Graduation Season Has Commenced!

Graduation season has sprung upon us and it’s important to give your favorite graduate a gift that shows how proud you are of their academic achievements. If you’re looking for a gift that won’t break the bank, a Poetic phone or tablet case is the way to go, especially for a grad who just received a brand new fancy gadget. Plus, they’ll think of you every time they use it. We've paired Poetic accessories with 5 of our current favorite devices.

  1. Apple Watch // Poetic Apple Watch Stand
  2. Google Nexus 9 Tablet // Poetic TurtleSkin
  3. Samsung Galaxy S6 // Poetic View
  4. Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet // Poetic Revolution
  5. LG G4 // Poetic Affinity

The Skinny on iOS 8 Notifications

iphone 6, revolution case, Whether you were one of the first to get your hands on one of Apple’s new devices and one of our superior iPhone 6 cases or have simply downloaded the new iOS 8 to your current device, you’re probably enjoying the new features on the brand’s popular user interface—especially the upgrades to the Notification Center. 

In the past, notifications weren’t really the priority on Apple device—push notifications from third party apps weren’t included until the third iOS major upgrade—but the new iOS 8 has introduced a bevy of powerful tools for managing all of your notifications. The Notification Center was significantly redesigned to provide greater interactivity and actionable notifications, depending on which app the message is from. Two excellent and super convenient examples include text and emails—you can now simply swipe to answer a text and delete or mark emails as read without opening your inbox.

The revamped Notification Center also offers cooler use of widgets—instead of only seeing your stocks and weather, you can add any supported apps. Once you add all the widgets you care about, you can check your info without even unlocking your phone and you’ll never again have to open app after app. 

To activate this feature, open your Notification Center and switch to the Today tab. Tap the new Edit button on the bottom of your screen to peruse the installed widgets and a list of those offered by iOS 8-compatible apps. From there, you can add, delete and re-arrange to customize the notification center to your liking.

Some cool and very useful widgets include Kindle, which will open any of the books you’re reading, the Netatmo Weather Station, which gives you both you indoor and outdoor weather, and OpenTable, which displays your reservations. With all these new potential uses for your device, be extra sure to keep it safe in one of our superior iPhone 6 cases!

Are the Android L and Nexus 9 on Their Way?

nexus 9It may be time to start hunting for the best Nexus case on our site, because rumor has it that Google is stepping up its game to compete with its longtime rival, Apple, by releasing its next cutting-edge devices. Whether it’s the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8 that revved Google’s engine or launch dates were already set, fans of the brand can look forward to the much-anticipated new version of their popular tablet, the Nexus 9, and a yet-to-be-named new Android L operating system. 

Android Authority recently reported that Google is planning to make its HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet ready for its unveiling around mid-October, specifically October 15 or 16. Rumors are swirling about the new tablet, but also about the potential for the release of a new Nexus 6 smartphone as well. In addition, tipsters are speculating about the launch of an Android L operating system happening at the same time. However, reliable sources are pointing to a November 1 release date.

So far, tipsters predict that the Nexus 9 will be close to nine inches, 8.9 to be exact, and that it will be designed to “fill the gap between the Nexus 7 and 10.” Rumors about resolution from @evleaks, which is one of the most reliable tipsters in the arena, point to a 2560 x 1600 display, which would make for some stunningly crisp visuals. Other rumors hint at a premium design featuring a zero gap aluminum construction with front-facing stereo speakers, nice looking tapered sides, a sleek 0.31-inch thickness and a weight of 418 grams.

If the next Nexus tablet is unveiled in mid-October, fans of the brand can probably expect delivery in early November. Either way, Poetic is already striving to create the best Nexus case you can find on the marketplace.


3 Cool New Android Apps

apple vs android, android appsWhile the tech world has been buzzing about everything Apple and consumers are searching high and low for tough but cheap phone cases for their new iPhone 6 devices, there’s been a lot of news in the world of Android Apps that we don’t want to get lost in the shuffle. During the last two weeks, a bevy of cool new apps were released that can bring added convenience and efficiency to our lives. Here are three of the most popular ones to hit the Android world this month.

1. Stocks IQ - Stock Tracker from HandyApps is the newest version of this convenient stock portfolio app, complete with an overhauled user interface that fuses the Portfolio stock view and Watchlist onto one screen. New features of this free download make it easier than ever to observe performance of individual stocks and personal portfolios. Users can set individual notification settings for each stock so they can be alerted of any significant movement.

2. Hangouts Dialer lets users of Google Hangouts make VOIP calls by adding a dialer and contacts list to the existing app. Users can make phone calls to anywhere in the world using their Google Voice number.

