Archive for February, 2012

Raspberry Pi Goes on Sale and Crashes Site

Raspberry Pi computer

The hotly anticipated £22 Raspberry Pi computer went on sale today, crashing its website due to the high volume of visitors clambering to purchase what is thought to be a revolutionary piece of technology globally.

The Raspberry Pi is sold without a monitor, keyboard or even a case, and has been designed and produced by a collaboration of voluntary UK academics and the tech industry.

The aim of the non-profit Raspberry Pi is to delivery computer access to developing countries where the cost of regular computers is simply too high for schools and poorer communities.

So how does it work? The Raspberry Pi computer runs on Linux, the open-source OS, and can be connected to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and a range of other accessories and peripherals. This means that external hard drives can be used for memory or even SD cards that can slot in. For high-speed Internet, there’s an Ethernet port.

All in all, the Raspberry Pi has not only got the technology industry excited, but the rest of the world seems to be astonished by this tiny and highly cheap computer as well. There’s also talk of an even cheaper £16 version coming by the end of the year too.

Watch this space or sign up to our newsletter for news on an affordable protective case for the Raspberry Pi.

iPhone Case Union Jack Options from Proporta

Choosing iPhone 4S cases with the right design for you is increasingly becoming something that we’re all thinking about. With this year being a great one for Britain thanks to the Diamond Jubilee and international sporting events galore, we thought we’d show off some of our unique Union Jack design iPhone 4S cases to get into the spirit of things. If you’re looking for an iPhone protective case to show your support, see what iphone case Union Jack options Proporta has up its sleeve below…
iPhone 4 case - flag

iPhone 4 CaseFlag £14.95

The iPhone 4S Case – Flag from Proporta is ideal for anyone on the go or with an active lifestyle. For an iPhone case Union Jack option that is hard against a battering but still manages to look great, these iPhone 4 cases (plus 4S) are perfect.

 

iPhone 4 Leather Pouch - Gold Union Jack

iPhone 4S Leather Pouch Gold Union Jack £19.95

Are you on the hunt for a snug fitting leather iPhone 4 case or iPhone 4S case that has all the glitz and glamour of a truly British night out? Then you’ve bagged yourself a catch with the Gold Union Jack Leather Pouch from Proporta. This leather iPhone 4 case will offer you luxurious protective lining and an exterior credit card slot to make this a shoe-in for practicality as well as fun.

iPhone 3GS case / Pouch - Union Jack Leather Style

Leather Style Union Jack Case £19.95

A modern classic in the making, this iPhone 4S case has something distinctly retro about it. In fact, if smartphones were around in the 1960s this would surely be seen in the hands of a Vespa riding mod. Its luxury lining and leather style material mean your phone can feel the care it deserves when it’s snug inside.

iPhone 4 Case - Patent Leather Style - Union Jack

iPhone 4S CasePatent Leather StyleUnion Jack £19.95

The glossy, patent look of this patriotic iPhone 4 case (also for 4S) will certainly keep your phone from getting damaged whilst showing off its flag loud and proud. This is definitely an iPhone case Union Jack option that will not let you down when your jumping for joy at all of this year’s sporting events.

 

iPhone 4 Case - Runner

iPhone 4S Case Runner £14.95

As a beacon for sports around the world this year, these iPhone 4S cases have a great athletic design. This is a welcomed addition to the hard shell case range that takes all the bashes of your active life and keeps your phone from being harmed.

Free Cable Tidy from Proporta

Leap Year Cable Tidy

We’re over the moon that we get an extra day this year and thought we’d share our excitement with all Proportians with a fantastic offer. With every order over £14.95 that is placed up until 1st March 2012, you will receive one free Proporta Cable Tidy. So you can start your Spring Clean early by organising the jungle of cables you may have running in your house.

Available in the striking Proporta green, this neat silicone cable management item will make sure that all your wires are kept at bay and won’t get tangled up.

If you’re after a new mobile phone case, Kindle cover or any other mobile accessories then make sure you take advantage before March and grab your free Leap Year gift from us.

Best Kindle Cover Options for You

Find the right Kindle cover and you won’t be sorry later on. For such a precious bit of tech that is taken all over the place by its owners, you could avoid damaging or even breaking your e-reader just by picking out an effective Kindle 4 cover. Get all the facts and suggestions you’ll ever need with our nifty guide to selecting the best Kindle 4 case for you.

Kindle cover screen protector
1. A lot of us are guilty of chucking our Kindles into bags with our keys (and the kitchen sink) which leaves their screens extremely vulnerable. As such, the first recommended step in protective Kindle cover choice would be to apply a screen protector. This is a highly valuable thin layer that sticks over the top of the Kindle’s screen. Once it’s on you won’t even notice that it’s there and your screen will no longer scream in pain when it’s scratched.

BeachBuoy for Kindle
2. You could be the most careful and diligent person in the world on holiday,, but that won’t stop an excitable child from drowning your Kindle in the pool on the way in to his belly flop. That’s why the 100% waterproof BeachBuoy Kindle cover will be heaven sent for your trips away to the sunshine. Preventing water damage in up to 5 metres water depth, you could even take your latest read out on your rubber ring.

