My mum is a satchel fan, but I am definitely a tote girl! I think totes are just more functional for me. I like how you can open it nice and wide when you're looking for something (I really just toss everything in the bottom and hope for the best), and then throw it on your shoulder and walk around with your hands free. A bag being able to go on my shoulder is a big deal to me because nine times out of ten, when I go out for the day I end up taking my camera out and that requires two hands. Plus I hate putting my purse down for any reason whatsoever.