Nokia news & reviews

Nokia is now owned by Microsoft and operates under the Microsoft name. Its handsets are released under the Microsoft Lumia brand.

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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Clove’s top 10 smartphones of January 2015

We are at the start of another year and no doubt 2015 will be just as big a year in tech as 2014.  What can we expect?  Who really knows, but it is a pretty safe bet that we will see the next generation of wearables, battery life will become ever more important and it is quite likely that the integration of services for a simplified connected life will play a big part too.

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the USA begins this week and is the first insight into 2015 technology.

Little has changed in terms of our smartphone top 10 from December, so read on to find out what our list looks like.

10. LG G3

LG G3With a quad HD display the LG G3 is an absolute stunner when watching back some media on the handset, but is the mobile world ready for this yet, a lot of feedback would suggest not quite.

It is an absolute power house and considering its size of screen it does not feel as big as the Note 3 and not much bigger than the Sony of HTC counterparts.

LG have learnt from the G2 and Nexus handsets and put all of this into the G3 to make it what it is today.

It has a higher PPI than the human eye can really detect, but is that not just a reason to have it, because more pixels are better?

At under £400 including a FREE Bluetooth Headset this is a simply outstanding product bundle for the price!

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Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate

DT-903-Wireless-charging-plate-designCharging your phone isn’t supposed to cool. In fact, unless you have a battery the size of Jupiter, it’s probably one of the most uncool things we have to put up with mobile products; the constant search for a charger.

Nokia has decided to have a go at changing that. Always known for putting a bit of flair into their accessories, the DT-903 is a wireless Qi charging plate with a difference – it’s smart.

With Bluetooth 4.0 low energy, you can pair the DT-903 to a Lumia handset, even tapping the NFC pad for a quick connection.

Once connected, the charging plate will be able to notify you when you have a low battery, miss a call or have other notifications waiting, all through a soft, colour-matching LED.

The LED also glows lightly when your Lumia is charging on the plate, turning off when you reach 100% to let you know you’re ready to go.

Order a Nokia DT-903 Wireless Charging Plate from Clove Technology

At £59.99 (£49.99 ex-VAT), the DT-903 is available in orange, green or white and makes a great addition to a bedside table, workspace or coffee table. As it uses the Qi standard, it will also charge non-Lumia devices, although the LED notifications are Lumia specific.

For more info check out Windows Central’s video below:

Nokia Lumia 735 Review

Nokia_Lumia_735 (1)Nokia has gone though many changes at the moment relation to how Microsoft is using the name as we discussed in the recent Nokia Lumia 830 review.  Like that review we will be looking at one of the recent products to come out of Nokia the Lumia 735.

With these most recent releases Nokia appears to have separated their smart phone products into two sections premium and standard.  The Nokia Lumia 930 and 830 are the premium products.   While the Lumia 735, 635, 630 and 520 are standard ones.  As you can probably guess the Nokia Lumia 735 has the best specification of the standard products.  In fact its specification is very similar to the one included with the Lumia 830.

The main difference between the premium and standard products is the look and feel of them.  So we will start the review by looking at this aspect of the Lumia 735.

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Nokia Lumia 830 Review

Introduction

Nokia_Lumia_830_Hands_On (1)We are now entering some interesting times with Nokia following Microsoft’s acquisition last year.  This obviously wasn’t a normal purchasing of a company, but clearly Microsoft has obtained the Lumia brand along with some other assets and the license to use the Nokia brand on their phone.    All of this doesn’t appear to stop Nokia from being in the process of releasing a new tablet.

In fact Microsoft is now starting to releasing phones which no longer carry the Nokia branding.  This shows that they don’t wish to carry on with the status quo, and want to distance themselves from it.  We are however going to look at one of the phones which came out of the Nokia/Microsoft alliance the Nokia Lumia 830.  As most of you are aware this phone has been available for a few months now, but this has given us a chance to put together a proper review having used it for some time.

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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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Nokia Lumia 530 Review

Nokia_Lumia_530 (1)When you mention the name Nokia, most people will know exactly what you are talking about and what you can expect.

Over the last few years Nokia have certainly been in a transitionary period.  If you have kept up with recent developments you will know that Nokia devices are now owned by Microsoft and are officially known as Microsoft Lumia handsets that run the WIndows Phone OS.

Somewhat underrated, the OS and the handsets still have a lot to to offer despite being overshadowed by the iPhones and Samsungs we see on shop shelves and in the press.

The Lumia 530 is an entry level or budget handset if you like and retails between £60-100 depending on where you source it.

However entry level or budget need not go against the Lumia 530, so what is the handset really like.  Read on to find out.

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Nokia Lumia 830 Unboxing

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Nokia are going from strength to strength with their Windows Phone devices.

Accelerated thanks to the Nokia Lumia 930 and 1020 with its exceptional camera, we now have the Lumia 830.

More of a mid range handset, it does not pack the same punch as the aforementioned, but still you get a lot for your money.

Available SIM free for £300 including VAT you get:

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 5” TrueColour IPS Display
  • 10 MP Pureview Camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • Internal storage 16GB
  • Free Cloud Storage 15GB
  • Wireless Charging (Qi Standard)
  • And more….

We take a look at the device and show you the box contents in the following video.

A full review will be available soon, but for more information on the Nokia 830, just click here.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of October 2014

We are now into the 4th quarter and in the last month the smartphone world has gone crazy with a raft of new phones hitting the market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we are still waiting on, but many of the other big names have begun shipping their handsets so our top 10 is very different to months prior.

During this time, the question of how bendable each handset is has arisen.  Our top 10 list does not take this into consideration.

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.


Nokia Lumia 830_610. Nokia Lumia 830

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 everyones choice but it is evolving and the old argument about lack of apps is reducing.

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.

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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Nokia 735 and 830 now in stock

Nokia Lumia 830It’s been busy couple of weeks here at Clove. We’ve had loads of phones coming in and going back out again and today we’re pleased to say that both the Nokia 735 and 830 are available to purchase.

With the Nokia 830 you have a choice of Black, Green or Orange. Specification wise you it comes with this and more:

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 5” TrueColour IPS Display
  • 10 MP Pureview Camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • Internal storage 16GB
  • Free Cloud Storage 15GB
  • Wireless Charging (Qi Standard)

A few things stick out here, you get 16GB of internal memory and 15GB of cloud storage for documents, media files and more. For £300 including VAT you can go wrong.

Nokia Lumia 735Next up we have the Nokia 735 priced at £220 inc VAT, again it comes in Black, Green and Orange. A powerful device powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and comes with:

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 4.7” HD display
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 6.7 MP rear camera with Zeiss optics
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • Internal storage 8GB
  • Free Cloud Storage 15GB
  • Wireless Charging (Qi Standard)

Both great additions to the Lumia range and we expect them to go down well with our customers. These and other Nokia devices are up for sale now.