Booqpad Now Compatible with iPad Air 2, Features Magnetic Appeal

Booqpad Now Compatible with iPad Air 2

Last April, TUAW reviewed an innovative iPad Air case – the Booq Booqpad, which combined a magnetically-attached agenda case with a paper notepad, earning a 4-star rating for its versatility and inclusion of a paper notepad. Today, we’re examining the BooqPad for iPad Air 2 priced at $60.00 to see if it holds up to its predecessor.

Specifications

Booqpad Now Compatible with iPad Air 2
  • Exterior dimensions: 7 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches (178 x 242 x 24 mm)
  • Weight: 0.88 lbs (0.4 kg)
  • Compatible with: iPad Air 2 only
  • Color: Gray only
  • Includes a removable/replaceable 50-sheet paper notepad

Design

The updated Booqpad maintains the slim folio design of its predecessor, featuring a paper notepad on the left and a magnetically-attached tray for the iPad on the right. A slim magnetic catch secures the cover during transit. The notepad side includes slots for business cards, and you can purchase refills for your notepad in various styles such as blank, lined, or graph paper for $10 per 3 pads.

The magnetic catch has been redesigned from the original iPad Air version, which was broader and could hold a Pencil by FiftyThree stylus.

The case also doubles as a stand, with the section that the polycarbonate iPad tray attaches to folding to support various viewing angles. If you need to use the iPad Air 2 separately, simply pull out the tray/iPad combo, and it detaches smoothly. Reattaching it is just as easy; bring it close to the folio, and it snaps back into place.

Functionality

Although the Booqpad still appeals to me, my enthusiasm has waned slightly after encountering numerous other iPad case/stands. It certainly serves a specific market niche, but lacks the adjustability of some other folio cases.

Additionally, Booq has stopped including a screen protector with each Booqpad, possibly because they found it was seldom used.

If the concept of pairing a paper notepad with your iPad excites you, then the Booqpad might be perfect. Otherwise, you might be just as well served by a standard folio case with a Post-it® 5 x 8 inch notebook pad.

Conclusion

A year after its debut, the new model for iPad Air 2 maintains the unique combination of a paper notepad and iPad case. While still well-executed, the concept may not be as thrilling as when it first appeared. The Booqpad is a solid case, but the novelty might be wearing off.

Rating: 3-1/2 stars out of 4 stars possible

Giveaway

If you’re eager to try a Booqpad, we’re hosting a giveaway.

Scott

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