Sony Smartphones - News & Reviews

Below you can find posts about the various Sony handsets that we range of the Clove website, including the popular Sony Xperia Z series.


If you're thinking of buying a new phone, please see our SIM Free Sony Phones section on the Clove website. We also offer official and third party Sony accessories for the handsets that we range.

Clove’s top 10 Smartphones of December 2014

Here in the UK, the festive season is upon us.  There has not really been much change in the number of devices available on the market, although the YotaPhone 2 has been announced, but it is not in time to hit our charts this month.

A new smartphone is on many peoples Christmas lists or if it is a little too pricey then what better time of year to treat yourself?!

So what are our top 10 smartphones for December 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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Sony SmartBand Talk 60 Second Review

Sony_SmartBand_Talk (6)It is the 2nd generation SmartBand from Sony, now with talk functionality.

How does this new version complete with 1.4″touchscreen e-ink display and IP68 rating stack up.

Find out the highs and lows in 60 seconds by watching the following video.

Sony SmartBand Talk Review

Sony_SmartBand_Talk (1)The Japanese firm Sony have become a bit of a pioneer in the wearables space.  First the SmartWatch, then the SmartBand along with the SmartWatch 2 and now we have the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk.

Released at a time when the tech communities are smitten with Android Wear SmartWatches, particularly those with circular faces, how does this cheaper and potentially ‘dumber’ alternative work out in day to day usage.

The SmartBand talk is a crossbreed between SmartWatch and fitness band. It looks like the latter, but has some of the features you would expect of a SmartWatch.

You may also like our 60 second review video

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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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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Tablet Compact is a powerful tablet with an 8″ touchscreen display and other specifications that keep it in line with the Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphones that are also on offer from Sony.

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.

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Sony Z3 Tablet Compact SCR28 Style Cover Stand – Now Available

SCR28Protect your new Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with a stylish and functional case from the tablet manufacturer itself.

Available in 2 colours, Black or White, the SCR28 case allows in the case access to the main ports and controls as well as protection for the screen.

Fold the case to the appropriate position and it will even act as a stand for the tablet.

Priced at £24.99 including VAT this is a good value option fro protecting your new piece of technology.

See what the case looks like in the following hands on video.

Click HERE to order yours today.

Sony BSP10 Bluetooth Speaker

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Whether you are going away on holiday, at a friends or relaxing in the garden, there are times when a portable speaker can be of real use to us.

Enjoy better quality audio from the larger, more powerful speaker and do not worry about it draining your smartphone battery, because lets face it, most of us carry our music on our phones today.

Of course the Bluetooth connection means no wires so it is nice and simple, helped even more by the one touch NFC pairing process.

The BSP10 is the latest speaker from Sony that packs punch thanks to a 5 Watt speaker.  This portable device is capable of producing sounds in excess of 100 decibels and also can be used as a handsfree speaker for your phone calls.

What is also unique about this speaker is not the fact that it comes with a nice little carry case in the box, but the fact that it can be charged with a Qi wireless charging pad.  Of course the traditional microUSB connection is present, but if you want the neatest and most modern of solutions, sit this on a Sony WCH10 charging pad from Sony (or others) to keep it charged or remove it when it is recharged.

In the following video we unbox it and show it in action.

For further information, or to purchase one, please CLICK HERE.

Deff Travel Biz Magnetic Connector Cable

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The availability of the magnetic charging connector on many Sony Xperia smartphones, means that with the appropriate dock or cable you can charge your device without needing to open the port covers that reveal the microUSB charging port.

Opening the covers can be a bit fiddly and doing so means that during this time the phone is not IP rated as liquid can ingress into the ports.

Many opt for an official Sony charging dock, but this is a bit bulky, more expensive and not always ideal.

A great alternative is the Deff travel biz magnetic connector cable. At one end is a standard USB connector that will connect to a USB port on a computer, wall socket, mains adapter or battery pack and on the other is a magnetic adapter which connects to the compatible Xperia handset.

When the connector is attached to the magnetic connector on the phone or tablet and the USB end connected to a power supply charge is transferred to the device to power and recharge the battery.

This cable which is 100cm in length is lightweight and easy to transport, great if you are always n the move.

The adapter that connects to your Xperia handset does too have an LED light for symbolising that the phone or tablet is charging or is fully charged. The LED will be blue or a pink/red colour.

A great accessory for your Xperia smartphone or tablet we are sure you will agree.

This is due to be available from early December and will cost £15 including VAT.  For more information or to order one, you can do so by clicking here.

Included below are some more detailed images of the magnetic connector cable for you to enjoy.

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Sony SmartBand Talk Unboxing

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Update: our full SmartBand Talk Review is now live.

It is the latest smart wearable product from Sony that is a cross between a smartwatch and a fitness band.

Key information such as emails, SMS and calls are delivered to the band, as well as tracking your steps and acting as a time keeper and more.

It is an innovative approach but how well does it work and what is it really like?  We will let you know in our full review, but in the meantime, watch the video below to see what you get in the box and what our initial impressions are of the SmartBand Talk.

Sony Xperia Z3 WCR14 Wireless Charging Cover Hands On

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Wireless charging is one of the new must have features on many smartphones; not all have this feature as standard, however some allow it to be added with accessories.

The Xperia Z3 from Sony is one such example.

Thanks to this official Sony case, the WCR14, a Z3 fitted inside this can be charged without the need to physically connect cables to the phone itself.

Priced at £49.99 + VAT (£59.99 including) the case comes complete with a Qi wireless charging plate, the WCH10.

Sit it on the plate to commence charging or, because it uses the Qi standard, any other compatible charging plate will also work with the case.

The case is available in Black or White and the first stocks have arrived at Clove.

If you are interested, you can purchase it here, but if you want to see what it looks like and how it works, do view the video below.

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