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25 impressive cases and covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Air

The iPad Air 2 (the sixth iPad) is unbelievably skinny. We’re talking about 6.1mm, which makes it easy to handle for such a big tablet, but you have to worry about durability. You can add a flourish of personal style to Apple’s minimalist design, choose functional elements to enhance your daily use, and make sure it’s safe when you sling it in your bag; all it takes is the right case. Here are some of our favorite iPad Air 2 cases. We also have some of the best iPad Air cases available.

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OtterBox Defender Series Case ($60)

OtterBox Defender Series Case

Trusty three-layer protection ensures that your iPad Air 2 can take a tumble or a knock and keep right on going. This is a fairly chunky case, but it provides all round protection, with a built-in screen protector and port covers. You might struggle with some cables, but there are accurate openings for the Touch ID, camera, and the Apple logo on the back. You also get a shield layer that clips over the front when you’re not using the iPad, and it doubles as a stand, so you can prop your iPad Air 2 at a comfortable angle for watching movies or typing.

Available at:

Amazon

New Trent Gladius Case ($26)

New Trent Gladius Case

The obvious star of the show here is the 360-degree rotating leather hand strap, which makes holding your iPad Air or Air 2 a breeze. This rugged case also provides good drop protection. The hard-shell interior is surrounded by rubber and there’s a built-in screen protector. Underneath the strap, there’s a metal arm that can fold out to act as sturdy stand. The cut-outs are all accurate, providing easy access to the camera and Touch ID, and there are durable button covers for the controls.

Available at:

Amazon

Twelve South BookBook Case ($65)

Twelve South BookBook Case

You can disguise your iPad as an old book with this stylish case from Twelve South. These genuine leather cases look just like vintage tomes. Each case is distressed to create an aged aesthetic that brings some unique character. Two zippers with leather tags allow you to securely close your iPad inside. Open the case, and you’ll find a leather frame to hold your iPad snug and secure, along with a dark, soft, suede interior that prevents scratches. The interior leather sleeve that holds your iPad can be partially detached via two stud closures, so you can prop the case open and use it as a stand in a viewing or typing position. Although there’s no camera cut-out in the book, the leather sleeve has one, so you can pop the closures open and snap a shot without having to fully remove the iPad.

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Amazon Twelve South

Incipio ClamCase + ($130)

Incipio ClamCase +

Acquired by Incipio in 2015, ClamCase has been making premium keyboard cases for the iPad for years now. The ClamCase + converts your iPad into a laptop, combining an aluminum keyboard with backlit island keys, and a polycarbonate cover that protects the tablet. The hinge rotates through 360 degrees, so you can actually fold the iPad back and the keys are automatically turned off. You can also use this case as a stand to prop the iPad at any angle you desire. The keyboard pairs easily via Bluetooth, and it’s roomy and comfortable to type on, with some handy special function keys for things like media controls and Siri. There’s a standard Micro USB port for recharging, but you can expect around a month of use before you need to plug it in. It’s heavy at around 660g, and the back-lit keys really eat into the battery life when turned on, but it’s the perfect choice if you want a decent keyboard and solid protection for your iPad Air 2.

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Incipio

Booqpad Case ($60)

Booqpad

Versatility is the major draw for this folio case. You’ve got a standard polycarbonate shell that attaches to a folio cover using magnets, so it can be attached and detached quickly and easily. The folio cover acts as a multi-position stand and it even comes with a pad of paper. The exterior is polyurethane with a textured finish and the inner lining is nubuck. In addition to the notebook, there are slots for cards. This case also comes with a screen protector.

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Amazon Booq

Case Made Thin Case ($46)

Booqpad Case

This classic folio case has a genuine leather exterior finished in black with red stitching or tan brown. It looks and feels luxurious, flipping open to reveal a soft suede interior. Your iPad Air 2 snaps into the plastic shell, complete with cut-outs for the controls, ports, speaker, and camera. The cover works with Apple’s sleep/wake function, so your iPad switches off automatically when it’s closed. You can also fold the cover back and there’s a loop to hold it securely in the stand position, which offers an ideal viewing or typing angle in landscape, depending on which way you prop it.

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Case-Made

BrydgeAir Keyboard ($130)

BrydgeAir Keyboard

Do you like the idea of transforming your iPad Air or Air 2 into a MacBook? Our main complaint with keyboard cases is the added bulk, but they also tend to be plastic, and they rarely match the style of the iPad. Brydge is a clever keyboard that circumvents the usual issues. It’s crafted from premium aluminum, colored to match your iPad finish, and bulk is minimized because your tablet slots into the minimal hinge mechanism, instead of a traditional case. The hinge can rotate 180 degrees, so you can find the right angle for you, and the island keys are well-spaced with good travel and backlighting. To make it even more tempting, you’ll find stereo speakers built-in, to give your iPad’s audio output a boost. It hooks up via Bluetooth, and boasts up to 3 months use from a single charge, with a Micro USB port to recharge. It’s quite heavy, at 520g, but that adds to the MacBook feel, and you know this is a solid, quality piece of kit.

