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  • The Perfect Multifunctional Bag: How to Pick the Best Lifestyle Bag

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    You’ve reached the point where your reliable old bag can’t possibly last another minute. The straps are fraying, the bottom is nearly worn through and its original color is indistinguishable. But search through the internet and there will be more bags to choose from than new Fast and Furious movies. At Pad & Quill, we’ve crafted a full lineup of multifunctional bags for the professional, the adventure-seeker and everything in between. Picking the perfect multi-functional bag will feel like a breeze with these helpful tips here.

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  • New iPhone 8 Rumor Round-Up

    iPhone 8 rumor Concept design of the iPhone 8 from 9to5Mac.

    It feels like only a few short months ago, we welcomed the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus into our lives. While 5 months ago, we started building perfect hand-crafted cases to go with your dual-camera, jet black iPhone, we also started looking to the future. Almost ten years ago, Apple introduced the first iPhone and with all that pomp and circumstance, the iPhone 8 is expected to be a dramatic overhaul of the iPhone we know today. We’ve rounded up the iPhone 8 rumor mill and will update as more news arrives. In the meantime, you can sign up to our special list to be notified when new iPhone 8 Cases are released, to be the first to hear about the products we release for the iPhone 8 come September. Continue reading

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Pad & Quill : A Personal Note from Our Family to Yours

     

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    We at Pad & Quill and the Bindery Blog want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving this year. 2016 has been quite a year for us, growing and adapting to new iPhones and MacBooks and trying to understand the Air Pods. It’s been a crazy year but we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

    We’ve grown from a little company in Mr. and Mrs. PQ’s basement to a full-fledged small business that works hard to make crafted art. When we started those many years ago, we were just a little company with big dreams. With plenty of hard work and wonderful customers, we've been overjoyed with getting to continue to grow our brand. We are thankful for magazines like the New York Times and Wired for reviewing and featuring us, helping us grow each and every day.

    Sure, Apple gave us courage this year. But we’ve also learned the importance of adapting our products for everyone in our ever growing family. We've been pushed to be more creative and intuitive with each new release from Apple. From pencils to missing headphone jacks, we've been excited to design new products for each new step in innovation.

    It’s our busiest time at Pad & Quill but we are already planning out 2017 and we are so excited that you’ve joined us on this journey. We’re thankful for you and we can’t wait to make even more memories in the years to come. While our holidays are plenty busy, we haven't forgotten our loyal customers, who have sometimes felt more like family over the years. We're constantly thankful for your many jokes, ideas and praise.

    So bundle up your iPhone and pack your backpack, we wish you safe travels and good conversations. We can’t wait to keep innovating for you for years to come.

    A happy Thanksgiving from us here at Pad and Quill! May your day be filled with good food, family, friends, and joy.

    Sincerely,

    The entire Pad & Quill family

  • Mr. PQ, A Meandering Soul?

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    One would never describe Mr. PQ as a meandering soul, he is the prototypical entrepreneur driven by vision and optimizing resources in order to succeed. Our youngest son would never be described as “outdoorsy”. He has been known to decry our walks in the woods as a form of medieval torture and has been known to cry out, “why would anyone do this to themselves on purpose?” He is his father’s son. Unfortunately, while his soul may indeed be half robot, the other half tends towards the meandering kind, wandering Walden, albeit the latter appears a deeply recessive gene. Continue reading

  • Paper Bag Getaway To Crazy Town

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    For whatever reason, in spite of the overall square footage of the PQ house, our entire lives seem to be lived in about 200 square feet of living space, aka the kitchen and den. It’s no wonder then that Mr. and Mrs. PQ feel the somewhat frequent urge to rent a hotel room for the night. Twenty-six years of marriage has taught us that sometimes you’ve got to go crazy. First, the fact that we view a night in a hotel as “crazy” is a bit disconcerting, however, the fact that we still want to get away together generally outweighs any consternation. Continue reading

  • iPad Pro 9.7 Review- This Is The iPad You Were Looking For

    iPad Pro 9.7 ReviewThe iPad has long been a favorite device here at PQ headquarters. It is the tablet that launched our company, and it remains near and dear to our heart down to this day. When the first iPad Pro came out, we pulled out all the stops and decided to use the new 12.9" tablet as our primary computing device for running the company as an experiment. It went reasonably well. So when the iPad Pro 9.7 came out, we decided to try the same thing.

