The folks at Cooper Cases are apparently quite proud of this tablet folio case: After all, it’s described as both “Infinite” and “Universal” in its lofty name. And in a few aspects, Cooper’s pride may be justified. Unfortunately, too many generic features (including the look) detract from the overall product.
STM Bags Jacket 10" Tablet Bag in Brown and Orange
Maybe it’s because STM is based in Australia – the most notable feature about the company’s Jacket for 10” tablets is the array of pockets built into this carrying tablet bag . The three exterior pockets augment this convenient case, which also includes both handle and arm strap for easy totability.
- Lots of extra pockets
- Handle and armstrap for carrying
- Water-resistant exterior
- Plastic armstrap ringlets
- No extras beyond pockets
- Interior padding a bit thin
The first important fact that should be pointed out is that though STM Bags advertises its jacket carrying case as for the iPad 2 and New iPad 3 models, this handy case actually fits nearly all 10” tablets – great news for those who love pockets in their tablet cases.
The pockets are the main selling point in the STM Jacket and, like so many Apple-related products, are touted as custom fit for the company’s accessories. Case in point is the slider pocket in the front: It’s a perfect size for an iPhone and the soft synthetic-material interior makes for quick access. And the zippered front pocket allows for storage of any cables and/or smaller accessories for the typical 10” iPad-sized tablet.
Finally, it’s a carrying case – so STM Bags provide not just one, but two options to tote the tablet. A nicely-built “quick grab handle ” is at the top of the case while the adjustable arm strap allows the device to be carried over the shoulder . These are the icing on the cake for a convenient carrying case.
- Comfortably fits either the iPad 2 or new iPad 3rd generation with or without a protective case. Works well with any 10 inch tablet.
- Durable, water resistant fabric and high density foam protects your digital investment
- Super soft interior lining cradles your iPad
- Unique "slider" pocket for a fast holster of other portable
- Zippered front pocket for cables
- Comfortable quick grab handle
- Removable and adjustable shoulder strap
The functionality of the STM Bags Jacket may be primarily summed up with one word: Pockets. This case is perfect for those bringing accessories and/or other devices (e.g. an iPhone) along with the tablet. Beyond these, the handle and the armstrap, there’s nothing to speak of in terms of extras.
Water-resistant material on the STM Jacket exterior is tough and a definite plus. The fact that two of the three pockets on the outside do not seal is a bit of a drawback, however, and one can’t help feeling that the interior foam padding could be thicker and/or stronger.
The synthetic material around the exterior will stand up to punishment, but the zippers and stitching on the STM Jacket are nothing outstanding. The odd plastic ringlets holding the shoulder strap may also prove a bit inadequate in the long term.
Those tablet users seeking a convenient carry-all case will find the price on the STM Bags iPad Jacket quite fair. While the lack of some features may bother some at a suggested retail price in the $25 range, few cases at this price sell high totability this inexpensively.
If you want pockets – particularly for your Apple-related stuff – the STM Bags Jacket is the carrying case for you. This one is also a top choice for those often on the go and who are seeking the basic protection against everyday accidents.