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 Xperia M2 – £140 – This weekend only

xperia-m2-black-duoIf you follow the Clove blog you will see we have a few deals at the moment and here is another one, that is lasting just a few days.

Until Monday 30th March you can pick up a Black coloured Sony Xperia M2 as a SIM Free option for £140 inclusive of VAT.

What does £140 get you?

  • A SIM free phone with no contract and can be used on any network
  • Google Android 4.3 pre-installed on the device
  • A 4.8″ touchscreen
  • WiFi for connection to wireless networks
  • 3G & 4G connectivity
  • NFC
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 2300mAh battery
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 1GB RAM

For more information or to take advantage of the deal, click here.

Sony Xperia E4 now available

Sony Xperia E4At £99 inclusive of VAT when purchased SIM free this is more of a budget handset from Sony than we are used to.

However budget need not mean boring or basic nowadays.

With a 5″ touchscreen, the E4 makes it simpler to interact with content  at any time on screen whilst the 2,300mAh battery will last you up to 2 full days thanks to STAMINA mode.

Running Google Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system with an update to Android Lollipop expected you can be up and running very quickly.  Within a matter of minutes sync your Google account data to the handset syncing via WiFi or 3G. If you particularly want 4G you will need to wait for the Xperia E4g.

If you have specific apps you want, just download them from the Google Play store.

Planning to spend the day away from home? Use Google services to find exciting places to visit, use maps to navigate there and use the rear facing 5 megapixel camera to capturing images and videos.

All your media be it images, video, documents or apps can be stored on the 8GB of internal memory and when space is short, use a microSD card in the provided expansion slot to give you more memory.

See the E4 in more detail in the following video and if you want to make the E4 your next handset, then click the blue button at the bottom of this post.

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Clove’s top 10 smartphones of March 2015

Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been and gone and like every year a whole host of devices have been announced including the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9.

You can see all the announcements here.

The general theme appeared to be small improvements rather than revolutionary changes, although Samsung have reworked the S6 and it has ended up looking quite similar to an iPhone.

Since last months list though we have had few changes in the way things stack up, although the new Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation) has made an entrance.

YotaPhone2-official-hero10. YotaPhone 2

A new entry, daring to be different with two displays, the Russian designed and built Android smartphone may not be for everyone, but it looks to challenge an issue that many of  us face, power drain from checking our phones for messages, calls and more that do not ‘need’ to be handled on a rich AMOLED display that adorns the front of the device.

A solid build and good specification set make the YotaPhone 2 a bit of a challenger fro some of the other flagships out there, but the higher price tag an unique nature leave some questioning whether it would be the right decision for them.

We reviewed it in full here, highlighting the highs and lows.

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A day in the Lifelog

Sony_Lifelog_App_SmartBand (9)If you have read any of our posts on Sony’s smart wearable products, you will likely know that they have designed one of the best companion apps.

The app takes what could be considered boring data such as steps, distance and calories burned and presents all of this graphically on screen rather than being just a screen of data.

Scroll through your day or week and the colours and graphics on the Lifelog app will change as your activities change.

See when you were driving, when you were cycling, even see what calls you made, pictures you took and for how long during each day.

Sony have collated a lot of that data and have created the following infographic which summarises the activity of those using the Lifelog app.  Some of the stas make for interesting reading.

Want to be adding your own data to this? Then check out the range of Sony Smart Wearables at Clove.


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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