3. Horizon. This genius app users your device’s gyroscope to keep your camera level for all videos and make sure it is always shooting from horizontal mode, no matter how you’re holding it—and even if you rotate it (but if you do, make sure you’re rocking one of our tough but cheap phone cases so your device doesn’t get damaged if you drop it). Horizon also lets you use the tilt of your phone to zoom in and out of the photo. This cool app also lets you add filters, shoot with either the back or front camera and easily share your photos.


Will Apple Pay Change the Way We Shop?

tim cook, iphone 6Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Cupertino-based brand’s keynote event and revealed the much-anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s first wearable known as the Apple Watch, and a new way to make purchases, Apple Pay. Ever since the event, fans of the brand have been scooping up the new devices, our cool iPhone 6 Cases or other Apple cases, and downloading iOS 8.

While most of the hype has been about the two new iPhones and their larger sizes, many are forgetting about the exciting new prospects we can expect with Apple Pay. Coupled with the iPhone’s new features and the upgraded interface that iOS 8 brings to the table, Apple Pay takes device usage to new levels of convenience and efficiency. You can also use it shop online at home—just think of how easy it can be—simply prop your device in one of our cool iPhone 6 cases or other Apple cases, and handle all of your holiday shopping from home without even getting up to get a credit card.

Over the next few months, you will hear more and more about Apple Pay as the brand heavily promotes it and more retailers get on board. The tech giant expects more than 10 million users to sign up for the new service. It seems like a plausible estimate, considering the fact that Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 5 Plus devices since it’s actual launch just five days ago. To incentivize retailers, the brand negotiated with the banks to take a 0.15 percent commission from their side instead of cutting into retailers’ profits. Since there will be no minimum spend for credit and debit cards using Apple Pay, banks are motivated as they will now be opened up to transactions that people typically make with cash.


3 Key Features of the New iPhones

iphone 6 If you were lucky enough to get your hands on the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and one of our awesome iPhone 6 cases this weekend, then you already know firsthand about some of the amazing new features. If not and you’re planning to get your hands on one in the near future, read on to hear what users are saying about some of the cool new features on the new devices.

1. Design. Apple stepped the away from the sharper, more industrial look of yesteryear to designing one of the sleekest smartphones on the market. The screen curves into the chassis for a nice, seamless feel and the metal back makes this thin device seem sturdier than past models. Both devices feel great in the hand and the exterior buttons are more raised and therefore easier to hit.

2. Display. The screen on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are even more stunning than their predecessors—with a resolution of 1334 x 750m (up from 1136 x 640), it’s really difficult to beat. The contrast ratio and color reproduction are both very impressive and the viewing angles are stellar. All the more reason to make sure your devices are protected in one of our superior iPhone 6 cases.

3. Facetime HD camera. Since it doesn’t look like the selfie is going anywhere soon, Apple strived to make a much better front facing camera, packed with features to make users much happier than they were with older models of Apple’s flagship smartphone. The 1.2MP camera boasts a f/2.2 aperture and takes excellent photos in low light. There is an HDR mode for video and snaps and some nice pre-shot filters. While this feature may not be important to everyone, there’s quite a market for Instagram and Twitter addicts and those who want to look their best on those Facetime calls—fans of the brand are already raving about the new and improved front facing camera.


The Skinny on iOS 8

iOS 8, ios8, apple phoneApple fans are rejoicing—the brand’s popular user interface has exited beta and is available for download. You can get the free download of iOS 8 now—prop your device up in one of our cool iPhone or iPad cases or and check it out—we can’t wait to hear what you think.

In terms of appearance, the formerly flat design that iOS 7 featured now is now rounded, but the upgrade is much more about function and integration, which makes sense since the tech giant’s overarching theme this year is “convergence.” Here are a few other facts about the new iOS 8.

1. Compatibility. To upgrade to the highly anticipated iOS 8, users will need an iPhone 4S or later model or an iPad 2 or newer. This means those with an iPhone 4 will not be able to enjoy the new upgrade. Both the iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 will work with the new iOS, as well as the iPod Touch 5th

2. Touch ID. For the iPhone 5S, the new upgrade makes all sorts of apps available with the biometric scanning home button. While not in effect for other models yet, it will probably be available in the future for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and the iPad 3 Mini. The Touch ID and the new Apple Pay system will make online purchases significantly easier for all.

3. Time-lapse. The new camera app on iOS 8 is getting even better—Apple has added a time-lapse camera mode to let users take their imagery to another level, making capturing extended moments, automatically speeding up video and many more functions possible. Just think of what you can do!

4. Texts and phone calls. While many of us simply prop our tablets in our cool iPad cases to read, watch, email and work, with iOS 8, we can now use get SMS messages and voice calls from macs and tablets. This feature requires upgrading to the recently announced OS X Yosemite.



Where Can I Get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Part 2

iphone 6, iphone 6 plus, If you haven’t pre-ordered your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus and want it as soon as possible, you may want to get on it—the good news is, you have lots of options. Same deal if you want to get your hands on one of our cool iPhone cases or other Apple cases in time to protect your cutting-edge new device—order those babies now!

