Nokia news & reviews

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

Nokia Lumia 830 Review

Introduction

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.

Nokia Lumia 830Design

The first striking thing you notice about the Nokia Lumia 830 is how similar its looks in comparison to the higher spec Lumia 930.  This was of course intentional, as both the Lumia 830 and 930 are premium smartphones in the Nokia range.  In fact at release Nokia said that the Lumia 830 is the world’s “first affordable flagship”.  This statement is kind of true, you do however need to take into account that this phone does have slightly reduced capabilities.  In comparison its specification is very close to the Nokia Lumia 735 and the other products in the Nokia range.  It does however use materials in its construction which are almost identical to the flagship Lumia 930.

Having high quality materials used in its construction means the pricing of the Nokia Lumia 830 is closer to its more powerful sibling and not the lesser ones.  It does however show Nokia’s drive for producing high quality smartphones which take advantage of the best materials available to produce premium products.

We have of course seen with other Nokia flagship products this drive for providing premium quality over recent years.  This has resulted in the use of high quality polycarbonate in construction, and other exotic materials.  For example in the case of the polycarbonate used in a Nokia phone injection of the colour dye is throughout it and not just on the surface.  This means that you have a product which doesn’t show up all the scratches and other minor abrasions seen with other manufacturer’s products.  This has meant that products like the Nokia Lumia 900 and 920 have continued to look good following years of usage, even though they have the occasional scratch on them.

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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.

Nokia Lumia 735 and 830 now available for pre-order

Nokia Lumia 830_6If you were thinking of purchasing either the Nokia Lumia 830 or the Nokia Lumia 735 you will be glad to hear that we now have pricing and availability of these products.  We are expecting first stock of both products for the 2nd October, so there is not long to wait now.  All colours will be available at launch giving you the choice of either smart phone in black, green or orange.  So you can choose the colour which best reflects your own personal style.

Both of these smart phones have Windows 8.1 offering you the latest benefits and features of this platform.

Just to remind you here are some of the highlight features.

Nokia Lumia 830

  • 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)

Nokia Lumia 735

  • 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)

These smart phones will be available at the following prices.  Click on the links below to order, or read more information.

The Nokia Lumia 830 – £250 + VAT (£300 inc)

The Nokia Lumia 735 – £183.33 + VAT (£220 inc)

Nokia Lumia 930 60 Second Review

Nokia_Lumia_930_Hands_OncThe Nokia Lumia 930 has been available to buy for a few weeks now.  It might not be eveyones cup of tea with the bright colour options and Windows Phone platform, but we have already seen some very positive feedback here at Clove from customers already using the device.

We have put together a full written review and video here, but below is a video that gives you the positives and negatives of the 930 in just 60 seconds.

Hit play to find out what they are.

Nokia Lumia 930 60 Second Review

Nokia_Lumia_930_Hands_OnaSpoiler alert!

In my review of the Nokia Lumia 930 I concluded “There is no denying that the Nokia Lumia 930 is one of the best examples of a smartphone today. It is in my book the best example of a Windows Phone.

Whilst the conclusion is very positive, there is without doubt some negatives.

Watch the following 60 second review video to see what are the overall positives and negatives of this smartphone and help make your decision on whether it is right for you or not.

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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