Nokia Lumia 1520 shipping tomorrow – takes Nano SIM card

First 1520 orders shipping Friday 6th

Lumia 1520 Yellow FrontNokia’s newest device, the Lumia 1520, is set to arrive with us at Clove tomorrow in black. The 6 inch monster handset is the first Windows Phone, Lumia or otherwise, to break the 5 inch screen barrier and enter phablet territory.

It’s not all about the big screen though, the Lumia 1520 has a lot going on under the hood that make it a great choice for the power user looking for a top quality productivity device. The high end 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor is running the show; with its built in Adreno 330 GPU, the 1520 can handle pretty much anything you care to throw at it from top quality, high definition video to impressive and detailed 3D games.

The Lumia 1520 also features a micro SD card tray so you can expand the base 32 GB storage by up to another 64 GB, another first for Lumia handsets. Nokia’s position at providing the best camera phone experience is also in no danger. The 1520 features a 20 megapixel shooter with ZEISS optics & image stabilisation, Nokia Pureview technology and 2x optical zoom.

Nano SIM

This has been picked up before as it was mentioned in the user manual we recently posted, however it may have escaped your attention until now. The Lumia 1520 uses the new NANO SIM cards, which have previously only been seen in the most recent iPhones. This will make it easy to swap to a 1520 if you are currently using an iPhone 5(s/c), however everyone else will need to request a nano SIM from their network provider.

Unfortunately unlike the transition from standard SIM to micro SIM, nanos cannot be easily trimmed or cut from a larger card. It is possible, however the process is a lot more fiddly and involves cutting into the contact on your card, greatly increasing the chance of damaging it and rendering it unusable. For this reason you will probably need to request a nano SIM from your network provider in order to use phone functionality on the 1520.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 in black is available to buy SIM free from Clove now. White is available to order with stock expected in the next few weeks.

UK customers can also receive a £20 Windows Store voucher after they receive their handset by registering on Nokia’s website HERE

Nokia Lumia 1520 now available for order

Order your Nokia Lumia 1520 now!

We are pleased to say that we have today priced begun taking orders for the Nokia Lumia 1520.

Priced at £458.33 excluding VAT (£549.99 including VAT).

The first stock is due on the 6th December.  These units will be Black in colour.

White units are due to follow a couple of weeks later.

The 1520 has lots of features including:

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 2.26 GHz Quad Core processor
  • Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 20 MP PureView camera with 2x optical zoom
  • ZEISS optics with OIS, autofocus & LED flash
  • 6 inch 1080p full HD LCD display
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • 32 GB storage & up to 64 GB micro SDXC card
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac
  • 3,400 mAh battery with Qi Wireless Charging

Whilst the 6” display may be too big for some, there are many practical scenarios for a device with a screen of this size. Find more out about the 1520 here.

Nokia Lumia 925 – Now In Stock

O2 Lumia 925It is the successor to the very popular Nokia Lumia 920, the 925 has been improved with a new slimmer 8.5mm profile, but still in the famous unibody design.

We are pleased to confirm it is available for purchase from Clove now.

The camera is where the original 920 struck home and Nokia have tweaked the formula again with the 925 to near perfection. The 8.7 megapixel PureView shooter features advanced floating lens technology to utilise 6 separate Carl Zeiss lenses and take in 5 to 10 times more light than other available smartphones. This makes for fantastic low light imagery allowing you to take the best possible pictures regardless of your surroundings.

There are a whole an array of features during and after your shot to improve your pictures which you can read about here.

Now 41 grams lighter, just 135 the 925 is more comfortable to use and carry.

A 4.5 inch AMOLED screen screen, with a 1280 x 768 resolution promises richer colours than the old IPS panel. Nokia have now also decided to use a robust aluminium frame instead of polycarbonate.

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Gmail for Windows Phone

Unofficial app brings Gmail to Windows Phone

Gmail for Windows Phone

There’s now an unofficial app that brings the Gmail interface to your Windows Phone handset. It’s reportedly based off the same code base as the official Gmail iOS app, so the experience shouldn’t be all that different to what an official version of Gmail for Windows Phone would offer .

The free version of the app, which is designed by EcoMerc, comes with a single advert that can be removed for a reasonable £0.79. However, it doesn’t just remove the advert, but adds push notification functionality. The paid for version of the app is available here.

In order to avoid confusion we should mention that this app isn’t the new version of Gmail that is in the process of rolling out for Android. However, this shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try if you’re a Gmail user on Windows Phone – it’ll be much better than plugging your details into the Outlook app.

