Clove’s top 10 smartphones of July 2014

It seems like only 5 minutes ago that we were talking about CES, but now into the 7th month of the year we are nearer the next CES than the last!  Time flies hey!

It is safe to say that now all the major players have released their flagship handsets, the G3 from LG was the last to the party here.

Last it might have been but by no means lacking was it, making quite an entrance with the quad HD display.

The updated Motorola Moto G has too made quite an entrance, selling better than expected and offering 4G for well under the £200 price point.

The choice of which smartphone to go for has never been so great. Various models in various memory sizes and in various colours often with a mini counterpart. Which device to go for will be your choice, but  if you ever need any assistance then then we are always willing to advise here at Clove.

Contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936.

We do too have a range of full device reviews here.

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.


10. LG G2 Mini

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Falling dfown the list, the G2 Mini lacks the wow factor of so many other device, but it is no slouch and will make a very lovely handset for anyone who takes the plunge.  I still feel that this is more comfortable in the hand than the Z1 Compact.

It has a 4.7″ display which is a nice size, not too big or too small.

The resolution of the screen and the slight inbalance of the camera results mean that the G2 Mini doesn’t have quite what it takes to compete with the best but a strong contender it is none the less.

Witht he winning form factor from the original G2 the rear mounted button configuration I think works better on the smaller G2 Mini.

Now available for less than £350 the G2 seems to have dropped off the radar for many in the tech circles but it is still an exceptionally powerful product.

It is snappy and looks the part with some nice UI features.

Buy LG G2 Mini HERE.

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Motorola Moto G V LG G2 Mini Spec Comparison

LG G2 Mini V Motorola Moto G

The Moto G is the undisputed king of smartphones when it comes to value for money.  It offers a lot for the money.

The G2 Mini is a very capable handset though too and may offer something a little more for some users depending on your requirement.

We have put the specs side by side in a graphic for you to easily compare.

Click the image below to be taken through to the full specification comparison.

If you would prefer, you can watch the animated version of this below.

Motorola Moto G 4G – Now in stock

Motorola_Moto_G_4GaI will keep this post quite short and sweet.

The new Motorola Moto G, now with 4G is in stock.

Ther other addition over the original Moto G is a microSD memory card slot.

Key features include:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 4.5 inch HD 720p capacitive touchscreen
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus & flash
  • 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 4G
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • FM Radio
  • Interchangeable coloured backplates and cases (sold separately)

Available for £159 including VAT, you can order your SIM free Moto G 4G here.

Motorola Moto X V LG G2 Mini Spec Comparison

LG G2 Mini V Motorola Moto X

The Moto X may no longer be available, but you might be an owner of one and considering a replacement.

The LG G2 Mini has some comparable features so we have put together a a detailed specification comparison for you to look at.

Click the image below to be taken through to the full comparison or click play on the video below that if you would prefer to view and animated version.

Moto G 4G due week commencing June 23rd

Motorola’s popular budget phone gets an update in time for Summer.

Motorola_Moto_G_4G_Black_WhiteThe original Moto G launched last year to great critical acclaim, considerably lowering the barrier to entry for a high quality device.

Since then Motorola have seen fit to disrupt the market again with the even cheaper, yet still highly functional Moto E.

Now to complement this range, the original G is being updated to include 2 new features. The clue is in the name for the first improvement – 4G capabilities. With 4G rolling out at an increasing rate in the UK, more and more mid range handsets have been adding support. This now makes the new Moto G 4G one of the cheapest and most functional 4G capable devices on the market.

Secondly is the inclusion of a micro SD card slot. Whilst a minor addition it is a very welcome one, allowing you to store far more pictures, music & video. This addition means that the new Moto G 4G will only have one memory variant, the base storage is confirmed at 8GB.

We are now expecting first stock of the new Moto G 4G during next week, commencing the 23rd. The price is set at £159, place an order or register your interest on our retail site today.

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Clove’s top 10 smartphones of June 2014

June marks the start of the true summer months for us here in the UK.  With that in mind the phones we own will likely be subject to lots of pictures from family days out.

