How do people break their devices?

I was rushing to leave home yesterday morning and dropped my phone. I had a sparkly fashion case on it, which cracked on impact, but allowed my device to escape the unfortunate event unscathed. Phew! Although I was relieved, I couldn’t help but wonder how often this happens to other people.  After a bit of research, I noticed that according to several sources on the internet, this is a very common occurrence among smartphone users. Some would even call it an epidemic.

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A survey conducted by Digitaltrends.com found that 50% of people, on a global scale, have experienced a broken smartphone screen. 

 

 

My most common M.O. for breaking a phone usually involves it slipping out of my hand and landing on a hard surface. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit, so I thought it would be interesting to find out how other people in the same boat break their devices.

HOW DO PEOPLE BREAK THEIR DEVICES?

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My next line of questioning revolved around what people who never drop their phones do differently. Luckily, PureWow.com/tech had the same question and conducted a survey which yielded these 6 tricks about how to avoid breaking your device:

  • Protect it with a good case
  • Stow it away (In your purse, briefcase…)
  • Avoid water (at all costs!)
  • Never walk and text
  • Keep it out of your toddler’s hands

 

This is great advice, overall, but somewhat limiting, except for the one about getting a good case. A smartphone represents an important investment. It is not only likely to be upwards of $500, but such devices have seen an evolution over the years, going from a simple telephone to important communication and work tools. With this in mind, why not take preventative measures to ensure their intended or even prolonged lifetime?

Here are some Cesium tips and tricks, as well as some suggested products:

Tips & Tricks…

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CASE FOR YOU…

or the type of activity you’ll be taking your phone on!

The average consumer might need a different kind of case if they are surfing the internet from their couch than if they are off hiking a mountain. UAG‘s cases cater to the thrill-seeker in you, with their rugged, lightweight, drop-tested protection. How can you go wrong with military tested protection?

A rugged option is always nice to have, even if you’re not a daredevil, so a happy medium between protection and fashion is also welcomed. Otterbox’s Symmetry series might be the right fit for you if you won’t give up a good looking case for ultimate protection.

2. THINK OF A SCREEN PROTECTOR.

It might fall, but it won’t be a fail.

Screen protectors are an easy, affordable way to prevent cracked and scratched screens. With options like the ones blu element and Puregear offer, there is no reason to have a cracked screen anymore. This will help you avoid new device and repair expenses, which represents major cost savings. Another great option is the one offered by Crystal Tech Nano 2.0, It’s a liquid screen protector which is not only easy to apply to your phone but will protect it from water and scratches for up to 1 year. It is a 1 size fits all product and it’ll enhance your touchscreen rather than hinder it.

3. BE CREATIVE

Think of different ways to avoid unfortunate drops altogether.

Other creative solutions exist out there. For instance, there is the Phone Loop. This simple, but effective and innovative product, is very easy to install. Selfie Sticks are also perfect for this time of the year when summer days are ahead and outdoor events start to crowd your calendar. Why not try a Puregear Universal Bluetooth Selfie Stick? The name says it all… it is a wire and hassle-free solution that fits and protects any phone and will help you capture your best memories!

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1. Otterbox Symmetry & other products

2. UAG Pathfinder & other products

3. blu element Tempered Glass screen protector iPhone 6/6S Plus | MSRP: $29.99

4. Puregear Curved Tempered Glass w/Installation Tray GS8  |  MSRP: $49.99

 Installation video: https://youtu.be/eg9KXibD240

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5. CrystalTech Nano Liquid Screen Protector | MSRP: $19.99

6. Phone Loop – Ninja Loop Strap | MSRP: $5.99 (min. order 5 units)

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7. Puregear Universal Bluetooth Selfie Stick | MRSP: $34.99

 

In the end, accidents happen, but there are many different ways to avoid maximum damage. All of the solutions listed above are available at cesiumonline.com.  Why not protect your phone at Cesium, the leading cell phone accessory distributor in Canada!

Leave a comment below to let us know your broken smartphone stories or interesting tricks!

 

Otterbox protection – Cesium selection

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Otterbox. The name is synonymous with protection. Everyone knows that if you want to protect your phone then you get an Otterbox. We all recognize and trust that yellow and black packaging when we see it on peg-walls. There is an Otterbox for everyone, no matter the environment your device will encounter.

