Practically the day I purchased my new iPad I started hunting for a stylish case to house it. I love portfolios, so I started my journey there. I also believe that there are some times when writing notes on my iPad using a stylus can have a chilling effect on a client. Maybe they think that I’m playing Angry Birds or something. All I know is that when I’m explaining to a client during a jail visit that his options are prison or prison, taking his comments down on paper makes him feel like I’m paying attention to his situation.
So that led me to the only option I’ve found that put a notepad with an iPad in a portfolio case. At least it was a quality option. Let me introduce you to the Booqpad Agenda. I opted for the black and gray version at $50.
It broke my heart when I placed my order for this portfolio, only to realize it was on backorder! They had some issues with inventory that I understand have since been sorted out. My first impression was that it was a very stylish, yet simple case. The leather felt supple yet sturdy (dirty-sounding or not), and it had a very stout snap. I especially like this as I don’t see how it could work itself open.
Sliding my iPad 2 into the device was not difficult, but it felt far from loose in there. I didn’t get the impression that this was an iPad portfolio renamed for the second generation. It’s definitely custom to the iPad 2. If, for some reason, the snap did open and you figured out how to hold it so that the iPad could somehow slide out, Booq nipped it in the bud by including a leather flap that folds behind the iPad. It is long enough to make it a little difficult to tuck behind your tablet. I like that. Your iPad will NOT shimmy in this portfolio!
Once the iPad is secure the form function shines through. All buttons and the charging port are present and accounted for, not half-hidden behind a poorly designed, one-size-fits-all enclosure.
Behind the included A5 notebook are a few pockets perfectly suited for business cards.
I have to say that carrying this case should have some advantages. Foremost is that when I want to stand out in the courtroom I open my Booqpad. When I want to blend it makes me look like any other lawyer in the room. Without it I either impress folks or come off as that arrogant iPad guy.
There is also a place for a pen or stylus of course. A nice feature of the Booqpad is that upon folding the portfolio in half, you get a nicely tilted writing service for landscape mode.
So far I’m thoroughly impressed with the fit and finish of the Booqpad Agenda. I feel confident that not only will it impress, but it will survive a drop as well. It also comes in several stylish colors. In a sea of cheap iPad 2 storage solutions I take pride in knowing that I made the right choice the first time!