Skooba Netbook/iPad Messenger Bag Review
I recently purchased Skooba's iPad Messenger bag and thought I would share my opinion of it. I wanted a bag to carry and protect my iPad naked or cased with accessories. The iPad Messenger fills that role nicely.
The front and main compartment of the bag are protected by a flap. The flap is held in place by velcro and a plastic clip. The clip is easy to open one handed yet secure enough to prevent a pick pocket from getting into your bag without you noticing. There is a small zippered compartment in the top of the flap. The flap also has a large zipper at the top to provide access to the main compartment of the bag.
Under the flap is a zipper protected section as well as the main compartment of the bag. The zippered section is divide up nicely to accommodate a variety of different shaped objects. As you can see in the pictures below, I have my iPad charger, earphones, cable, pens and shure earphones in this section and there is still plenty of space.
Between the zippered section and the main compartment is a slim pocket the perfect size for a magazine or notebook. The main compartment contains a nice padded pocket that fits the iPad snuggly with a stretch strap held in place with velcro. It therefore will not hold an iPad in the Apple case. That is not a problem since them main compartment is big enough to fit the iPad in just about any case. Also in the main compartment is a mesh pocket which works great to hold the power cord.
The back of the bag has a narrow compartment that is held closed by velcro. This compartment can accommodate a small notebook but when I placed a standard sized (8.5"x11") notebook in it, the pieces are velcro don't make enough contact to keep the section closed.
On one side of the bag is plastic buckle for easy adjustment of the strap length. Immediately below the buckle is a small compartment for storing the extra strap. On the other side is a zipped compartment that contains a water bottle holder when not in use.
This bag is well made with quality materials. The protection provided for the iPad by the padding is more than enough for most people. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this bag to anyone in the market for a small iPad bag.