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 360 Unboxing

Moto_360The Motorola Moto 360 has not as yet landed as yet with Clove, but Motorola have been kind enough to send us a sample.

What are the key features of the 360?

  • Compatible with Android Smartphones running 4.3 or higher
  • Powered by Android Wear
  • Pedometer and Optical Heart Rate Monitor built in
  • 4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM
  • TI OMAP 3 processor
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • 1.56” 320 x 290 (205ppi) circular face with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 49 grams in weight
  • IP 67 water & dust resistant
  • 320 mAh battery
  • Receive notifications from your Android device(s)
  • Integration with Google Now
  • Voice recognition
  • Inductive wireless charging

Of course we will be bringing a full review very soon, but until then here is an unboxing video to show you what you can expect.

 

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation User Guide/Manual

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation/2014 Edition) user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Moto X 2nd Generation is the best of Motorola in one package.  Powerful processor, big screen, sleek design and great software 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.

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Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation User Guide/Manual

Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation/2014 Edition) user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Moto G 2nd generation is a fantastic value handset that offers dual SIM functionality, a 5″ display and quad core processing power for less than £150!

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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Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation) Unboxing

moto-x-black-leather-bothThe 2nd generation Motorola Moto X is with us.

Slightly confusingly it is referred to the Moto X, which actually launched last year; but this is a new and improved version that is currently available with a Bamboo or Black Resin finish on the back cover.

The new and improved Moto X has the following headline specifications:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p full HD AMOLED screen
  • 13 megapixel camera with Shake to Wake
  • Moto Assist
  • Moto Voice
  • Powerful 2.5Ghz quad-core processor
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7mm thick , 140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity

In the following video, we show you what you can expect in the box and what it looks like in the hand.

For more information on the Moto X, please CLICK HERE.

Moto X Black Resin now in stock

Motorola Moto XHold the front page, put what you’re doing down and listen up, we have some very important news to share.

The new Moto X, the Moto X+1, the Moto X 2nd Gen or however you want to call it is now in stock.

The Bamboo version with white front is now due to be with us tomorrow (October 3rd), with the Black Leather back awaiting a date for arrival.

For those of you after the Black Leather or Bamboo versions  you can expect those to be with us on the 3rd and 13th respectively.

What can you expect from the Moto X this time round?

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p full HD AMOLED screen
  • 13 megapixel camera with Shake to Wake
  • Moto Assist
  • Moto Voice
  • Powerful 2.5Ghz quad-core processor
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7mm thick , 140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity

To get your Moto X in Black Resin now simply visit our website here and in return for £408 (£340 ex-VAT) plus postage we’ll ship you one without delay. We expect this to sell very well so to avoid missing out, you know what to do.

Motorola Moto X Bamboo

Bamboo due in 3rd October

Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) flip shell unboxing

Moto-G-2014-Flip-Shell-BlueA couple of days ago, Josh posted about the availability of the Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) shells and flip shells to say they were now ready to order.

Both types replace the existing back cover and the Flip Shells also offer protection to the Moto G’s screen.

Priced at £18 including VAT, they are a good value options and are available in the following colour options:

  • Liquorice (Black)
  • Chalk (White)
  • Cherry Red
  • Turquoise
  • Royal Blue
  • Violet
  • Lemon/Lime

We have completed a quick hands on with the official flip shell accessory to show  you what it looks like and how it fits to the phone.

For more information or to pick one up yourself just head over to the product page on the Clove website here.

Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) Unboxing

Motorola_Moto_G_2nd_GenAnnounced less than 12 hours ago and already in stock, we have got hands on with and unboxed the new Motorola Moto G (2nd generation).

Keeping a very similar design to the original, the new 5″ 2nd generation model has many features including:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • Dual SIM (2x micro SIM)
  • 5″ 720 x 1280 display (294 ppi)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 8GB storage / micro SD up to 32GB
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400  processor
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3G / WiFi / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Customisable covers

Priced at £149.99 (£124.99 ex-VAT) this is an exceptional value handset that can be ordered here.

See what it is like in the hand by checking out our quick unboxing below.

The new Moto G, Moto X & Moto 360

Motorola_Moto_G_2nd_GenMotorola have today announced two new handsets, the Motorola Moto G and the Motorola Moto X.

Yes, these names are the same as before, however we now have a 2nd generation with improved specs that go by the same names. The old models with the same name are now discontinued and cannot be purchased.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen

Starting with the new Moto G or Moto G (2nd Gen) also referred to as the Moto G 5 because of its 5″ display, the key features are:

  • 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

As you can see this is a pretty impressive specification, but what is more impressive is that this handset is available NOW and is priced at just £149.99 including VAT.

