Great to Use as a Purse NOT a regular Backpack
this backpack is perfect for me - since I like to use the mini-backpacks as a purse. Warning - it is smaller than the small backpack and the material is stiffer. The straps are not as soft as a regular VB backpack. However these things did not bother me - the front flap is the perfect size for an Ipad Air - as is the back zippered pocket. The stiffness of the material is great as it will 'stand up' on its own instead of toppling over. Just took it on a trip to DC and was very handy both on the plane and in sight-seeing. But if you are needing a regular sized backpack this is NOT for you!
March 10, 2014
Want the old models back.
I have older backpacks that I would love to see Vera Bradley make again. One is 12 inches tall and the other 14. Both have an open back pocket that is VERY HANDY for slipping in anything from keys to papers. Under the open pocket there is a flap with a good pocket under it for small notebooks, pens etc. There is a zipped pocket on the back which is a secure place for valuables.
Both have side pockets for keys, phone etc. and the larger backpack has stretchy ones that can accommodate small bottles of water as well. Both have interior pockets.
These backpacks are solid colors which are useful for traveling. They are also water repellent.
BRING THEM BACK IN LOTS OF SOLID COLORS, PLEASE!!!
February 26, 2014
Not Very Functional- Too Small to Hold Anything!
I purchased this backpack for school...what a mistake. I couldn't fit my 1 folder and 2 three-ring notebooks in it. Not only is the interior small, but it also looks ridiculous to wear due to its tiny size, and I'm petite. I'm not a fan of the stiffness either. This may be useful to carry a small laptop or tablet, but if you're looking to use it for anything more I would reconsider. The utility simply does not match up with the price. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this backpack.
January 30, 2014
I wish I had read the previous reviews before I bought this. I have several other VB backpacks and use them exclusively. The side pockets are to small to easily hold my keys and sunglasses, and the deeper pocket for the tablet is hard to reach into for other items. I bought the basic black for winter and will look forward to spring and a more useful older backpack.
November 22, 2013
This backpack is perfect for me. I bought a 15" mac laptop that I take back and forth to work It fits perfectly and I have a few files in there too. I can put my plastic coffee mug on the sides I have pens, cords, etc in compartments. I don't carry my phone in it but I it does fit. I am really really happy.
September 17, 2013
What's happening ?
This bag is now where near the quality of my previous 3 Vera backpacks. My phone won't fit in the side pockets. it only has one zipper to the main compartment and the inside pockets are set low and deep but I can't get my hand in it and I have small hands....seems like it was made for a young girl not a professional.
Mine was a gift that I hope I can return...
September 11, 2013
I have bought several of these backpacks in the past. I was hoping this backpack would have the same features as the original one. They have made the backpack smaller and shortened the straps from 37 inches to 31 inches, which makes it more difficult to use with a heavy coat. They were so concerned with making room for a tablet they made the side compartment smaller, so it will not work with all cell phones. I do not understand why Vera Bradley keeps making the straps shorter and the backpack smaller. I am very disappointed in this product and would not recommend it to anyone that has bought one of the older versions.
August 13, 2013
Perfect for my tablets!
I've been looking everywhere for a backpack style tablet bag and this one is PERFECT! I have a HP Revolve 810 laptop/tablet which fits inside with electrical cable & mouse (and a small book or wallet) plus my iPad (2nd generation) which fits perfectly in the outside pocket. My Blackberry Bold 9900 fits in the side pocket and I'm good to go! I chose the black because I didn't want it to clash with my Vera handbag that I use at the same time. I LOVE THIS BAG!!!
July 28, 2013
Love this as my bag!!
I love the stiffness of this bag!!!!!, I don't like backpacks that collapse when I put down.
Would love to see some patriotic, red,white, blue and army logo/ wounded warrior backpacks like this.
June 27, 2013
Love the solid color, hate how stiff / rigid it is
I was so excited to see a solid color backpack from Vera, I purchased it immediately and at full retail (which is unusual for me!). I am disappointed. This backpack purse is much stiffer and less comfy than other Vera Bradley backpacks. The straps are very rigid and uncomfortable, not like the lovely sewn fabric straps on my other Vera backpacks. The inside pockets are sewn much lower down in the bag, which is very inconvenient. Bring back the higher pockets, so you don't have to dig deep down into the bag to reach them! The tablet pocket is excellent, but I think the flap should fasten or zip for security. I love Vera backpack purses so much, I'll keep this just to have a solid color, and am hoping it will soften up over time. BTW I love the size, it's perfect as an every day bag.
March 14, 2013