The Ultimate Luxury, Courtesy of Apple and Piel Frama

Back in college, at Carnegie Mellon University, one of my professors posed the question, who was richer? Our choices were historical figures like King Louis, Julius Caesar, Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon, George Washington... and ourselves. The answer was each of us... None of those ancient figures could access any movie on demand via NetFlix or iTunes. None of them could communicate instantly with someone across the world, by video no less. They couldn't "see" star systems and planets as we can with apps like StarWalk. Modern technology makes our lives richer than the wealthiest people long since gone.

The iPad hadn't been invented yet... This was thirty years ago, and we were lucky to have the internet, although it was called the ARPAnet back then! Such a device would blow the minds of those "rich" leaders from long ago. Even industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who roamed the very halls I was taking that class in, could not have foreseen iPads. And now kids use them. To play Flappy Bird!

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The point is, we should stop and think about how "rich" we are to have such technology, and we should appreciate it and care for it. That's why I keep my iPad Air in a case from Piel Frama. The luxurious leather reminds me that I'm using something special. I opted for the crocodile print, but many options and colors exist.

I like that the case accommodates several typing positions (I'm typing on it right now) and has built in magnets that ensure a reliable closing each time. Other cases let the flap open and close on its own. Of course, the Piel Frama case supports Apple's automatic wake/sleep function.

Now, every time I pickup my iPad Air, I appreciate it that much more. This device is my tricorder, my communicator, my deep space telescope. If Caesar had an iPad, you know he would have commissioned a case made from the highest quality materials, so why shouldn't you?

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.