Order the new and improved 5 inch Moto G now HERE.

Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen

Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)The New Moto X features:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p full HD AMOLED screen
  • 13 megapixel camera with Shake to Wake
  • Moto Assist
  • Moto Voice
  • Powerful 2.5Ghz quad-core processor
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7 mm thick /140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity

The Moto X will come in 2 options, the first being one with a black resin back cover and the second being a leather back cover option.

Their prices are £419.99 and £439.99 respectively inclusive of VAT.

Order yours from Clove HERE.

Motorola Moto 360

Motorola Moto 360Whilst the Moto 360 has been talked about for some time, Motorola are now showing it off and allowing orders to be taken.

First stock is due in the UK at the end of October and will be in very limited supply.

Initial stock will be with either grey leather strap & light stainless steel, or black leather wrist strap with dark stainless steel.

  • Compatible with Android Smartphones running 4.3 or higher (check compatibility atg.co/WearCheck)
  • Powered by Android Wear
  • Pedometer // Optical Heart Rate Monitor
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • 320 x 290 (205ppi) circular face // Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • IP 67 water & dust resistant
  • 320 mAh battery
  • Receive notifications from your Android device(s)
  • Integration with Google Now
  • Voice recognition
  • Inductive wireless charging

UK stock is due at the end of October and will be available for £199.99 inclusive of VAT.

We are currently taking advance paid orders HERE.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of August 2014

Where has the time gone? It is the middle of summer here in the UK and everyone is using their photos to snap pictures of beaches, planes, far flung destinations and family members enjoying themselves.

August tends to be a quiet month in the mobile industry as people wind down after a busy few months and prepare for the run up to that big day in December….(yes we are already thinking about this).

Although things may be calming down that has not stopped a battle emerging for a space in the top 10 smartphones this month.

We have a new addition in the form of the Nokia Lumia 930 and a few movements amongst other strong contenders.

So after a bit of discussion, we have come up with the list below.

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.

If you have any questions then contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936 and we will happily help.

 

Motorola Moto E Front_small10. Motorola Moto E

A less featured Moto G but below with £100 price point the Moto E brings great value performance and features to the mass market. Dual core processor, 5 megapixel camera and 3G connectivity.

It might not be all that inspiring in terms of design but it offers what the majority of us will need for communicating on the go and there are interchangeable covers for that added personalisation.

Like the Moto G the E offers all round value but does away with the added power and features that not everyone needs.  As an upgrade from a feature-phone this is a good example of a first smartphone.

Buy Motorola Moto E HERE


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Motorola are doing everything right

The iconic brand fell out of favour, but has risen as a bastion of the budget market and the Google way

There was a time when a Motorola phone was something of a status symbol among the fashion conscious. In the long-ago times before the modern age of smartphones, feature phones could call, text and take pictures. They also played Snake!

Over the years features were added; having a phone that could download and rock a polyphonic version of Bomfunk MC’s Freestyler was the epitome of cool at one point when I was at school.

After that you could store your own .mp3s on memory cards and eventually cameras appeared that didn’t make everyone look like a pixelated Donkey Kong. If you were lucky you might even have had a rudimentary data services connection dependent on the plan you paid for with your network.

In this world there was little to differentiate phones by raw specifications, so it was mostly down to design and advertising that got one in your hands after leaving the store.

This was where Motorola excelled against the competition; Sony Ericsson were generally feature-filled and cool but expensive, Nokia were reliable but boring and everyone else (Siemens, Panasonic, Samsung) just seemed to be ticking boxes.

Hello Moto

Motorola V525 Vodafone

Portable, stylish, the full-colour V525 got me through several school years

Motorola were fun. They were accessible and enjoyable. They arguably dominated both the clamshell and flip-phone eras and once the impossibly thin Razr was unleashed on the world, they became sexy.

Whether or not they financially won out against Nokia’s onslaught of releases could be debated from month to month sales and is really a moot point. The Finnish company was constantly trying to recreate the widespread appeal of the early 32/3310, whereas Motorola just kept making cool happen.

The ‘Hello Moto’ slogan was instantly recognisable and even briefly became part of the everyday lexicon in the same way as ‘Wassup!‘ or other advertising driven sound bites.

Motorola did everything required to put a phone in the hands of every demographic from teenagers to grandparents.

This isn’t surprising when you remember that Motorola were a company at the dawn of mobile infrastructure. Much of Motorola’s own technology underpinned the very existence of early mobile networks. In short they always had the hardware and ability to produce the most functional devices. They were then able to invest time in producing the best consumer products.