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Amazon Best Buy Brydge

Zagg Rugged Book Case ($90)

Zagg Rugged Book Case

A keyboard is always going to add some weight and bulk, and this one is heavy, but Zagg has developed a solution to this problem by allowing you to detach the iPad Air in its case from the keyboard portion. The Rugged Book has a full QWERTY keyboard with backlit keys and you can customize the color. They are fairly well-spaced and quite comfortable to type on. The shell case that your iPad goes into combines a soft-padded interior with polycarbonate and steel to really safeguard your tablet. It snaps in and out of the magnetic hinge pretty easily, so you can ditch the keyboard when you don’t need it, but your iPad Air 2 remains protected. The outer finish is textured for extra grip and it has a rugged look. You can recharge via the Micro USB port and Zagg claims up to two years of typing battery life. Since you can remove the iPad in its case, you can also insert it in the hinge the other way round, so it can act as a stand or conceal the keyboard.

Available at:

Amazon

Dodocase Classic Case ($65)

Dodocase

Disguise your iPad Air 2, or iPad Air, as a book with a DodoCase. The Classic cases are handcrafted in San Francisco using Moroccan cloth and an eco-friendly bamboo tray. They are actually made using traditional bookbinding techniques, for a clever blend of old and new. There’s a built-in magnet for the auto sleep/wake function, the open case can fold to double up as a stand, and you can personalize each case with a monogram for an extra $10. The elastic closure completes the note book illusion. If you prefer something a bit more colorful, custom cases start at $75.

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Amazon DodoCase

Everything Tablet Luxury Real Leather Flip Case ($50)

Everything Tablet Luxury Real Leather Flip Case

The luxurious, real leather exterior comes in a choice of white, gray, navy, yellow, or pink. The quality is excellent, and it’s a stylish look that’s free of logos or garish design features. These cases are made from Italian calfskin leather and neatly hand stitched. Inside, you’ll find a plastic cradle that your iPad snaps into, with accurate cut-outs for your buttons, ports, and the camera. The inside is lined with soft micro-fiber material, and there are two pockets in the cover suitable for storing cards. The closure is magnetic, and it supports the automatic sleep/wake function.

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Everything Tablet

Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case ($70)

Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case

This keyboard case is perfect for typists who prefer physical keys to a touchscreen. It’s a lightweight aluminum design and it’s fairly slim, although the well-spaced keys do have a bit of depth for a good, responsive feel. The wonder of magnets holds your iPad Air 2 in a choice of three positions, and it turns itself off automatically to preserve power. No frivolous colors for Belkin, this case comes in a serious choice of black or white.

Available at:

Amazon

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case ($70)

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case

If you’re looking for something really protective, then the Tough Jacket could be the one for you. There are three parts to this case. You have a flexible inner layer with heavily reinforced corners, that will absorb the impact of any bump or fall. A hard shell goes over that to provide more protection, and there’s a third, optional piece that can be clipped onto the back to act as an adjustable stand. This case comes in black, or black and white. Openings and button covers make your iPad perfectly usable while in the case, but it is quite bulky.

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Best Buy Ballistic

Nodus Access Case ($112)

Nodus Access Case

Looking for a touch of luxury to match the premium feel of your iPad Air 2? Nodus has produced a gorgeously svelte, genuine leather folio cover in brown or black. The exterior is mercifully free of logos or markings. Inside you’ll find a simple micro-suction pad with the strength to hold your tablet securely in place. Another small pad helps to hold the cover closed and there’s a soft microfiber lining to prevent scratches. You can also prop your tablet up in landscape view.

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Nodus

Speck StyleFolio Case ($40)

Speck StyleFolio Case

Here’s a durable and functional case from Speck that will keep your iPad Air 2, or iPad Air, well protected. It’s easy to fit your iPad into the hard shell, and there’s cushioning to keep it snug and safe. You’ll find accurate openings for the buttons, ports, and camera. The cover folds back to support a few landscape angles, and it closes securely thanks to a locking clasp. It comes in a wide variety of different colors, and a couple of patterned options. The only problem with this case is that it’s tough to remove your iPad once it’s in there.

Available at:

Amazon

Urban Armor Gear Rogue Folio Case ($40)

Urban Armor Gear Rogue Folio Case

You can take your iPad Air 2 anywhere in this case. It meets military drop test standards 810G thanks to an impact resistant core. The outer shell is finished is something UAG calls Frogskin which adds excellent grip and is water resistant. The cover also automatically wakes and puts your iPad Air 2 to sleep when opened and closed. It looks like a chunky industrial design, but the case is actually very light and you’ll find the cut-outs are precise and there’s no glare when you use the camera. If the red is a bit much, you can get a plain black version.

