Handbags are nicer than purses in the sense that a lot more can fit in it. However there is a much better option than a handbag, the backpack.
The backpack can fit just as much if not more than a handbag. It is also much easier to carry around since it rests on the back rather than the shoulder. Not having to take it off will make it easier it doesn't get lost. It is also much more fashionable.
Get rid of the handbag and get this Canvas Backpack.