I love the pockets. Who doesn't? So much nicer to have a pocket for sunglasses, checkbook/wallet, keys, cell phone, work ID, etc. Then the main part can hold a knitting project to work on or book to read while you're waiting ... I've heard that you spend 1/3 of your life waiting (for your turn at the ATM, at the dr., for the light to change ...) If that's true and you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, no wonder I never feel like I have time to get anything done.