The new 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.
Updated on 5-25-2015 by Simon Hill: Removed old and discontinued cases, updated all links, added cases by Everything Tablet, Speck, Grovemade, Dodocase, Belkin, and Ballistic.
Dodocase Classic Case ($65)
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.
Grovemade Walnut Case ($130)
A beautiful combination of walnut and maple wood really makes this case stand out. The clever design features a rolling cover which can fold back to create the angle you want, and a tough interior that can stand up to knocks and bumps. There’s a soft lining to prevent scratches and your iPad Air is held in place by magnets which also work with the automatic sleep/wake function. Lovingly hand-crafted in Portland, Oregon, using natural materials throughout, this is a case you can feel good about buying.
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.
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.
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.