Pad and Quill iPhone Case Review


At the July Orlando Tech meetup I was talking to a local developer and at the end of the conversation he pulled out this strange looking iPhone case/wallet in order to grab a card for me. I asked him what it was and he said it was made by a Minneapolis-based company called Pad and Quill and that I could find it online if I Googled for the company name.

I found the case online the next day and ordered one for myself for $59.99. The case is called The Little Pocket Book and in addition to making iPhone cases Pad and Quill also makes cases for the iPod, iPad and several other devices. I went with mahogany brown for the cover and deep sea blue for the interior cover.

I’ve been using it for a little over a week and overall I have been very happy with it. I normally carry around my keys, my wallet, and my iPhone but with the Pad and Quill case I now just carry it and my keys, freeing up a lot of pocket space.

The left side of the case has three slots plus one behind it for additional storage space. The right side of the case is made of baltic birch plywood which holds your iPhone in place.



There is a strap on the back that holds it together whenever you need to carry it around:



One of the major adjustments for me was that you can’t carry around the same number of things that you would in a normal wallet. I had to get rid of all of the non-essentials so that now I just carry around my insurance card, my credit card, my driver’s license, and a small amount of cash. Even with just those items, the front cover does not sit flat without the strap to keep it tightly bound together:


I originally expected to keep the iPhone in the Pad and Quill case whenever I needed to talk on the phone, but I’ve found it cumbersome so I usually take it out whenever I need to make or answer a call. Fortunately, there is a built in ribbon that you can leave hanging out so that it’s easy to extract your iPhone whenever you need to use it.


If you’re looking for a new wallet or phone case, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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In such depression, gifted children typically try to find some sense of meaning, some anchor point which they can grasp to pull themselves out of the mire of “unfairness.” Often, though, the more they try to pull themselves out, the more they become acutely aware that their life is finite and brief, that they are alone and are only one very small organism in a quite large world, and that there is a frightening freedom regarding how one chooses to live one’s life. It is at this point that they question life’s meaning and ask, “Is this all there is to life? Is there not ultimate meaning? Does life only have meaning if I give it meaning? I am a small, insignificant organism who is alone in an absurd, arbitrary and capricious world where my life can have little impact, and then I die. Is this all there is?”

From Existential depression in gifted individuals via HackerNews.