Samsung Galaxy S5 pre launch price drop!

Save £10 GBP when you order Samsung’s upcoming flagship with Clove

295x175 Samsung Galaxy S5 order nowWe’re delighted to announce that the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has dropped before it’s even hit our shelves – save £10 on Samsung’s upcoming flagship by placing an order with us today!

The S5 was previously listed at £445.00 (£534.00 inc VAT) but has now dropped to a more attractive price of £435.00 (£522.00 inc VAT)

We are set to receive first stock of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on the 11th April and will be ranging the black, white and blue variants.

Let’s have a look at the stand out features of the Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED display
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor
  • 4G connectivity
  • IP67 protection rating (dust and water resistant)
  • 16MP camera with 0.3 second autofocus
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • 2800mAh battery (Ultra Power Saving Mode)
  • MicroUSB 3.0 (for extra fast charging and file transfer)
  • 2GB RAM
  • MicroSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Download booster

If you want the latest and greatest in smartphone tech for a reduced price; then please click here for more information on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo & Gear fit available to pre-order

 Samsung wearable tech available for order.

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Back at Mobile World Congress in February Samsung announced the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit alongside the Galaxy S5.

The 3 products are wearable technology products that all offer something different.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are the second generation of Smartwatch from the Korean firm, with the Neo offering the option to have a smartwatch without a built in camera.

The Gear Fit on the other hand is more glorified fitness band that tracks you hear rate but also pairs with your Samsung phone for things like music control, message and call logs.

To date we have been unable to confirm pricing and availability on these lines, but are pleased to be able to confirm this for you.

All 3 products are due in May and are available to pre-order now on the Clove website using the links below.

The Gear 2 (SM-R3800) will be available for £230+VAT (£276 including VAT)

http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-gear-2

The Gear 2 Neo (SM-R3810) will be available for £166.66 + VAT (£199.99 including VAT)

http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-gear-2-neo 

The Gear Fit will be available for £166.66 + VAT (£199.99 including VAT)

http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-gear-fit

Each product is available to order in only the Black colour options at the moment.  Other colour variants of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are due later.

The Gear Fit can be customised with alternative coloured wrist bands through the optional purchase of these as accessories for the Gear Fit.  Price and availability on these bands is still to be confirmed.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Official Video

Samsung Galaxy S5 main features detailed in official video

Below you can see the Samsung Galaxy S5 official video, which runs through its main selling points:

  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Download Booster
  • 16MP Camera with 0.3 second autofocus
  • IP67 protection rating (dust and water resistant)
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • MicroUSB 3.0 (for extra fast charging and file transfer)
  • 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED
  • Ultra Power Saving Mode

We’re expecting to have the UK SIM free version of the Galaxy S5 in stock in April and we will have it available to order on the Clove website shortly. One of the features mentioned in the official video is Ultra Power Saving mode, which we posted about here last week.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of March 2014

The last week of February saw Mobile World Congress (MWC) take place in Barcelona, where a whole host of devices were announced for the world to see.

Key highlights include the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. These will not come through until April but they are certainly something to look forward too.

March is often filled with anticipation of the pending launch of the announced devices, but there are still very good phones on the market should you be keen to grab one now.

Little has changed from February, but April no doubt will be a very different story.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Ultra Power Saving Mode

New feature to improve Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life

Samsung Galaxy S5During its announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung detailed Ultra Power Saving Mode to improve battery life. This looks like a great way to either preserve battery when you know  you won’t get an opportunity to charge for a while, or to squeeze as much life out of the battery once it has almost lost its charge.

There are a couple of ways that Ultra Power Saving Mode will preserve battery on the Galaxy S5. The first is to reduce connectivity functions to a minimum, effectively creating an enhanced version of aeroplane mode. Another mode that it can toggle is Greyscale. This will render this display in black and white only – reducing the number of colours used cuts down power consumption.