Windows Phone Central has praised the new unofficial gmail app, stating that it runs well and fits in nicely with the Windows Phone design:

Indeed the app Tile is very bold and dare we say, fits in nicely with our Start screen

The app is compatible with both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 handsets.
Gmail for Windows Phone screen shot

Nokia Lumia 720 unboxing

An unboxing of the Nokia Lumia 720 Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

HTC 8X special offer–now £230

We have a very special offer on the HTC 8X in Blue & Black colours.

This is a very limited offer and is available only whilst stock lasts.

You can now buy the HTC 8X Windows Phone for £230 + VAT.

It was previously £309 + VAT, meaning a saving of £95.

For less than £300 you can now obtain a very impressive Windows Phone that includes the following features:

  • Beats Audio
  • Superior 8MP rear camera
  • Personalised Live Tiles on a brilliant display
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.3″ Super LCD 2 touch screen, Gorilla Glass 2
  • 2.1MP front facing camera with wide angle lens
  • NFC
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G
  • MicroSIM
  • 1800mAh battery, built-in
  • 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
  • 130g with battery

Nokia Lumia 505, 510, 610, 710, 800, 800C & 900 Windows Phone 7.8 updates

Nokia have announced the Windows Phone 7.8 update for the following devices: Lumia 505, 510, 610, 710, 800, 800C & 900.

The update will allow you to make your Live Tiles the perfect size and colour, and fit more across your screen. So you get more live updates at a glance, and everything’s just the way you like it. Simply wait for a notification on your phone and use Zune or Windows Phone 7 Connector app for Mac to get started.


Once updated you will be able to pin your favourite places and routes from Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport straight to your Start screen. It will be a faster, easier way to get to the things you need every day, like great places to eat nearby or the best route home.

You can get FREE car navigation, even offline. Using Nokia Drive you can choose the best possible route to suit your needs, with free turn-by-turn navigation and full offline support to save on data costs. Plus there’s My Commute* – a smart feature that learns your driving preferences and adjusts the route to match the latest traffic conditions.
*Only available on Nokia Lumia 710, 800 and 900

How can I update my Nokia Lumia phone with Windows Phone 7.8?

Software updates from Nokia and Microsoft are free of charge and safe to install, and your settings, apps, photos, and text messages will remain safe and sound.

Your phone notifies you when an update is available for you.

Nokia Lumia software update - Update step 1Step 1.

To update your phone, you need the Zune software (Windows) or Windows Phone app(Mac) on your computer.

Nokia Lumia software update - Update step 2

Step 2.

Connect your phone to your computer with a compatible USB cable.

Nokia Lumia software update - Update step 3Step 3.

Start the Zune software or Windows Phone app and follow the instructions shown.


For more information, including advice on installing the update and a video tutorial, please click here.

Nokia Lumia 920–Back in stock 8th January


Just a quick update to say stock of the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone in Red & Black is due to arrive on Tuesday 8th January.  White units are on course to arrive a little later in the month, the exact date is still to be confirmed.

For more information of to order, just CLICK HERE.

Is it right for Google to snub Windows Phones?

Microsoft v Google – It is an ongoing battle

The current situation between Google and Windows devices is often referred to as “anti-competitive”, with the search giants making a very public decision not to produce applications that are supported on Windows phone’s. In fact, as far as we can see Google refuses to acknowledge that Windows even has a smartphone platform! Very few apps provided by Google will work on a Windows device, a basic Google search app is available, which is clearly an afterthought. In fact, you’re better off navigating to within Internet Explorer. The email client on a Windows device will support Gmail, Google contacts and Calendars but that’s your lot!

Windows must be feeling slightly left out when you consider that Google even manages to cooperate with iOS to a greater extent. Google gives preference to Android devices, for example Google+ was made available on Android a week prior iOS but no sign of it whatsoever appearing on a Windows phone. If this integration is possible then why does Google persistently choose to blank Microsoft’s smartphone platform? Many argue that Microsoft does not have a good app store and that the Windows devices are inferior. The fact that Microsoft’s share of the U.S smartphone market is only 4% may deter Google from allocating resources to incorporate the Windows platform.

The discussion as to whether Google should begin to incorporate Windows Phone’s is an ongoing one. A petition has been set up to persuade Google to make such changes which can be seen here, they claim that “It is discrimination against consumers if they are being forced to choose platforms based on eco-system support and not their choice.” and that “The rivalry between the vendors is their own and consumers shouldn’t be dragged into it.”.

However as a consumer whilst we want choice, we often buy into a particular OS for one reason or another, so is it fair that those who buy into one get a better experience than those who want the best of everything.

Imagine yourself in Google’s position.  If you were in charge would you roll out some of the best features on your Android devices to other platforms?!

What are your thoughts on this situation? Should Google acknowledge Microsoft as a player in the smartphone market? Or are they entitled to selectively share their services with who they like?

Via WMPoweruser & InformationWeek

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