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Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Greg

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BUILT: Carry Your Wine And Tablet In Style

You’ve got your new iPad, and a good bot­tle of wine, and now it’s time to take them out for a stroll. That may sound a bit far-fetched, but con­sid­er­ing that many of New York City’s parks of­fer wifi and that the weath­er is warm­ing up to pic­nic-friend­ly tem­per­a­tures, we de­cid­ed to do ex­act­ly that. The new iPad may look great, and the smart cov­er is handy, but it’s still a bit hard to car­ry and drop­ping it would be sad, hence the need for a sol­id, svelte case. And wine bot­tles tend to need a lit­tle help, if on­ly in pro­vid­ing a lit­tle bit of cov­er to your ac­tiv­i­ties- note that we don’t rec­om­mend in­dulging in the parks, as such a thing is gen­er­al­ly off-lim­its!

Nonethe­less, we de­cid­ed to throw some vi­no and our tablet in the new BUILT Origa­mi Wine Tote and Uni­ver­sal iPad sleeve. Both of ours came in black, but oth­er col­ors are avail­able. And we’ve checked out Built gear be­fore, so we knew what to ex­pect- stylish, fair­ly lightweight bags with a fo­cus on fash­ion and de­sign. To­day’s pair look great, and es­pe­cial­ly the new Origa­mi tote at­tract­ed lots of looks. It folds down as well (just twist) and com­press­es with the han­dle wrap­ping around, sav­ing space and stor­ing eas­i­ly. Though it doesn’t of­fer a lot of in­su­la­tion- Built NY of­fers oth­er neo­prene sleeves that do- the Origa­mi Wine Tote is def­i­nite­ly that bag we’ll be us­ing when we need to bring a bot­tle from our wine col­lec­tion out­side. The Origa­mi sleeve runs $25, and a larg­er cham­pagne ver­sion is al­so avail­able for $5 more. Makes a great gift too!

The Uni­ver­sal iPad Sleeve is thin, and light, and per­fect for on-the-go users. It was a lit­tle too small for us, as we of­ten like to pack the charg­er. Though there is a zip­pered front pock­et, the charg­er and ca­bling didn’t fit well and made for an awk­ward bulge, and we had some dif­fi­cul­ty in re­triev­ing it. The an­gled pock­et de­sign is in­ter­est­ing- at­trac­tive and eye-catch­ing, we liked that the zip­per hides for both some rain pro­tec­tion and fash­ion points. The main zip­per, though, is thus odd­ly large, though it is solid­ly made. There isn’t a re­al shoul­der han­dle, un­for­tu­nate­ly, just a grab and go loop. But the padding in the main com­part­ment is great- our iPad looked quite cozy. Avail­able now for $40 or so.

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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 Apple’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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