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.

Free case & charging dock (worth £65) with Sony Xperia Z3

Z3_Accessory_OfferA new and limited time offer exists on the Black colour variant of the Sony Xperia Z3.

Purchase a SIM free device from Clove and we will include an official Sony DK48 Charging dock worth £30 and a Sony SCR24 Style-Up Cover worth £35 for free.

There is nothing complicated to the offer, just order the phone and you will get the items included.  The offer is valid while stock lasts.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Another IP rated handset from Sony

Sony_Xperia_M4_Active_B_WWell known for their IP ratings, Sony have announced the M4 Aqua, a mid range smartphone that will survive immersion in fresh water up to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Sporting a 5″ touchscreen, octa core processing power, a 13 megapixel camera and Android 5.0 the M4 Aqua has quite a bit going for it.

Sony are more than just a smartphone manufacturer and as such they have brought across technology and experience from their camera division and put it into the M4.

Using the Exmor RS sensor for mobile images are crisp and clear with various shooting modes to ensure you get the best shot you can and post capture editing tools allow you to tweak things prior to sharing on social networks or with family and friends.

With 2GB of RAM and octa-core processing power all the tasks you may complete on the phone will be effortless and the built in battery and power saving technology allows for up to 2 days of usage from it, without needing to re-charge.

At this time no word has been given on pricing or quite when we can expect to see the M4 Aqua on shop shelves.  There are several versions which will launch in different markets either with 3G or 4G and either 8 or 16GB of internal memory.  As and when the information comes through you can be assured we will let you know.

Register your interest in the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony Xperia E4 User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia E4 User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony Xperia E4  user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

A compact and cost effective smartphone the E4 with Google Android installed and 3G connectivity to ensure you remain connected and able to access your favourite apps.

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

Sony Xperia Z Ultra just £220

Sony_Xperia_Z_Ultra (1)Back in September 2013 the Sony Xperia Z Ultra hit the shelves costing in excess of £500.

By mid-late 2014 stocks were virtually depleted and we actually removed the Z Ultra from sale from the Clove website.

However, we have managed to gain access to a limited number of these SIM free phablets and are currently offering them for sale for just £220 including VAT.

Less than half the price at launch for £220 you are getting a sensational product, even if the product is technically 18 months old.

Brand new in the original box, the Z Ultra offers you:

  • Google Android operating system
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • 6.44″ touchscreen with scratch resistant glass
  • 6.5mm thick
  • 8 megapixel camera with Sony Exmor RS technology
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Front facing 2 megapixel camera
  • IP55/58 rated
  • NFC
  • MHL
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi
  • 4G/LTE
  • MicroSDXC memory card slot

When purchased from Clove the device will be provided SIM free meaning no contract or SIM card is included and they are unlocked for use on all networks.  You have a full 24 month warranty with Sony included too.

At 6.4″ it is not small and will be suitable for only some who have a particular need, but this would make for an ideal device to consume media on.

If you need more information please do contact us by email using the address or by telephoning +44 (0)1202 552936.

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What devices do we use at Clove – February 2015

Many months ago (August 2014) when the sun was shining we posted about what devices we were using then.  So 6 months on, we are posting an update with a list of products we all currently use.

No doubt some are jealous at how many handsets we get to use, but none of us change our phones all that regularly as surprising as that may be.  Since August though, there have been some changes, to read on to find out what devices everyone is using now and why.  If they still use the same, you should find out how their opinions have changed over the time of ownership.

Jon – Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Import a SIM free phone6 months ago I was using the Z1 Compact.  I loved it, so when the Z3 Compact came out, it was only right that I upgraded (rude not to!).

In the hand and on a glance there is little difference, but the added power is noticeable, I can generally now achieve at least 1.5 days out of it.  The stereo speakers are also an added benefit.

Being IP rated is a benefit for me as I often find myself in the rain, when walking my dog and I can say that the camera on this has captured some stunning shots.

The rear of the Z3 Compact is incredibly glossy and if left on the arm of a rounded sofa the Compact will almost certainly go for a wander off the side!  As such I stuck a skin on the back and not only does it make the handset look different, it has stopped the little escape artist performing any of its disappearing acts.

