Sony tease IFA announcements #xperiadetails

Sony have begun to tease us ahead of IFA next week.

The 1 minute video does not tell us a great deal, but if you analyse the video you will get some clues.

The first is at the beginning, the numbers count up 1, 2 and then finish on 3.  Interesting that there has been the Xperia Z, Z1 and Z2….

At 5 seconds a woman in the video creates a triangle using her hand. Any link to the fact Xperia products are PlayStation mobile certified?

There is a lot of intimation of social, sport and fitness.

Mentions of powerful and keep going may refer to processor speeds and good battery life.

There is then reference to a lot of colours and water.  Reference to colour options on future handsets and the fact they are IP rated?

Via: Xperiablog

Sony Xperia Z1 & Z2 price drops


Saving a few pennies is always a bonus.  What is that old saying? ‘Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.’

Well today we aim to help you achieve this by knocking £24 including VAT off the Sony Xperia Z1 and £38 including VAT off the Sony Xperia Z2.

There is no denying that the Sony Xperia range is strong. Whilst we may not see as many adverts like we do from Apple and Samsung, the products do the talking for Sony, with the Z2 winning the Group Test award in the Android Magazine. It has tough competition in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Motorola Moto X.

On top of this, we are still offering £200 of additional products and content with the Sony Xperia Z2, so for a total of £400 you get a SIM free Xperia Z2, a wireless speaker, noise cancelling headphones, 6 digital film downloads and a trial of Sony Music Unlimited.

Buy the Sony Xperia Z2 for £333.33 + VAT HERE.

If the budget can’t quite stretch to a Z2, or you only need the features a Z1 offer, then for £225+VAT you can purchase the Z1 HERE.

Sony Xperia E1 receiving Android 4.4 update

Sony_Xperia_E1bSony Xperia E1 users, listen up!

Sony are in the process of rolling out updates to the Xperia E1 and E1 Dual.

The update will take your device to version 4.4 with the aim of improved performance and improved user interface.

Alongside the additions to stock Android, Sony have added a few other tweaks including a revised status bar and quick settings. Making it more intuitive and slightly easier on the eye so you get the notifications you really need.

For those struggling with space, it is now possible to move apps from the internal storage to the microSD with more ease.

There is too new Xperia themes, a new boot animation and live wallpapers as well as updates to messaging, SmartConnect, TrackID and more.

Check your device now to see if the update is available.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog Via: Pocketdroid

MicroUSB To Magnetic Connector Adapter – Now in stock

magneticadapterWe let you know earlier this month that we would be selling a handy accessory for Sony Xperia smartphones.

A couple of weeks on and these are now in stock.

Available in Black or White for £10+VAT, these little adapters connect to a microUSB cable and then magnetise to your magnetic charging port on your compatible Sony Xperia smartphone.

No need to put your phone in a dock or open the sometimes fiddly port covers.

To find out more and to order one or two for yourself, please click here.


Sony Xperia Z2 WCR12 Wireless Charging Cover – Discontinued

Sony_WCR12_Wireless_Charging_CovercFor many the thought of adding wireless charging to their Sony Xperia Z2 was a dream come true.

This was promised in the form of the Sony WCR12 due to be available in Black and White.

Sony have now confirmed that this product will not be coming to market, despite earlier confirmations.

This is disappointing for you no doubt, we empathise with you. It would have been a great addition to a superb handset.

No word has been given on the exact reason as to why it will not be coming but we will not be able to ship you one now or in the future.

If you had ordered from us, you will have received an email with further instructions.

MicroUSB To Magnetic Connector Adapter

magneticadapterYou might have an IP rated Sony Xperia handset and find opening the USB port covers to charge the handset a little fiddly.

On the Z devices there is a magnetic connector which avoids the need to use the microUSB port, however you need an official Sony charging dock to take advantage of this.

There have been a few third party solutions hit the market, but we are now selling what we think is the best. It is the microUSB magnetic connector adapter.

This handy little accessory allows you to convert a conventional microUSB cable or charger to one  suitable for the magnetic charging port.

Available in black or white, the adapter has a microUSB connection at one end and a magnetic charger on the side.

Insert the microUSB cable and attach the magnetic charger to the phone and you are ready to go.

For just £10+VAT you can order yours now and make charging your phone that little bit simpler.

