Below you can find the various articles that we have written to accompany the Android tablets & Windows tablets that we sell on the Clove Technology website.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Review

Function meets practicality with the Tab Active

Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_Active_Hands_On (25)The choice we have today when choosing a tablet computer is phenomenal.  They come in all manner of shapes and sizes with varying specifications; the problem is however many are very similar and few really stand out as being different.

Samsung are in part responsible for this, even the most seasoned technology enthusiast will struggle to tell a Galaxy Tab, Tab 2, 3 and 4 apart, let alone explain the differences between them and the NotePro or TabPro tablets.

Thankfully the Galaxy Tab Active from Samsung is different and stands out thanks to its IP rating.

Whilst it could be used in many situations, the Tab Active is geared more towards the business user; the box even says ‘for enterprise’ on it. To set the scene a little, this tablet has been designed to suit, but not be limited to: engineers, the construction industry, mobile salespersons, technicians and those who may generally find their tablet coming into contact with tougher conditions.

Focused on functionality, lets see how it stacks up.

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Nexus 6, 9 and Lollipop are official


Update: We have now announced Nexus 6 pricing.

Google have today announced the Nexus 6 from Motorola, the Nexus 9 tablet from HTC and Android Lollipop, the new version of Android. Rumours and leaks have been plenty on all three fronts as they usually are when it comes to new phones, tablets and OS versions and as usual, people haven’t been all that far off.

First up is the nexus 6, a 6 inch device from Motorola that sports specifications including a 13 megapixel rear camera,  a contoured aluminium frame and a 6-inch Quad HD display. What will be of great interest to many people I know are the front facing stereo speakers which

Register your interest in the Nexus 6 on the Clove Technology website

Next up Google have worked with HTC to bring their new tablet. The Nexus 7 from ASUS was a huge hit and no doubt a HTC tablet will do just as good. The Nexus 9 boasts a 8.9-inch screen that is perfect for both work and play and of course a great addition to your nexus 6.

The nexus Player is a the Google way of playing games and watching TV. This is made in conjunction with ASUS and will allow you to stream TV, film and you’ll also be able to play games on your TV.

Lollipop Forest

What has had many people guessing is the name for the next version of Android. I know that Lego isn’t a pudding or sweet but I was thinking that Google might have moved away from food stuff, Android Lego does have a good ring to it and I’m sure Google could have had some fun with Lego.

Instead we have Android Lollipop and some of you may have seen this in one of  their latest adverts for Google Search, a shop in New York that sells Lollipops had the red microphone you see when doing a voice search in place of a lollipop in their shop window.

Who’s going to be getting what and what do you reckon to the new line of Nexus devices?

More info can be found about the new nexus range over on the Android Blog.

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 Xperia Z3 white papers

Sony_Xperia_Z3_CopperSony did not disappoint this week announcing, not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 key mobile devices.

These include the E3, Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact.

If you like finding out all there is to know about new products then the following documents are going to give you everything you could possibly desire.

Below are 3 whitepapers for the new Z3 products.

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Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact Cases & Accessories

Sony_Xperia_Z3_BlackaThe next generation of Sony handsets have been announced and will be hitting the shelves very soon.

If you are looking to opt for one of the Z3’s you could do a lot worse than checking out our list of accessories for both devices.  From cases, to screen protectors to speakers they are all here.

Sony Xperia Z3 Cases & Screen Protectors

Sony SCR24 Style-Up Cover

Book Case

Sony_BSP10_Bluetooth_SpeakeBook Case Touch

Gel Shell Plus

Gel Shell Flip Plus

Anti finger Screen Protector

Anti Glare Screen Protector

Privacy Screen Protector

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Cases & Screen Protectors

Sony SCR26 Style-Up Cover

Book Case

Gel Shell Plus

Sony_DK48_Magnetic_Charging_DockbGel Shell Flip Plus

Anti Finger Screen Protector

Anti Glare Screen Screen Protector

Accessories suitable for both Z3 and Z3 Compact - Not all but some of the most popular!

Sony DK48 Magnetic Charging Dock

Sony BSP10 Bluetooth Speaker

Sony SmartBand Talk

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony Xperia GCM10 Game Mount Controller

Sony_SBH60_BlackSony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

MicroUSB to Magnetic Connector Adapter

Sony MHL to HDTV Adapter IM750

Sony BM10 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Sony BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad

Sony Smartphone Car Holder SPA-CK20M

BeachBuoy Waterpoof Case

Sony SA1 Duo Dual USB Flash Drive For Smartphones

Here at Clove we stock a wide range of accessories for your smartphone.  Be it official manufacturer accessories or third party options we generally have something to fit your needs.  Our team of experienced staff are on hand to provide assistance to you should you need it.  Visit to see what accessories we have available for your device or emails us on or you can call us on +44 (0)1202 552936.

£20 off Archos Smart Home – offer extended

For the last week we have been offering £20 off the Archos Smart Home solution, when you enter the code: 20ARCSH0714 into the checkout.

The offer was due to end today, but as an added bonus, it has been extended for another 7 days, until the 21st July.

The offer will not continue past this date, so do not delay, save £20 off the Smart Home now by entering 20ARCSH0714 when buying the Smart Home from Clove.

Get £20 off Archos Smart Home solution – not long left

275x175_Archos Smart HomeIt’s a kit comprising of key components to make your home smarter and allow you to remain connected and informed whilst away.

