• The New 2018 Apple iPhone Xs - Everything You Need to Know

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    Apple iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone 10s, iPhone Xs Max, New 2018, WUDN, Wooden Phone Case

    Just a year after the release of the original iPhone X, Apple is back with a revamped 2018 phone lineup with multiple new handsets, starting with the iPhone Xs pronounced "iPhone 10 S" – all improving on last year’s $1,000+ flagship phone: The iPhone X now has a super-sized big brother in the new iPhone Xs Max.

    Here’s the Short Version (TL;DR* for those in the know)

    • It's equipped with a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone.
    • Its battery lasts 30 minutes longer than last year's iPhone X, Apple said.
    • The camera has "zero shutter lag," Apple said, so it should be able to snap photos fairly quickly.
    • It also supports two SIM cards, allowing you to use two phone numbers on one phone.
    • It has IP68 water-resistance, so it can be submerged in water about 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.
    • Apple's chip is called A12 Bionic and has special hardware for machine learning.
    • Apple said its facial-recognition software, Face ID, is the "most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone."
    • The display is covered with a "new formulation" of glass that Apple said is stronger than that of previous iPhones.
    • The display has a high-dynamic color range that's 60% wider than previous models.
    • Your existing iPhone X case will fit the new iPhone Xs, but not the Xs Max or the Xr. Both of those are completely new sizes and will require new case designs. 

    And a link to Apple’s massively over-produced video.

    Apple iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone 10s, iPhone Xs Max, New 2018, WUDN, Wooden Phone Case

    Available in gold, silver, and dark gray, the smaller Xs sport a 5.8-inch screen, and the new Xs Max gets a huge 6.5-inch screen that’s larger than a Samsung Galaxy Note 9; both with OLED display technology for rich colors in pictures and videos. Amazingly these devices are not any larger than previous models. Thanks to the slimmer bezels, the iPhone Xs Max is only the same size as last year’s iPhone 8 Plus.

    Apple says its OLED screens are even brighter and refresh at 120Hz. The screen now offers HDR support for enhanced viewing and smoothness, and the rumor that 3D Touch was going away turns out to be nonsense. A good viewing experience isn’t just about the screen: sound matters too. For those of you that aren’t married to your headphones, Apple has given both phones new speakers and their calling it “wide stereo sound”.

    The Future of Face ID

    It took me a while to love Face-ID. Thankfully Apple is only making improvements. So, of course, all three models are getting notches on top for all the sensors required to pull off Face ID.

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    Inside that little notch is an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, flood illuminator, infrared camera, and a 3D dot projector that can scan your face to make sure that you—and hopefully only you—can unlock your device. Apple claims an upgrade of the iPhone’s algorithms means Face ID recognizes you faster.

    2018 Camera Improvements

    On to the single best feature of new mobile devices: Apple has redesigned the iPhone Xs’ camera with dual 12-MP sensors: one for wide-angle shots, and one for telephoto. And both cameras will come with optical image stabilization. When you shoot your world with portrait mode or special depth effects, both cameras work together to add extra dimension to your shots. Not sure what “Extra Dimension” really means. We need to see it in action before accepting the gospel from Cupertino.

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    And for 2018, Apple’s new Smart HDR feature will now shoot a four-shot burst to make sure you don’t miss anything, and maybe improve the chances of catching that perfect shot.

    Battery Life

    More an evolution than a revolution, Apple says the standard X will last 30 minutes longer than last year’s iPhone X. That’s an incremental increase at best. This is where Apple uses every bit of the larger devices to cram in more battery. The iPhone Xs Max features the biggest battery Apple has ever put in an iPhone, resulting in an extra 90 minutes of runtime compared to today’s iPhone X. If you can handle the larger devices, you will probably love the new batteries.

    Does Anyone Care About SIM Cards?

    If you travel internationally is matters and both the iPhone Xs and Xs Max come with space for dual SIMs. Switching between carriers should be a breeze.

    Price and availability

    Both the iPhone Xs and Xs Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage sizes, with the smaller Xs starting at $1,000, and the larger Xs Max starting at $1,100. They will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 14, with shipments going out a week later, on September 21st.

