Xperia Z2 Tablet – A window to a world of entertainment

CaptureTablets have been selling like hot cakes over the past couple of years.  Both young and old have jumped on them, and for the younger generation, tablets have even replaced their phones in some cases.

With the all new Z2 Tablet from Sony, a world of opportunity opens up to you. If you’re a movie buff, a keen reader or love to kick back and play the latest game, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has all the bases covered.

I don’t know about you but my tablet is also used for many purposes; keeping up with the news, dropping into Google+ to catch up with goings on or relaxing with some video downloads from the Play Store. Combining all of these things is what the Xperia Z2 Tablet will offer better than many other tablets out there.

The screen still comes in at 10.1 inches, as per the previous Z Tablet, packing a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels and is slightly lighter at 426g. Holding it whilst watching Sherlock or reading the paper will give you a super visual experience yet still be easy on the wrist.

With Sony’s TRILUMINOS display for mobile, Live Colour LED and X-Reality, flicking through your pictures or streaming the latest movie, everything will be looking top-notch with richer colours, razor-sharp image quality and crisp pictures free of any jagged edges.

To get the  the best seat in the house, head over to the Clove retail site where you can put your name down for one. Also for a full review, grab a cup of tea, sit back and see what Jon has to say after spending some hands on time with the device.

Sony’s surprising SmartBand – Clove Vlog #77

Having been testing out the Sony SmartBand for the past week now, I have been quite impressed so far with what it does and what it offers, especially considering the fact that I am not really personally into the ‘fitness/wearable tech’ category as yet. Hear my full thoughts by watching the video.

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Silver Metal Sony SmartWatch 2 now available

Sony_Smartwatch_2_Silver_MetalIt might seem like some time ago, but back in October the Sony SmartWatch 2 was released.

A wrist-mounted companion for your mobile device, the Smartwatch 2 offered the following key features:

  • Splash proof (Not suitable for, bathing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, or water-related work)
  • Easy calling
  • NFC capabilities
  • Versatile accessory ideal for the active person
  • Connects via Bluetooth to your compatible device
  • Transmits key information from the mobile device to the SmartWatch without the need to touch the phone itself
  • Can be clipped to clothing, bags or worn on the wrist
  • More applications being developed at all times to give greater personalisation and functionality

At the time of launch, only Black Silicone and Black Metal options were available. Some 4 months on Sony announced a Silver Metal version of the SmartWatch 2 has now arrived.

There has been a delay from the original stock date of March, but the Silver version of the SmartWatch 2 can be purchased HERE. On the same page you an also view the new FIFA edition due to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Rio this Summer.

If you want to see what it will look like and what it can do, here is our unboxing video recorded last year:

HTC One (M8) v Sony Xperia E1 speaker test

Sony_Xperia_E1hThe HTC One (M8) is well known for its exceptional audio quality, it really is the best audio experience on a  smartphone. Great volume and quality.

A logical competitor would not be the Sony Xperia E1 for many people as it is at the other end of the scale in terms of specs and price.

What makes the Xperia E1 stand out is its speaker.  It is capable of producing 100 decibels; which is loud for a smartphone.

I though therefore I would put a quick video together to show the differences between the speakers on the two.

The M8 produces very balanced sound with good volume, whereas the E1 is louder but the quality is not as good, the speaker sounds strained, but it does serve a purpose at a price.

Sony Xperia E1 Gel Case By Roxfit


Cases for smartphones come in all shapes and forms from flip cases to chunky rugged cases.

Depending on your preference and level of protection desired will depend on which you opt for.

One type of case that often proves popular amongst our customers here at Clove are gel style cases

Gel cases often provide a nice balance between size and protection, protecting key areas without the oversized thickness.

In the following video we unbox the gel case for the E1.

Made under license by Roxfit for Sony devices, the case comes branded with ‘Made for Xperia’.

The back of the case is transparent with the ‘Made for Xperia’ branding’ whilst the gel sides are available in both black and white colours.  The gel forms a protective edge and a lip around the screen whilst having cut outs for ports such as the microUSB port.

See the case in use below and find more information on the Black case here and the White one here.

Sony SmartBand SWR10 unboxing

Sony smartband

The Sony SmartBand is Sony’s most recent addition to their wearable technology range.

It is a slightly more intelligent fitness band.  Tracking your steps and calories burned, the SWR10 SmartBand goes one stage further recording the weather, what photos you took and what interaction you had with your phone in any given day.

Pairing with your Android 4.4 handset via Bluetooth the band and the phone communicate to transfer the data between the two.

Access the ‘Lifelog’ app on your phone and you can see all the activities in a very clear and easy to use way thanks to fun and interactive graphics.

Sony’s promotional video does an excellent job of explaining how it works.

You can see just how powerful it is.

At the time of writing and recording the SmartBands are sat waiting to be shipped on the official launch date of the 1st May, but we wanted to have a play with them so we unboxed one. You can see in the video below what you get in the box and our initial opinions.

Be sure to check back in a week of so when we will have a full review of the SmartBand and give our honest feedback on it.

Sony Xperia E1 Book Case By Roxfit


Protecting your new smartphone can be quite important for some people.

If you have made the decision that you want a case for your Sony Xperia E1, then the choice becomes as to which case to choose.

You could do a lot worse than selecting a Roxfit branded case.

Made under license by Roxfit for Sony devices, the case come branded with ‘Made for Xperia’.

There are a variety of styles but the one we unbox in the video below is the book case, which is available in Black or White.

Covering the back and sides of the device with a plastic shell the front is protected with a soft touch cover that protects the screen and that can be folded back when in use.

There are cut outs for the main ports and controls.

See the case in use below and find more information on the Black case here and the White one here.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – Hello, pleased to meet you

Over the past few weeks we’ve been providing in depth coverage of the latest Sony flagship handset; the Xperia Z2.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Now we’ll be taking a look at the new tablet from Sony, the rather similarly named Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. There isn’t that much competition in the high-end Android tablet market so Sony could be forgiven for just putting any half decent attempt out there and being done with it.

That wouldn’t be their style though and by sharing a name with the freshly released flagship phone, this new tablet has a lot to live up to.

With the Z2 Tablet, Sony have provided the market with what could possibly be the best all round 10-inch Android tablet you can buy right now. This may be seen as a very bold statement, however it’s one that I intend to back up and convey to you.

Over the course of our story we will take a look at both the outside and probe deep inside to find out why this is another example of Sony brilliance and a worthy successor to last year’s underrated and often overlooked original Z Tablet.

Sony Xperia Z2 60 second review

Z2_Hands_On_ImageaWe appreciate that time can be valuable so listening to our full review of the Z2 (found here) at 9 minutes long might be a bit too much time to give up.

So, with this in mind we have put together a 60 second review of the Xperia Z2 smartphone.  View the video below to see and hear the positive and negatives to this phone.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of April 2014

April is always a big month with the previously announced devices arriving in shops and on the virtual shelves.

At the time of writing we are days away from the first stock arriving of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.

The HTC One M8 has just arrived in time to make it into this months list.  However, where will it stand in a months time?

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.

1Cat B15 front0. CAT B15

CAT might be a name you are familiar with if you have been past a building site.  If you work in the trade you are likely more familiar with it.

Focused primarily on heavy machinery, the brand have a range of accessories to cater for the needs of those in the building industry and the B15 is one such example.

This phone is capable of being dropped, knocked and submerged in water and still able to perform.

Larger than many phones, it will not be desirable to all but it is better suited than many.

the specs are not too bad really all told and the phone comes in both single and dual SIM options.  So you can have your personal and work phone on at the same time.


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