The flagship phones are all here and available to buy, with the exception of the LG G3, which has just been announced and due to begin shipping in July. Initial impressions are good and we expect that there will be tough competition for those devices already on sale.

The choice of which smartphone to go for has never been so great. Various models in various memory sizes and in various colours often with a mini counterpart. Which device to go for will be your choice, but  if you ever need any assistance then then we are always willing to advise here at Clove.

Contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936.

We do too have a range of full device reviews here.

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.

10.Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Note series has won the hearts of many and strikes as the intelligent elder in the line of mobile products available today.

Whilst big in hand, its profile is such that it really does feel smaller and more comfortable in the hand than one would expect.

Samsung have done away with the plastic back in place, is a faux leather back plate. It will not meet everyone’s desires, but we think it is an improvement on the Note devices of past.

The big screen, big specs and functionality make this the must have device for selected users. The S-Pen gives functionality that will potentially make this a make or break for many.  If you are into your drawing but like the idea of being digital, this could be a great solution.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 3 HERE.

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The Moto G and Moto E bring modern technology to the masses. This is why you should buy one. 

Motorola’s battle for the budget conscious.

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Just about 3 and a half years ago I was blown away by a smartphone. It had a 4.3 inch screen at 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi), an 8 megapixel camera and an impressive 1GHz processor (single-core of course). This phone was the HTC Desire HD, a handset at the peak of the day’s mobile technology. That incredible specification was yours for the comparatively cheap price of £415.

Way back then, when new Android version numbers began with a 2, buying a smartphone on a budget was an absolute minefield. There was nothing better than that previous specification and paying any less than a couple of hundred quid meant you were almost certainly saddled with a phone that had minimal storage and working memory, a tiny low resolution screen and a camera that made everyone look like Mario from the 80′s.

The ever onward march of technology continues though and in accordance with Moore’s law, we now find ourselves with handheld computers capable of demolishing the flagship giants of just a few years past. Today the entry-level Motorola Moto E could go blow for blow with the old king of the castle that once wowed me, and come out on top, for less than £100.

Forget ‘cheap’, budget phones are now ‘economical’

motorola-logoSome people got burned by smartphones a few years ago. Low cost models that looked appealing on cheaper tariffs often failed to perform well. Similar to buying lower grade laptops and desktop computers, the corners cut to save costs often resulted in a lacklustre experience not long after purchase and difficulties in using the phone further down the line.

Quite rightly these bad experiences have made may approach this category with caution.

Rest assured these days are long past and right now has never been a better time to get hold of a cost effective smartphone. With advancements in mobile processors, screen technology and the drop in cost of memory, the cheapest smartphones available today are more than capable of providing a high quality and enriching experience.

The word ‘cheap’ brings with it bad connotations such as poor build quality and underperforming components. A better word is ‘economical’. Motorola’s Moto E & G smartphones have shown that a known brand can bring well designed, feature-filled smartphones, which are built to last, at a price unthinkable not too long ago.

Changing expectations

moto-g-clove-croppedSmartphones don’t have the wow factor of a few years ago. When the market was building, it only took small improvements and relatively minor new features to impress. In today’s world though, even if you don’t own one, pretty much everyone has seen a smartphone and has a decent idea of what they can do.

For those looking at the latest and greatest smartphones, there will always be new features & technology to justify the top flight price tags for the likes of  Samsung, HTC and Sony’s more expensive products.

In contrast though, more and more common consumers are looking to work out the best value for money. If a 20 megapixel camera, suite of office and productivity applications or chassis made from a single piece of machined aluminium don’t interest you, then getting the best basic functionality for the money spent is probably your priority.

A shift in focus

This new type of customer is exactly where Motorola are now aiming at impressing. With the critically acclaimed Moto X now discontinued in the UK, Motorola’s product range has been trimmed (at least for a few months) to just the Moto E and Moto G. The G was a runaway success in the entry-level category last year and the Moto E has brought the best of this concept down to just £99 including VAT.