    6 Ways to Boost the Resale Value of Your Phone

    Watch this space for updates on real wood phone cases. It makes sense to embrace the newest technology, but wrap it in a case with some soul.

    About the Author

    Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, WUDN. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real wood products that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram, tweet to @cechrist or email me at info@shopwudn.com.

    *TL;DR (Too Long, Didn’t Read)

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  • Introducing the RNGR - Wooden Ring Holder and Stand for Phones and Tablets

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    We have been looking around the interwebs for months, searching for the right phone holder we could cover in beautiful veneer. I just could not put a pop-socket on my phone; it felt way too silly. We finally found it and promptly ordered 5000 of them. Small, lightweight, strong steel construction, and flexible; We're calling it the "RNGR".

    It has all the features you are looking for and more style than should expect from a simple accessory for your phone. These are great looking ring holders, with or without the wood, but you know us... If there is a flat surface, we're putting wood veneer on it. At first I thought it might be dumb but I was 100% wrong. (yes honey, you were 100% right). With the wood veneer, they look way better than I expected. Stylish, elegant even, the RNGR covered in wood is beautiful.

    Introducing the RNGR

    Ringsta ring phone stand holder metal adhesive iphone samsung galaxy ipad tablet

    The first wooden ring holder & stand for phones and tablets only from WUDN.

    • Phone holder & stand combo

    • Strong 3M adhesive

    • 360 degree rotation

    • Works on magnetic car mounts

    • Durable steel construction

    • Customizable with laser engraved text or images

    • Available in Mahogany, Black Walnut, Bamboo or Aromatic Cedar

      Available in our Wholesale Catalog for Promotional Product Distributors 

      Super Durable Design

      Ringsta ring phone stand holder metal adhesive iphone samsung galaxy ipad tablet

      The RNGR is small and lightweight, but the steel construction is satisfyingly heavy to hold to and use. It has the construction and feel, of real quality compared to cheap and thin plastic ring holders.

      Flexible & Comfortable

      Flexible and comfortable the ringsta is perfect for holding your phone or using as a stand to watch videos

      The RNGR is the highest quality and most flexible phone ring holder and stand you can buy. With 360 degree rotation for a comfortable fit in your hand at any angle. And, 180 degree of angle for the stand function offering the perfect viewing angle for whatever you are watching.

      Works with Magnetic Car & Wall Mounts

      Ringsta works with magnetic car mounts

      The RNGR is made of solid steel and works with all types of magnetic car and wall mounts. 

      Strong 3M Adhesive

      Phone ring holder with Strong 3M adhesive

      The RNGR doesn't use a cheap sticker. This is strong 3M adhesive. Easy to re-position if necessary, but once in place, the 3M adhesive holds strong.  

      Comfortable, Flexible & Stylish

      The ringsta is comfortable, flexible and stylish.

      The RNGR is comfortable, flexible and stylish. Fits on your finger like a glove. Well balanced, makes holding on to your phone in any orientation, a breeze. Unlike other ring holders, the Ringsta is also a phone stand with 180 degrees of tilt, you can watch movies or videos at the perfect angle. 

       

      Custom Wood Finishing

      Custom wood finish - first ring phone holder covered in real wood

      Don’t settle for the same ring holder or pop-socket that everyone else has. Stand out from the crowd with a wooden RNGR from WUDN. Each one handcrafted with real wood, cut and assembled by the WUDN team.

      Ringsta ring phone stand holder metal adhesive iphone samsung galaxy ipad tablet

       

       

      Customer Questions and Answers

      Is the RNGR covered in real wood?

      Yes, every one is covered in real wood. Each wood is hand selected by our team for beauty and uniqueness. Wood options for most all of our wood accessories include Mahogany, Black Walnut, Carmalized Bamboo or Aromatic Cedar.

      Can I still use Qi wireless charging?

      Depending on the placement of your RNGR on the back of your phone or case, you may still be able to use Qi wireless charging. We can’t guarantee it of course. You should buy one and test it with your specific charger.

      Can the RNGR be used with magnetic car and wall mounts?

      Yes, the RNGR is constructed from steel and then covered in real wood. It will work great with magnetic car or wall mounts.

      Will the wood get stained and ugly?

