01 February 2013

Franklin Covey - Ava Binder - Comparison/Review

I orders a binder from Franklin Covey, I really wanted it and I was really excited, the next morning I changed my mind and I emailed to cancel my order, as I had not received a confirmation of my order I thought maybe it was not processed. I didn't hear anything then all of a sudden I got a Shipped email with a tracking number, and link to tracking site. I also had a reply from Franklin Covey, which said nothing it didn't answer anything I asked and said nothing about the cancellation of my order, they ignored my email completely.

I thought oh well it will be here in over a week, I probably will sell it or return it (I may still sell it) two days later the tracking said it was in Exeter out for delivery, I checked to see if there was an Exeter in the USA as I thought 2 days from the USA was far too quick, but for sure it was coming to my house!

It arrived yesterday and my dad signed for it. It wasn't in any special packaging, unlike Filofaxes which come in boxes or card sleeves, no inserts at all, I didn't need any but usually new binders have inserts, but not in this case.

So I have taken some photos to show you. I am not as sure about the colour as when I first ordered it, it is a lot darker than I expected!

Here are some photos: -

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It is still a lovely blue colour!

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I love the buckle but the magnet that holds it together I would prefer a Preston

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I love the inside but I was expecting it to have some blue in the pattern

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It has two secretarial pockets which I love, it also has card pockets, an ID pocket and a Zipped pocket, so your able to put something any size you want

It had a little card attached to the back zip on the secretarial pocket, which has the barcode and all on

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Franklin Covey embossed in the back cover

The Rings have no misalignment at all all together and a tight snap as they close.

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There is a small scratch on one side of the ring mechanism (not much I know but just thought I would show you, I am being very fussy today)

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The bit to open the rings is the opposite angle to the Filofax one it is vertical rather than horizontal

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Pretty Pattern

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The difference in ring sizes

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Comparison photos next to my Osterley, I am surprised how much wider it is, maybe it actually could hold wider paper?

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On the back there is a few loose threads, not sure if this is normal

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Last picture I promise!

As you can see how small the Filofax paper looks inside the Franklin Covey, it makes me want to make larger paper for it and have a wider diary

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What do you think of the binder, I do really like it just a bit darker than expected and its nice to have a different thing inside rather than the normal leather!


12 comments:

  1. Hi Imy, is the leather stiff or soft like the Malden? The rings don't look that much bigger, are they 1.25? Thinking of getting one!

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  2. Jasjan - The leather is like the Finchley, very soft and nice and flexbible, lies flat instantly!!!!!!!!!

    I was surprised but the rings look nearly the same size there suposed to be 30mm... but they look more 25mm?? xxx

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    1. You'd be better off converting the FC original measurement - the one in inches - into millimetres. I'm sure you must have seen, ahem, 'interesting' Personal Filos with 7/8", 1", or 3/4" rings on the FF USA site, all of which, in reality, are 23 mm!

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  3. Franklin Covey pages are 4.25 inches wide vs. Filo pages being 3.75 inches wide. Also, binder is wider because rings are bigger. The come empty so you don't end up with tons of pages you'll never use just because you wanted a new binder.
    Ring openers are vertical because you are supposed to close the rings by pressing in on those tabs rather than putting your hands on the rings, which can misalign them over time.

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  4. That is a lovely colour... and being just that little bit wider is so appealing :o)

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  6. The Ava has 1 inch rings which equals 25 mm. Not all that bigger than a Filofax. Curious to know if you had to pay customs for it, Imy? Quite rude that they ignored your cancellation email...
    So what is the color like? Blue like in the first picture, or more of a petrol like in the others?
    I think it looks very pretty!

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  7. I love the color on this binder and the pockets seem very useful. Thank you for the review!

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  8. The Ava has one inch rings which equals 25mm. Is the blue more like in the first picture, or more of a petrol like in the others? Have you decided yet how you'll use it? I think it looks very pretty!!!

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  9. Two days from the U.S. to England? Wow! Talk about fast!

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  10. This is so pretty. I realize this post is a year old, but I saw your photos and thought it was gorgeous. I love that the Franklin Coveys allow a wider page since sometimes the personal sized pages, especially for the week on 2 pages for those of us who don't want the bulk of daily pages. That little bit of extra writing room is nice. Franklin Covey's paper is nice too. And often are more affordable. If this had the 1.25" rings like a few other Franklin Compact (personal) I'd be looking for an Ava

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  11. I have a FC compact and mine has 1.5 " rings most are 1.25

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