Portfolios are typically bigger than padfolios. They are often used like briefcases and designed to be carried as such, with two handles often at the top, the larger versions usually having shoulder straps. They come with outside and inside pocket space for storing every business essential, you may find yourself needing in a typical day.
A portfolio is a nice, cool derivative of a briefcase. Some portfolios may possess handles making it appear like a mini or compact briefcase. A portfolio will usually have a zipper, are smaller in size than briefcases, and like the padfolios, will contain several compartments or pockets for storage of important documents or even tecnology products, like tablet or calculator.
Essentially, when going out for a business meeting, you are tempted to pick between a few options to pack your paraphernalia in. If you were a man, you don’t have the luxury of going around with a purse and can’t put your papers in your wallet. That leaves you to take a portfolio.