MicroUSB_Magnetic_ConnectorThanks to Xperia blog for pointing this product out to us.


Clove’s top 10 smartphones of July 2014

It seems like only 5 minutes ago that we were talking about CES, but now into the 7th month of the year we are nearer the next CES than the last!  Time flies hey!

It is safe to say that now all the major players have released their flagship handsets, the G3 from LG was the last to the party here.

Last it might have been but by no means lacking was it, making quite an entrance with the quad HD display.

The updated Motorola Moto G has too made quite an entrance, selling better than expected and offering 4G for well under the £200 price point.

The choice of which smartphone to go for has never been so great. Various models in various memory sizes and in various colours often with a mini counterpart. Which device to go for will be your choice, but  if you ever need any assistance then then we are always willing to advise here at Clove.

Contact us on or by phoning +441202552936.

We do too have a range of full device reviews here.

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.

10. LG G2 Mini

LG G2 Mini

Falling dfown the list, the G2 Mini lacks the wow factor of so many other device, but it is no slouch and will make a very lovely handset for anyone who takes the plunge.  I still feel that this is more comfortable in the hand than the Z1 Compact.

It has a 4.7″ display which is a nice size, not too big or too small.

The resolution of the screen and the slight inbalance of the camera results mean that the G2 Mini doesn’t have quite what it takes to compete with the best but a strong contender it is none the less.

Witht he winning form factor from the original G2 the rear mounted button configuration I think works better on the smaller G2 Mini.

Now available for less than £350 the G2 seems to have dropped off the radar for many in the tech circles but it is still an exceptionally powerful product.

It is snappy and looks the part with some nice UI features.

Buy LG G2 Mini HERE.

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Sony Xperia Z1 drops in price – now just £339

Sony_Xperia_Z1_Front_BlackThere might be lots of talk about the Sony Xperia Z2 on the web and in the news but the predecessor, the Z1 has a lot to offer and at just £339.

Having just dropped in price by over £60, the black Sony Xperia Z1 features:

  • 5″ Full HD touchscreen
  • 2.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 3000mAh battery
  • NFC
  • 4G
  • 20.7 megapixel camera
  • Multiple camera modes
  • Optional lens attachements
  • MHL video out via microUSB
  • Just 8.5mm thick
  • IP55/58 rated
  • Waterproof headphone jack

The Z2 may be the newer with a few enhancements, but the price is £465, over £120 more.

If you want to save a few pounds and still pick up a very capable handset, then buy the Sony Xperia Z1, SIM free here.

Sony Xperia M2 review

The lowdown on Sony’s new mid range M2 smartphone.

xperia-m2-black-duoThe Sony Xperia M2 is exactly what an increasing number of new smartphone buyers are looking for. It may not blow anyone away with it’s looks, specifications or feature set, however with the smartphone market maturing, it could be a very attractive prospect for anyone looking out for a great deal.

If you’re reading Clove’s blog then it’s odds-on you already own a smartphone. Where that device sits in the tiers of power & price may be a little difficult to guess though, with specifications rising and relative prices falling faster than ever before.

What’s even harder to gauge it was what you may need from a new handset. If you’re approaching an upgrade period at the end of a 24 month cycle, or perhaps just fancy a new phone after a year or so, then the market has changed drastically since your last look.

Smartphones in the M2′s SIM free price range of around £200 are no longer cheap, cheerful devices to turn your nose up at. They are in fact powerful, capable machines that may even outperform the 2 year old flagship in your hand that cost more than twice as much not too long ago.

I won’t be going into Clove’s usual deep longform detail in this mini review – that’s reserved for flagship handsets – although if you’re interested in the M2 and want to know a few more details then read on.

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Sony WCH10 Qi wireless charging plate unboxing

Sony_WCH10_Wireless_Charging_PlateaWay back in march we announced that the wireless charging plate WCH10 would be coming from Sony.

Several months on and the first stock has arrived.

The plate is qi enabled and will work with any qi products, but is aimed at Sony products primarily and will work really well with the WCR12 case, when that becomes available for the Xperia Z2 very soon.

In the meantime, we have of course completed an unboxing for you to show you what it looks like close up and how it works.

Point to note is that this has a proprietary mains connection and not micro USB like most other products.

The WCH10 charging plate can be ordered here for a price of £54.99 including VAT.