Binding: Kelly Green Cordura® nylon
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I was lucky enough to get this as a TED conference attendee. I have used it nonstop for several years and it looks new and has been my go to for every meeting, short trips with iPhone support and just random conference attending and note taking. The quality and thought are terrific, holds business cards (both mine and others), pens, iPhone and random paper detritus. But one NOW if like me, you still believe in scribbling.
Okay, so I'm actually reviewing the folio in Glimmer Mod Green Pod (exterior) and Mint Green nylon (binding) because the Jubilee Raspberry color was out of stock. But the green color scheme is really pretty!
Anyway, I really like this folio. It fits my notebook (soft-cover Moleskine), phone, and pens really well. It is a bit bulky once everything's in place so it can add noticeable weight to my bag. However, when I'm dashing out with just a notebook, this has been a god-send.
I gave this one 3 stars instead of 4 because the white part of the fabric is more prone to getting dirty from my hand (which can get a tad sweaty at times) than I expected. I returned this version for a custom made one out of one of the tweed fabrics that won't discolor so easily. This made me sad because I LOVE the look of this folio.
That said, here are the pros and cons as I see it for the smartphone folio in general:
This seems to be the only product on the market that I have found that will hold my Samsung Galaxy S2 and a notebook. Most of the products like this are geared specifically for iphones, which are much smaller than my phone and thus not usable for my purposes. For the way that I work (attending meetings, working in my office, working at a public service desk) having my phone and a notebook with me is very important, and this does the job quite well.
The internal structure of the folio seems to be cardboard or very thin sheet plastic. This keeps the overall weight of the folio down, but makes it feel kind of insubstantial in my hand. The spine and cover flex and warp when being carried or in use which is a bit of a turn off for me.
The phone pouch is made out of solid fabric with a Velcro flap closure. I don't bother with the flap, I just fold it inside the phone pocket because either the folio is zipped up in transit, or it's open and I want to quickly access my phone. If I was the designer, i would see if I could replace the pleated pocket with a mesh pouch with a gathered and elasticized top edge. It would keep the phone in place but still out quick and easy access when you want it and it would be lighter and less complex to construct. It would also allow greater flexibility in future phone sizes because as it stands right now, the pleated fabric pouch won't be able to accommodate phones bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S2, which fits in the pouch, but just.