The New York Times recently ran an article about the dilemma many men face with the iPad. On the one hand, the iPad is lust-worthy. Guys dig it, want it, can't live without it. On the other hand, how do they carry the thing outside home or office--and not look less than manly? Does the iPad lead the average Joe down the primrose path to carrying a...'murse' (aka, a male purse)?
The Times isn't alone. The Wall Street Journal recently addressed the issue, too.
It's kind of a silly dilemma, if you think about it. Worse, it smacks of misogyny and its kissin' cousin, homophobia. But guys will be guys. So here are a few tips for finding a masculine-looking bag to tote your iPad around without risking your masculinity.
* The Journal suggests Googling the terms WWII map case, Soviet map case, or East German map case. You can't be called a wuss if you're carrying around a bag designed for WWII soldiers, right? You can find isuch bags on eBay for about $70 or less.
* The Journal also recommends Archival Clothing's Plain Musette, a $50 bag with a cycling sports heritage (see image at right). Just don't call it a 'Musette,' dude, or you're dead meat.
* Tom Bihn's Ristretto for iPad bag ($110) is a vertical messenger pad that comes in various colors. I think it looks sufficiently 'butch,' but if you disagree, you can always shoot a few bullet holes through the thing.
* Carry your iPad around in OtterBox's Defender for iPad case ($90), which I recently reviewed in a story about the best iPad cases for EnterpriseMobileToday. It's not a bag, so your manhood is safe. Plus, this ultra-rugged protective case has been dubbed a 'Batman suit' for iPads. What better company can you be in than Batman's? (No Robin jokes, please.)