This bag holds an iPad2 in a DODOcase comfortable in the front pocket, with a little room to spare. The larger pocket has plenty of room, and the bottom as well as the front pocket have padding sewn in.
L is for the Look he gave to me
O is for the oversized Eddie Bauer bag he used to carry
V is victory, which is mine, because
E is everything he needs/wants/could dream of having in a daily bag, which is what he got from his perceptive and thoughtful wife.
So I "designed" and Rickshaw spectacularly (and quickly) executed the iPad messenger for my Kindle Fire and plain ol' Kindle-toting, 6'5" spouse, for his birfday/Father's Day giftie. The initial reaction was lukewarm at best, and just as my wittle feewings were going to be irretrievably hurt, he came home from work on day one (I'd given it to him on a Sunday, which didn't count), abashed and apologetic, with profuse thanks for "the perfect bag". Which, of course, it is: it's just the right size to hold both devices plus his bulky jacket, strategically folded, on the way to work, and said devices plus a 4" stack o' legal docs on the way home, while he wears his bulky jacket so's not to get frostbite in the summer fog.
Fantastic in every way, including the fact that its strap is long enough to comfortably go crossbody on a lonnnnnng torso of a tall man. Rickshaw, home run, again. It must be tiring to be so perfect.
I actually bought this as an alternative to my regular messenger bag, which is too big to bring along on shopping trips and city sightseeing trips . There's space enough for my Kindle, digital camera, and clutch wallet, plus maps, mail, and a 9 x 11 envelope or legal pad. My main kvetch with this bag is that there's no exterior pocket to hold a cellphone, keys or a bus or subway pass. There is a D ring if you want to clip your keys onto that, but I keep my house and car keys all on the same ring and don't want them attached to the bag. I wondered if whoever designed this bag was a guy who's used to keeping things in his pocket: I don't know of many women who do, especially since most women's clothing lack serious pockets. I would have been happy to pay a little extra to have a zippered pocket sewn on the back exterior of my bag: instead, I'll have to figure out a way to safely store those things I need to grab quickly while on the street.
The iPad messenger is the perfect size: just enough depth to accomodate a sweater or other bulky item, while the dedicated iPad pocket ensures quick access. Only one thing would make it better: an open pocked on the back.
This bag is absolutely great. I bring it everywhere. Fits the iPad perfectly. With a deluxe Drop Pocket in there, I have everything I need for day. It also fits file folders (plastic recommended for rigidity) so that I can bring along notes to class. This is the bag I work out of daily for grad school.