Archive for 2013

Christmas gifts 2013: the best and worst

In less than two weeks, Christmas will be here and “gift anxiety” is increasingly being talked about.

Whether you are lovers of online shopping or of the more classic, traditional bricks and mortar Christmas shopping, the only way to win the “battle” of the gifts is to be one step ahead.

Looking on the web, we’ve found plenty of articles about finding the right Christmas gifts and we’ve decided to give you some top tips on getting through the next couple of weeks of total chaos.

Popular Christmas gifts 2013
Beyond the shadow of a doubt, technology and gadgets will be the winners of 2013, mainly because they’re both useful and enjoyable for the whole family. Tablets, cameras, smartphones, headphones and Mp3 players never seem to go out of fashion, and this year is no exception.

Clothing and shoes will keep tech gifts company under the tree, in second place as among the most desired products. In fact, 23% of all Christmas gifts in 2013 will be clothes and shoes.

Making up the rest is small gifts: simple things, but useful. So, for example, everything related to the home is always well received.

Not so popular Christmas gifts 2013
If it’s useful to know what the most desired gifts will be, it’s probably even juicier to find out what the most hated gifts this year are likely to be.

Beating off the competition are perfumes, aftershaves and toiletries in first place. It seems nobody wants to smell nice anymore.

In second place: generic “Christmas items”, such as candles, tablecloths and knick-knacks of dubious beauty.

Gloves, scarves and ties take third place easily, so, it’s best to steer clear of the accessories sections.

You can find plenty of Christmas gift ideas at Proporta.

 

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Dress your phone for your personality this winter

Winter is one of the best times to “dress up” your phone and stand out from the crowd.
There are those who choose a Christmas look, or those who choose a more vibrant look (maybe to remember the past summer).

In short, we’re all making more of an effort to turn our devices into a kind of mirror that reflects our passions, moods or, even our memories with a new case or accessory.

If a cover is considered a functional item for most adults that protects their device, you could say that for young people (or teenagers) the iPhone case takes on a different role: it becomes a status symbol, an emblem to show to everyone.

It is fair to say that there are only a few main smartphone brands, so one of the only real ways to break out is to wrap your device with something that makes it unique and unmistakable… something that represents the owner.

For the self-conscious teen, we put together a short guide on which cases would suit even the most picky of personalities.

Do you love winter sports? Then there’s nothing better than Quiksilver and Roxy.

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Looking for a cover that reflects your Christmas spirit?

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Or maybe you’d prefer something a bit quirky?

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Joules and Ted Baker are the ideal solutions for both girls and boys who love elegance without turning their phone into an antique.

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If none of these options tickle your fancy, we have the perfect solution for all tastes:

http://www.proporta.co.uk/customiser_index

Here, you can create your own protective cover for iPhone, Galaxy or iPad mini by uploading a photo or even your own design to customise your phone.

The tablet craze and kids

Everyone loves Christmas, especially children and young people who, let’s face it, are the real stars of this holiday.

Although games and clothes remain a popular choice for children, the advent of tablets has brought these devices to the top of the list for boys in particular.

In fact, analysts Ofgem, found the number of boys between 5 and 15 years old with a tablet increased from 7% to 26%. It also found that the number of children as young as 3-4 years old using a PC or a tablet at home is now at 28%.

The ease of use of these devices, as well as the countless number of applications ranging from games to study apps, makes them one of the most sought after products on the market for all age groups and purposes.

The other side of the coin shows the most negative aspects of these devices. Richard Graham, a leading British expert in dependence of technology, says that if a child spends too much time in front of a tablet, he/she could develop a strong dependency on tablet tecnology by age four.

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SELFIE TREND

Whether we like it or not, there’s a phenomenon taking place that we all know about, and it’s been catapulted into the spotlight further this week as it has become the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year. What are we talking about? The (dreaded) selfie.

What exactly is a “selfie”?

A selfie refers to a picture that someone has taken of themselves on their smartphone or camera. It usually involves a pose of some sort, with the duckface being favoured by many (an extreme pout).

Dubbed (by us) the modern day self-portrait, we think you can chart the rise of the selfie in direct correlation to the growth in social networks and smartphone technology.

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A history of the selfie

Around 11 years ago, Friendster was born (arguably the first social network). This was one of the first places where users could take and upload profile photos to be published online.

Soon after, in 2003, MySpace took its place, and from that moment the “selfie” began to emerge more and more as we were all encouraged to share every aspect of our lives with friends and family online.

But the decisive change came with the introduction of the front-facing camera on various smartphones, combined with the advent of Facebook a few years later.

