May 14 2011, 2:39pm CDT | by Robert Evans
The BooqPad is a folio case for the iPad 2. It is made primarily out of recycled materials and comes in a variety of color options. The case has slots for a notepad, stored papers, and two slots for business cards. I suspect (but have not tested) that one of the business card slots would be ideal for storing a Verizon or AT&T WiFi hotspot.
I love my BooqPad. It keeps my tablet protected and helps me store a ton of useful stuff alongside it. I'm a big fan of the design of the case and the feel of the material. The folks at booq did an exceptional job making something that looks good, even alongside a device like the iPad 2. Unfortunately, they made one big mistake.
When your BooqPad first arrives, it'll look like this:
But within about a week, it will look like this:
See, there's nothing to secure the bottom of that notepad to the case. And that pad is held together with glue. Not rings. So when you pick up the notebook to read your iPad, the paper in the pad drops down and puts strain on the glue. After about a week of moderate use, mine had completely detached. I'm not sure how to avoid that, short of taking the tablet out every time you want to read it anywhere but a table.
Paper replacement's aren't exactly cheap, either. Three pads will cost you $10, which gets expensive when you're killing a pad every week or so. How could booq fix this? Add flaps into the bottom of the case to stop the pad from dropping out.
I really do like this case though. If I put my iPad 2, a pencil, a pad and some note cards in there I don't need anything else to make it through a day of classes. The case body is also sew-able. Which means those of you with an artistic bent can add on patches or sew in patterns.
If you're willing to spend $50 on a case, this one holds everything you need to make it through a long day of meetings or classes. You'll need to be careful with the pad, but your tablet will stay safe and there's plenty of room for all your goodies.
Source: The Edge Singapore
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