Otterbox Series include – Defender, Commuter, Symmetry and Strada – with over 24 individual tests done on each case, and over 238 hours of testing overall, you know you can trust Otterbox with their patented Certified Drop+ Protection. We are not going to get into the details of each of these Drop Protection military tested series – that could take a long time. Rather, this blog is about what Cesium has to offer from this premium trusted brand.

When a new device comes to the market the first thing we ask is “does Otterbox make a case for it?” Over the years we’ve seen OtterBox shift from only supporting flagship phones, like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy line-up, to supporting ‘tier 2’ devices such as the HTC 10 and OnePlus devices, and more recently some ‘tier 3’ devices based on demand. If OtterBox makes a case for a phone that’s on the Canadian market, then you can be sure Cesium will be carrying it in our portfolio.

In conjunction with the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Cesium has brought in EVERY series of case available, in EVERY color. Cesium currently has 55+ Otterbox SKUs available as part of our portfolio. This is a first for us, and it is a trend we intend to continue. We pride ourselves on our high stock rating – demand for Otterbox is always high, so we make sure to always have you covered!

At the end of the day it is about delivering value and protection to your customers, but it is also about making sure we can offer you more than just a “bulky black case.” OtterBox produces their cases in a full array of colours and patterns for you to choose from. There is an OtterBox for everyone. Want something slim and pink? Choose a Symmetry with a clear back and pink border. Need ultimate protection and a built-in screen protector? Check out the Defender series. You want that in Camo or Blue? We have that too!

We encourage you and your customers to experience more than just plain colours. Pick from the rainbow and make it interesting for your end-users. Need help deciding? Ask your account manager for a planogram and or suggestions based on sales numbers.

The next time you need to order OtterBox make sure you check out Cesium’s selection first. We have the various series, models and colours for the devices that are supported. We work very closely with our friends at OtterBox to make sure we have the stock and selection that’s in demand. Our local representative at OtterBox is located in Toronto and is always available with a quick text or phone call. OtterBox has the protection. Cesium has the selection.

MiPow – Essential for the On-the-Go, Pokemon-Go Lifestyle!

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“Gotta catch ‘em all!” That’s Pokemon Go’s tagline for their new addictive and interactive game that is available for Android and iOS. This past summer we’ve seen a surge of all sorts of people playing the game. The game uses augmented reality, which is a way of overlaying digital information on top of real world surroundings. You see the full picture by looking through the camera on your smart phone. As well, the game uses your phone’s GPS to tag your surrounding and gets you to move around in the real world. This results in a lot of physical movement, interaction with other players and crowds of people gathered at local park and hotspots (seriously, go search on YouTube).

The only downside: your phone’s battery will take a serious hit on power consumption. GPS alone uses a lot. So does your camera. Augmented reality uses twice as much. The game also needs your screen on to play. Again, screen power uses a lot of power. So what’s the solution? Plug in? Ok, but there isn’t always a plug-in around when you’re out walking around. How about a car charger? Well, not everyone will be near a vehicle or have one. The most economical and easiest solution is a portable power pack to carry with you!

There are so many choices when it comes to portable power, but MiPow takes it to the next level and really makes sure you have everything you need. Designs are sleek, modern and beautiful.

There are basically three choices when it comes to MiPow portable power: small (single full charge), medium (single full charge, plus some) and large (multiple full charges). But they’re also all very convenient to carry and use. Depending on your phone’s battery, and how you carry around things, there’s a MiPow for everyone. MiPow is also very strict on quality control. That’s why ALL MiPow products that have an iOS connector (lightning plug) are MFi certified by Apple.

On the small end MiPow has their Power Tube 3000 series. These are just a little longer than a tube of chap-stick, but will contain a full one-time charge for your phone’s battery (3,000mAh). On top of that, the Power Tube comes WITH the cable needed to plug into your phone. Ie: no more carrying around a separate power cable. The finish on the outside is a soft-touch plastic and there are LED lights to give you an indication of power level remaining. You can also use the MiPow app and Bluetooth pair with the Power Tube to track it’s location, power level and also use it as a Bluetooth dongle! The price is attractive at $59.99 for the iOS version and $49.95 for the micro USB version.

On the medium side MiPow has their Power Cube 5000 series. These are sleek and fit perfectly into a back pocket. As usual, they come with the connector to charge your phone and LED indicator lights. The Power Cube series provides a full charge and a half, for most phones (5,000mAH). Pricing is $79.95 (MSRP) for the iOS version.

