Posts Tagged ‘ Phones

When You Know You’re Going to Drop it Sooner or Later

I am well aware that it was not too long ago that I posted about designer iPhone cases but this one caught my eye in such a way that I had to write about it (I have already put it off a couple of times already).


Designed by Ryan Glasgow, this case features 304 stainless steel body, elastic band for locking the lid in place, hinged lid and delrin fastener housings. At USD$95 it is not a cheap case, but considering a decent protective plastic case AUD$40, it doesn’t seem too steep for those who are serious about their iPhone.


Whether or not it will actually protect your phone as it looks like it will is another thing entirely. Personally, I would think a sturdy silicone or silicone-analogue case would be more protective (at least in terms of absorbing potential drop-damage).


iPhones, the New Designer Accessory?

I do not own an iPhone nor do I think I ever will – at least not in the foreseeable future. While I do own a touch-screen phone (LG Renoir), I cannot see myself ever using the vast majority of extra functions and features that feature on Apple‘s little wonder-child. It is not that I am playing the ‘I hate Apple’ card here, although, my patience in regards to their continual computer fascism is starting to wear thin, I just don’t need it (plus my Renoir seems to get a lot better reception than my friends’ iPhones). A nice accessible phone with a back-up camera and basic web surfing is exactly what I want and is exactly what I have (and, in addition, I didn’t pay a cent for it). But one thing my Renoir, or any other new fancy phone, has not been able to compete with is the iPhone‘s ever increasing vogue.

Apart from the sheer popularity of the little bugger (the vast majority of friends over eighteen seems to have one permanently in their hands) there are the hundreds of thousands of accessories to the iPhone itself which are making this phone a must have pocket filler. Hong Kong veteran fashion company JOYCE have earlier in the year announced a collection of cases from designers such as Anna Sui, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Marni, Bless and Etro. The fact that one of these cases is shaped like a piece of granite and another which what I could only call elephant hide makes me both strangely envious and repulsed all at the same time. I haven’t been able to track a price of these guys but I cannot imagine they’ll be cheap though.

JOYCEOther notably sexy cases include Griffin Technology‘s Threadless (top row below) and Chilewich (very bottom row) collections – the latter consisting of a tightly woven mesh making an interesting yet aesthetically pleasing case.

Griffin Technology: The Gaming Revolution - Design by Sean Mort Griffin Technology: Fail - Design by Budi Satria Kwan Griffin Technology: Space Needs Color - Design by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini Griffin Technology: Elan Form Chilewich - Gravel


Do You Buy Stolen Goods? (the Prelude)

When I worked in retail we had a major problem with stealing. I wasn’t going to go into specifics but I might as well tell you this story because it makes me smile just thinking about it.

Okay, so I worked for Harvey Norman – I usually wouldn’t tell you who because it’s the correct thing to do but since they made me redundant I really couldn’t give two hoots now – as cashier in the Computer franchise (just to set the scene). It was in the afternoon of a Wednesday and one of our sales guys found an empty box in the mobile phone section. The box used to contain a phone with a cost of AUD$240, give or take. Our franchisee searches through the video footage and finds this half-white half-Asian fellow who took the phone into an area with no staff, removed all the security from the box and buggers off with it. Now here is where it gets good. Thursday afternoon, around 1-2, just after everyone’s had their lunch breaks and we’re really starting to get sick of the day, the PA to our franchisee recognises a half-white, half-Asian guy who was wondering the store. Now how about that, the cocky bastard returns THE VERY DAY AFTER and tries his lucky again! No phrase has been more appropriate ever in it’s life of being a phrase than “quit while you’re ahead” was right then.

So our franchisee is standing just outside our section (there is electrical and computer up the back of the store, then cashiers, then those security tower things then bedding and furniture section, of which the only entry and exit is for the store), coppers hiding behind a couch somewhere in furniture and all of us just minding our own business acting like we always do. The most memorable moment would have to be when the PA walks naturally out to our franchisee to tell him that she’s seen our little friend take an external hard drive and has seen him put it back since (he’s been walking around the store for quite some time now). Which was followed by our boss turn to a couple of couches and give a leather three-piece with a recliner a thumbs up sign, of which two hands from behind said three-piece return the gesture. Our little half-white, half-Asian friend passes me as I say my usual cheery goodbye, past the security towers which lay silent, and is stopped by our lovely, smiling boss who asks to see inside his bag. A smile to the three-piece and our lovely boys in blue appear and take him back inside where he was met with three solid, slow, claps.

I think the thing that makes me smile the most is when a rather fancy and no doubt expensive folding knife (of the Stanley variety as opposed to a Balisong or hunting knife) and pliers is pulled from his bag (among the stolen objects). “Ohh, geez, they look pretty nice!” exclaims our boss,
*click of a voice recorder* “I’m returning the knife and pliers to <Boss’s name>” *click of the voice recorder* says a boy in blue as he hand the two items to our Boss.

Good times. I’ll finish why I wrote this introduction in some other post when I can be stuff – stay tuned (other post can be found here if you cannot be bothered to scroll up or you are viewing this as a standalone post or this post is at the top of a page).