iPad Mini

  • 19th Century Romantic

    As a small business owner I am constantly adapting to market shifts and technology advancements.  For a nineteenth century romantic, this can be daunting.  But, I do peruse the tech blogs and fight the zombie stare when Mr. PQ is explaining things to me, just managing to cling to the tail of a rapidly advancing society.  I love  iPad mini, and my iPhone 5, even more as it’s encased in a PQ Little Pocket Book.  That being said, I use a sand timer for my tea, hike with a compass and generally run gadget free.  There is value in remembering life before technology, in most cases.

     

     

    Earlier this week a parcel arrived from our new merchant service provider.  As I extracted the contents I showcased each new item for Will and Karl (Operations and Customer Service)  A new iOS credit card scanner, (“sweet”, Will and Karl) new software to install (“awesome” Will and Karl), and a stack of carbon duplicate sheets for credit card transactions.  Cue the blank stares and crickets.  I don’t necessarily like being old enough to remember the days of hand cranking a credit card receipt, or worse yet, hand writing the entries, but the boys perplexity was priceless.  Karl had a faint memory of having seen one in a hipster vinyl store, Will was still trying to imagine how those carbon sheets sales would hit his inventory software in the cloud.  Meanwhile I was busy reminiscing about the good old days when a transaction could be penciled rubbed onto a paper, mailed to a bank, debited from an account and some 10-14 days later a check would arrive back to the merchant.

     

     

    As our dear Uncle Mel once said when he learned that transactions are not hand written anymore "Damn, it’s just like printing money"(true story).  Not quite Uncle Mel but close.   Though much has changed in how money is exchanged, some things still remain the same. A company delivering handmade quality goods to customers has never gone out of fashion for this days of old reminiscing girl.

     

     

    Mrs. PQ

     

  • Accessories for the iPad Mini

    When the iPhone is too small and the iPad is too big, reach for the iPad Mini. It's just the right size for browsing the web, responding to emails, and stashing in your purse or backpack for a lightweight mobile device.
     
    The first order of business when you get your new iPad Mini is to configure the settings and install your favorite apps. After that, it's time to accessorize. Here are some of our favorite accessories to get you started.
     

    Zagg InvisibleSHIELD

     
    Your iPad Mini is in pristine shape when you unbox it. How do you keep it that way? By adding the protection of a screen protector and a case for the iPad Mini. The Zagg InvisibleSHIELD screen protector keeps your device clean and new. It's made from the same material used by the military to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt, and debris.
     
    Need to remove it? Not a problem. The Zagg screen protector peels off without leaving any sticky residue behind.

    iPad mini screen protector Use a screen protector to prevent scratches.

     

    Case for iPad Mini

     
    The second way to keep your device looking like new is to protect it with an iPad Mini case. Besides protecting your mobile device from scratches and wear, it also provides drop protection for moments when you get a little clumsy.
     
    Using a protective case means that you don't have to be paranoid about carrying your iPad Mini in a purse or backpack. You don't have to worry about your dog scratching the case or your cat knocking it off the coffee table. The peace of mind an iPad Mini case brings is more than worth a few extra bucks.
     

    case for iPad Mini Hold your iPad Mini like a book.

     

    iPad Mini Stand

     
    Wish you could prop up your device for easier viewing? With an iPad Mini stand, you can. In fact, the Pad & Quill case for iPad Mini comes with a built-in stand that props your device at multiple angles.
     
    If you want to buy a separate stand, however, you can have your choice of freestanding and portable stands. Most universal stands will also fit the iPad Mini.
     

    iPad mini stand Use a stand to prop up your device.

     

    External keyboard

     
    Using the on-screen keyboard takes up screen space and makes it harder to type as fast as you would on an external keyboard. Make your life easier with an external keyboard that lets you preserve screen space, type faster, and type without scrunching your fingers together on a narrow on-screen keypad.
     

    ipad mini keyboard Uncramp your fingers with the ZAGGKeys Mini 7.

     

    Speakers & Headphones

     
    Although the iPad Mini comes with built-in speakers, you'll get better sound with external speakers or a set of high-quality headphones. For external speakers, we like the JBL SoundFly BT and the Jawbone Jambox recommended by Cult of Mac. For earbuds, our two favorites are the Thinksound In-Ear Monitor MS01 and the Earjax Moxy Earbuds. Both ship free with purchase of any other PQ case or accessory.
     
    The nice thing about buying speakers or earbuds is that they'll work with almost any other Apple device you have on hand. If you own more than one Apple device, that'll save you money in the long run.
     

    ipad mini earbuds Thinksound Earbuds are compatible with PQ's iPad Mini cases.

     

    Case for iPad Mini

     
    Want to keep your iPad Mini looking like new? Protect it with a PQ case for iPad Mini. Moleskine and leather cases available. Free shipping with purchase of any other PQ case or accessory.

  • Winter and Design

    Minnesota weather. As of this writing the low temperature last night was -14F. The mental strain of this weather get's to us up here. Mrs. PQ checks the coldest temps on earth daily just to make herself feel better.  About 3 days ago, parts of Minnesota were actually competing with Nunavut, Canada, coming in close to -35 degrees below 0.  

     

     

    So that might be why we get real busy this time of year working on all types of new designs and prototypes. Sure as heck can't go outside and play as it's the one time of year that Minnesota weather...is trying to KILL YOU.

     

     

    Maybe all these extremely low temperatures is why we think that 2013 is going to be one of our most exciting product years to date.  Many new beautiful designs are in the works and some interesting new products that have never been done before.  All of this innovation, passion and creativity is designed for one purpose to make holding your favorite technology device a more beautiful experience.  That is what Kari, myself and the PQ team love to do, craft handmade beautiful accessories that we hope people will love to use. Now how do I turn up this woodburning stove...

     

     

    Mr. PQ
    (Brian)

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