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The Cocoon cases iPad bag has four main compartments: (1) Grid-It system panel (7.3″ x 10.4″) pocket, (2) iPad pocket, (3) mobile phone / mp3 player pocket with cable pass-through, and (4) pocket for everything else. The fourth pocket (for everything else) opens as a double-panel (butterfly shape) and includes several pen slots, a windowed slot for ID, a zippered pouch, a sleeve to hold larger items and several small credit-card sized sleeves for business cards and the like.
The cable pass-through is a nice little detail which allows you to place your phone or mp3 player in the convenient pocket at the front of the bag and still be connected to your device via headphones.
Here is a video of the iPad bag in action:
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The cocoon iPad bag is well constructed and made of a non-snag material. It comes in a variety of colours. We opted for the more subdued Gun Gray.
There is a handy handle on the top of the bag and, given how light it is, I found myself carrying it this way. There is, of course, an adjustable over the shoulder strap but the bag is so small that this feels a bit twee.
The Grid-It system is great for holding lots of electronic gubbins and cables. The idea is to pack everything as flat as possible and to make it very easy to pull out at airport security check-points.UPDATE June 13, 2011:
I’ve been using the bag everyday for a month now and can report that it has held up reasonably well. There is some fraying near one of the zippers but this is cosmetic and has not yet compromised the integrity of the zipper itself. I’ve included a picture of what I mean.
The shoulder strap has become very squeaky. I suspect that the joints where the plastic parts pivot to accommodate movement have become slightly strained. Again, it hasn’t affected the functionality of the bag and the bag still feels sturdy but it makes the bag feel a bit ‘cheaper’ than I’d like. I would not expect it to make so much noise after only four weeks.
All-in-all, I would say that the bag is machined reasonably well but not fantastically. I have overstuffed it and punished it a fair amount but it still holds up with some minor nigglies.