Late to the smart party

Motorola FLIPOUT

Who remembers the FLIPOUT? The Japanese market loved it but not many others.

The second half of the 00’s and the rise of the modern smartphone saw a considerable drop in Motorola’s consumer fortunes. Whilst their other departments continued to operate successfully, the mobile handset division failed to innovate and keep up with the consumer trends.

When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 and kickstarted a surge in consumer popularity for a previously niche category, Motorola were as late in responding as everyone else.

By the time Google released a ready made operating system to challenge iOS and Motorola found their feet again in 2009, there were new and improved players in the game. HTC had already placed themselves as manufacturers of high quality devices and Samsung were laying the groundwork for a war with Apple that they continue to fight.

The DROID range saw some commercial success in the USA although deals in place meant sales were restricted through particular carriers. Rebranded as the Milestone this handset didn’t fare well in other markets such as the UK.

Throughout the following few years Motorola released decent handsets that were continuously middle-of-the-road yet never stole any limelight from the ‘flagship’ devices. The Flipout, Atrix and Defy are all examples of well received smartphones with interesting hooks that unfortunately sold poorly.

A Google Company

motorola-logoEventually Motorola split in early 2011, continuing as the enterprise focussed Motorola Solutions and spinning off the mobile division into the autonomous Motorola Mobility. The new Mobility was responsible for some of the handsets mentioned earlier and later that year Google picked up the company for a whopping $12.5 billion.

The jury’s out on whether Google got their money’s worth but what can’t be denied is they turned the floundering phone manufacturer fortunes around.

The first Google influenced device out of the door was the Moto X which was received to critical acclaim across the board. Issues with supply in the USA aside, the Moto X was a success, enough for Motorola to briefly make the handset available in Europe to supplement their wider range.

Made to last. Priced for all.

Motorola_Moto_G_4G_Black_WhiteFollowing the Moto X into global markets was the Moto G and more recently the Moto E. What every one of these phones has in common is twofold.

First of all they seem quite basic on the surface; the designs are simple and other than the X’s ‘always listening’ voice-recognition, almost nothing in the way of added features or software tweaks for enhanced user experience or whatever else the marketing team want to call it.

Secondly, Motorola pushed the limits of price to breaking point on all 3 phones, whilst including a practically pure Android installation. Each handset is currently unmatched for price and specification, with Android 4.4 KitKat running either as standard or via update.

With Google’s influence there is almost no customisation of Android either, so this range of devices gets updates very quickly and remain an example to the rest of the industry.

In the last 6 months, when asked, I’ve personally advised a number of friends and family to pick up a Moto G almost without pause. I’ve also seen some of my acquaintances extolling the value for money it offers without any of my usual interference. My keen eye for all things phone has also spotted a number ‘in the wild’ when out and about.

Even without the expensive, glossy marketing campaigns of times past, it looks like Motorola are again capturing the imagination of a good number of consumers.

Lettin ‘em go to Lenovo

So what’s next for Motorola? Earlier this year, Google sold the company off to the Chinese manufacturer Lenovo. Well known in the personal computing space, Lenovo will surely be looking to break into Western mobile markets the same way as they have done with notebooks. To do that they will need more than their relatively unknown mobile offerings so far.

Google must have got their worth out of Motorola to deem the sale to Lenovo good business. Maybe Motorola Mobility’s much speculated-upon patent portfolio has been put to enough work. Or perhaps part of Google’s plan was simply to get some high-quality handsets out there, if only to show their sometimes uncomfortable bedfellows such as Samsung how they want things done when it comes to Android.

We will continue to see Google’s influence at Motorola continue this year. The Moto G 4G has already updated one of last year’s runaway successes to applause and there may yet be more to come from this generation and lifecycle before Lenovo’s projects are begun.

Lenovo logoLenovo as a brand are already synonymous with delivering respectable performance at a consumer friendly price. Just browse your local PC World and a number of laptops on the shelf will not only bear their name, but also be walking out the door in the arms of parents and students in droves.

The new Motorola business model established by the Moto G and E in particular are exactly what has made Lenovo successful in notebooks. If they handle Motorola properly, we could well continue to see a range of capable Motorola smartphones breaking the boundaries of expected price.

Considering the industry consensus is Lenovo got Motorola for a very good price, they may also be willing to pump a bit more money into the company to increase advertising budgets or manufacturing numbers.

If this happens then the times when everyone and his mate had a Motorola could very easily be coming back soon enough.

Hello Moto.

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