      It could, but unlike plastic and other synthetic materials, our wood accessories actually get better looking over time. We ship our products with only one light layer of polyurethane. This means the wood will age and the more you use it, the more the wood will look authentic and vintage. Some artisans actually use coffee to stain wood in beautiful mocha hues.

      Should I get a matching wooden phone case?

      Of course. Who would want a beautiful Aromatic Cedar case and a matching RNGR with a cedar back. Something like this: 

      Ringsta ring phone holder on matching cedar iPhone case.

      Should I get matching sunglasses made of wood?

      Duh. How cool are you on Saturday afternoon with a Bamboo phone case and matching Bamboo Frame Sunglasses. Seriously.

       

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    • We Laser Engraved a World Map Phone Case

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      There are millions of different world map images. Take a look at this world-map Google Image Search for proof. But you have to go somewhere right? The trick is choosing and half the fun is thinking, and planning where to go next.  

      To Travel the World, you need a wood world map phone case

      Although modest, and not too far off the beaten path, my wife and I did an adventure filled 24-hours in Rome.

      I think we squeezed in 20 or more sites, amazing food in charming sidewalk cafes and barely saw the hotel room. I think that’s how it’s supposed to work.

      Of course, after killing it in Rome for a day, we needed 7-days of perfect relaxation in the Italian countryside.

      Traveling Rome with a wooden world map phone case

      Cameron & Jaimeleigh at The Vatican in Rome and the Coliseum

      Not a lecture – but, I promise, traveling will teach you...

      Change is good – and it can be impossible to know what change you might need until you get out there and experience it. I have NEVER met a traveler who said: “I regret going on that trip to the Andes; I should’ve just stayed on my couch”. Just doesn’t happen. Travel is change. You will come back different, and glad you did.

      Learn stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know – right, there’s lots I don’t know. An even bigger universe of unknowns is the stuff I didn’t even know was out there. Travel is about genuinely new experiences that cannot be replicated in your hometown.

      Meeting new people – at the end of the day, or the end of your life, I promise, you will not regret the things; you will regret the time lost with people. Travel is about meeting and appreciating people. The people that will make your life a rich and diverse tapestry of knowledge and probably some lifelong relationships.

      Some of my inspiration

      Much like you, we are inspired by world travels, ours and yours. Here is a selection of our favorite travel blogs curated by WUDN, just for you:

      Dan Flying Solo Travel Blog Dan Flying Solo 1000+ Days on the Road. 

      The Blog Abroad Travel Blog The Blog Abroad Chronicles of an Adventure Junkie.  

      WanderLust Storytellers Travel Blog WanderLust Storytellers All about traveling Australia with a family.

      My Life's a Movie Travel Blog My Life’s a Movie Alyssa Ramos is a full time, self-made, solo traveler who’s been to over 80 Countries.

      Or, here’s my kind of inspiration. 25,791 free travel pictures courtesy of the generous photographers on Unsplash:

      Travel pictures of places to take your wood world-map phone case

      About the WUDN World Map Phone Case

      To honor your travels, we built a modest wooden phone case with laser engraved world map on the back.

      Wooden world map iphone X case

      At WUDN, we prefer simple over complex, and elegant over complicated. Our world-map phone case is as simple and elegant as they come.

      One great phone case wrapped in a single sheet of Mahogany and laser engraved with he classic world map silhouette.

      Our slim wooden iPhone and Samsung cases are handmade from locally sourced wood and built to last through your active lifestyle. Protect your phone while making a statement. Beautiful and functional, these wood phone cases deliver old-school style. Our ultra slim wooden phone cases are hand selected by our team for maximum strength, superior quality and sleek style.

      Features

      • Sleek ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight design that flushes right to your phone to minimize bulk
      • Available in mahogany, black walnut, aromatic cedar, or caramelized bamboo wood finish
      • Polycarbonate impact-resistant bumper for maximum protection
      • Snap-on application for quick & easy installation
      • Equipped with our specialty sure grip surface, keeping your phone in the palm of your hand – no matter the conditions.

      The world map phone case is available in one of four wood species: Black Walnut, Mahogany, Bamboo, Aromatic Cedar. Click here to learn more about each of our wood selections.

       

       

      You might also like: We built a Laser Engraved Phone Case from Scratch (with Video)

      Or Take a look at the full Traveler Collection of phone cases and travel accessories.