Finally, on the large side MiPow has their Power Cube 9000 series. These are the ultimate solution for the hardcore Pokemon Go player and traveler. These will provide 2 or maybe 3 full charges, depending on your phone’s battery size (9,000mAH). In my case, with my Samsung Galaxy S7, I get 3 full charges! This model of MiPow is wrapped in a beautiful aluminum body and has LED lights to indicate the power level. And yes, connectors are present (as with all MiPows) so you don’t have to carry extra cables with you. There is even an extra USB port so a second person can charge their phone! Output level of the power is also at the highest (2.4 amps) so you get a fast charge out of the Power Cube. You can also charge a tablet with this model. Pricing is $84.95 (MSRP) for the iOS version.

All MiPow portable power batteries have a smart fuse and safety controls put in place. They help regulate the temperature of the internal lithium-ion battery and protect the user from short circuits. In short: they are safe devices and MiPow takes it seriously. MiPow also manufacturers their own batteries. No third party.

So there you go! You have your portable power, so get out there and catch ‘em all!

BlueLounge – Effortless Solutions & Conceptual Simplicity

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If you’re like me, or most people, you probably own a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone and probably a couple of other gadgets that constantly need to be plugged in and powered. Yes, these devices probably make your lifestyle easier (or in some cases crazier!) but, have you ever considered the “mess” that’s left behind with all those cords that you need to run tangled together? That’s where BlueLounge can help you with simple solutions to everyday problems.

BlueLounge is known for designing clever, simple, products to simplify your digital lifestyle. They’ve won numerous awards for their designs, including the Red Dot Design Award (Germany), iF International Forum Design Awards (Germany), Good Design Awards (Japan), Green Good Design Awards (United States) and Spark Design & Architecture Awards (United States). Found in 1999, and with design houses around the globe (Jakarta, Indonesia and Pasadena California), BlueLounge has made it their mission to simplify your digital lifestyle through innovation and style.

CableBox and CableBox Mini:

A great example of this would be your desk area. Look beside or under your working space. See that unsightly power-bar with all the cables sticking out everywhere? Yes…we all have one of those… So why not clean up the area? Make it a little nicer to look at and also safer for those around. BlueLounge can help with their CableBox. It’s as simple as it sounds. The CableBox (and CableBox mini) are the best solution for hiding surge protector and power bars, and the cable clutter that comes with them. It’s made from flame-retardant plastic; it is simple to use and looks great. Just drop your surge/power bar inside and place the lid on top. There are slots on both ends to allow your cables to run and also allow ventilation. The larger CableBox does not include a surge/power bar, but the CableBox mini DOES include a 4-socket surge protector.

This is a before and after of my office desk using the BlueLounge CableBox.

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So, now that we’ve cleaned up your power/surge bar area, let’s take a look at another area of your desk. Cables all over the desk running from one end to the next. Or maybe they’re on the floor because you dropped them…or have no way to properly get them to stay on your desk. That’s where the BlueLounge CableDrop and CableDrop mini can help. The CableDrop and CableDrop mini are clips that hold cables in place from slipping off of desks, walls, nightstands or anywhere you need to have them ready to use. Each unit is peel-in-stick using a semi-permanent 3M adhesive.

CableDrop & CableDrop mini:

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Now, how about your laptop bag? You know that long power cable you have to carry for your laptop? The one with the huge brick attached to it? It’s tough to carry around, let alone organize and pack properly. That’s where the BlueLounge CableClip can help. The CableClip is a simple cable wrap that helps keep charging peripheral cables neatly bundled for packing into drawers, bags or anywhere else you need cable management. It’s available in small, medium and large and grey, green or orange colours.

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Check out the whole BlueLounge collection for effortless solutions: http://www.cesiumonline.com/brands/bluelounge

Mad Catz | Samsung Partnership

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Mad Catz® Announces “Designed for Samsung” Mobile Gaming Products at Mobile World Congress

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ), a global provider of innovative entertainment products, today announced the details of its mobile gaming controllers under the Designed for Samsung (“DFS”) Program.

As an official partner in the DFS Program, Mad Catz will introduce, alongside the much anticipated debut of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and SamsungGalaxy S7™ edge smartphones, DFS-compatible versions of its acclaimed Micro C.T.R.L.R™ Mobile Gamepad and S.U.R.F.R™ Wireless Media and Game Controller at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. With the debut of these products, Mad Catz will become the first company to offer traditional video game controller hardware under the DFS Program.

