The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 case from Booq is the perfect mix of past and future. It brings the futuristic technology of the iPad 2 and the old technology of pen and paper together making this the best iPad 2 case yet for note takers. It accomplishes all this in a package that is ready for the executive boardroom and beyond.

The Booqpad is a folio style case that is available in four styles. First, there are two models made from 100% recycled PET that come in Gray-Green and Sand-Plum colors that retail for $49.95. Second, one model made from a genuine Nappa leather exterior comes in Coffee-Cream and retails for $99.95. Finally, the last model the one that I am reviewing comes in black leatherette and grey and it retails for $49.95.

The case is symmetrically designed so it can be configured between right or left-handed orientation and on one side the Booqpad has room for your iPad 2 and on the other side you have room for a paper tablet, business cards, credit cards, pens, pencils, touch screen stylus, etc. If you like you can purchase a variety of paper refills in various designs and colors for $9.99 for a 3-pack of 150 sheets per pad. It ships with a blank 50-sheet A5 notepad. Although I did not try it looks to me that you could use your own paper without much difficulty. If you can find notepads that fit.

A cursory look at Amazon and Office Depot online had mixed inconclusive results. I’ve reached out to Booq for a better answer and they told me “The Booqpad can work with other notepads; it just depends on how they’re made. I would suggest taking your Booqpad (if you own one) to Staples or Office Depot and testing it out. ”

What’s Good

  • The Booqpad has a good look and feel to it. Very professional in appearance and it felt solid and sturdy.
  • The iPad 2 fit snuggly inside and I doubt that it could escape the Booqpad’s grip so as a result it should not fall out of the case.
  • The snap and strap holding the Booqpad Agenda shut closed with a solid reassuring snapping sound.
  • It’s a mix of old and new for people who like technology, but enjoy putting pen to paper to take notes.
  • It works in both right and left-handed configurations.

What’s Bad

  • The Booqpad Agenda does not allow you to use the iPad 2 camera. If you want to use the camera you’ll have to remove the iPad 2 from the case.
  • The combination of case, tablet, iPad 2, and writing accessories was a bit bulky and a little bit heavy, but not terribly so.

Conclusion

The Booqpad Agenda for the iPad 2 is the best blend of old and new technology in an iPad 2 case that I’ve found yet. It is sturdy and well made. It will look and function well in a variety of environments: home, school, or the executive boardroom at work and just about anything in between. Highly recommended for anyone interested in a professional looking iPad 2 case that they will want to take to work or a job interview.

Rating: ★★★★½

Model: Booqpad Agenda for iPad 2 Black-Gray
Company: Booq
Compatibility: Works with the iPad 2.
List Price: $49.95 to $99.95

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The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda note the pockets around the edges for business cards, credit cards, pens, and pencils. The latter pocket could hold two manual writing utensils. The Booqpad Agenda allows for left or right handed configuration of the writing pad.

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda closed and configured for left handed use.

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda snap and strap are pretty heavy duty.

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda Sleep/Wake button.

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda headphone/audio jack.

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda orientation lock and volume controls.

The Booqpad Agenda iPad 2 Case Is Ready for the Executive Boardroom [Review]

Booqpad Agenda docking port. Note: it's upside down because the case is in a left handed configuration.

  • Jwh1992

    Can it be used with the original iPad? Are there any similar cases? I’ve been after a case like this for a while now. Thanks

  • Jwh1992

    Can it be used with the original iPad? Are there any similar cases? I’ve been after a case like this for a while now. Thanks

  • Nas

    I love it been using it for a few weeks and it’s awesome

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    A white booqpad agenda case would look good with my ipad 2

  • Ryan Collins

    Putting Paper next to an iPad is pointless. That’s like setting a typewriter next to a Mac attached to a laser printer. There is no need for the paper. The iPad takes notes. You can even get a capacitive stylus to write on a note taking app if you are a bit of a slow typer.

  • KevinC

    Damn near perfect case. very professional and the addition of a notepad is great. Someday the ipad might be able to take notes as fast as I can write them but it isn’t there yet.

  • Garyderringer

     If your in sales and showing items in a catalog (I rep over 40 companies) it is helpful to be able to take notes on what items they want to order at the same time we are going thru the catalogs. Works for me!

  • Nazcasia

    Isn’t it uncomfortable? I think it’s really awesome case but I hesitate to buy it because it doesn’t have stand function.

  • h b

    After dropping my iPad and cracking the glass* I decided it was time for some protection and I found this case. It’s great, best case I ever bought – highly recommend it. I love being able to take notes whilst using the iPad to surf and view PDFs. Then everything folds nicely. 

    * Apple store replaced it free of charge. With customer service like that no wonder the stock has no ceiling. 

About the author

David W. MartinDavid W. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a programmer, systems and business analyst, author, and consultant. David has written for CNET's iPhoneatlas.com, MacLife.com, CultofMac.com, BYTE.com and recently for aNewDoman.net. He comes to Cult of Mac's website with deep knowledge and passion for the all things Apple. Follow David on Twitter @david_w_martin or see what he's up to now at davidwmartin.com.

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