Monthly Archives: October 2012

  1. How to protect your iPhone from damage, loss, and theft

    How to protect your iPhone from damage, loss, and theft

    If you're anxious about scratching up your new iPhone 5, you're not alone. Most smartphone owners with a new phone are worried about scratches, spills, cracked screens, and theft. The cost of buying or replacing a smartphone is enough to keep you up at night. But by taking a few extra steps to protect your phone, you can let yourself relax a little.
     
    Here are a few tips for protecting your new iPhone:
     

    1. Install a security app.

     
    One of the first steps you should take when you get your new iPhone 5 is to install an app that allows you to find your phone in case you lose it, lock the device remotely, and wipe the device clean in case of theft. It only takes a few minutes, but you'll be glad you did it.
     

    2. Use an iPhone case to prevent accidental damage.

     
    For added protection, use a full case that protects the screen as well as the body. A well-made iPhone case will last longer than your smartphone and prevent minor damage as well as the major stuff.
     
    Keep in mind that the less your case screams, "I'm an iPhone!" the better. The design for Pad & Quill's iPhone 5 cases is similar to a small leather notebook. No one would know that it holds a device worth several hundred dollars.
     
    iPhone cases for prior models will not work for the iPhone 5, since the screen is longer. If you upgraded from the iPhone 4 or earlier models, you'll need a new case for the iPhone 5.
     

    3. Keep track of your iPhone.

     
    We know—you can drive yourself crazy trying to keep track of your smartphone all the time. One of the best ways to stop losing your phone is to get in the habit of keeping it in the same place all the time.
     
    For example, when you're at home, leave it at the charging station. When you're out and about, keep it in

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  2. iPad Mini is here

    iPad Mini is here

    This past Tuesday Apple announced the iPad Mini along with updates to the Macbook Pro's, iMac and Mac Mini lines.  We've decided that making a handmade case for the iMac might not be all that practical so were going to keep our focus on the iPad Mini.

     

    There are many opinion pieces about the iPad Mini, some negative and some positive.  All the reviews we've seen of hands on with the device are positive.  Well built and well thought through design from Apple seems consistent in the reviews.  Aside from build,  some think Apple missed the mark by not competing in price with the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD.  These smaller 7 inch tablets are between $75 and $130.00 less then the entry level iPad Mini which starts at $329. Others seem to think the price point is justified as the Apple eco system of iOS apps, movies, and books offers a compelling reason to spend a bit more for entry into the Apple walled garden.  As with every Apple release, time will tell as the market will clearly show what interest there is for a 7 inch iPad from Apple.

     

    We cannot wait to show you our handmade cases for the new Apple iPad Mini.  Let's just say that 3-600 dollar Mini iPad should be protected with handmade love and attention.  We are here to meet that need!

     

    Mr. PQ

    (Brian)

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  3. Should I Get a Case for My iPhone?

    Should I Get a Case for My iPhone?

    Do you really need a case for your new iPhone? One of the big reasons why smartphone users buy the iPhone—including the new iPhone 5—is because of its sleek styling and thin profile. So why cover that up with a case? Is the extra protection worth it, or does it just add bulk?

     

    Why Get an iPhone Case?

     
    No matter how careful you are, it's inevitable that you're going to drop your iPhone one day. Or maybe your cat will knock it off the counter, or a friend who isn't as careful as you will borrow it and scuff it up.
     
    An iPhone 5 case will lower your "new iPhone owner" anxiety about denting the case or scratching the screen. Minimizing damage from dropping or mishandling your phone is one of the biggest reasons to get an iPhone case. Scratches on your camera lens could affect the quality of your photos, and damage to the screen can affect the functionality of your phone.
     
    Besides keeping your iPhone looking new, using a case can protect the resale value of your phone. The better condition it's in, the more you can sell it for later on.
     
    One reason to get a case that you might not have considered is theft deterrence. iPhones are a target for thieves, but when your phone is "camouflaged" with a case, no one will be the wiser. What looks like a leather datebook is actually your iPhone 5 in disguise.
     

    Things to Consider When Buying a Case for iPhone 5

     
    Protecting your iPhone 5 with a case doesn't make sense if you have to remove it every time you want to use certain features. Make sure the case you buy still allows you to use features that are important to you—like the camera, ports, and power button.
     

    Adding a case to your iPhone 5 adds bulk—even for the slimmest cases. And for hardcore minimalists, any bulk is too much. If you

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