Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

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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.

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 CaseIt 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.

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 CaseSliding 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!

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

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.

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

Behind the included A5 notebook are a few pockets perfectly suited for business cards.

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

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.

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

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.

 Review: Booqpad Agenda IPad 2 Case

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!

  • Joann Noord

    Good review. Almost perfect, but has all the features people would need. I had to shop around for it at Amazon and Overstock.com, and had trouble finding them in stock. A little anxious, so I ordered a few days ago a leather Mivizu iPad 2 case called the Sense, Best, the Mivizu folio is affordable priced at $29.99 against apple’s not smart price of $69.99 http://www.amazon.com/Mivizu-Sense-Leather-Feature-ciPD2mvzSMRTblk/dp/B004V0CCQK, only one concern; the pen scratching the screen when the flap closes.

  • zach

    thanks for the review! i had many of the same concerns and considerations as you. my current portfolio, which was used prior to buying an ipad, has the notepad, business card slots, and sleeve which worked well for sliding my catalog behind. this is the only folio i’ve found that seems to suit my needs, but it doesn’t have a sleeve similar to the one i’ve been using. i plan on buying, and really hoping there’s enough slack to slide my catalog in on top of the notepad! thanks again!