One of the things I love about the iPad is the fact that it has inspired so many sleek and elegant accessories designed specifically for it. The new InCase Canvas Field Bag ranks right up there with the best of them.
Clad in a simple clutch bag shape, it's sized just right for the iPad's dimensions. Instead of just clasping it with your hand, though, it comes with an adjustable and removable strap that's meant to go sling-style across your torso.
The InCase iPad Field Bag is made from a tough canvas material, with weather-resistant coating for further durability. Unlike other bags, it has a play-through design that lets you use the tablet without having to pull it out of the compartment (the bag actually opens like a folio case, while the tablet sits inside a frame).
Interior has a quilted cotton-lined sleeve to absorb bumps, with the holding frame getting a protective screen cover. Other features include dual zippers for closure, a removable pouch and an exterior zippered pocket.
If you think a simple, stylish iPad bag that has a clever case-like design is a good idea, you'll probably want to get your hands on the InCase Canvas Field Bag. It's available for $69.95.
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Want serious protection when carrying your iPad during travel or commute? The CaseCrown Air Cell Briefcase for iPad might do the trick.
If you already own a similar padded briefcase for 10.1-inch netbooks, you should know that this is the exact same thing. They're, basically, just rebranding it for use with Apple's 9.7-inch slate. There's absolutely zero difference - they didn't even remove the battery bay (although, you can probably use that for holding the charger and other small accessories).
The CaseCrown Air Cell Briefcase for iPad is a slim and lightweight bag, with dual zippers and a two-strap carrying handle. Over 200 high-quality air cells are prominently stationed on the sides to absorb shock from bumps and jarring movement.
Since it's more of a multi-purpose gadget carrier than a strictly made-for-iPad accessory, you can use it to carry other sensitive stuff when you’re leaving the tablet at home. Netbooks, smaller gaming consoles and portable DVD players come to mind.
The fact that the CaseCrown Air Cell Briefcase is sized for 10.1-inch netbooks actually brings one accidental advantage: you can slip in your iPad even with a case in tow. To me, this is an excellent upside, especially if you want to keep the tablet in your favorite multi-function case, all while being able to carry it around conveniently. The bag on sale for around $15.
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iPad bags are fine for taking your tablet around during travel. If you absolutely can't use it without a Bluetooth keyboard in tow, though, your choices in iPad-specific bags suddenly dwindle down to a small number. The Waterfield iPad Wallet should count among your remaining options.
Designed as a two-in-one travel case, the container has separate internal pockets for an iPad and an Apple wireless keyboard, respectively. Both compartments are lightly-padded with non-scratch surfaces, ensuring your devices remain free from any nicks and scrapes.
The Waterfield iPad Wallet measures 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches and features impact-resistant inserts along the body for protection from bumps. A self-locking YKK zipper ensures your gear stays shut in, while a stretchable pocket around the back lets you carry other gear, such as chargers, styluses and miniature flame throwers (hey, some of you may be into that).
It comes in a choice of six colors (black, copper, flame, green, pearl and pine), with distressed brown leather sides. You can also choose to have the bag installed with D-rings (in case you have a spare strap at home) or request it be shipped with an accompanying strap. Both options cost extra, of course.
Currently on pre-order with an October 31 shipping date for the initial run, the Waterfield iPad Wallet is available for $79.
Do you prefer utility over style? You may want to try the Nimbus Tote, an iPad carrier that looks almost like a laptop bag.
Made from 100% polyester and designed like a carrying bag that comes free when you buy a new notebook, it's far from the kind of jackets we normally see iPads slipping into. Functionally, though, it seems really sound, although it does add more bulk than what you'll normally need for a tablet with a 9.7-inch screen.
The Nimbus Tote comes with two zippered compartments and a clear iPad pocket on the front side. Made with clear vinyl film, the iPad area allows for functional use of the tablet, complete with UV protection. Hook and loop closures on both sides allow you access to ports. If you want the iPad better protected (such as during travel), you can store it on one of the zippered slots instead.
Bag measures 9.5 x 13 x 4 inches and comes with a detachable strap. The website offers some suggestions on how to use it. Like we said, it seems really functional, but rather clunky. There's no way you're looking sleek with this thing in tow, so it's best reserved for those occasions when you'll be carrying an iPad along with a host of other items (such as books, a change of clothes or other gadgets).
Two variations of the Nimbus Tote are available -- with flap and without flap. The former retails for $54.95, while the latter goes for $49.95.
If conventional iPad bags aren't much to your liking, you might enjoy this stylish take from Molla Space. Called the Envelope Bag, it wears a look that resembles old-school, traditional kraft paper envelopes.
Equipped with a button and tie gummed flap, it seems better suited to hold a stack of documents than a mass of modern gadgets. While it appears to be made of paper, it's actually cut from synthetic leather, so it should hold an iPad and the rest of your gear without busting at the bottom.
Designed by Megawing, the Envelope Bag measures 9.8 x 13.4 inches, with a flat design that makes it ultra-convenient to take around. It can be used like a real envelope too, clutched in your hand or tucked under your arm. Heck, you can stack it on your desk if you have more than one.
The bag comes with an adjustable and detachable strap, so you can hang it across your body like a satchel. Since you'll obviously need to carry more than the iPad when you go out, it includes an inset pocket with multiple pouches for your phones, pens, keys and other small accessories.
Molla Space's Envelope Bag is available from their website for $60.
Looking to ditch the clutch bag for something that will fit in your new iPad? Wrap your hands around the Clutch, a spacious organizer for your carry-on gear that can handily replace your favorite clutch bag.
Put your iPad on the main slot with the clear front panel and the rest of your accessories on the three separate compartments on the other side. There's a zippered area for your cash and valuables, pouches for your phone and credit cards, and extra space for even more of your haul, whether you want to carry lip gloss, pepper spray or a crazy-ass switchblade knife.
Designed for the ladies, the Clutch comes with stylish pleats that help it look more like a bag than a regular case. A large zipper shuts the three compartments close and a strap secures the two flaps, so you can carry it without worrying about any of your accessories falling off.
Unlike other cases with extra compartments, you can use it to sit your iPad upright (for viewing or typing) without the need for any extra accessory. All iPad ports and controls are easily accessible too, with cutouts built into the main compartment.
The Clutch is available in red and black, priced at $89.99.
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Why carry your iPad in a sleeve that goes in a bag when you can have a stylish off-the-shoulder accessory dedicated to your beloved slate? Ditch the laptop-sized backpack for the Boa Push, a slim and minimal bag designed to hold an iPad and a few choice accessories.
Sized just enough to fit the game-changing slate, the main compartment consists entirely of a space just enough to fit an iPad in. We guess you can throw in a few sheets of paper in too, in case you really need them, but that's it. For the rest of your assembly, there's a full-width pocket around the back for office documents or a moleskine notebook (you, hipster, you), a front patch pocket for your phone and a few small pockets right outside the main area (for your wires, pens and sausage styluses).
The Boa Push is made from Twylon and genuine Nappa leather, making for an accessory as stylish as it is functional. A snap button closure locks the flap in place, while you hang it over your shoulder with a wide seatbelt-webbing nylon strap (which is, arguably, the smoothest strap material there probably is).
Just to raise the exclusivity stakes a bit, Booq Bags is tagging each piece with a gunmetal-framed Terralinq serial number. Register the number once you get it and you get access to the Terralinq service, which helps reunite lost bags with their rightful owners (hopefully, with the iPad still in tow).
Seriously, I don't think I've seen a made-for-iPad bag this nice-looking yet. The Boa Push is available in either gray or sand for $89.95.