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  • Calorie Counters, Food Trackers & New Year's Resolutions, Oh My!


    It’s a new year and our Fed Ex and UPS guys are traversing to-and-from Pad & Quill HQ. Already weary from the rush of a record-setting online shopping season, they are only becoming more wearied by the onslaught of purchases made by those gifted a plastic card this holiday season. Be kind to them, those faithful purveyors of presents, for they likely log a marathon of steps every day in their efforts to compel commerce forward.

    As it is a new year and Mr. PQ is heading off to the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas. So for now, Mrs. PQ is taking off her administrative hat and donning her dietitian/personal trainer cap to give her two cents regarding health and food tracker apps. Continue reading

  • How Small Businesses Can Use Conversational Commerce In 2016

    what is conversational commerce?As a small business owner if you haven't already heard of Conversational Commerce you will very soon. It could very well become "The Next Big Thing" in eCommerce and it addresses the biggest elephant in the room online these days. But first up, here's the $10,000 question: What is conversational commerce and how can we use it? Continue reading

  • May The 4th Be With Him

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    In spite of it being the time of year of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, there is civil unrest arising at Pad and Quill world headquarters. While the conflict doesn’t nearly rise to the level of the First Order against The Resistance (we recently went to see Star Wars VII and it may have left a bit of an impression on us), it does resonate through all great conflicts of history. I believe it is called the “anything you can do, I can do better” paradox.

    There has been a declaration that Mrs. PQ is the best product tester when it comes to the durability of our book bound iPhone cases, leather iPad Pro cases, and accessories for the Apple Watch. This distinction is by no means complimentary... It's not that our team of designers are scouring the depths of my creative cortex in terms of quality assurance. Rather they are simply wondering how long it will take to discover the design flaw that renders a case, stand, or band a failure in the protection department. Essentially, according to Mr. PQ, Mrs. PQ is dropping her things all the time.

    I will admit that I have broken a smart device a time or two. My most recent casualty? The Apple Watch I dropped on the bathroom floor while in a post-surgical haze. It was the moment time stood still. Well, at least, time on my watch disappeared as I couldn’t access any functions without spearing my finger with a quiver of glass shards.

    I made Mr. PQ swear on a pile of iOS devices that he could never tease me about my Watch, but he is a man of varying faith. He managed to tweak and barb me a few times over the last several days. “Hmm, I wonder what time it is? Oh that’s right, I need to tell you….” snark, snark, snark.

    So, imagine my vindication as we shopped last night and he mentioned we needed to stop by the Apple Store. We always “need” to stop by the Apple Store, so I’m not sure what prompted me to ask “why?”

    Princess Leia be praised, the old man had dropped his iPhone 6 and shattered the glass. This would be the same line of iPhone 6’s which he also crunched and drowned. I believe this will be his fourth iteration of a 6 for him. I might be out of time, but the 4th was with him. I hereby declare that it is high time he inherits the title of "chief product tester."


  • Apple Watch Taking the Lion’s Share of Smartwatch Market

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    Hundreds descended upon San Francisco for Glance, the first ever conference to take an in-depth look at the Apple Watch. Where better to take a whole day to professionally geek-out over the Apple wearable than in Apple’s own backyard? The general consensus is that the Apple Watch is likely to mirror the growth patterns of the iPod and iPhone with exponential growth. It also mirrors the iPhone’s history in that the 1st Gen is gorgeous, but needs some work. Continue reading

  • An Experiment in Using the iPad Pro to Run My Business


    This week, I tested running my business with the iPad Pro. Just the iPad Pro. This took a metaphorical declawing of my hands off my beloved Macbook, but I am glad I did it. I was surprised to find a lot of advantages it offered over a desktop set-up, and even more surprised to find that it was, well, fun.