Amazon Kindle 4 Cover - Leather Style Protective
3. Look around on any bus, train or tube and you will almost certainly see somebody engrossed in their latest e-book. Choose a hardy and high-quality Kindle cover that protects the external shell and the screen whilst allowing you to get lost in a story, no matter how busy the transport is.

Amazon Kindle 4 Case - Leather Style Flip
4. If you spend a lot of time reading at a table, then buying a Kindle 4 cover that doubles up as a stand will make you very happy indeed. Get full protection as well as a useful stand feature in your Kindle 4 case and gives those hands a rest.

Ted Baker Kindle 4 Covers
5. Along with phone cases, the Kindle cover market is certainly taking a step towards fashion with an increasing number of chic and uniquely designed products taking the spotlight. There’s no reason at all why you can’t choose a Kindle 4 case that makes a style statement with designer labels all jumping on board.

See Proporta’s exceptional Kindle cover selection for more choices.

Top 5 iPhone 4S Case Buying Tips

When picking out an iPhone 4S case, it’s very important to make sure that you select the right one for you. But relax, Proporta is here to help you so that you end up with the perfect iPhone protective case for your lifestyle. So whether you need a hard-wearing yet sleek leather iPhone 4 case or a cover that can withstand the wettest and grimiest conditions, this handy Top 5 run-down we’ve put together will surely find your phone its perfect match.

Quiksilver hard shell iPhone 4S case
1. It sounds simple, but you may find that you need more than one iPhone 4S case or iPhone 4 case for certain situations so think carefully. For instance, you might work on a building site during the day and need an iPhone protective case that acts as a hard hat for your smartphone that can withstand knocks and possible drops. In this case, opting for a hard shell with a screen protector is going to be best for you.

iPhone 4S Case - Aluminium Skin
2. If you need easy and fuss-free access to your smartphone but still want the utmost confidence in its protection, you will probably find that an aluminium skin iPhone 4S case or iPhone 4 case will be ideal. This acts as an additional protective layer without adding any bulk to the smartphone, and looks great too in a range of colours.


3. It’s fair to say that having an iPhone 4S case has quickly become something of a fashion accessory for both men and women alike. It’s for this very reason that there is an increasing number of designer and artistic cases available now, meaning you can be proud to show off your latest trend on nights out whilst avoiding damage to your phone when you’re busting shapes on the dancefloor.

The BeachBuoy Waterproof Case
4. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an action man or woman, then you will almost definitely need a 100% waterproof phone case to keep your gadgets from being damaged by wet or dusty conditions. The BeachBuoy is a fantastic example of an affordable innovation that will let you get on with life in and around water without any hassles.

iPhone 4S Advanced Screen Protector with High Clarity & Ultra Clear Transparency
5. Whether you have a touch screen or not, it is vital that you apply a screen protector to the display of your phone. This will prevent any scratches from ruining the interface (we know cats love touchscreens) and you won’t even notice that it’s there.

Visit Proporta to find the perfect iPhone 4S case for you.

Top 5 iPhone Protective Case Choices for a Boys Night Out

We’ve covered the iPhone protective case picks for the ladies, so now it’s time to see what Proporta can offer the gentlemen for their evening out. We all know that going out for the night can often result in situations and circumstances that we haven’t bargained for. It’s for this reason that having the right iPhone 4S case (or iPhone 4) is imperative to ensure your favourite gadget doesn’t end up shattered and useless. Find out which of our iPhone 4 cases we think will not only stop you from having a funeral for your phone, but will look great too.

Ted Baker iPhone 4S pouch – Leather Style

Ted Baker iPhone 4S pouch leather style
For the sophisticated and stylish man, this Ted Baker pouch is the ideal choice for an evening. Smarten up your entire image and protect your mobile with this understated yet playful iPhone protective case. Available in a choice of two unique Ted designs.

Proporta Leather Case with Aluminium Lining

Proporta iPhone 4S leather case
Made from the finest of leathers, this is one of our most popular and well-loved iPhone 4S cases and is ideal for men on the go. Its simple design and robust structure make this leather iPhone 4 case the perfect choice for those looking to go out without having to worry about the security and safety of their smartphone. The cut-outs on this leather iPhone 4 case mean you can get to all features without any fuss at all. This case shows you mean business.

Ben Allen Collaborate Range

Ben Allen iPhone 4S case
A selection of unique and modern designs from Brighton designer Ben Allen make for a loud and creative hard shell iPhone protective case. These iPhone 4S cases definitely stand out in a crowd and will help you get the party started wherever you are.

Quiksilver Echo Beach Hard Shell

Quiksilver iPhone 4S case echo beach
If you’re on the hunt for an iPhone 4 case or iPhone 4S case that is tough, bright and great for day and night, then this is the one for you. Its colourful design, Quiksilver logo and glossy finish make this the perfect choice for nights out as well as active days.

Proporta BeachBuoy

BeachBuoy
Worried about beer spillages or curry sauce splashes ruining your smartphone? Well, don’t panic because the Proporta BeachBuoy is here to the rescue. It is 100% waterproof and allows you to use your touchscreen through its window without any fuss at all. Make sure you use this iPhone waterproof case if you want your phone to stay dry as a bone around careless party animals. Whether it’s water or wine being spilt, keep it safe and liquid damage-free.