Consumers can expect to unleash the full gaming power of their Samsung® smartphone or tablet with the Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad and streamline command of all of their Android-powered devices with the Mad Catz S.U.R.F.R Wireless Media and Game Controller. Additional shortcut buttons will also be enabled for the latest generation devices.

The Micro C.T.R.L.R provides a console-quality gaming experience for mobile devices, ideal for today’s increasingly popular controller-compatible mobile games. Featuring dual analog sticks, a responsive D-Pad, and shoulder and action buttons, the Micro C.T.R.L.R delivers all of the features gamers demand, in a gamepad that’s 20% smaller than a full-sized controller. Three modes of play provide multi-platform accessibility – including mobile gaming, PC gaming and a mouse mode – that enable users to easily navigate on-screen menus. When connected to supported Samsung devices, enhanced features allow gamers to access dedicated controls for recent apps, media and volume as well as navigating on-screen menus.

S.U.R.F.R, the ultimate multimedia surfer and game controller from Mad Catz, streamlines command of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge Smartphones, Tablet or Android-powered media streaming device. Users can now play games, control media, navigate the web and input text, all with one compact device. Featuring true gamepad controls, a full QWERTY keyboard and a full suite of multimedia controls, the S.U.R.F.R puts favorite media right at users’ fingertips. Rigorously tested to meet Samsung performance standards, the S.U.R.F.R includes expanded navigation and shortcut features for supported Samsung devices. With one-touch hot keys, users can access recent apps, search the phone for desired content, access multi-window view, snap a screen capture and more!

“Samsung has vastly improved the way Android users connect with one another and utilize their mobile devices and, via this partnership Mad Catz, will provide Samsung Mobile consumers the opportunity to enhance their gaming and multi-media experiences,” said Andrew Young, Chief Technology Officer of Mad Catz. “We are proud to be a part of that ongoing innovation by supporting the DFS Program through our world-class GameSmart mobile gaming products.”

“With the introduction of the game-changing Samsung Galaxy S7, mobile gaming is poised to experience strong growth as additional mobile games are developed with controller support. Our DFS-enabled GameSmart products, including the Micro C.T.R.L.R and S.U.R.F.R, will deliver features and functionality that take full advantage of Samsung smartphone and tablets, as well as other Bluetooth® enabled connected devices. In addition, the DFS Program will allow us to display a ‘Designed for Samsung’ logo on packaging, helping to communicate to consumers the seamless compatibility betweenGameSmart products and Samsung smartphones and tablets.”

For more information or to pre-order, please visit: www.madcatz.com/DFS

About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz products cater to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows PC and Mac® computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Mad Catz distributes its products through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers around the globe. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mad Catz maintains offices in Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company’s website at www.madcatz.com

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Otterbox – Strada Series

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OtterBox: the name is synonymous with unrivaled protection. OtterBox is the Number 1 protection brand in the world for your mobile phone.

Over the years OtterBox has slimmed down the design of their cases. The Defender Series was the “original” OtterBox, followed by the Commuter Series, and just over two years ago, OtterBox introduced an ever slimmer series called the Symmetry.

Just recently, Otterbox has added a new member to the series: The Strada.

The Strada Series of cases is a variation from the OtterBox cases that we are used to seeing. OtterBox has combined their Certified Drop+ Protection with a folio design to give us a seamless and timeless case. This modern and classic style combined with traditional OtterBox protection makes it a must-have for consumers.

The case portion of the Strada is a combination of TPU and polycarbonate, providing shock absorption and a strong structural design. The leather on the back and front cover of the folio is genuine Italian; this portion of the case wraps from front to back, seamlessly. The leather is of very high quality and is stitched into the case portion of the Strada. There is a magnetic latch that holds the folio closed and “clicks” to confirm the case is firmly shut. The Strada also has a “lay on table” design, so you can put it face down, with the cover open, and your phone will still be raised above the flat surface.

On the inside there is a single card slot for either a payment card or cash. The inside cover is lined with a micro fibre to protect your screen.

The buttons on either side of the case give satisfying and tactile feedback when used. All the buttons line up where they should, allowing you to still use your charger and headphones while the case is on the device.

If you’re looking to step up your game, when it comes to case designs and protection, then the OtterBox Strada is the right solution. Slim, quality craftsmanship and elegant with time-tested protection!

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The OtterBox Strada series is available for the Apple iPhone 6/6s and Samsung Galaxy S6. Colours include: Black, Maroon and Brown. MSRPs range from $49.99 to $59.95.

