Samsung Galaxy S4

Please find below our posts about the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, which you can buy here on the Clove website.

Sony have done what HTC & Samsung should have done – Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Samsung are well known for their Galaxy range of devices and two of the more popular within that range are the S3 Mini and the S4 Mini.

As the name implies, they are smaller versions of their bigger brothers the S3 and the S4.

This is a positive and a negative depending on your viewpoint.

The Mini has meant that it is smaller, more portable and cost effective device, but it does also mean that the specification of the handset has to date been compromised quite significantly.

Let’s do a quick comparison (S4 v S4 Mini):

  • 1.9GHz Quad Core processor v 1.7GHz Dual Core
  • 16GB internal memory v 8GB
  • 4.99” display v 4.3”
  • 13 megapixel camera v 8 megapixel
  • 2600mAh battery v 1900mAh

Of course there have been similarities between the S4 and the S4 Mini but many have been unintentionally mislead that the Mini versions would have many of the features of the considerably better marketed headline products.

Take for example MHL capability. Many think or have been lead to believe that the S3 Mini has this feature as it is a much talked about benefit of the S3 device, however it does not.

HTC have taken a similar approach with their HTC One and the HTC One Mini, although it is fair to say that the specification was not sacrificed quite as much. It retained the same camera which was a bonus.

Arguments can be held on both sides as to the impact of the Mini range of devices, but Sony has achieved what Samsung and HTC have yet to.

They have taken their flagship Z1 and reduced it in size to create the Z1 compact.

The laws of physics mean that reducing the size something has to give, in the case of the Z1 Compact it is the screen size and battery. They reduce from 5” to 4.3” and 3000mAh to 2300mAh. This is where it ends however. By no means a scientific comparison, we could see that there were 5 key differences between the S4 and the S4 Mini, whilst there is just two between the Z1 and Z1 Compact.

Everything else remains the same. The same camera is in the Compact as the Z1, the same speed processor and the same waterproof chassis, you get the idea.

It is great to see such innovation.  In 12 months time will Samsung, HTC and others have followed Sony’s lead?

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Lumia 1520 vs. Galaxy S4

CES 2014 continues until the end of the week and is providing us with all manner of interesting industry developments and gadgets to look forward.

With this we often forget about what we have available right now; the Nokia Lumia 1520 launched at the end of 2013 and seriously deserves some time.

The first Windows Phone handset to approach the phablet subgenre is an incredible achievement and really showcases the flexibility of the platform, something which has been missing in many other flagship Lumias. This week and next, these comparison posts are putting the 1520 next to other 2013 Android and WP8 flagships.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 strolls out to meet the new Lumia today, full of swag at continuing Samsung’s success and consolidating their dominant position in many markets. Whilst not a phablet (the Note 3 comparison is next week), the S4 is a feature-rich phone many will be familiar with and may have had i their own personal comparison lists.

Click on the image below for a full comparison:


If you would prefer to watch a video comparison, check the one out below:

Motorola Moto G vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Moto G vs. Galaxy S4

This week I’ve brought you comparison posts with the Motorola Moto G opposite some of the biggest name smartphones in the industry. Whilst the Moto G won’t really hold its own on paper for any of these specs, the point is to show how close it gets in certain areas and highlight just what good value for money the device is.

Today’s flagship is the Galaxy S4 from Samsung. Somewhat of a marketing juggernaut for the past couple of years, it has been hard to escape Samsung’s advertisements and branding. Conversely, outside of the tech industry, Motorola, now a Google company, have had very little coverage. For a full size image and complete comparison of the plucky Moto G and Samsung’s critical darling, click on the header image below.

You can also find our full review of the Moto G here on the Clove Blog.


 If you would rather watch a video showing the spec comparison, just take a look at the following:

Portable scanner used with Android via USB OTG (video)

Samsung Galaxy S4 BlackThe video below from YouTube user veryannoyingname shows a portable handheld scanner being used with Android devices. The scanner, manufactured by TaoTronics, connects to your Android handset via USB OTG (USB Hosting), which is included with most new Android devices. The scanner includes a microSD card slot so that you can store the files directly to an SD card. You are also able to set the resolution at which images are created.

A portable scanner can be very handy if you travel a lot and need to scan documents, if you need to scan cumbersome objects such as large books, or if you would simply like to save space by not having a large desktop scanner.

The devices used in the demo below are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Nexus 7. In order to use it with your Android device, you will need a USB OTG adaptor.

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LG G2 v Samsung Galaxy S4 – Spec Comparison

S4 from Samsung v LG’s G2 in a specification comparison

The Galaxy range of devices from Samsung are growing ever stronger in popularity and the S4 is the latest device to have stolen the media’s attention.