Find out our favourite iPhone 4S cases for girls nights out.

Presidents Day weekend giveaway…

Here at Proporta we’d like to help all of our fans and followers celebrate a great Presidents Day this year by running a weekend giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning a case of your choice all you need to do is one of the following steps:

Facebook

1) Post the link of your favorite Proporta product on our fan page and tell us why it’s your favorite.

2) Share the post with your friends.

Twitter

1) Tweet @Proporta what your favorite product is and why and include a link to it.

Google+

1) Post the link to your favorite Proporta product on our fan page and tell us why it’s your favorite.

2) Share the post with your circles.

 

Competition dates: 02/17/12 – 02/20/12, winner announced 02/21/12.  Winner will be chosen at random and will win one case of their choice. We’re sorry to say that the following cases are excluded from the giveaway: Ted Baker, Quiksilver, Roxy and Brunswick England. Judges decision is final.

Waterproof Phone Case and Touch Screen Gloves: Proporta Demo

BeachBuoy and Touch Screen Gloves vs Snow

 

We thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of the dusting of white stuff we got near Proporta HQ recently and put two of our most popular products to the ultimate test. Find out what happened when we buried an iPhone in the 100% waterproof phone case and used smartphone gloves with it afterwards.

Best iPhone 4 Case Picks for Extreme Conditions

Picking the right iPhone protective case if you’re an adrenaline junkie is paramount if you want your favourite gadget to remain intact in all you do. So whether you’re into climbing mountains or sailing seas, you will certainly find the ideal iPhone 4S case for your hobby. Find out which iPhone 4 cases Proporta can offer you to ensure you can be an action hero without the worry of breaking your phone.

Proporta BeachBuoy Waterproof Case

BeachBuoy
The BeachBuoy iPhone protective case is what you need if you’re going to be around water in your extreme activities. This 100% waterproof iPhone 4S case (and iPhone 4) uses a double seal to make sure that everything you keep inside it remains dry and free from water damage. The best thing is, you can still use your device whilst it’s inside the case as the touch screen features work through the window! The BeachBuoy is great for all your valuables, so you needn’t worry about where to store your keys and wallet. Take them out to sea with you. This iPhone protective case is effective in water up to 5 metres depth.

Proporta Amphibian Case

AmphibianFancy yourself as a bit of a photographer? This is one of our most popular iPhone 4S cases for holidaymakers and extreme sports enthusiasts alike. Making your smartphone waterproof in up to 3 metres depth of water, you can quite happily snap away underwater. For beach lovers, this great iPhone 4 case will ensure no sand or dirt can get spoil your device either.

Proporta Sports Armband

Sports armband
Whether you’re a beefcake sweating it out in the gym or you just like the occasional jog in the park, the Sports Armband iPhone 4 cases will be ideal for you. Most of us can’t imagine exercising without the anthemic Eye of the Tiger blasting into our ears (you know it’s true), but gym wear doesn’t tend to have the pocket space for your phone. This is where the Sports Armband comes in. Avoid devices knocking around in your pocket by strapping this iPhone 4 case to your arm and workout to your tunes with no fuss.

Proporta Aluminium Skin

Aluminium Skin
For protection without the bulk, these iPhone 4S cases are ideal. Available in a choice of colours, this iPhone protective case is made to fit the device like a second skin, but prevents damage from knocks and scratches, leaving you to get your adrenaline fix without caring for your gadget.

Find more iPhone 4S cases with Proporta.

Smartphone Gloves: The Best Winter Accessory

Smartphone gloves have certainly become the must-have item this winter, and with a lot of our year taken up by weather that makes you say “brrrrr”, iPhone gloves are certainly a worthy investment for anyone with a touchscreen device. Find out more about the best uses and tips on using your touchscreen gloves with this handy guide from Proporta.

iPhone Gloves
What are Smartphone Gloves?
In essence, they are a regular pair of gloves to keep your hands toasty in the freezing weather but with a very handy twist. If you’ve ever tried to use your touch screen device with a pair of gloves on, you’ll know that it is useless as it just doesn’t work. However, thanks to a nifty bit of modern technology you can now use all your tablets, phones and MP3 players with your iPhone gloves on. Touchscreen gloves allow you to swipe away on your device’s screen as if you aren’t wearing gloves at all.

Times Smartphone Gloves are Needed
There are plenty of times and situations that an accessory like this can come in handy.
– Avoid dropping your phone as you struggle to remove your normal gloves
– If you work outdoors in all weathers and need to make lots of calls
– Texting with an Apple device whilst on the go in the cold is made much more comfortable using iPhone gloves

Touchscreen Gloves Key Features
– Extra warm and unisex
– One size fits all
– Can be used with all capacitive touch screen devices including iPhone 4 / 4S, iPad / iPad 2, BlackBerry Bold, HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S2.

Tried and Tested
Want to see us playing around in the snow whilst using Proporta Touchscreen gloves? View our video below.