This is a truly disruptive price that changes the market at this level. For a standard user the Moto E does pretty much everything you could require from a smartphone at a price unthinkable just a few years ago. If you want to join the smartphone club and experience apps, Internet connectivity and social media on the move, the Moto E is the best high-quality device available at a pocket-friendly price.

The new Moto G 4G, available mid June, ups the price a little bit to £159. Included for this raise is support for high speed 4G connectivity for those that can access it, and a micro SD memory card that was missing on the old G. You also get a quad-core processor and more base storage, perfect if you want to try out some new games!

Break the contract and go SIM free

moto-e-clove-croppedMost handsets on the high street have typically been sold with a subsidy; the network provider sells you a service and provides the phone with a big discount. This system is great if you want the latest hardware and can’t afford the £500+ price tag in one go.

More recently though, most mobile operators have begun offering good value for money ‘SIM only’ deals, where you can receive the same service or better at a drastically reduced price. The only difference is you don’t get a phone included.

With the rise of highly capable budget smartphones such as the Moto E & G, SIM only deals are more attractive than ever. Depending on your current contract, you might save yourself upwards of £20 a month switching to SIM only. You also generally get the option of being able to cancel at any time with only a month’s notice.

With a Moto E costing only £100, changing your contract and going SIM free could pay for itself in just a few months. Even new Pay As You Go deals with data included are very cost effective.

Moto 360 Design Face-Off

Submit a watch face to Google+ for your chance to win a Moto 360 this Summer.

moto-360-no-faceMotorola are gearing up to shake the world of wearables this Summer with the Moto 360; the first Smartwatch with both a circular screen and to be powered by the new Android Wear OS.

Details on the 360′s specifications are being kept tightly under wraps, although we know from promotional material surrounding Android Wear that the OS will lean heavily on the hugely updated Google Now system.

As well as providing the usual push notifications and basic apps of current smartwatches, Google Now’s continuing integration with both the standard Android OS and Android Wear should allow the 360 to provide intelligent updates throughout the day based on your location, environment, usage patterns and contacts.

Motorola Face-Off Competition

Announced last week, Motorola have opened a competition on Google+ to design a watch face. The winner will receive a brand new Moto 360 at launch and 9 runners up will receive a $50 (USD) Google Play voucher each.

To enter the competition you will first need to join the Moto 360 Design Face-Off community on Google+. After this you must then download an official template to start your design. The templates and complete rules can be found on this Google Drive folder.

Once your design is complete then you can upload it to the Post Submissions Here” thread on the community page.

Eligible entries are restricted to persons legally residing in the 50 United States and District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada (excluding Quebec), and United Kingdom age 18 and over. The official terms and conditions of the competition are available to view in the associated Google Drive folder linked to above.

Register your interest

In the meantime, you can register your interest for the Moto 360 on our retail product page. We will be updating this page with details on the 360 as the product develops and opening pre-orders as soon as official pricing and release information are available.

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This competition is run solely by Motorola Mobility LLC. and their registered promoter(s). Clove Technology are not affiliated with the competition and are only advertising its scope and means of entry.

Motorola Moto E Languages

Motorola Moto E Front_smallThe Motorola Moto E looks to set a new standard for quality and functionality at the price point for which it is available.

For less than £100 this Android smartphone has quite a bit to offer from capturing images and video to being able to create documents on the go with full access to the Google Play Store, this handset is water resistant and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for enhanced screen protection.

In the following video we show the language options available on the handset when bought SIM free from Clove.

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Motorola Moto E unboxing

UPDATE – Now IN STOCK

AMotorola Moto Evailable for less than £100 this dual-core Android handset has a lot to offer anyone in the market for a new smartphone that doe not need a ‘high-end’ or expensive phone.

The key features of the new Motorola Moto E, announced only this week and in stock now are:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Water-resistant coating
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • GPS
  • 3G

We have unboxed the phone and give you a quick tour and hands on of the handset in the following video.

For more information or to pick one up for yourself, then please click HERE to visit our retail site.

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