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Amazon

Felix FlipBook Air ($40)

Felix FlipBook Air

Here’s a smart design that allows you to choose from 10 different angles and works with your iPad Air 2 propped in landscape or portrait view. It looks like a typical folio case that’s felt-lined inside and has a soft, fake leather exterior in black or tan. Open it up and you find a magnetic spine that holds the tablet securely in place with a kickstand and slots on the back to help you find your perfect angle. It also supports the automatic sleep/wake function.

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Amazon

Apple Smart Case ($74)

Apple Smart Case

You don’t have to worry about the quality or fit when you buy a case direct from Apple, but the prices are premium. This case combines a cradle with precision cut-outs and button covers with a real leather folio cover. The cover is lined with soft microfiber and it can fold back to support a landscape viewing position or a typing angle. The closure is magnetic, and the cover will automatically wake your iPad Air 2 when opened and put it to sleep when closed. Get it in blue, brown, pink, red, or black.

Available at:

Amazon

Incipio Tuxen Folio Case ($15+)

Incipio Tuxen Folio Case

This is a slim and stylish folio case that will keep your iPad Air 2 safe from harm. The snap-on shell is made from polycarbonate and features accurate openings for your camera, ports, and buttons. The outer cover is fake leather with a microsuede lining. You can fold the cover back to prop your iPad Air 2 in landscape, or type comfortably. You’ll also find a magnetic closure keeps the cover closed and works with the automatic sleep/wake function to bring your tablet to life when you open it. In addition to black this comes in grey, blue, and pink.

Available at:

Amazon

X-Doria SmartStyle Case ($18+)

X-Doria SmartStyle Case

You can get this folio case in plain black or opt for an eye-catching, 3D pattern on the front cover. The iPad Air 2 is held snugly in place in a protective cradle which has all the cut-outs you need to access the ports and buttons. You can prop the tablet in landscape when the cover is open or angle it for easy typing. There’s a magnetic array in the cover to support the automatic sleep/wake function, and there’s a secure elastic closure.

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Amazon

Devicewear Ridge Case ($27)

Devicewear Ridge Case

You’ll be pleased with the blend of functionality and style that Devicewear offers with the Ridge folio case. It’s crafted from vegan leather (fake leather), but it doesn’t feel or look cheap. There’s a soft micro-suede lining, it supports the automatic sleep/wake function, and has a magnetic closure. A hard shell protects the iPad Air and a number of grooves support a wide variety of landscape positions when you fold the cover back. It’s sturdy, practical, and stylish, which makes it one of our favorite iPad Air cases.

Available at:

Amazon

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 ($32+)

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3

The aim with this keyboard case was to minimize the added bulk and retain the iPad Air’s svelte profile. The tablet slips into a slim polycarbonate cradle and the Bluetooth keyboard is integrated into the cover. It supports the automatic sleep/wake function and you can fold it back to hide the keyboard or prop it in the classic laptop angle. As an added bonus you can plug your phone into the USB port and charge it from the keyboard.

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Amazon

STM Dux Case ($45)

STM Dux Case

This case offers a good level of protection for your iPad Air. The back is transparent, there’s a grey rubber frame, and a polyurethane cover that comes in red, blue, or black. The cover folds back to act as a stand, it has a magnetic tab closure that wraps round and also triggers the sleep/wake function, and it’s water resistant. There’s plenty of room to access the ports through cut-outs, but the buttons are covered for protection.

Available at:

Amazon

Pelican ProGear Vault Series for iPad Air ($75)

Pelican ProGear Vault Series for iPad Air

Here’s a really heavy-duty protection system that’s actually designed to seal your iPad Air in securely and protect it from the elements. Once your iPad is locked in place inside you’ll enjoy military-grade protection from drops and bumps, a seal to prevent dust or dirt getting in, and basic water resistance covering brief immersion. It’s a folio style design, so you can open it and use it as a stand. If you work outdoors then this might suit you. It’s definitely an operation to fit and remove, so you won’t want to have to take it off in a hurry.

Available at:

Adorama

Griffin Survivor for iPad Air ($27+)

Griffin Survivor for iPad Air

If you intend on taking your iPad Air into combat, mountain climbing, or possibly street racing then you absolutely, positively, have got to get some solid protection and it does not come much more solid than this. The Survivor meets military standards for protection from extreme conditions and that includes temperature fluctuations, mud, dust, sand, rain, shocks, and vibrations (good or bad). On the downside it means encasing your elegant tablet in a big chunky block of polycarbonate and silicone.

Available at:

Amazon Griffin

Gumdrop FoamTech Case ($25)

Gumdrop FoamTech Case

Anyone who lets their kids play with their iPad Air needs to have a look at this case from Gumdrop. It’s made from thick foam which can handle bumps and falls. It features a rippled texture for extra grip and there’s a built-in carry handle that folds back to double up as a stand for landscape viewing. You can get it in black, blue, lime, or pink. You’ll also find precise cut-outs for all the ports, controls, and the camera.

Available at:

Amazon