Clove’s top 10 smartphones of August 2013

10. Apple iPhone 5imageCreeping in at number 10, although generally unpopular in the office, is the iPhone 5. As a result of the popularity of Apple products its hard to ignore them and there’s no denying that the iPhone 5 is a looker. The iPhone 5 looks much the same as the iPhone 4 and 4s, increased in size from 3.5” to 4” its still smaller than most Android devices. Having said that it does have some very impressive features and the OS is very user friendly. The 4” retina display has 326 ppi and a resolution of 1136 x 640, the extra size on the screen allows for one extra row of app icons on the home screen. The iPhone 5 is equipped with a Dual-Core A6 chip which, Apple believe, is powerful enough to run the device, having used an iPhone 5 for a while I did sometimes find it lagging behind on speed. Regardless, the iPhone 5 is a solid, easy to use smartphone.

9. imageBlackBerry Z10 – The BlackBerry Z10 is a solid smartphone, I find it better than the QWERTY Q10 because of its flexibility, it also does not have a keyboard taking up half the space on the of the device. When BB10 was first launched the app support was pretty weak, although it has now grown, it is still not comparable with iOS or Android. The display lacks that of a premium device at 1280 x 768 px and the camera at only 8mp falls short of the likes of the Sony Xperia Z and even the Xperia SP. On the plus side it does support a 64MB micro SD card, has a quick 1.5GHz Dual-Core processor and a removable battery. Ideal for those business types who will be mainly attracted to the Blackberry Z10. Although the screen is smaller than most Android and Windows Phone’s it is still larger than the latest iPhone.

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Our Top 10 Smartphones

The world of smartphones is constantly changing and there are lots of top 10 lists out there, so here we have our current top 10 smartphones of the moment. Check back because we will keep this post updated as new devices are released

So without further or do our top 10 smartphones are:

1. HTC One

The HTC One brings a new experience to Android users with a dramatically improved HTC Sense user interface, great design and cutting edge hardware, with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM the HTC One will handle most things that you can ask of it, and with a 2300mAh battery you should too get a full day’s usage.

Interact with all this great content through a stunning 4.7 inch HD capacitive display, which has a 1920 x 1080 resolution for an incredible 468 PPI (points per inch). It has various new features such as ‘Blinkfeed’ which streams live updates from a variety of feeds, be it social or news direct to your Home screen, ‘HTC Zoe’ Made up of 4 components, Zoe Photos, Highlights, Editor and Share.

More features including HTC Boom sound, Sense TV.

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Our Top Ten Smartphone Accessories

Accessories are often what makes a smartphone we own that bit more personal to us or that bit more productive.

Whether it be a case, a cradle or a cable accessories are something that most of us need at some point during ownership.

There are hundreds of different ones out there, whether it be manufacturer’s own for specific handsets or general accessories for any handset.

The following is our list of the top 10 accessories available for smartphones today.

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Top 10 Android Apps–April 2012

This month’s top 10 Android apps list comes courtesy of Clove blog reader and long time customer Mike Paterson. Mike currently uses a Samsung Galaxy Note and really knows his stuff when it comes to Android, so let’s take a look at his favourite apps:

1. Dolphin Browser HD ~ A great alternative to the stock Android web browser with add-ons aplenty, especially if you’re no on ICS yet and can’t download Chrome for Android. The new Speech tool makes loading sites much better.

2. Easy Money ~ Home & Business Finances. Simply the best app for organising your personal finances and well supported by it’s developer.

3. NatWest ~ If you are a Nat West customer this App is a must have. Recently improved now allows you to pay ALL BILLS and do transfers amongst all your Accounts. Also allows you to nominate Phones to top up Pay-as-you-Go and shows a map of all Cash Dispenser machines. Basically, anything you can do with your Online Banking can now be achieved with this App

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Top 10 Android Apps–March 2012

We like to keep you updated with our favourite Android apps, but we’re also interested to know which apps our readers use the most. The following is a list of apps (both paid and free) from Clove Blog reader and long time customer Ian Davenport. Let us know in the comments if there are any apps that you feel are worth a mention.

Stick it - a great video viewer that multitasks in its own window, which is handy for bigger screen devices when you want to have a few things going at once.

Overskreen allows you to have a web browser ‘always on top’ of what you are doing. Rather than having to switch between your browser app and any other apps that you have open, resize the Overskreen window to see both at once.

Aircalc – Similar to Stick It and Overskreen in principal, Aircalc is a floating calculator that is always on top of whatever else you have open on your handset. Useful if you need to have a spread sheet or bill open at the same time.

Zinio Magazine Reader – Zinio really seems to have stabilised in the last few months, offers lower prices than the ios equivalent, presumably because of Apple’s cut, and actually covers a pretty good range of reading, and it gives you some decent current free issues.

Foldersync – a good way of making a copy of your Dropbox folder on your device, which is handy if you spend time away from an internet connection. There’s also a paid version available.

Go Launcher – ADW Launcher Ex is very nice and configurable – you can change the icon grid size, add a dockbar, change transitions, folder appearance, you can resize widgets which don’t resize in Touchwiz, really flexible, and there’s a free version, too.

SlingboxSlingbox recently had a tablet-optimized version released recently as well. It comes with a £19.99 price tag, but is great for watching and controlling your TV from your phone/tablet.

WeatherProWeatherPro is another great app that has recently had a tablet version released.  Provides high quality weather forecasts and reports from over 2 million locations worldwide.

Xplore – A very nice dial-pane file explorer app that is a bit of a reminder of Norton File Explorer on PCs decades ago! Using Xplore it’s easy to copy and paste files and navigate folders. Free of charge so definitely worth a look.

 Paper Camera – Great for adding artistic styling to your photos, creating cartoon effects. be sure to share with us an Paper Camera photos that you are particularly proud of!

 

Some of Ian’s other favourite apps that are worth a mention include:

mVideoPlayer, DICEPlayer, Kindle, Calcbuddy, Business Calendar, Pocket Informant, LogMeIn, Audible, and Sky+.

Our Top 10 Smartphones

The world of smartphones is constantly changing and there are lots of top 10 lists out there, so here we have our current top 10 smartphones of the moment. Check back because we will keep this post updated as new devices are released

So without further or do our top 10 smartphones are:

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Our Top Ten Smartphone Accessories

Accessories are often what makes a smartphone we own that bit more personal to us or that bit more productive.

Whether it be a case, a cradle or a cable accessories are something that most of us need at some point during ownership.

There are hundreds of different ones out there, whether it be manufacturer’s own for specific handsets or general accessories for any handset.

The following is our list of the top 10 accessories available for smartphones today.

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Our Top Ten Free Android Apps

Applications are what make a smartphone and allow you to truly personalise your device. There are plenty of “top lists” for apps available on the Internet however we thought it would be good to chip in with our own.

All of the apps listed here are FREE and in the top 200 list for free apps on the Android Market. We have tried to keep a good mix of both entertainment and functionality to try and make this a list of perhaps not essential but definitely worthwhile downloads for a new device.

All the Android users at Clove use one (and generally more) of these apps so you know we’ve tested them out. Also we have left out the standard social media and news type apps such as Facebook, Twitter, BBC news etc. as these are easy to find and many people will already have them.

So in no particular order follow the break to begin, you can click the links to be taken to the relevant page in the Android Market

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