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Tablet bags, covers, sleeves, and backpacks are all designed to protect your investment in portable technology. Whether you're looking at iPad bags or an Android tablet bag, they are the first line of defense in a hostile world.

They also enable us to transport them from one place to another without the worry they might be damaged. Or so we are led to believe. 

Tablet users often encounter issues or have complaints about these accessories after the purchase and once they begin to use them. 

In this blog post, we will sort through the confusion surrounding these types of protective devices. We'll also address some of the most common complaints consumers have about these covers, bags, sleeves, and backpacks, identify their origins, and provide effective ways to avoid them.

Our hope is to save you time, money and heartache. Our goal is to educate and prevent you from experiencing some of the issues we will cover below. Let's get started!

Tablet Bags: Areas of Complaints

Let's address some of the most common consumer complaints about tablet shoulder bags, briefcases, covers, sleeves, and backpacks. If one of these problems is something you've personally experienced, please let us know in the comment section below.

Top complaints are usually generated from six areas. These include compatibility, material quality, lifespan, cost versus value, and the importance of a company's commitment to its products. Let's have a closer look at each problem area and a potential solution.

• Problem: Insufficient Protection:

Many users complain that their 11-inch tablet bag, cover, sleeve, or backpack does not provide adequate protection against drops, impacts, or scratches. Insufficient protection can arise from low-quality materials, poor design, or lack of proper cushioning and padding in the accessory.

Solution: Opt for an 11-inch tablet bag, cover, sleeves, or backpacks made from durable materials like padded nylon or leather. Look for models that feature shock-absorbing or impact-resistant components and reinforced corners for enhanced protection.

• Problem: Limited Storage Space

Consumers often express frustration about the lack of sufficient storage compartments or pockets to hold accessories such as chargers, cables, and other essentials. Limited storage space may result from designs that prioritize minimalism or aesthetics over functionality.

Solution: Choose a tablet shoulder bag or backpack with multiple compartments, pockets, and organizers. Look for models that offer dedicated sections for specific accessories to keep them organized and easily accessible.

Another solution is modular storage in the form of accessories that can be added to the main case. These are often designed to hold specific accessories like a stylist, charger or even loose papers. Small accessory pouches that can be added to a larger bag like a backpack can also help expand storage options and keep accessories safe and clean.

• Problem: Uncomfortable Carrying Experience:

Some consumers complain about discomfort while carrying their tablets and accessories, particularly with backpacks or messenger-style bags. The discomfort may stem from inadequate padding, poor weight distribution, or insufficient ergonomic design in the carrying system.

Solution: Opt for tablet bags or backpacks with padded shoulder straps, ergonomic back panels, and breathable materials to enhance comfort during extended periods of carrying. Consider adjustable straps or waist belts to distribute weight evenly. Read through the reviews to get a sense of any comfort issues with the product you're interested in.

Another option is a tablet holster. This is worn like a cross-body bag but much tighter to the body. A tablet shoulder holster should be adjusted for maximum comfort. It will hold your tablet close to your torso where it can be protected.

Tablet Protection: Compatibility and Durability

• Problem: Limited Compatibility:

You can sometimes encounter compatibility issues when your tablet does not fit properly within a case, bag, holster, or backpack you've chosen. Limited compatibility may arise from inaccurate sizing or designs that cater to specific tablet models or generations. Or just not knowing what size or generation tablet you own. This is more common than you may think.

Solution: Measure the dimensions of your tablet and compare them with the specifications provided by the manufacturer. Look for tablet cases, bags, holsters, or backpacks that offer a universal fit or those specifically designed for your tablet model or size. Contact the manufacturer and confirm what they have listed will fit your device. A little due diligence now can save a lot of time and money later.

A little common sense will also go as long way. A 10-inch tablet shoulder bag will probably not fit an 11-inch device. But an 11-inch tablet shoulder bag should fit a 10-inch device without a problem.

• Problem: Difficult Access to Ports and Buttons:

Consumers often find it challenging to access the tablet's ports, buttons, or features while it is inside the case or bag. Inadequate cutouts or obstructions within the design may hinder easy access to tablet functions.

Solution: Ensure the tablet case, bag, sleeve, or backpack has precise cutouts that align with the ports, buttons, and features of your device. Consider models with strategically placed access points or built-in cable management systems for added convenience.

• Problem: Lack of Durability:

Some users report that their tablet bags, cases, or backpacks wear out quickly or show signs of damage after minimal use. Durability issues can arise from inferior materials, subpar stitching, or inadequate reinforcement in high-stress areas.

Solution: Choose tablet accessories made from high-quality materials like real leather or durable synthetic fabrics. Look for reinforced stitching, double-layered construction, and reliable hardware to ensure longevity and withstand daily wear and tear.

Lack of durability can be directly correlated to price. You get what you pay for. Pay a little and there is a very good chance that is exactly what you are going to get when it comes to how long your case will last.

Summing Up Tablet Bags, Sleeves and Covers

Getting educated about common complaints that come to light after a tablet owner purchases a protective device is the first way to prevent you from experiencing the same issues. 

Always choose high-quality products that address the issues presented here head-on. Make sure the tablet bag, sleeve or cover is protective enough for how you intend to use it. A lawyer might have different needs than a stay-at-home mom with a 3-year-old. 

If you need to carry other items like a stylist or Apple Pencil, make sure the sleeve, bag or backpack has the room you need. If comfort is an issue, read the reviews or call the manufacturer. Discuss the comfort and usability of the model you're interested in. 

Make sure the tablet shoulder bag, case, holster or backpack you're interested in is either custom-fit, compatible or will at least hold your tablet make and model. If you're looking at a tablet cover, make sure all the ports and buttons are accessible. 

Lastly, buy something made from quality materials from a company that will stand behind what they have sold you. 

By taking these simple steps, you can enhance your tablet experience and avoid the issues mentioned above.

If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment and let us know. Thanks!

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Jody K. Deane
by Jody K. Deane July 28, 2023
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