Gadgets pombos-personal

Published on May 21st, 2013 | by Greg


Carry In Style With Pombos And Charbonize

Business professional heading out? What are you taking with you? Because if you’re heading to the gym or the cafe, then you probably want to grab a few things but don’t want the heft of a backpack or a messenger bag. And if you’ve got an iPad and use it even occasionally in the office or for work, then you’d best have it look the part with a nice-looking case. We’ve got two stylish protective accessories today, and we’ll start with the bigger of the pair.

The Pombos Personal is distinctive, attractive, and the best “man purse” that we’ve yet seen. It’s a perfect gym or overnight bag, with enough space for a change of clothes and your towel, and it looks sleek without being ostentatious. Available in black, navy, and red as well as our pick, the grey, we loved the angular design and well-padded grab straps. There’s an external pocket, as well, for your valuables, and the zippers held up to some abuse over the past few weeks of use. Lightweight, at about a pound, it’s sure to grab the attention of the folks in the cubicle or treadmill or locker over. And while we wouldn’t suggest it for hiking or serious rain, it protected our gear from a light storm without an issue. At $60, it’s a solid buy for anyone who needs a daypack and wants something a little different. Available from TheStyleCube, along with many other interesting items.

The Charbonize Leather/Felt iPad Sleeve is equally distinctive- the dark color combination, stitching, and materials make for a strong-looking protective pouch. There aren’t any handles- nor any easy way to attach one- but this is for the executive who wants to send a message in the next business meeting. The statement is luxurious, but beyond the look and quality materials, we had some issues. For starters, the snaps didn’t work very well- they were, to put it plainly, a pain to use. The built-in extra pouch for headphones wasn’t all that useful with some of the ones we tried, and using it with this sleeve with a smart cover was awkward. Edge protection was decent, but there wasn’t a lot of padding, and it was a tight fit anyway. At this price ($90), you can find better, though they might not look this sharp.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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