It does not appear to suffer from the heating issues my Z1C did.

Overall I can not fault this.  I have no desire to change any time soon, although the Honor 6 I reviewed recently was quite nice.

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The need for compact but powerful smartphones

htc-touch-hd-25 years ago having a 4” VGA screen was really quite impressive in a mobile device and those products sold really well.

Times change and so does society and people’s needs and desires.

There are today more women in our workforces holding more important roles and requiring high end mobile computing power.

I wish not for this to sound stereotypical, but generally the larger screen phones are more popular amongst men.  Smaller screened units see higher adoption rates within women, who generally have smaller hands and find the smaller phones more comfortable to use.

For many years though the hero products from manufacturers have always had the best specification. Today we have 5 “and even 6” devices that sell just as well as the smaller 4” devices did 5 years ago.

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Sony skipped a generation – Z1 Compact to the Z3 Compact

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_BlackMost of the popular phones on the market today have gone through several revisions to make them what they are today.

  • Apple iPhone 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Samsung Galaxy, S2, S3, S4 and S5.
  • Sony Xperia Z, Z1, Z2 and Z3.

It therefore comes as no surprise that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has been revised.  The slight difference here is that it has skipped a generation, jumping from the Z1 Compact to the Z3 Compact, meaning there was nor will be a Z2 Compact.

The reasons behind this are primarily related to Sony’s product life cycle and the demands of their customer base.

Sony have of late, certainly with the Z series been updating them every 6-8 months rather than the 12 month or longer cycle we see with the likes of Samsung and other manufacturers. Sony’s lower end handsets tend to have the traditional 12 month lifecycle.

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Sony Xperia E4

Sony Xperia E4_2Sony are known for producing great smartphones and they are adding an additional to their range in the form of the Sony Xperia E4.

This expands a range which already incorporates some of the most impressive smartphones seen within the last few 6 months, including the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.

Like all Sony products it benefits from quality craftsmanship, which means it will continue to look and feel fresh even after months of usage.

The Sony Xperia E4  has a large 5″ IPS display (960 x 540 pixels) and offers up to 2 day’s battery life with its 2,300 mAh battery.

Besides this Sony has chosen to include Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and a 2 MP front-facing camera, ideal for taking selfies, so there is no reason you can’t take the perfect photo of yourself with friends.

The key features are:

  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Android 4.4.4 – update to 5.0 Lollipop confirmed
  • 5″ IPS display (960 x 540 pixels)
  • 1.3GHz Quad-core processor
  • 2,300 mAh battery for 2 days usage
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 8GB internal storage
  • Clear Audio+ & xLoud

Pricing is to be confirmed but for more information, and to express an interest in purchasing, check out the link button below.

Register your interest in the Sony Xperia E4

Update - an earlier version of this article stated that the Sony Xperia E4 would launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This has since been revised to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with an official update to 5.0 Lollipop confirmed by Sony.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Metal now available

Sony_SmartWatch_3Sony’s first Android Wear SmartWatch hit the shelves of our warehouse on the 31st October 2014, but some months on a new version has arrived; one with a stainless steel wristband.

Commanding a slight premium price of £215 inclusive of VAT compared to the £180 of the silicone band alternatives, there are no functional differences in the ability of this smartwatch.

Key features include:

  • 1.6” transflective display
  • Pixels 320×320
  • With voice, touch and gesture input
  • Microphone
  • Accelerometer, compass and gyro
  • Google maps
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Waterproof IP68

When we all want to achieve more in less time, the SmartWatch 3 and Android Wear goes a long way to assist with this.

Buy Sony SmartWatch 3

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The Evolution of Sony Xperia Z Smartphones

How Sony have evolved the Xperia Z smartphone over 24 months & 6 handsets

Sony Xperia Z Evolution

The Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones may dominate in terms of numbers and general public interest, however putting up a strong fight is Sony with its line of Xperia Z handsets.

2 years on from the first device and 6 variations of the Z smartphone later, just how has the range developed?

In the following video, accompanied by the written story, we summarise how the Sony flagship range has developed from the original media-grabbing Z through to the current Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.

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