Knomo Review: The Elektronista is the Perfect iPad Purse for Pocket Lovers

Knomo’s Elektronista Digital Clutch is a bag that was created through a partnership with Danish tech blogger Christiane Vejlø, who founded Danish gadget site Elektronista. The Knomo Elektronista is designed to be both functional and fashionable, serving as clutch or a crossbody bag that can hold a wide range of gadgets and iOS devices, keeping them all organized in its myriad pockets.

The Elektronista is available in four colors: Blush, which is a pink shade, Grey, Black, and Navy. I’ve been using the Grey version for the last several weeks, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite small gadget bags. The Elektronista is made from a full grain leather that’s soft to the touch and the construction is flawless with not a stitch out of place, as I would expect from a high-end bag. It has gold hardware, including gold zippers and a removable strap that attaches to the back.

At $295, the Elektronista is one of the pricier bags that Knomo sells, but the company justifies that price tag with the bag’s solid construction, huge number of custom pockets, and perks like a built-in 3,000mAh battery. It unzips at the sides so it can be used at a desk as an organizer for electronic devices and other odds and ends, and then it zips back up so it can be used as a daily purse with a magnetic front flap that keeps the contents protected.

The unzipping feature also serves as a way for the interior storage to be accessed quickly, which is handy when you need to get at something fast. The pockets inside the Elektronista are all accessible when the purse is zipped up, but with so many different pockets, it can be hard to find things inside. It can also be difficult to access some of the lower pockets, such as the little change holder, when you’re in a hurry.

The Elektronista is essentially all pockets. At the exterior of the purse, there’s a pocket in the back, where I chose to keep my cell phone for quick access, and a zippered pocket on the front flap where I kept other things I needed to access frequently. For me, this was eye drops and chapstick.

Inside, there’s a pocket that will hold a tablet up to the size of an iPad Air 2. My iPad Air 2 fit inside comfortably, but I had a major complaint with this pocket – there’s no padding. There’s nothing but a layer of cloth and a layer of leather protecting the iPad, which is probably enough most of the time, but I wouldn’t want to drop the Elektronista or step on it with my iPad inside.

In addition to the iPad Air 2 pocket, there’s another large pocket that can hold a notebook, an iPad mini, or other odds and ends, and below that, are three smaller pockets, two of which are sized to hold an iPhone 6s Plus and one that’s smaller for cables. The smaller pocket has an elastic band that holds the included iPhone battery in place.

Speaking of the battery, it’s 3,000 mAh, which isn’t going to be enough to charge an iPhone 6s Plus or iPad to full, but it will give you power in a pinch. If you have an iPhone 6s, the included battery will be able to charge it from dead to full capacity.

On the other side of the bag, there’s a wide zippered mesh pocket, four card slots for holding an ID, credit cards, and cash, and a snap-in coin pouch that closes with another snap. I wasn’t thrilled with the placement of the credit card slots – they’re so close to the top of the purse that I was worried they’d be easily stolen or would fall out. I tended to use only the lower card slots for this reason and later abandoned them all together. At the very bottom of the bag, there’s a pen holder, but this is really only accessible when it’s unzipped and being used as an organizer.

For people who need access to multiple devices, the Elektronista provides a lot of storage. I could fit an iPad Air 2, an iPad mini, an iPhone 6 Plus, an iPhone 6s Plus, my Verizon hotspot, and a Nintendo 3DS XL in the various pockets, with room to spare for small bits like cords, a pack of gum, a comb, and other small bits I generally carry around with me. Obviously I don’t travel with all of my electronics on a daily basis, but if I need to, there’s room.

Though there are a lot of pockets, the Elektronista is a thin bag. This isn’t a purse that’s meant for people who like to carry around a ton of stuff (something I’m guilty of) because aside from the pockets, there’s not much interior space. For example, while it can hold a small point and shoot camera in its various pockets, neither my micro four thirds camera (an Olympus E-P5) or my DSLR (a Nikon) will fit comfortably. I can squeeze my Olympus into the main body of the purse (not in one of the pockets) if I try, but it deforms the bag.

Luckily because it’s thin, the Elektronista is an ideal size to stick into a tote bag or into a backpack as an organizer. This was actually my favorite way to use it. The strap unhooks so it can be used as a standalone clutch or organizer and it fit nicely in my Fjallraven Kanken, my current backpack of choice when I travel and need to carry a lot of stuff. Using it as an electronics organizer in a larger bag that also doubles as a smaller bag when needed turned out to be a great use case for the Elektronista.

By the way, when it comes to the strap, I wasn’t a fan. It’s made from a thin leather that simply wasn’t comfortable with a lot of stuff in the bag after a long day of wearing it, and it felt a bit too long. I’m short at 5′ 2″ and though the strap is adjustable, it was still a bit too long if I wanted to wear the Elektronista on a shoulder instead of crossbody. There was also no way to tuck in the hanging piece of the strap that’s leftover after an adjustment. It didn’t get in the way, but aesthetically, I didn’t care for the look of an extra bit of floppy strap.

Each Knomo Elektronista bag comes with a unique ID and a built-in ID tag that consists of a website address where anyone who finds the bag can go to locate the owner, which is a nice touch. The Elektronista can be registered via the Knomo website to link the bag with an owner.

Bottom Line

There are a lot of high quality laptop and gadget bags on the market, from companies like Pad & Quill and Waterfield Designs, but many of these bags are primarily aimed at men and can’t double as an every day purse. Speaking as a female who owns a lot of Apple devices, it’s nice to have an option like the Elektronista, which is slim enough for every day use, stylish and versatile enough to meet a lot of different use cases, and still holds almost everything I might need.

