WorldPay Zinc – mobile chip & pin payments made easy

WorldPayZincMany of us here in the UK will often use our credit or debit card with Chip & PIN validation as it is a safe, secure and simple way to make payments.

There’s no need to worry about having cash on you and it’s easy to carry too.  Using Chip and PIN has become the norm across many developed nations.

However when we pay for work to be done by tradesmen, many of us expect pay by cash, cheque, bank transfer or with larger firms you may phone up to make a card payment.

Well what if you had your windows cleaned, walls painted, garden landscaped or car washed and you didn’t need to pay by cash or cheque? Imagine you could pull out your card and pay with that, right there on your doorstep.

Thankfully this is possible, if the people offering the service have a WorldPay Zinc reader.

This is a Bluetooth card payment device that allows anyone to take payments from someone else, providing the person accepting the payment has a WorldPay account.

It is simple and makes it possible for you to pay with cards or, if you are the service provider, it makes it simple for you to take payments for a small fee.

Take a look at the card reader, the mobile app and see how it works in the following video.

The WorldPay Zinc incurs a one off cost of £79.99 with a percentage then taken on each transaction. You can buy your WorldPay Zinc card reader here.

The Brick unboxed

Binatone_The_BrickI published a post about a week ago telling you what your next phone should be.

That phone was ‘The Brick’ from Binatone.

The Brick is a modern day throwback to the first mobile phones and is designed to be used as a prop or joke item. However you can actually use it as a fully fledged mobile phone if you prefer the offline experience it provides.

If you have not seen or head of the brick, headline features include:

  • No camera and not connected to the internet
  • 2-in-1 mobile phone or Bluetooth handset
  • Access smartphone contacts, music and call log via Bluetooth
  • Play music from speaker
  • Micro SD card slot for your music
  • Powerful hands-free speakerphone
  • LED torch to light your way
  • Works with any 2G SIM card

A week on and I’ve got behind the camera to put a quick unboxing video together, which shows you what this unique handset is all about and what it looks like in the hand.

You can get ‘The Brick’ shipped to you by buying one on our retail site here.

LG G Watch Unboxing


Android Wear is the new form of technology that if you have not heard about you will be over the coming days and weeks.

Currently focused around ‘smartwatches’ Android Wear is a fully optimised version of Android designed to bring the notifications that are on your smartphone to the wearable to reduce the number of ‘micro-interactions’ with the phone.

Where now you look at  your phone to see if you received a text or a call and who from, when wearing an Android Wear product this information and more comes to your wearable product, in the case of the G Watch, your wrist.

Save yourself time and effort and decide whether you need to take action or not.

Complete web searches, reply and even track the number of steps you are taking all from your Android Wear product.

As the first to come to market the G Watch from LG is receiving a lot of attention, helped by the price of £159.

We have been quite surprised at just how well it works.

Check out our unboxing below.

We will be briging a full review in a few weeks time once we have thoroughly tested the G Watch and seen what it really has to offer as the scope will only grow as developers produce apps and enhance functionality for it.

Archos Blood Pressure Monitor Unboxing


Keep an eye on your own blood pressure from the comfort of your own home and log all the data in a smartphone or tablet based app for review at a later date.

The Archos blood pressure monitor retails for £49.99 including VAT and mounts on your wrist for taking readings of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate.

We unbox the unit to show you what you can expect to get when you purchase one.

A full review will be coming soon.

Archos Activity Tracker Unboxing

Archos_Activity_TrackerHere in the UK there is rarely a day that goes by where we are not reminded about how the nation is becoming unhealthier and less concerned about generally fitness and health.

We can all take steps to ensure we do things to make oursleves that little bit fitter.  Obvious things such as climbing the stairs rather than taking the lift are important, but we should really be setting oursleves targets to achieve.

The Archos Activity Tracker goes some way to unobtrusively assist with this.

From your wrist, see the time, the number of steps you have taken, the distance travelled and calories burned.

Set yourself a daily goal within the connected self app for your smartphone and easily check by a simple tap on the button how you are doing for that day.

We will have a full review in the coming weeks, but in the meantime here is an unboxing of the activity tracker to show you what it looks like.

Archos 45 Helium unboxing

Archos_logo_blackA 4G phone for around £150 sounds reasonable.

Add in a 4.5″ touchscreen, Android OS, 5 megapixel camera and microSD memory card slot and you are onto a winning combination, or at least that is what Archos hope with the 45 Helium, their latest handset to hit the UK shores.

A traditional squarer design, the 45 is not going to win any awards for innovative design but providing performance and connectivity at a price and they are certainly in with a chance.

The following is an unboxing and quick hands on video with the 45 Helium.

A full review will be available on the Clove blog within the next few weeks, once we have had time to put it through its paces.

Archos Connected Scales Unboxing

Archos_Connected_ScalesNone of us really like jumping on the scales do we?!

The Archos scales do not get away from that painful figure that displays itself on screen, but it does do something which could ease that pain ever so slightly.

Using Bluetooth, it sends the data collected back to your smartphone and logs it within the Archos Connected Self application.

The app is designed to work with one or more connected health and fitness products Archos offer and allows you to track your progress.

So whilst the data may not make for the most comforting reading, over the weeks and months, you can get a tracked view of your as well as useful information about your health.

We will be covering the app and what it can do in more detail over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back.

However, below is a video of us unboxing these scales.

Priced at £49.99 they look the part with the stylish silver and glass plate and clear LCD display. You can order yours here.

CAT B15Q unboxing

Cat-Retail-Flag.-Low-resWhen I say the name CAT, you may think about your 4 legged pet, but you may also think about construction, builders, tradesman and big diggers etc.

I am referring to the latter when I introduce the CAT B15Q, a new and improved version of the CAT B15.

From a first glance you will be hard pushed to notice any difference, because they look the same, but underneath a lot has changed, but more on the differences in a later post.

In the following video we unbox the new B15Q which has been built to be used by those who are a little less delicate with their phones and where there is greater likelihood of damage being sustained by the handset.

The B15Q is IP67 rated, which means it will survive drops in water and is drop tested too. With a tough aluminium body this handset adheres to the 810g military standard.

Take a look at the following video to see it in the hand and to see what you can expect to get in the box.

A full review and more details on the device will be on our blog soon, so be sure to check back.

Huawei Ascend P7 unboxing

Huawei_Ascend_P7_Hands_On_Image (5)Watch the following video to see what you will get in the box when you purchase a Huawei Ascend P7.

A short video, this unboxing compliments our full review of the P7 that is available here.

Priced at a very competitive £329.99 including VAT, the P7 is just 6.5mm thick and has 4G connectivity as well as a full HD 5″ touchscreen display.

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.