One of the nicest things about the iPad is that as long as you don’t break it, it’ll probably last for quite some time—they don’t start to feel old nearly as quickly as an iPhone or Android phone. They’re well-built, and can still feel snappy for many years.
Fortunately, the iPad’s immense popularity also means that there are myriad ways to protect it. Unfortunately, that also means that it can be difficult to choose a case that fits your needs. That’s where we come in. From rugged cases to elegant, leather-clad covers, we’ve gathered up the best cases for the 10.2-inch iPad from Apple. Even though Apple has a new 10.2-inch iPad, the design has remained mostly unchanged, so you’ll still be able to use previous-generation cases if you get the new iPad or use new cases on your older iPad.
TL;DR – These are the Best iPad Cases:
1. JETech Case
Best iPad Case
For a simple case that’s going to get the job done at an affordable price, the JETech case is a champ. It offers complete protection for your iPad not only by wrapping around the sides and back but also by including a display cover to protect your screen when you’re not using your iPad. The case combines a hard polycarbonate with soft polyurethane for protection that can hold up over time while also absorbing shock.
And, that front cover doubles as an automatic toggle for your display to go to sleep when it’s closed and wake up when it’s open. That effectively checks all the boxes of what a case should do and then goes a little further, and it costs well below $20.
2. TiMOVO Case
Best Clear iPad Case
You don’t have to lose the satisfaction of your iPad’s stylish design when you get a case. A clear case will let the original colors and style shine through while still providing an effective layer of protection for your device. The TiMOVO case is built to do that and more. It features a translucent back, so your iPad still gets to show off, and it also includes a functional front cover.
The cover comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose one that matches the color of your iPad or go for something that complements it. The folio cover not only protects the display of your iPad but also provides more ways to use the device. The cover has a segmented design that can fold up into a stable triangle. This lets it double as a stand, so you can set your iPad in a low position for convenient typing or at a raised angle for comfortable viewing.
3. Casemade Real Leather Case
Best iPad Case for Business
A lot of iPad cases can get the job done, but far fewer of them do it while using premium materials that will add some serious style points to your gear. By contrast, Casemade’s real leather case will wrap your iPad up in black or tan Italian cowhide leather, so it’ll look as classy at work as a new suit.
This case offers all-around protection, as it wraps around the front, back, and sides of the iPad while still providing access to all of the device’s buttons and ports as well as a cutout for the camera. The softer leather can provide some extra cushion in case of a fall, while the hard polycarbonate inside holds your iPad in place The case adds some extra functions as well, as the folio cover can fold back to serve as a stand, holding the iPad up at one of two different angles for more convenient typing or easier viewing. The cover also includes magnets so your iPad display automatically knows when to wake up or go to sleep.
4. ProCase iPad 10.2 Case
Best Thin iPad Case
Your iPad is plenty thin, so why make it thick and bulky with a case? If you just want some basic protection, you can stay lean with the ProCase iPad 10.2 Case. This case will give you a hard shell around the chassis of your iPad and a slim folio cover that can protect your screen when you’re on the move. At just five ounces, you’re not going to be adding much weight to your iPad either. It’s just a bonus that the ProCase folio cover can also double as a stand for your iPad. Plus, this case is available in a ton of different colors, so you can find one that suits you.
5. OtterBox Defender Series iPad Case
Best Rugged iPad Case
If you’re always on the move with your iPad, it’s going to end up in harm’s way a lot more often. So, you may want a case that’s going to withstand a bit more abuse without letting your iPad get hurt. For that, there’s the OtterBox Defender Series. This is the same family of cases that has protected phones and tablets alike for years, and it’s still going strong. Your iPad will get housed in a combination of hard polycarbonate and soft, shock-absorbing rubber. This case even includes a screen cover that can double as a stand and hold onto an Apple Pencil.
6. Logitech Folio Touch
Best Keyboard iPad Case
A case can just protect your iPad or it can protect and enhance your iPad at the same time. The Logitech Folio Touch case for the iPad not only covers the tablet but also effectively turns the tablet into a laptop. This case slaps on both a backlit QWERTY keyboard cover so you can type with ease while holding the tablet in an upright, easy-to-view position, and a trackpad for easier text selection – no more hand getting in the way of you seeing what you’re selecting.
The Logitech Folio Touch case will cover your iPad on all sides, and its kickstand will let your hands take a break when you just want to watch something. The case can also fold over into a more tent-like mode if space is tight (think airplane tray tablet) or sit low for easy stylus use. In fact, there’s even a special slot you can slide your Apple Pencil into to keep it close and let it charge.
7. Zagg Orlando
Best iPad Case for Kids
Zagg is behind some of the best cases you can find for smartphones and tablets, and with the Zagg Orlando, the company has taken a stab at a kid-ready case for the iPad. The Zagg Orlando puts your 10.2-inch iPad into a tank-like case that’s thick, soft, and lightweight. The weight is important as you don’t want to make the tablet heavier for your child and increase their likelihood of dropping it. Of course, the built-in handles will help them keep a firm hold on the case, and it’s built to hold up against drops even if they do have the occasional slipup.
The Zagg Orlando’s special foam is geared to protect the tablet from falls up to 6.5 feet. Unless you’ve got a second-floor landing, your child will probably have a hard time finding a way to drop your iPad from that height. Despite the thick design, the Zagg Orlando still provides access to the iPad’s ports and buttons, lets audio come through from all the speakers, and has a hole for the camera. The case’s adjustable arms don’t just serve as grips but can also work as a stand to hold the tablet up in a hands-free mode or attach to a car seat headrest.
8. Griffin Survivor Air Strap 360
Best Handheld iPad Case
Do you use a Popsocket on your iPhone? If so, maybe it’s been bumming you out that you can quite use the same small grip on the much larger and heavier iPad. Luckily, the Griffin Survivor Air Strap 360 has you covered. This case does the whole ‘protecting your iPad by putting it in a slim shell’ thing that most other iPad cases will do, but it adds a strap onto the back of the case. You just slide your hand through that strap, and you can easily hold your iPad up – no more weary gripping muscles or sore pinky fingers. The strap can spin 360 degrees, so you can hold your iPad in whatever orientation you want. It’s not just easier to hold, but also harder to drop thanks to the strap.
9. Catalyst Waterproof Case
Best Underwater iPad Case
OK, if you want to have your iPad protected and basically never have to worry about it, then the Catalyst Waterproof Case is probably for you. While no case can make your iPad truly impervious, this one goes a long way toward that goal. You get a thick case to protect all sides of your device. This case is designed to stand up to drops from four feet, and it boasts IP68 protection that can hold up to dunks in water up to 6.6 feet deep. The case also has multiple lanyard attachment points you can take advantage of, and it includes an adjustable stand for hands-free viewing. Best of all, you don’t have to fuss with removing the case every time you want to charge your iPad, as there’s a handy charging port you can easily open and close as needed.
Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark
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