The video below from PhoneArena demonstrates Ultra Power Saving Mode in action and gives a quick look at how the screen appears when in Greyscale Mode. Samsung says that turning Ultra Power Saving Mode on when there is only 10% battery left will generate an extra 24 hours battery life (standby time), which is great if you are going to be unable to charge your phone for a while and can cope with the reduced functionality.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced

Samsung announces Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress

As expected Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, as well as two new additions to the Galaxy Gear range; the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear Fit.

We now have the Galaxy S5 listed on the Clove website and we’ll let you know as soon as a UK SIM Free price and date is available. In the meantime, you can sign up for our S5 mailing list and we’ll send you details as soon as details arise. You may also like to keep an eye on our Galaxy S5 accessories - we’ve already got a fair few available to order and will be adding more in the coming weeks.

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Given the success of the Galaxy S4 there was no need for Samsung to radically reform its design, so the S5 is an iterative update. That said it bring some new features; including a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, microUSB 3.0, and a download booster, which links Wi-Fi and 4G together to achieve the best download speeds possible.

Below is a run through of the S5′s other features, as well as a hands-on video from the UNPACKED event. If you would like to see more images, the full specs or to read about the S5 in more detail, you can do so on our Samsung Galaxy S5 website listing.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Main Features

  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Download Booster
  • 16MP Camera with 0.3 second autofocus
  • IP67 protection rating (dust and water-resistant)
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • MicroUSB 3.0 (for extra fast charging and file transfer)
  • 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini V Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

Samsung have taken the smartphone industry by storm in the last 2 years, with the Galaxy brand becoming synonymous with their easily recognisable phones.

The S4 Mini shares a similar form factor with a 4.3″ display, so how to the two pair up when you take a detailed look at the specification.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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Samsung Galaxy S5 announcement teased in Samsung UNPACKED trailer

UNPACKED video hints at Galaxy S5 announcement

Samsung has released the video below, which undoubtedly hints at the Galaxy S5 being announced at MWC. There’s also a countdown to Samsung’s press event on its website, which you can watch live at 7PM GMT on Monday 24th February.

We’ll be covering all the MWC news (which you can follow here) on the Clove Blog and listing newly announced handsets on our website, you can view our current Samsung range here. Check back over the next few days for some exciting news.

Click the image below to go to the Samsung’s page for its S5 announcement.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact V Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

samsung-s4-mini-black-sam-gs4mYou can not fail to have noticed the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones if you have looked to charge your mobile device within the last 24 months.

The brand is growing from strength to strength with record sales on many of their Galaxy devices.

Under this brand falls many different handsets, some of which are smaller/mini versions of more capable premium ones. The S4 Mini is one such example.

Many have purchased the Mini, thinking it had all the capabilities of the bigger S4 only to find (when it was too late) that this was not the case.

Sony have now stepped in the ring to bring the ideal solution. A smaller sized handset that retains the majority of high end or premium features.

OK the screen size and battery have had to be compromised but some is to be expected. What Sony do that Samsung and HTC have not is limited these compromises. The result is the Z1 Compact.

Commanding a bit of a premium, how do they stack up in terms of hardware specification and real world operational differences.

The specs certainly stack up in favour of the Compact and at about £80-100 more than the S4 Mini it is not surprising.

However, spread that £100 difference over the average 24 month ownership and for an extra £5 per month there are some considerable advantages.

Processor

Naturally the quad-core processor outperforms the dual-core, but for everyday tasks such as making calls, sending texts, browsing the web and similar procedures the dual-core is more than adequate.

However start throwing some mobile games at it and really intensive multi-tasking and the lag becomes apparent.

The Compact is a PlayStation mobile approved device meaning it will better suited to those who like to kickback with a game or two, but that does not mean the S4 Mini is not capable, it is just not as capable when it comes to more intensive and demanding content.

Consider your usage and be lead by that, not just by the fact that Z1 is superior.

Memory

With only 8GB from day one the S4 Mini is already at a disadvantage. Add the heavy Samsung software and the 8GB soon gets closer to 5GB.

Like the Z1 Compact, it is does have a microSD memory card slot meaning both benefit from expandable storage, but the Compact has 16GB out of the box and a lighter OS install, so initial value for money for memory goes to the Compact.

