensions and compared it to the S4.

The S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm whilst the Z1 Compact 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm.

Of course the Z1 Compact is smaller but there isn’t that much variance in my opinion considering there is 0.7” difference between the two screen sizes.

Now I have yet to actually hold the Z1 Compact in hand, so it may feel smaller than the S4 when I actually use it, however I am concerned that there will not actually be enough physical size difference between the two to make the Compact the device I desire. I am concerned I will be thinking for the marginal extra size, I might as well continue with a device with a much bigger screen and higher resolution.

The extra size has to be down to Sony’s styling and IP rating, so maybe in 12 months time there will be a different device that suits me perfectly, or maybe when I get my hands on it in very soon I will change my mind.

This is most definitely a first world problem but I am sure I am not alone when I say that it would be great to find the perfect device for me.

If you find yourself in similar situations, let me know.

Order a Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto XLast week we announced that the Moto X would be coming to the UK & Clove.

We can now confirm that we are taking orders for the 16GB Black variant of the Moto X, which is due to be available in early February.

A popular phone in the USA, the Moto X will arrive in the UK with stand out features which include:

  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Responsive Voice Recognition
  • Easy to use 10 MP Camera (Twist to activate)
  • Great design which is comfortable to hold
  • Motorola Connect compatibility
  • Motorola Assist to help organise your life
  • 50 GB of Google Drive Storage
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 1.7GHz dual core processor

SIM free, the cost of the handset is £275+VAT

The Motorola Moto X has now been REDUCED to 249.17 ex VAT, a retail UK price of just £299!

For further information and to order yours, please click here.