Google Nexus 7 (2013) cellular LTE model now available

The Asus/Google combo gets high speed data connectivity

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)When it comes to the Nexus line of smart devices, a lot of talk and hype tends to situate around the phones. Granted devices like the Nexus 5 tend to offer the absolute cream of the crop in terms of their value to power proposition, however we shouldn’t overlook the other hardware with Google’s stamp of approval.

Whether a personal, professional or luxury purchase, a Nexus 7 should be high on your comparison list when looking at smaller tablets. Whilst no longer the cheapest 7 incher available, they remain at a significantly lower price point than other big name manufacturers, whilst providing a superior experience to their recent budget competition.

With the likes of Tesco and Amazon now established in the game, the tablet category is an increasingly competitive space and trying to grab the attention of consumers is becoming much harder, although Nexus tablets have quietly been playing their part for a few years now, both in 7 and 10 inch versions. Other manufacturers have taken the route of a ‘race to the bottom’, providing cheaper and cheaper tablets until they reach a price tag that almost renders them disposable, pandering to families and children the world over.

This run of popularity saw the traditionally rock-bottom prices of the Nexus tablet range being undercut last year, although discerning buyers generally know where to go for resilience and reliability. With manufacturing completed by Asus, Nexus tablets ooze quality and the difference is clearly visible even to the untrained eye when compared to bargain slabs. There is also the added bonus of consistent and regular software updates with stock Android running the show.

An updated run of the Nexus 7 (2013 edition) is now available with cellular data on board; the S4 Pro processor unlocked for both 3G & 4G LTE worldwide connectivity.

You can order yours from Clove for 270 GBP + delivery & VAT where applicable

The Nexus 7 (2013 edition) cellular model on sale at Clove has compatibility for 3G GSM networks on: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and compatibility for 4G LTE GSM networks on: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600

Google Nexus 5 unboxing

Buy Google Nexus 5We unbox the Nexus 5 that the tech community has been talking about non stop for the last 24+ hours.

What does it look like in the hand? What do you get in the box and what are our initial impressions?  You get the answers to all of this in the following video.

Nexus 5 requires software update during setup

Details on setting up the new Google Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 has finally launched and is currently available from Clove in black, with white hopefully following very soon. We have just been informed via an internal document from LG, who are manufacturing the Nexus 5, that a software update will be required to run the device. This will be installed during the set-up procedure; you will not be able to complete the set-up and use the phone without this update.

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It would seem that Google finalised the hardware and initial manufacturing runs of the Nexus 5 some time ago in order to avoid the shortfall in stock that plagued the launch of the Nexus 4 last year. Due to this, the current first batches are not installed with the final Android 4.4 KitKat release. You will not be able to skip through the set-up process without having first connected to either a data / Wi-Fi connection and installed this update.

Also be aware that the figure of 374.5MB for the total size is from a test screenshot for the creation of the document. The final download size will be smaller.

[UPDATE] Clove UK stock has updated during set-up with a download size of 139.3 MB. The screenshot was lost during the reboot and installation of the update. The final amount for your device may vary depending on territory and the software already installed.

Nexus 5 internal memory

How much memory of the 16GB is available to you with the Google Nexus 5?

If you are buying or looking to buy the Google Nexus 5, the internal memory is potentially going to be of consideration for you.  Do you go for the 16GB or 32GB model, because some of the internal memory is taken up by the OS.

We have checked our stock of the 16GB model to find that out of the box of the 16GB installed, 12.55GB is actually available to the user, although a few apps and things that also come installed drop this to 12.28GB.  This means the OS takes up just over 3GB of the storage.

Here is a screenshot confirming this, taken from the Nexus 5.

Our Top 10 Smartphones

The world of smartphones is constantly changing and there are lots of top 10 lists out there, so here we have our current top 10 smartphones of the moment. Check back because we will keep this post updated as new devices are released

So without further or do our top 10 smartphones are:

1. HTC One

The HTC One brings a new experience to Android users with a dramatically improved HTC Sense user interface, great design and cutting edge hardware, with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM the HTC One will handle most things that you can ask of it, and with a 2300mAh battery you should too get a full day’s usage.

Interact with all this great content through a stunning 4.7 inch HD capacitive display, which has a 1920 x 1080 resolution for an incredible 468 PPI (points per inch). It has various new features such as ‘Blinkfeed’ which streams live updates from a variety of feeds, be it social or news direct to your Home screen, ‘HTC Zoe’ Made up of 4 components, Zoe Photos, Highlights, Editor and Share.

More features including HTC Boom sound, Sense TV.

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Rumour: Google to release/announce five Nexus devices on November 5th 2012

Five manufacturers to each make a handset?

We don’t usually post rumours up on the Clove Blog, but this one is quite significant and a story that I have been following over the last few days. A ‘reliable source’ has told TalkAndroid that Google will release or announce five devices on November 5th to celebrate the 5th birthday of Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Accessories–Now In Stock

Samsung Galaxy Nexus official accessories have been somewhat elusive since their original announcement some months ago.

It is only now that the first stock is arriving of most products, so take a look at the list below to see what accessories are now available.

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Personalised Galaxy Nexus Battery Cover (standard & extended)

You might like to personalise your device in one way or another.  A case is one thing, backgrounds are another, but if that still isn’t personal enough for you, how about a laser etched image on the back cover of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

For $45 you can get a fully customised 2” x 2” laser etched image onto your battery door or for a lesser $30 you can choose from a range of 5 different designs.

This is a project that needs funding (a bit like the kickstarter programme we have covered before) the project is raising funds on Indiegogo.

What are your thoughts?  Is this something you would be interested in?  Maybe even for other devices?

Find out more HERE.

SOURCE:Indiegogo via Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Nexus User Guide

The official User Guide for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (click image to open)

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Galaxy Nexus Case-Mate Barely There Case Back In Stock

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We now have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Case Mate Barely There Case Black back in stock at Clove. This is the second batch of stock that we’ve received – the first sold out very quickly so if you’d like one now, please place an order soon.

The Barely There case is one of the only covers available for the Nexus at the moment and does a great job of protecting your handset without adding too much bulk. Check out our unboxing video below to get a hands-on feel.

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