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.

Sony SmartWatch 3 – Shipping Friday 31st October

Sony smart watch 3 black and limeWe brought you news of the G Watch R only a few days ago.  That is now in stock, but we today have news on another Android Wear SmartWatch, the Sony SmartWatch 3.

We can confirm that this is now in stock ready for shipping on Friday 31st October to coincide with the official launch of the product.

The first Android Wear watch from Sony, it is their third wearable so they have the experience here.

It has the following features:

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

Weighing in at 45g and with a 420mAh battery this should be good for 2 days usage.

Currently available in Black only, the Lime and Metal options will follow soon, you can CLICK HERE to order one for £180 including VAT.

Sony bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z range

Z2 & Z3 Updates will begin rolling out early 2015

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact blackSony has confirmed in a blog post that it will be bringing the new version of Android (5.0 Lollipop) to the ‘entire Premium Z series’.

The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition devices will be the first to be updated, with more details to follow shortly.  The core devices from the Z3 and the Z2 range are due to be updated after that – Sony says the updates for these will begin at the beginning of 2015.

We’ve currently got great deals running on both the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact, although the offer for the free case and charger with the Z3 Compact is due to end very soon.

Updates for the other Z devices will then roll out gradually, although a specific time frame hasn’t been given as of yet. The full list of handsets that will receive the update includes:

Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition.

Sony says that some new features of its own will be added alongside the Lollipop updates, bringing improvements to functionality and user experience.

Sony Xperia Z3 Languages

Most new smartphones, particularly Android handsets come with support for a broad range of languages.

If you are looking for a new phone and the Xperia Z3 is within your consideration, you may wish to see for peace of mind that your primary or secondary language is supported.

In the following video we show you the language options available on the Z3, when purchased SIM free from Clove.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact offer ending soon

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_BlackOur offer for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which includes a free case and car charger with the handset, will be soon be coming to a close.

The accessory bundle was added to Z3 Compact orders when we hit out pre-launch stretch goal and the offer has now been running for almost a month in total.

For those of you that are still interested in ordering, we recommend doing so as soon as possible if you would like to ensure that your order includes the free case and charger.

Order the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact SIM free from the Clove website

We currently have the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact available at a fantastic price as well, it was dropped to just £290.83 + VAT before launch. At the moment we only have the black version of the Z3 Compact available to order – the red and white variants have been removed from sale while we wait for more stock to arrive, which is due towards the end of the month.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has been praised in reviews since its release, and at the current price it’s certainly a deal worth considering. If you haven’t seen our own review yet, you can read or watch it here. For those of you that are short on time, we also complete 60 second video reviews for most handsets.

Here’s the video for our Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 60 second review:

Sony BSP10 Bluetooth Speaker User Guide/Manual

Sony BSP10 Bluetooth Speaker User Guide

Sony_BSP10_Bluetooth_SpeakeIt has never been so easy to consume media on the go. If it is not already stored on your device it is relatively simple to stream content to it.

When it is so easy to obtain it, then it should be just as vital that we enjoy that content on the best possible hardware.

Take music for example, if you have a high quality audio file, you want to appreciate the full sound as the artist intended, so you should opt for the best speakers possible to appreciate such.

Of course we all have a budget on what we can afford and is practical and that practicality comes into its own when listening to music on the go.

Sony have for a long time produced a range of Bluetooth speakers, and the BSP10 is their latest version and it is packed full of features.

Pairing with your phone, tablet or mobile device via Bluetooth, the sound is pumped through the high quality 5 Watt speaker. The SRS-BTV5 that the BSP10 replaces has just a 1.2 Watt speaker.

Great for music and even voice calls, delivering deeper bass and clearer highs, the compact speaker comes in two colours, black and white.

Weighing 300grams it is portable enough with a height of 6cm and diameter of just 8cm.

A built in battery should last for 7 hours of streaming and is capable of up to 400 hours of standby.

At some point that battery will deplete so you will need to recharge it. This is where the BSP10 is really quite innovative. It has Qi wireless charging on board, meaning all you need so is sit it on a wireless charging plate and the battery will be recharged. It works perfectly with the WCH10 charging plate from Sony. Of course there is a microUSB connection for traditional charging.

To make pairing simple too, the BSP10 has NFC in built for one touch pairing too.

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony BSP10 speaker user manual, so you can know all there is to know about this speaker.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the SBH60, 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.


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Languages

Are you interested in the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact?

Do you communicate in different languages?

If the answer is yes to both these questions, then why not check out the following video that shows the language options available on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

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 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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Sony Xperia E3 User Guide/Manual

Sony Xperia E3 User Manual/Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the user manual for the Sony Xperia E3 rugged smartphone. Click the PDF icon to open the manual.

If you would like a printed version of the manual, just click here.

The Xperia E3 offers solid specs without a budget breaking price point. A 4.5″ touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, Android operating system and 4G connectivity are amongst some of the highlights of this device.

Should the user manual here not answer any of your questions about the B15Q, then feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

Cat B15Q User Manual

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – Arriving week commencing 20th October

xperia-z3-tablet-compact-b+w-sidesWhat is the perfect companion to your mobile lifestyle? A tablet of course!

You may already have one, you may not, but maybe the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could be an addition to your mobile technology products.

It has many of the features of other tablets that line shop shelves, but there are a few other unique features that make this stand out.

Key hardware specifications include:

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon MSM8974AB 801)
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM / 16 GB storage / micro SD up to 128 GB
  • 8.0″ 1200 x 1920 screen
  • 8.1 MP main camera // 2.2 MP front-facing
  • MHL 3.0 video out
  • USB OTG & Hosting
  • 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm // <270grams (model dependent)
  • 4,500 mAh Li-ion battery
  • 4G / WiFi only versions available

What makes the Z3 Tablet Compact more unique is the fact that it is IP rated, meaning get it wet and it will be ok.

It is also the only tablet computer to have support for Sony’s Remote PLAY for the Playstation 4.

As the image below shows, connect via WiFi to the PS4 in your home and resume game play on the tablet.  Even use the PS4 controller with the tablet thanks to an optional game controller mount.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

We can today confirm pricing and availability on this lovely little tablet.

There are two options that will both be available from later this month.  The first stock will be arriving during week commencing the 20th October; just over a week away.

The first option is a 16GB Black coloured WiFi only variant available for £349.99 including VAT, and a 4G and WiFi variant available for £399.99 including VAT.

You can be amongst the first to own one, if you order yours here.

Sony SBH60 Bluetooth Stereo Headset User Guide/Manual

Sony_SBH60_BlackSony SBH60 User Guide

Whether you are taking 5 minutes at home or work to relax, or whether you are passing time on your commute or on holiday, the Sony SBH60 wireless headset is a comfortable solution.

Packed full of features these headphones provide a superior audio experience and even let you take calls without needing to have a wired connection between them and your smartphone.

Normally paired via Bluetooth, these Bluetooth 3.0 headphones do also offer NFC for simple on touch pairing.

Lightweight and adjustable so you can find the perfect fit the headset also have wind and noise reduction built in for a better experience.

A built in 225mAh battery will offer a standby time of around 200 hours with usage time of up to 8 hours for audio and 12 hours for voice calls.

The headset also features power, answer/end call, play/pause, volume and next/previous track buttons.

Below you can find the digital version of the Sony SBH60 Bluetooth Stereo Headset user manual.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the SBH60, 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.