Link: http://www.cesiumonline.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=Strada

Time to Meet Verus

 

“The World to Share Experience”…this is how Verus describes their product, and Cesium is extremely excited to announce that it is the exclusive distributor of this product for the Canadian retail market.

But wait…who is Verus? Founded in 2004, in South Korea, Verus is a premium case manufacturer and designer offering unique designs with excellent quality. They pride themselves on creative out of the box thinking, thus a large part of their success is due to a business model centering on constant evolution and innovation. With annual revenues of over $50 million (USD), successful exports to 60 countries and a portfolio of over 150 products, you can trust that Verus knows what they are doing.

Verus has had a very strong online presence over the past 3+ years; this includes leading marketplaces such as Amazon.com. The company has been featured in many positive reviews from known industry sources such as: Mac Rumors, Run Around Tech, 9to5mac, Phone Arena, Android Central, Engadget and XDA Developers forums.The online tech community already knows all about Verus, and their high quality standards, now it’s time for you to share in the knowledge and learn about the advantages that Verus offers you!

1. PACKAGING:

Let’s face it, the packaging experience is the first step to any product interaction, and therefore probably the most important. A positive customer experience ultimately entails showcasing a product with the goal of leaving lasting first impressions. You only get one shot at first impressions!

All Verus cases (with the exception of the Layered Dandy), come in a clear plastic shell packaging. This allows your customer to see the Verus case from all angles without having to open packaging. Bright blue accents along the bottom, on the front, catch the customer’s eyes and draw them into taking a closer look. The name of the case is clearly identified, along with the phone compatibility. On the back, the customer will find more information on the case, with a translation in 6 key international languages.

As mentioned, the Layered Dandy (leather) cases are the only exception to the usual Verus packaging. They come in a white slim cardboard box that clearly shows the case (picture) on the front. The back of the packaging is basic, only detailing the colour and features. The idea is that your customer is going to want to open this package and try the Layered Dandy on their phone.

On the inside packaging your customer will find not only the Verus case, but a Certificate of Authenticity. On the back of the certificate is a code. Your customer will enter this code on the Verus website to verify that their case is 100% Verus authentic. This adds to the premium feel of the brand and the overall user experience.

2. BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

All Verus cases have smoothed off edges and no loose plastics or rubber. They fit just like a glove! All ports and cut-outs lineup perfectly with the phone. The cases are ergonomic and have a very solid feel once put on to your phone. High quality buttons are precisely measured and offer excellent and enjoyable feedback. Verus cases are very satisfying to handle. The high quality build ensures that there are no disruptions to signal or functionality once the case is slipped on.

In terms of design, Verus offers a line-up for every lifestyle, each of which is available in multiple colors and designs. Stay tuned for the follow-up post for a review on each specific line-up!

3. PROTECTION

Verus has combined protection with design and functionality.

All Verus cases have a unique AIR SPACE that is designed to absorb impact from accidental drops and bumps. These Air Spaces can usually be found in the inside corners. In fact, Verus has even labeled them. Have a look inside the case to see for yourself!

Verus cases also have a “lay on table” design; this means you can put the phone face-down, on a flat surface, and your phone will be raised between 1.0 and 1.4 millimeters from the flat surface. This will be of interest for users of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Edge Plus!

4. PRICE POINT

So, with all of these features, unique designs and premium looks you probably think they are at a high cost. Think again! Verus cases start at a MSRP of $34.95 CAD and go up to $39.95!

With this level of pricing, Verus becomes very competitive on the market. It offers the perfect combination of features, design, and value, all while maintaining its status as a premium brand.

5. DEVICE SUPPORT

As of its launch at Cesium, on September 1st, 2015, Cesium is supporting the following devices with Verus:
• Apple iPhone 6
• Apple iPhone 6 Plus
• Samsung Galaxy S6
• Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
• Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
• Samsung Galaxy Note 5

To sum up, it is not often that a case manufacturer comes along with such a wide selection of products that offer so many unique features. What really sets Verus apart from the increasingly flooded case market is their premium feel at such a competitive price point. Verus truly embodies the perfect balance of functionality while meeting design.

Cesium truly believes that Verus can fit any demographic of customer and should be a staple in your product offering. We’re excited to be Verus’ exclusive Canadian distributor and we plan to grow the brand with effective and measurable marketing initiatives.

http://www.cesiumonline.com/brands/verus