Image via Knomo

When I need to travel light, with my iPad Air 2, my iPhone, headphones, cash, credit cards, and a few other odds and ends, the Elektronista serves me well. When I need to carry more, I’m still able to use the Elektronista within a larger bag as an organizer for my electronic devices, which is a highly useful way to keep everything in order. Almost all of the pockets on the Elektronista are easily accessible regardless of how it’s used, which I liked.

Given its high price tag and its limited internal space, the Elektronista definitely isn’t for everyone, but for a person who just needs to carry an iPhone, an iPad, and other small electronics and is looking for a solution that can be used in several different ways, the Elektronista is worth considering.

Pros:

Lots of organization

Tons of pockets

Easy access to everything

High-quality construction

Works as a standalone purse or as an organizer in another bag

Unzippable sides for quick access to internal storage

Included external iPhone battery

Cons:

Strap is a little too long for short women

Not wide enough for things like a camera

Thin strap is uncomfortable

Some pockets can be hard to access when purse is closed up

No padding for the iPad

How to Buy

The Elektronista can be purchased from the Knomo website for $295. There’s also a smaller Elektronista mini that holds up to an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, and it can be purchased for $195.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.

Tags: review, Knomo, Knomo Elektronista
Discuss this article in our forums

Прочетете повече

Apple TV 4 and iPad Pro Pre-Orders Begin at Select Authorized Resellers in Europe

Just weeks before the Apple TV 4 is expected to be released worldwide, select Apple Authorized Resellers in Europe have begun accepting pre-orders for the new set-top box. The Apple TV 4 is officially slated to launch in late October, but the majority of orders are unlikely to be fulfilled until November.

Electronics retailer Elgiganten, equivalent to Best Buy in the Nordic Region, is accepting Apple TV 4 pre-orders in Denmark and Norway with expected delivery in November. The 32GB and 64GB models are listed for 1,399 and 1,849 Danish kroner and 1,749 and 2,299 Norwegian kroner respectively.

German electronics retailer Cyberport has also listed the Apple TV 4 and iPad Pro for pre-order on its website. The authorized reseller lists the 32GB and 64GB Apple TV 4 for €179 and €239 respectively, which could be indicative of broader European pricing, although prices in other countries will likely vary depending on local taxes.

iPad Pro prices range from €899 to €1,229, compared to between $799 and $1,079 in the United States.

Cyberport advertises that the Apple TV 4 will be available from November 5, and lists the iPad Pro as not yet available. Apple has not provided a specific release date for either product beyond late October for the Apple TV 4 and November for the iPad Pro.

(Thanks, Rasmus and Maxime!)



Прочетете повече

PAUSE your iPhone for stress relief

Stress is making our heads a scattered mess and among some of the many suggested remedies is forcing ourselves to unplug from our devices. But one idea actually assigns meditative properties to our iPhones. A new app simply called Pause use interactive graphics and soothing sounds to concentrate the mind on the present with the […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


Прочетете повече

Michael Fassbender could be the best Steve Jobs actor yet

After a rocky pre-production period which saw it switch directors, lose actor after actor, and even be ditched by its original studio, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic finally made its debut at Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival this weekend — and, boy, does it sound like it was worth the wait! Reviews so far are […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


Прочетете повече

Apple Releases First Apple Watch Software Update With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released the first software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1. Released to the public on April 24, the Apple Watch initially shipped with version 1.0 of Watch OS, the operating system unique to the Apple Watch and deeply linked to iOS.

The new software can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone.

Watch OS 1.0.1 includes performance improvements and bug fixes for Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace during outdoor walking and running workouts, accessibility, and third-party apps. The software update also includes support for new the emojis found in iOS 8.3 and it provides additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

Apple has been steadily shipping Apple Watch devices out to customers, but supplies remain constrained and some Apple Watch orders have not yet shipped out. Customers receiving an Apple Watch shortly after today’s update will need to update the software on the device after taking it out of the box.





Прочетете повече

Apple Launches New iOS Beta Testing Program, Seeds iOS 8.3 to Testers

Apple today made a pre-release version of iOS 8.3 available to those who sign up for the company’s public beta testing program, giving them early access to a new version of iOS for the first time ever. The version of iOS 8.3 being distributed to beta testers is the third iOS 8.3 beta, which was seeded to developers a few hours ago.

The launch of today’s iOS beta testing program has also been accompanied by an overhaul to Apple’s Appleseed Beta testing site. Previously the language on the site was heavily focused on OS X, but a site revamp gives it a more general focus to encompass both iOS and OS X testing.

iOS 8.3 was first seeded to developers on February 9, while iOS 8.2 was still in testing. iOS 8.2 is mainly focused on the Apple Watch, but thus far, iOS 8.3 has introduced several new features including support for wireless CarPlay connectivity, a new emoji picker, support for Google 2-step verification, and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network.

The second beta brought all new diversified emoji and skin tone modifiers, along with new emoji for country flags and updated emoji icons to represent the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch. Siri also gained several new languages, including Danish, Dutch, English (India), English (New Zealand), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

Apple introduced its public beta testing program with the launch of OS X Yosemite, allowing more than a million consumers to sign up for and participate in the Yosemite beta. Prior to today, public beta testing was limited to OS X, but Apple appears to be ready to expand its beta testing program to iOS.

Apple has also continued offering OS X betas, most recently seeding OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with the Photos app to public beta testers.




Прочетете повече

How the iPhone enhances ReSound’s hip new hearing aids

LAS VEGAS — Hearing aids aren’t sexy, so a lot of journalists here at International CES breezed right by ReSound’s booth. The Danish company has been in the hearing aid business for 75 years, and launched the first iPhone-connected hearing aid at…Read more ›



Прочетете повече