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Selfie technique

Since then, it has become normal – and almost expected – to shamelessly hold your phone up high above your head and pout up to it in even the most mundane of situations.

Celebrities and “normos” alike can’t wait to take their best duckface and share it online, and it has become somewhat of an addiction in some cases.

Our solution for the Selfie Addict

If you are a fan of the selfie craze, Proporta has the ideal thing just for you… http://www.proporta.co.uk/customiser_index

Now, not only can you have your face on your screen, but your beautiful mug can also be all over your phone case. Simply upload your best duck face to our customiser and within a few clicks, your design will be ready.

Where’s Waldo? On your iPod touch case for $4.95

For the perfect stocking filler this Christmas, grab a Where’s Waldo 4G iPod touch case designed to protect and entertain. Just $4.95 each, find Waldo while stocks last.

Top 12 gift ideas for the holidays – hand picked by us for you

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Start your holiday shopping off in style and find the perfect gift for your friends and family with Proporta’s Top 12.

We’ve hand picked a selection of our favourite gift ideas and are offering 12% off any of these by entering coupon code HOLIDAYS12 at the checkout.

But hurry, this code expires 11/22/13.

You can also see more gift ideas at our Gifts Category page.

Style your phone or tablet with a vintage look, by Lalita

Yes, there is one for every mood. So many directions to go in. What’s your style? Dapper or Dandy? Girly or vintage?

Get yourself something original and design a special phone case by Lalita, with your own touch. As much as you need that new handbag or pair of shoes, the new collection of Lalita personalised phone cases will make you swoon too.

Featuring unique designs by vintage fashion brand, Lalita, your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, Galaxy S3/S4 or iPad mini can look the part too now.

Create your Lalita personalised case now.

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blog foto lilitaVisit our website and take an image from our Lalita collection: trendy, fashionable, unique.

The new hard shell case collection by Lalita is now live and available at Proporta.

Create a case today   or

Visit Lalita online to find about more

Elegance with shotgun tested strength: Carbon Fibre iPhone 5/5S cases by Proporta

 

Would you want a cover for your iPhone 5 or 5S that’s light as a feather but resistant to the toughest shock, even a shotgun?

Today you can, thanks to the latest carbon fibre iPhone 5S cases from Proporta designed to protect your phone like no one has ever done before.

Made with high quality leather that covers the carbon fibre core and microfibre that lines the inside, these new iPhone 5 covers are a mix between luxury and protection at the highest levels.

 

Why carbon fibre iPhone 5S covers?

Simple: carbon fibre is 2/3 lighter than steel and 5 times more resistant, so it’s no surprise that it’s used in plenty of industries, such as aerospace or in the world of motor racing.

We tried to create the perfect balance of elegance and strength, with fine leathers and manicured details, a true gem to show off.

Visit Proporta to find out more about the brand new carbon fibre iPhone 5S covers.

                                                   

 

 

Christmas saved with touchscreen gloves

It’s Christmas soon, which means there’s plenty to think about. You think about your Christmas Tree, decorations, uncles and aunts, gifts, turkey, sweeping the chimney for Santa Claus’ safety… but there are always a few bits and bobs you could forget.

Imagine…

Suppose Santa calls you on your iPhone to ask you the exact details of your son’s favourite video game, but you’re in the middle of a snowball fight with your colleagues. And of course, Father Christmas would call you from a withheld number (he’s a pretty secretive guy). You’re wearing gloves and you’re unable to take the call, something that’s impossible with normal gloves. You miss this super important call because of a pair of gloves and you’re left with a glum looking son on Christmas morning.

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Don’t take this risk
Proporta has the solution to make your child joyful under the Christmas tree:

TOUCH SCREEN GLOVES
– Ideal for operating touch sensitive devices like the iPad, iPod touch or smartphones.
– Available in festive and winter spirited designs.
– Keep your hands nice and toasty, and let you take important calls without faffing with glove removal.

Don’t miss any calls in future in case of snow, rain, or icy conditions, it could just be the call of your lifetime. Find touchscreen gloves at proporta.co.uk today.

Strongest iPhone and iPad mini cases yet – Carbon Fiber now available

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Our strongest iPhone and iPad mini cases ever have arrived. Constructed from shotgun tested carbon fiber as well as fine quality, hand-stitched leather, the new Carbon Fiber collection is ready to keep your iPhone 5/5S and iPad mini 2 safe from the hardest knocks that life throws at you.

Carbon fiber benefits

Five times stronger than steel, yet weighs two-thirds less

Used in aerospace, motorsport racing and now iPhone and iPad mini cases

Withstand shotgun fire from 20 yards

Find out more about our Carbon Fiber collection.