    With their newest tablet, Apple is aiming to appeal to 2 different customer sets at the same time. On the one hand, they want to entice previous generation iPad owners to upgrade to the newest version. On the other hand, they are trying to appeal to the desktop and laptop users, specifically PC users, in order to get them to use an iPad as their primary computing device. By giving it the 'Pro' moniker, it is also indicitive that they want this device to appeal to a professional user base as well. On some fronts, they have succeeded with flying colors. However, there is still some room for iOS to grow. Read on for our full review of the iPad Pro 9.7. Continue reading

  • Will the iPhone 6s’ “Live Photo” Change How I Take Pictures?

    Yes and No, but mostly Yes. Live photo is the underrated character actor of the iphone 6s feature line up. It’s a well thought out feature, that takes some adjusting to, but really is a lot of fun, and has the potential to enhance your most treasured memories. How so?

    Live Photo uses either the front or rear facing cameras to capture your pictures with an added 1.5 seconds of video leading up to the shot and after the shot too. This lends itself to a natural and authentic moment. You don’t really have to change much at all about the process of taking a picture. Just be aware that by the time you click the button 1.5 seconds has already been recorded and another 1.5 seconds will continue to be recorded. Also worth mentioning, there is no audio on or off option yet. So keep that in mind as you are yelling at the kids to look happy.

    Can I Share the iPhoto 6s Live Photo?

    Many people are wondering 'how do I share my iPhone 6S live photos?' Being a newcomer to iOS, sharing remains limited. Sharing from your phone is much like any other picture sharing endeavor. Tap share and you will see the bar of recent pictures to choose from. When you see it say “live” on the pic, you know that’s the complete picture and video, AKA Live Photo. Click off, and it's a normal picture to share. Click it back on, and you can share it. At this time, it only shares with other devices that have iOS 9, WatchOS, or El Capitan. That’s also where importing them to iPhoto gets tricky. You must be up to date on El Capitan, otherwise, the video and picture will divorce into separate and confusing files.

    Even more annoying is that social media sharing is limited, although sure to quickly improve. Facebook will see its integration later this year, but has much as said that they have no idea when Instagram will. Flickr says it will support it. Other third party apps, like Dropbox, Vine, and Pixlr are working on it.

    Each Live Photo, despite the video aspect is only the size of 2 high quality pictures. So it is bigger, but it won't demolish your storage space like Godzilla in Tokyo. What’s likely to be the bigger annoyance is dealing with how to share them while major platforms are figuring it out over the next year.

    Update: There is now an app on the app store that will transform your live photos into animated GIFs or a simple short video, which will then be saved to your camera roll. These saved animated GIFs can then be easily included in email, SMS, and on most social networks. The app is named Live GIF and is available on the app store for $1.99.

    Are Live Photos For Me?

    Parents are definitely the target market here, with Apple themselves, capitalizing on the warm fuzzy “Awww” of the little girl smiling while her curls bounce in their ads. And rightly so, as parents are likely to be especially enamored with catching the fleeting moments of their little ones. However, the human nature of the candid shot is something we can all have some fun with.

    Live Photo does requires a bit of a mental rewrite of what taking a picture means to you. We all know the drill when someone calls out for a group shot. Stand there awkwardly while everyone primps and poses. And then smile, and keep smiling for way too long for it to look natural. By the time the shutter finally clicks and files away the moment into photographic history, your smile looks like a half melted pile of M&Ms. All the fuss of gathering together, finding poses, and the inevitable jokes in between, are lost and compiled into the manicured snapped photo. With Live Photo, a little slice of that is preserved. Now, it’s not just the photo outcome that counts, it’s the whole process. So have fun. Maybe, just maybe, Live Photo will make pictures fun again.

  • Nothing Cool is Flat

    Mr. PQ and I have taken a break from all the iPhone 6S hoopla to travel to the Great state of Texas to convene a meeting with our marketing team.  Intent on best serving our customers by keeping them up to date on all things Pad & Quill.

    Mr. PQ, seeking some mental motivation, ventured to the hotel’s snack bar and returned with a box of Cracker Jacks.  iPhones and MacBook pushed aside, we embarked on a philosophical conversation about Cracker Jack prizes.  Back before choking hazards were found in every thing Froot Loops to Kinder Eggs, there were real prizes in cereal and Cracker Jack that would inspire civil war in most families.

    Our conversation turned nostalgic as we recalled the best prizes like the little parachute man, super balls and decoder rings.

    Mr. PQ got a sticker.  Not just any sticker, a Toronto Blue Jays sticker.  But we are in Texas where the Houston Astros are on the verge of cinching a American League playoff spot and the Texas Rangers have already sewn up the AL West division.

    We concurred that prizes simply aren’t what they used to be, causing Stephen to quip, “Nothing cool is flat”.  Hence the reason he still carries an iPhone 3g.  I on the other hand was happy to jump to the candy bar style of the iPhone 4.  What woman doesn’t want a reminder to buy chocolate every time they open their bag?  Now with iPhone 6 or 6s, who needs Cracker Jack, I’ll get my own darn prize ☺

    Mrs PQ

    Kari

  • 38mm is Me

    It’s dainty, like me.