If you have missed out on all the talk about the Archos Smart Home, you can see all of our Smart Home news and information here. We have also put together an informative page the explores the features of the kit here and you can watch our promo video below:

As an added bonus, until Monday 14th July you can get £20 off the price. Enter the  following voucher code into the checkout of the Clove Technology website

Voucher code: 20ARCSH0714

To buy your own Smart Home, click here to visit the Clove retail site.

£20 off Archos Smart Home


For 1 week only we are offering £20 off the cost of the new Archos Smart Home kit.

Competitively priced already at £199.99 (including VAT) the Archos Smart Home is a cost effective solution to make your home more powerful and allow you to remain more informed when you are at home or away.

Get notifications of doors or windows opening.  See pictures trigger by the motion tags and monitor the temperature and humidity within various locations within your home.

Until Monday 14th of July, you can save £20 on the cost of the Smart Home when you enter the  following voucher code into the checkout of the Clove Technology website.

Voucher code: 20ARCSH0714

If you have missed out on all the talk about the Smart Home, you can see all of our Smart Home news and information here, but what have put together an informative page the explores the features of the kit here or watch our promo video below.

Archos Smart Home – FAQ’s – Your questions answered

Archos_Smart_Home_UnboxedIf you have been following the Clove Blog of late you will see how we have been covering the Archos Smart Home in some detail.

Whilst we hope to have answered most of your questions, it is of course quite likely that you will have some that you want answered.

We have therefore put together a list of frequently asked questions along with their respective answers.

If however you do have any further questions about the kit, how it works and more then be sure to leave them in the comments below and we shall respond and update the post accordingly.

What’s included in the Smart Home Kit box?

  • 1 x Archos Smart Home Tablet
  • 2 x Archos Mini Cam
  • 2 x Archos Weather Tag
  • 2 x Archos Movement Tag
  • UK/EU/US Power Supply
  • Documentation

What is the price of the Smart Home Kit?

£199.99 including VAT.

Where can I buy the Smart Home Kit?

You can purchase it here.

What connected objects are there?

What does each object do?

  • Movement Tag
    • Detects movement via a break in connection between the two components or via the built in accelerator of the main part of the movement tag.
  • Weather Tag
    • Monitors the temperature and humidity of the environment in which it is located.
  • Mini Cam
    • Captures still images or 10 second video clips based on a trigger or upon request by a user.
  • Motion Ball
    • Uses infra-red beams to detect movement in light or dark conditions.
  • Weather Station
    • A more comprehensive solution to the weather tag.
  • Smart Cam
    • The mini cam and motion ball combined into one ultra convenient package for a very versatile home security and monitoring solution.
  • Smart Plug
    • Remotely activate appliances connected to the plug. Works in conjunction or independent of programmes within the home app. Ideal for floor lamps, AV equipment and more.
  • Smart Tracker
    • Keep tabs on the most important things in your life.  The Smart Trackers uses GPS and GSM connectivity to report an objects exact location.

Is the Archos Smart Home waterproof?

The movement tags, weather tag and mini-cam are designed to be water resistant and can be used indoors and outdoors in wet or humid conditions.

Prolonged direct exposure to constant water sources and submersion may impact the performance and reliability of the product.

The tablet is NOT waterproof or resistant.

How do the objects connect to the tablet?

The objects pair with Bluetooth Smart technology.

What is the range of the components?

Up to 20 meters indoors.

How are the components powered?

The components have lithium batteries that generally need replacing once a year. The tablet is mains powered with an internal lithium battery.

The movement and weather tag take 1 x CR2430 battery whilst the mini cam takes 3 x CR2450 batteries.

How many objects can I connect?

You can connect up to 16 components.

How do the object attach to walls etc?

Each component has very strong double sided tape on the back of them.  Please be careful when positioning as removal can damage the surface on which they are attached due to the strength of the adhesive.

What is the warranty?

12 months.

The components keep disconnecting or fail to connect

Try moving the components closer to the tablet or repositioning them as thick walls and distances close to 20 metres can impede performance.

How often do I need to replace the batteries?

Depending on the usage and positioning, each components batteries should last up to 1 year.

Where can I get new batteries?

Batteries can be sourced from most general supermarkets or from many online retailers.

 Do I have to have the Smart Home Tablet?

Yes and no.  The system needs a central hub that is continually located within range of the components to be able to keep it running.  This could be replaced with another tablet you have with the Archos Home app on it.

This central hub then needs to be connected to the internet to allow remote connection from smartphones and other tablets to your home network.

Can anyone connect to my network of components?

Any device that wishes to be a part of the network needs approval.  Thus not just anyone can connect unless you authorise connection from that device.

Can I rename components?

Yes.  You can give different names to different components to assist you in setting up and managing your network.

You can also create different rooms so you see what components are in which rooms.


What does the Archos Smart Home kit include?

Archos_Smart_HomeThe Archos Smart Home kit is on sale now at Clove.

The kit has all you need to get you started essentially, the contents of the box for the £199.99 (inc VAT) price tag you pay is:

  • 1 x Archos Smart Home Tablet
  • 2 x Archos Mini Cam
  • 2 x Archos Weather Tag
  • 2 x Archos Movement Tag
  • UK/EU/US Power Supply
  • Documentation

You can see the components in an unboxing video below.

Other components are available separately include:

If you want to better understand what the Smart Home solution from Archos can offer you, please check out the video below or click here to be taken through to our thorough guide.