The S4 now has new competition from LG in the form of the G2.  Lets see how the two compare in terms of specification; click the image below to see a comparison of these smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S4 3rd party wireless charging accessories

Galaxy S4 Qi standard accessories at a cut price

With both innovative hardware and impressive software, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is possibly one of the most feature filled Android devices to have ever been released. Amongst the list of available options on the device is Qi standard wireless charging via official accessories.

The official accessories include a replacement back cover that contains the charging coils and an official Samsung charging plate. Whilst of very high build quality, these aren’t 100% necessary as there are other options available.

galaxy s4 wireless charging receiver cardOne third party alternative to the official Wireless Charging Cover is the Qi Wireless Charging Receiver Card. Instead of changing the whole back cover, this neat little card sits on top of the battery underneath the original factory back cover. When used in conjunction with a Qi wireless charging plate, power is delivered to the battery in the same manner as the official charging cover. The card will not obstruct the use of NFC in the Galaxy S4 and result in only the tiniest bulge underneath the cover so any cases or other accessories you may have will still function correctly.

The same manufacturer has also created a universal Wireless Charging Pad which can be used instead of the official Samsung model – this can also be used with other Qi enabled devices such as the Google Nexus 4 and select Nokia Lumia handsets.

The Wireless Charging Receiver Card is currently available from Clove for £14 + delivery & VAT where applicable.

The Wireless Charging Pad is also available now at £25 + delivery + VAT where applicable.



Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – Spec Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4

It’s not always easy to tell the differences between two smartphones, especially when they have such similar names. If you’re thinking of buying either the Samsung Galaxy S4 or its scaled down version, the S4 Mini, you’ll likely want to know what the differences are between them.

The good news is that we’re here to make it nice and clear for you with different types of comparisons. Clicking the image below will take you to our feature comparison table or you can watch the video below to see it in an animated format.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs S4 Mini


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Samsung Galaxy S4 official wireless charging accessories

Free your Galaxy from wires

Although receiving stiffer competition this year than last, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is sitting pretty at the top of many reviewers best Android device charts and for good reason. Power, performance and a fully tailored suite of features make the S4 one of the best all-round smartphones ever released. One of those features, although not built into the handset to save space, is support for wireless charging.

s4 wireless charging

Utilising the Qi standard, Samsung have created a selection of official accessories to allow you to charge your Galaxy S4 without the need to plug any wires into the device.

s4 wireless charging cover

First up is the Wireless Charging Cover – this is required to open up the wireless potential of your S4. Available in black or white to match your handset (or make a two-tone effect!), the wireless charging cover replaces the factory back cover included with your Galaxy S4. Housing the wireless charging coil, the cover is only minimally thicker, so any other protective cases, covers or docking stations you have will still work. Best of all, there is no interruption to NFC or other core hardware features of the S4.

The second half of the line up is the Wireless Charging Pad. Designed for the Galaxy S4 and any other Samsung handsets with wireless charging built in or attached accessories, the pad can also be used as a universal Qi charging pad for all Qi enabled devices. Powered through micro USB and featuring a neat power LED to distinguish when delivering charge, the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad is a stylish addition to your work desk or around the home.

The Wireless Charging Cover is currently available from Clove for £29.16 + delivery & VAT where applicable and can be used in conjunction with any Qi certified charging pad.

The Wireless Charging Pad is due to arrive late September at £41.66 + delivery + VAT where applicable, you can place your order today.



I want a smaller phone that does it all

4.3-4.5” screen on a full featured smartphone is my dream

imageEvery new smartphone seems to be getting bigger and bigger in terms of screen size.

The bezels are though getting smaller, however there is a limit to how much the overall profile of the device can change.

Having recently had hands on with the LG G2, I was mightily surprised at how it didn’t actually feel much bigger than the S4 despite the additional 0.2” to the screen.

Every phone, tablet or phablet has a place in the market, otherwise they wouldn’t be produced. What works for one person does not work for another.

I have for the last 18 months at least, been using a Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 which are pretty much identical in terms of size.

Within that time I have had long periods of hands on with many other devices and now I have really come to the conclusion that I want something smaller, I just find the device too big to use comfortably.

I want to be able to use a smartphone in one hand without fear of dropping it, but with the S4 I never feel like I have a really firm grip of it and one handed operation is awkward, especially if I need to access something in the opposing top corner.

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Children in Need smartphone cases

Support the cause with the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 & S4 Children in Need phone cases


p>Children in Need is a UK based charity (Registered Charity Number: 802052) that provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

The charity currently supports over 2,600 projects 365 days a year.

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