    The transition from desktop to iPad Pro did not come easily. Like many other people, when the iPad Pro was announced, I didn’t think of it as a serious business tool, until I got one and started playing with it. Now, 8 days into using it as my go-to device for running Pad & Quill, I have come to three conclusions about how it has changed my day to day working behaviors versus being on my laptop... Continue reading

  • The Ultimate iPad Gift Guide, the Best iPad Cases & Accessories

    ipad-gift-guide-2015Picking the perfect gift can seem daunting, but there is a simple and magical formula to picking the perfect gift for someone. Find out what kind of tech they use, iPhone, iPad, etc…, and casually discern their taste by looking at their style. Are they into bohemian styles? Or maybe they are more refined and prefer classic looks. With these two things you can usually pick a gift that is both thoughtful and spot on. If you've got a iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro user in the family, here are some great gift ideas from the Pad & Quill catalog and elsewhere that will bring a smile to their face and put a twinkle in their eyes. Continue reading

  • The Ultimate iPhone 6s Gift Guide, Best Cases & Accessories

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    Picking out gifts can be hard. It’s much easier if you know that the person you are getting the gift for has an iPhone. There is a treasure trove of some of the very best iPhone 6s cases and accessories to choose from. Here is a little help with that pesky question “What gift should I get for…” Continue reading

  • Watch Over Me

    I don’t know that I’ll ever appreciate receiving jewelry for the holidays, Fruit Loop necklaces notwithstanding, as I tend to be an accessory minimalist. One might think this makes for a happy Mr. PQ because he would be walking around with more money and all, but that would be wrong. Mrs. PQ has a sturdy handful of hobbies for which expensive and fancy accessories are indispensable (i.e. the Smartfind Plus or Globalfix GPS beacons). This has absolutely nothing to do with a young Quill leaving the bow of the canoe in the lake, not understanding that the waves softly lapping against said canoe will continue lapping until they have pulled the canoe out into the lake and sunk it. I have a loud yell, but it is not 10-miles-across-the-wilderness loud.

    There is one item that might nudge me toward giving jewelry for the holidays; again, for my own self-preservation. There is a daughter Quill who might routinely sneak off with my Apple Watch. She loves to track her heart as she races around the local park with the PQ Pup.

    As I noted back in March when the Watch was first announced, it wasn’t the elucidation of metallurgy and horology delineated in the dulcet tones of Jony Ive that peaked my interest. Nor was it the sleek, intuitive nature of the software engineering that caused me to dive headlong into the Apple Watch pool.

    What this mom, naturalist, personal trainer, traveler, wife and friend found most appealing was the heart of the Watch. Whether that be the sweet thump, thump, thump of my 15-year-old reaching out to his mom in the middle of the day or the internal cheer of success when my activity rings inform me that I’ve met or exceeded my heart rate goals. Vanity aside, I’m fighting a strong family history of hypertension and heart disease and physical activity is one of the greatest assets I have in my corner.

    My Watch keeps me more intuitively connected to my heart health and more intimately connected to the people I love. The latter is of particular value as Mr. PQ travels once again to an Apple product conference, and I feel as though I’ve left my heart in San Francisco. At least he’ll only be a thump thump thump away this time.

  • Meet The New Pad & Quill Leather Bags

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    We are proud to introduce Pad & Quill’s latest additions to our leather bag lineup: the Roll-Top Backpack and the Leather Tote Bag. Adhering closely to our core design principles of superb craftsmanship with unfettered fashion, the bags are stylish, functional, and iconic. Our roll top backpack is a ruggedly charming leather laptop backpack that harkens the James Dean in us all. While the leather tote bag features a refined and classic look that looks straight out of Mad Men. Continue reading

  • Meet the Pad & Quill iPad Pro Cases

    This post has been updated to include the new iPad Pro 9.7 cases! It's official, the iPad Pro is huge (see what we did there?). All puns aside, we have been loving our new iPad Pro here at PQ HQ and Mr. PQ himself has hailed it as the "anti-laptop." After using the Pro for the past week in place of a desktop computer or MacBook, everything else just looks and feels boring. Since the Pro is so large, it definitely requires some kind of case and protection. So without further ado, let's meet the Pad & Quill lineup of our best iPad Pro cases. Continue reading

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