Motorola Smartphones - News & Reviews

Below you can find posts about the various Motorola smartphones that we range of the Clove website, including the popular Motorola Moto G and Moto X lines.

If you're thinking of buying a new phone, please see our SIM Free Motorola Phones section on the Clove website. We also offer official and third party Motorola accessories for the handsets that we range.

Motorola Moto G 4G (2nd Gen)

Motroola_Moto_G_4G_2nd_GenaThe Moto G (2nd Gen) has been one of the most popular handsets for us here at Clove.

The competitive £150 price point has a lot to do with this, but the following features help:

  • Dual SIM Android smartphone
  • 5″ HD display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Quad-core processor
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3G
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Customisable covers

There problem is that it has until now been missing 4G connectivity; which many have desired.

I say up until now, because Motorola have unveiled the Moto G 4G (2nd Gen) which takes this form factor and adds 4G connectivity.  It does do away with the extra SIM card slot, so there is only 1 on this new handset.

Sporting a 5″ HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass and many other features, not to mention the customisable settings this is a winning handset in our opinion.

Due at the end of the month, the handset will cost £155 including VAT. To register your interest or obtain one, click the link below.

Register my interest in the Moto G 4G (2nd Gen)

Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation) User Guide/Manual

Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Moto E 4G user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The second generation of the Moto E, the newest version comes with 4G included and interchangeable bands that allow you to personalise the 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.

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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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Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation) available for £110

Motorola Moto E 2nd Generation (Clove)Motorola are making quite a name for themselves with cost effective handsets.  We have had the E, G and G 4G as well as the 2nd generation Moto G.

The Moto E range has long been everything an entry-level phone should be. Reliable, long-lasting and above all, affordable.

This newest edition for 2015 brings 4G / LTE support for those that would like it at a low price. Other improvements include a 4.5″ screen, quad core processor, 8 GB of internal storage and 5MP camera.

Just £110 for a SIM free Moto E from Clove.

With a 2,390 mAh battery, the all-new Moto E (2nd Generation) is designed to last a full day. Dash to school or work in the morning. Meet up with family or friends. Then head out for the evening. All without worrying about stopping to recharge.

The 4.5″ touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass is your window into a digital world.  Browse the web, stream media or complete work documents on the go.

The addition of the very latest Android software, known as Lollipop, provides a modernised clean interface, modelled on what Google refer to as Material Design.

This new style will be prevalent on all Google’s services to provide a synchronised experience. Notifications have also been overhauled; they are now less intrusive and allow you (if you choose) to respond directly from the lockscreen or not interrupt your viewing when playing full screen games or movies.

To find out more, click here.

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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Nexus 6 Midnight Blue 64GB pre-order is live

SIM free nexus 6 available to buy

The Nexus 6 from Google and Motorola is now available to pre-order in Midnight Blue that comes with a whopping 64GB of storage, enough to store pics, vids and whack on as many apps as you can shake a stick at.

We’ve seen a great deal of interest in the 64GB version and now that it is confirmed you can place your orders ready for delivery in January. As usual the Nexus 6 will come sim free and unlocked so you can use a sim from any network.

Why go Nexus, well with the latest updates direct from Google your Android will get all the latest and greatest improvements before anyone else.

Orders are expected to come in thick and fast for this so if you’ve been holding out now is a good time to get your name down.

Pre-order the Nexus 6 Midnight Blue 64GB from Clove Technology

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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Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen Review

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The new Moto X, will it be the Moto G of the high-end market?

We already know that Motorola have come on leaps and bounds in the smartphone space over the last year or so. The Moto G was a massive hit; it sold by the bucket load here at Clove and the 2nd Gen Moto G has proven just as popular in recent months. That’s the lower end of the market taken care of, so what about the high-end?

The original Moto X didn’t go down all that well with consumers in the UK, it was by no means a bad device, in fact a very good one, however  it just didn’t seem to sell particularly well.

This time round Motorola have devised a phone that packs some big specs behind an even bigger screen, which still gives you a clean and smooth Android experience. Motorola also offers a couple of extra built-in apps and features that actually serve a purpose – not many phones out there can boast that. Before we get in to the review here’s the main talking points:

  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 5.2 AMOLED capacitive touch screen
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • MicroUSB with USB host
  • 3G / 4G
  • Miracast (screen mirroring)

Check out our video review below or read on for the full written copy

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Clove’s top 10 Smartphones of November 2014

It is at this time of year that we have normally seen all the new devices come to market and it will be a new year before any significant changes occur in the mobile space.

Between now and the New Year I can think of a couple of devices though that will be arriving, but what impact they make on the top 10, only time will tell.

There is a fantastic selection of phones available, from the big to the small and slim, few will find it difficult to find the right phone for you.

So what are our top 10 smartphones for November 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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Motorola Moto 360 Review

Motorola_Moto_360 (18)A computer on your wrist was once something for a sci-fi movie, but no longer is this the case.

You, I and even your great uncle Pete can now wear an intelligent device on your wrist that reduces the need to interact with your smartphone.  Never has it been so possible to do so much without physically touching a computing product.

With the power of voice you can now set reminders, send text messagers, reply to emails and navigate from point A to B.

This ever capable product is referred to as the SmartWatch, and they come in various shapes, sizes and specifications; but the Motorola Moto 360 is the first to become available with a circular face and looks more like a traditional wrist watch than a black box strapped to your wrist.

The SmartWatch may still be a product for ‘geeks’ or the technically aware, but the 360 looks the part and begin the mass market adoption.

Read on to find out more, or if a video review is more your style, press, play, kick back, watch and listen.

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