      Customer Questions and Answers

      Is the phone case covered in real wood?

      Yes, every case is covered in real wood, hand selected by our team for beauty and uniqueness. Wood options for most all of our cases include Mahogany, Black Walnut, Carmalized Bamboo or Aromatic Cedar.

      How well will this case fit my phone?

      The slim-case fits your phone perfectly. No blockage of the camera port. Sure grip textured sides to enhance your grip and easy access to all ports and buttons.

      Does the phone case protect my screen?

      Yes, our slim-cases have a slightly raised lip around the front edge to prevent your phone screen from touching surfaces when placed facedown. Of course, you should always add a glass screen protector.

      Can I still use Qi wireless charging with this phone case?

      Yes, WUDN slim cases do not interfere with Qi wireless charging for iPhone 8 and X models or for Samsung Galaxy phones. Just be sure to center the Qi receiver in the middle of your charging pad.

      Does the phone case protect my camera?

      Yes, the phone camera is recessed behind the camera cutout. Although the camera is not covered, because that would result in potato quality photos, the camera should be safe from typical drops.

      Will a case protect the resale value of my phone?

      Yes, keeping your phone in excellent condition goes a long way towards maintaining high resale and trade-in value. You should keep your phone in a case at all times - and always add a real glass (not plastic screen protector). As iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones get more expensive, the resale and trade-in value has been going up as well. For $25 now, you could add several hundred dollars to the value of your phone when it's time to upgrade. Read: 6 Ways to Boost the Resale Value of Your Phone

      Will I need a dongle for my headphones?

      No, the WUDN slim cases come with a properly sized cutout for the headphone port (on iPhone 6 models) and lightning port. You will NOT need a dongle for your headphones. Having said that, how about a matching set of Walnut Bluetooth Earbuds.

      Can the WUDN case be used with magnetic car and wall mounts?

      WUDN cases do not come with a steel plate built in. We are looking to add that feature in the future. In the meantime, we know of many customers that have added a steel plate inside their WUDN case with great results. Here is a 4-pack of metal plates designed exactly for this purpose.

      How do you make a wooden cell phone case?

      We did a long form blog post about that complete with pictures and videos. Take a look: We Built a Laser Engraved Phone Case from Scratch

      Should I buy more than one WUDN phone case?

      Of course. We have a number of designs from cool artistic skulls to the "Sawtooth Mountains Traveler", and most of our cases are available in different wood types and species. You should have a couple of cases, at least, to change your style to match the moment. Monday through Friday in the office call for a simple, conservative case, and Fridays in the club call for something with a bit more style.

      Will the wood get stained and ugly?

      It could, but unlike plastic and other synthetic materials, our wood cases actually get better looking over time. We ship our cases with only one light layer of polyurethane. This means the case will age and the more you use it, the more the wood will look authentic and vintage. Some artisans actually use coffee to stain wood in beautiful mocha hues. (make sure your phone is out of the case when you decide to drop it in your coffee).

      Can I customize or personalize my phone case?

      Of course, we offer a full custom shop here. The process is simple: find your image or logo (in black and white - jpg format) and send it to us. Pretty straightforward. We will get to work on design and production right away. You can also customize or personalize a matching journal/planner, mousepad or flask. How cool to have a personalized wooden phone case and a set of matching wood accessories.

      What is TPU and why do I care?

      Thermoplastic Urethane - A hybrid material, TPU is a mixture between hard plastic and soft silicone. A very dense and smooth rubber, TPU cases are made to slide in and out of the pocket easily, without attracting lint. TPU cases are more durable, slightly elastic and much stronger than silicone. WUDN uses TPU case templates which are then covered by real wood.

      Should I get matching sunglasses made of wood?

      Duh. How cool are you on Saturday afternoon with a Bamboo world-map phone case and matching Bamboo Frame Sunglasses. Seriously.

      About the Author

      Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, WUDN. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real wood products that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@shopwudn.com.

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    • The Brand Power of a Custom Wood Phone Case - 10 Reasons

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      Phone cases are touched, used and seen every day – nothing else comes close.

      10 Reasons Why...

      Steal this and use it for your clients...

      A Sample Offer You Can’t Pass Up...