The Compact boasts 2GB against the 1.5GB of the S4 Mini. With only 512MB between them it will be only those that push the limits of these devices that would notice the difference. This again portrays itself in the more intensive activities such as gaming.

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Displays

It is worth mentioning that whilst both have 4.3” displays, they vary in resolution, with the Z1 Compact offering 1280 x 720 against the 960 x 540 of the S4 Mini. The PPI is too affected with 342 against 256 respectively. This is by no means a big thing, but a small notable difference.

Camera

Whilst a camera is not all about the megapixels, there is no denying that the technology and components used on the Z1 Compact set an extreme hurdle for the S4 Mini, which it can not possibly jump over.

The Mini puts up a good fight and produces an all round decent photo and video results but Sony show Samsung how it is done.

Both offer quite extensive control over the camera and what it can do. Personally I think the S4 Mini’s interface is nicer on the camera, but there isn’t a lot to differentiate the two. There are ‘value added’ features such as Social Live and Info-Eye on the Z1 but whether they are of value to you will depends on your needs.

The Compact does too have the dedicated camera button, the S4 Mini does not.

S4 Mini:

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Z1 Compact:

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Battery

Bigger is often better with battery, but as such it knocks onto the physical size of the device. There is just 400mAh between the two here.

The Compact has the bigger battery, but this is built in whereas the S4 Mini is removable. There are some advantages to this, but battery technology is so good now, that it is rare you actually need to remove the battery or replace it.

The Mini will last a good day and possibly longer with power saving mode, but with S4 can not withstand the might of the Compact’s battery. Even with the higher resolution display this device can last a good couple of days with STAMINA mode turned on. It is quite impressive and somewhat odd when you do not need to actually charge the device every day. This will not be applicable to all, but many could be in this position.

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Both are Android devices.

The S4 Mini is stuck currently on Android 4.2, whilst the Z1 Compact is on 4.3.

There is not a great deal of difference but both Sony and Samsung offer a customised version of Android.

Samsung’s customisation is deeper and heavier and affects the on board memory, whereas Sony’s is not quite as rich, but looks to offer value over stock Android.

It is personal opinion as to which you prefer. I don’t mind either. Samsung’s interface looks more polished, but the impact on performance and memory is noticeable.

Connectivity

Neither device is weak in terms of connectivity, but the Compact has MHL out as well as Miracast technology which gives it the edge over the S4 Mini for the media lovers or business user.

IP Rating

Whilst most phones withstand the odd splash, the Z1 can survive a full immersion in fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Rare that you might need this but you can more comfortably use the Z1 Compact in wet conditions. Just make sure the covers are closed if you are going to immerse the device.

Materials

Plastic is well known to be one of the favourite materials for Samsung and the S4 Mini is made up of primarily of this.

The Compact on the other hand has an aluminium glass & plastic construction.

Both feel solid enough but the Compact feels the more premium of the two without doubt.

There is a softer edge to the S4 though which can be of benefit in comparison to the squarer, slab esq design of the Compact. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that on first impressions the Z1 often wins.

Size & Weight

The Compact is 30g heavier than the S4 Mini but that is not surprising when you consider the package and the materials. It is noticeable in hand but quite possibly worth it for what you get.

Once being small and lightweight was of uppermost importance, but the demand for features appears today to outweigh this. It will inevitably be a personal decision.

Comparison

There is quite some variation in the specs. This of course comes as a result of the Z1 Compact being a squashed Z1 rather than the S4 Mini which is a smaller and less featured S4.

It will be personal opinion as to whether you feel the added bulk and cost of the Compact is worth the extra spend.

Neither device will leave you struggling and demanding much more if you are aware of the differences.

If however you want to ensure you get the better all round experience, you would be best off opting for the Z1 Compact.

 Specification Comparison

Click the following image for a full spec comparison.

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Click here to find out more about the Z1 Compact and here for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus User Manual

Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus (GT-S7580) owner’s manual. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Trend Plus user manual, please click here request our user manual printing service.

To view the Galaxy Trend Plus User Guide, simply click the image below.

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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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini user manual

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