    If you ever want to achieve an epic eye roll from your kid, throw out a thought that is so patently absurd they can’t help but drop the full frontal eye roll.  Mr. PQ, being the Apple geek that he is, waited in the wee hours of the morning, in the virtual line that was Apple Watch pre-order, to stake our claim on the time piece(s).  In spite of my not so subtle hints, “Boy, I love the 38mm Apple Watch with the Midnight Blue Modern Buckle” he ordered 42mm Apple Watches with a variety of bands.  Because the band and the stand are where it’s at for accessory companies like Pad and Quill.  Bless his heart, he thought Mrs. PQ wouldn’t be able to stretch her arm far enough to read the 38mm variety without her cheaters, clearly he underestimates the reach of a mother’s arms, in spite of watching The Incredibles with the Quills any number of times.  In an effort to convince him, we sojourned to our local Apple Store where I fitted myself with the Apple Watch with the Midnight Blue Modern Buckle that I was coveting, and voila! I could read the face sans optical correction.  So, Mr. PQ jumped back into the virtual line and placed an order, and we waited.  More precisely, I waited.  It’s hard to explain when an inorganic object makes an impression on your psyche so intense that you shun all internal norms and await impatiently for the all important “announcement” text which trumpets, “your Watch is in transit”!!  While normal Apple technology releases often feel like one more shackle of constraint tying me to the modern world while screaming of my ineptitude at adaptation in all things technical, I had fallen in love with the 38mm Apple Watch with the Midnight Blue Modern Buckle.  I can’t explain, I just know I love it.

    The Watch arrived yesterday and was unveiled by one of the Quills as we drove through an epic summer rainstorm, into downtown, to attend a fundraiser for a single mom friend with cancer, which actually doesn’t occur until next week.   (I really need to learn to read texts more carefully) Finding ourselves downtown with no where to go, we proceeded to a local eating establishment for burgers, a time to chat and a time to complete the un-packaging of Apple Watch.  The boys were impressed with the beauty of the timepiece and remarked as to how much smaller it is in comparison to the 42mm model.

    “Yes, it’s dainty, like me.”

    Cue the eye roll.  I called the older boy out, letting him know his gesture had not escaped me.

    “Mom you are not dainty.  You hike and swing an axe and have knives and camp in the wilderness and race triathlons.  It’s not a bad thing (protecting my feelings)”

    It’s not a bad thing at all son, and it doesn’t bother me even remotely that you don’t think of me as dainty, but rather you see me as strong, and comfortable in my own skin.  That’s what we want for you and your siblings.  You are a beautiful creation with your own gifts and talents that may or may not fit in with societal norms.  It’s a gift your father has given you, the courage to be yourself.

    Now go swim upstream, but give me back my Watch before you go.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

     

  • Why not to get an Apple Watch

    Contrary to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to the universe is no longer 42, the new answer is Apple Watch.  At least this is the conclusion the myriad of alarms sounding across my many Apple devices is driving me toward.  The new universal question should be, what color wood Pad & Quill Stand for Apple Watch should I purchase to complete my new horologic experience, Mahogany or Cherry?  It seems the universal question within the tech world is whether Apple Watch will really be that big of a thing.

    “It’s just a ploy to sell more iPhone 6 and 6P.” That’s a bad thing?  Not for our many Apple Store reps and techies who like their jobs and the great peripherals like Macworld.com, 9to5mac.com, MacRumors.com and others.

    “It’s going to go flat with such a short battery life” (The Stand for Apple Watch makes that an awesome inconvenience).

    “People just don’t wear watches anymore.” Well it’s high time we get our noses out of our iPhones and Apple Watch facilitates this fluidly.

    Finally, Boomers abound who grew up watching our heroes like Batman, Dick Tracy, and James Bond fight for world peace with the aid of a multifunctional time piece.  As Tim Cook said, he’s been waiting to talk into a watch since he was ten.  He is not alone in that.

    However, if waking up in the middle of the night to stand in a virtual line in your jammies doesn’t excite you, then click over to Pad  & Quill and take a look at our new Valet Sleeve and Timber Case for iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

    Here’s a little preview:

    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck….?  Frankly, up here in MN we leave the chucking to the beavers and the selection of our premium hardwoods to our craftsmen.  The Timbercase for iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6 plus) is conscientiously crafted from locally sourced cherry and hickory woods.  Because Mrs. PQ would be quick to advise, when it comes to iPhones and woods it’s best not to be caught completely naked.

    Mrs PQ

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