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      Custom branded laser engraved wood phone case promotional product

      I spent 20 years in corporate marketing buying promo products, and a year on this side of the fence as a supplier to the promotional products industry. Some promo products are simply better at conveying a brand message thousands of times throughout the year. Here’s our take on the top 10 reasons why. Simple, compelling and mostly obvious. Feel free to copy / paste this for your next prospecting email.  

       

      1. Phone cases have high visibility

      Seen by the owner up to 30,000 times per year. And, phone cases will be seen by others throughout the users day. People literally hold the phone up in front of them while texting or talking, displaying the case for all to see.

       

      2. Phone cases have excellent utility

      Phone cases get used <period>. I have drawers full of promotional USB drives, and a closet full of golf shirts. They were great once, but nothing like a phone case that I will literally carry on my person every day.

       

      3. Phone cases go literally everywhere

      Home, work, church, grocery store, daycare, the tradeshow. A custom branded phone case will go everywhere your clients and their clients go.

       

      4. Phone cases are small, lightweight, easy to carry and easy to ship.

      Enough said.

       

      5. Phone cases work internationally

      Between the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy over 80% of the global smartphone market is covered.

       

      6. Phone cases deliver instant gratification

      I may not wear that shirt until tomorrow (if at all) but the phone case, I can slip on immediately and begin enjoying (and communicating a brand message) right that minute.

       

      7. Phone cases are cost effective

      Cheaper plastic cases from China can be had for low single digits. Laser engraved, real wood phone cases, handcrafted in the USA from sustainable forests can be had for less than $10 at reasonable quantity.

       

      8. Phone cases are highly customizable

      Of course, plastic cases can be printed with virtually anything, in any color. Wood phone cases with a laser engraving are still highly customizable while delivering the user a more subtle brand image and higher style, increasing the likelihood it will actually be used.

       

      9. Phone cases are fast

      Wooden phone cases are laser engraved and assembled in the USA. Reasonable quantities can be built and shipped in days, not weeks.

       

      10. Phone cases are safe.

      No batteries, no sharp edges, no warning labels, and no shipping restrictions. Phone cases are easy.

       

      A Self Promo Sample Offer You Can’t Pass Up

      Order one for yourself. A real wood phone case, laser engraved with your logo for 50% Off. It’s a powerful conversation starter. Use Code: WUDNPROMO at Checkout. 

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      About the Author

      Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, WUDN. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real wood products that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@shopwudn.com.

      Tags: #WUDN #wood #wooden #handmade #handcrafted #MadeinUSA #iPhone #SamsungGalaxy

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    • WUDN Summer Adventure Giveaway

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      The Real Wood Accessories for Your Summer Adventure – Enter to Win them all!

      WUDN Summer Adventure Giveaway is on now.

      We’re celebrating summer by giving away a collection of our most popular wood products. You will be outfitted completely in beautiful Mahogany, Bamboo, Cedar and Black Walnut:

      WUDN Summer Giveaway 2018 - enter to win

      WUDN Summer Adventure Giveaway

      WUDN Summer Adventure Giveaway

      WUDN Summer Adventure Giveaway

      Battery Charging iPhone Case
      Powerbank for iPhone & Android
      Qi Wireless Phone Charger
      Wood Sunglasses
      Customized Laser Engraved Luggage Tags
      Real Wood Sawtooth Mountains Traveler Slim Case
      Wood Coaster Set
      6 oz. American Flag Hip Flask
      2 oz. Keychain Flask
      Lipstick Phone Charger
      Heavy Duty Bottle Opener
      Keychain Bottle Opener
      Credit Card Bottle Opener
      Carmalized Bamboo Mousepad
      Bluetooth Speaker
      Wood Journal

          Here’s How to Enter:

          Contest ended on 5/31/2018. Congratulations to Alison Drey of Omaha, NE. 

          There will be 1 winner selected on June 1st 2018, from the qualified entries. Must be a resident of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom or Australia. No purchase necessary to win. Contest Rules Here, because lawyers. Thanks for playing.

          Simplicity, Sustainability & 7 Other Reasons Why You Should Buy All Natural Wood Products 

          About the Author

          Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, WUDN. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real wood products that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@shopwudn.com.

           

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