Posts made in November, 2011

Review: TinTac Hoxton messenger bag

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 in Reviews

Inspired by cockney rhyming slang (TinTac = sack = bag) and the Hoxton area in London, the TinTac Hoxton is designed as an everyday commuter or casual bag. The Hoxton is a casual messenger-style bag that is big enough to carry a 13″ MacBook, but is probably best suited for iPad users.

Design

The bag is made of soft but sturdy canvas and has a very comfortable nylon shoulder strap. The 3 internal compartments and 2 pockets offer plenty of places to pack things and thanks to the bright interior colours, you’ll be able to find your things later as well. The Hoxton is available in beige, grey, green and brown with matching interior fabric colours.

Yay!

The bag is fairly simple – in a good way. There aren’t thousands of internal compartments with subdivisions to get stuff lost in, it’s just a well though out bag for everyday use.

It’s nice and light, so it’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It’s also not too bulky and fits easily underneath the seats on a plane or on your lap if you’re on public transport.

A magnet keeps the bag shut and two front slip pockets with headphone cable flaps allow you to get at your music player or phone without digging around inside the bag.

I was afraid the light beige colour option I picked would get dirty easily, but after several weeks of being dragged to Brussels, Hamburg and all around Munich, it still looks great.

Meh…

The overall quality feels very good, however I did notice the zipper on the back compartement came apart once or twice. But since it’s an internal zipper, it’s not a real worry.

Conclusion

I really like this bag. It’s a bit too small for most notebook computers, but in a pinch I can fit my MacBook Air in it. But it’s perfect for an iPad, camera and the other bits and bobs I usally lug around.

It’s more of a “lifestyle” bag than a computer bag, but for those of you that have embraced the iPad way of computing, the TinTac Hoxton is highly recommended.

At £40 / €47 / $60, it’s great value for money and I could see this bag being a popular gift this holiday season.

TinTac Hoxton website

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Review: Simplism Flip Note Leather

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in iPad, Reviews

Simplism, a Japanese company whose products I stumbled across while on holiday in Malaysia, make really nice leather covers and cases for iPads, iPhones and iPods.

I recently had the opportunity to review the Simplism Leather Flip note case for iPad.

Build

The case is made from real leather and feels extremely well made. It’s a perfect fit for the iPad 2 as well as the new iPad. The materials feel think and sturdy enough to protect your iPad from bumps in a bag or even big drops.

Everyday usefulness

Your iPad is held in place by a simple velcro strip that keeps it from sliding out, making it easy to quickly remove your iPad if you need to. The flip cover supports sleep on/off like Apple’s smart cover, so as soon as you open the case your iPad will wake and you can start working. On the inside of the Flip Note you’ll find several pockets for credit cards, business cards or notes, making the Flip very useful for meetings and trips.

Cameras and controls

Both cameras can be used while your iPad is inside the Flip and you can also access the side lock and volume controls as well. The 30-pin dock connector can also be used to charge your iPad in case, however certain larger accessories may have trouble connecting.

Stand

The flip cover can be bent in the middle, which allows you to prop your iPad up for typing. You can also use this feature to stand your iPad upright for watching TV and movies. The smart cover is slightly more flexible in this regard, but the Flip Note works really well for typing.

Conclusion

The Simplism Leather Flip Note Case is an excellent iPad case that will protect your iPad and has room to stash away a few business essentials as well. The build quality is fantastic and even after a few months of use everything still looks great.

Overall it is highly recommended. Available through these retailers.

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