T-Mobile. Like the carriers we mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, T-Mobile has Apple’s new flagship smartphones available for pre-order too. Users can get the iPhone 6 16GB with T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan for $0 upfront and 24 monthly payments of $27.08, the 64GB for an additional charge of $99, or pay $199.99 more for the 128GB device.

Apple. Prefer to hit the Apple store? Pre-orders are already in effect or you can hit your local Apple store on Friday, September 19 at 8 a.m.—and most likely wait in a long line—to get your new device in person. If this is your plan, be sure to order one of our cool iPhone cases or other Apple cases in advance so that baby doesn’t go one day without protection. If you purchase your device directly through Apple, the iPhone 6 16GB edition will cost $199, the 64GB model will cost $299 for 64GB, and the 128GB edition will cost $399. The iPhone 6 Plus 16GB is available for $299, $399 for 64GB and $499 for the 128GB model.

Retailers. In addition, a bevy of retailers will have the new devices available. Staples is working with Verizon and has the latest iPhones available for preorder at its 950+ locations, with special trade-in offers available as well. Target will also offer the device and will accept older models of the device for credit towards the new iPhones. Even Walmart is getting in on the fun, offering up to $300 for the trade-in of an iPhone 5 16GB, $52 for the Samsung Galaxy S2 and $175 for a Samsung Galaxy S3.


Where Can I Get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Part 1

cool iphone 6 caseApple fans are ready to go—Apple cases, specifically cool iPhone cases, are in serious demand as consumers are pre-ordering and preparing to stand in line for the revolutionary new devices. So how do you get your hands on one? The good news is more carriers and retailers than ever have jumped on the iPhone 6 bandwagon, so fans of the Cupertino brand will have plenty of options.

Pre-orders have started for many carriers, and we’re already offering a bevy of cool iPhone cases and other Apple cases to protect whichever version of the new device that you choose.

Verizon. You can already pre-order your iPhone on Verizon, which is offering all three colors of the 4.7-inch device for just $199 with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage totals out at $299.99 with a two-year contract. Both devices are also available through Verizon's Edge program, which splits the cost across 24 months. For those who are willing to trade in their older iOS 8 handsets, they can get a $200 gift card to use to purchase the $199.99 16GB iPhone 6. Current fans of the telecom giant who are due for an upgrade on or before November 15, 2014 will be able to upgrade immediately.

AT&T. The new devices are also available for pre-order with AT&T, though the unsubsidized prices for those who don’t want to commit are hefty, at $649 for the iPhone 616GB, $749 for 64GB and $849 for 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $749 for 16GB, $849 for 64GB and $949 for the 128GB model. With a contract, users can get the iPhone 6 16GB for $199, $299 for the 64GB model and $399 for the 128GB. For those who are ready to the iPhone 6 Plus with a two year contract, pricing starts at $299 for the 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for the 128GB edition.

Sprint. Like other carriers, AT&T is offering the device for $199 for those who sign up for a two-year contract. Yet they are also offering a unique "iPhone for Life" program that lets users get their hands on one of the new devices for a monthly rate of $20. However, when their contract terminates, users turn in their device and if they break it, they buy it. AT&T is also offering a financing deal that lets users pay for the device in $25 installments over 24 months.


5 Alternative Apps

droidWhether you own the latest iPad, Samsung or Google device, you have probably downloaded countless apps. Just like you load up on all the best accessories, like the coolest Samsung Galaxy case or other tough phone cases, it’s just as tempting to procure the latest apps to make life more convenient. But what if you don’t love the way they all function? If you’re running Android, you’re not limited to apps built only by Google. Read on for a few that can change things up for you if you don’t love every app on your system.

1. Messaging. While your texting app should be simple, not all of them are. Hello SMS is stripped to the bare basics but is also a “tabbed texting app,” which means you use tabs to navigate through your conversations. It offers lots of customization options, including an iMessage-style feature that makes texts to other Hello SMS users free.

2. Mail. An excellent mail alternative is K-9 Mail, which offers vast customization options. There is full support available for every type of mainstream email account. 3. Clock. Timely is a cool clock app with an excellent design that’s easy to use. It offers a quick way to set alarms and is prettier than most other timekeeping apps.

4. Calendar. Agenda has a unique and innovative user interface that sets itself apart with a sleek, grid-free agenda view that displays your next 10 or upcoming events, in addition to day, week or month views available. Adding appointments and events is super easy and the navigation is very intuitive.

5. Camera. Device users are as picky about their camera apps as they are about finding the best Samsung Galaxy case and tough phone cases for their precious gadgets. Camera FV-5 Lite offers users an array of more advanced controls than most other camera apps, such as exposure, ISO, and metering modes. There is even an Intervalometer that enables time lapse photography.