The iPad Mini is the hottest tablet on the market right now, but if you own one, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is buy a case. It’s aluminum design looks great, but it’s slippery and fragile, and that goes for the new iPad Mini with Retina, too. The new iPad Mini boasts a few improvements, most notably the high-resolution screen, and it is also a smidgen thicker than its predecessor at 0.29 inches (7.5mm) compared to 0.28 inches (7.2mm).
Updated on 10-30-2013: We’ve added a bunch of iPad Mini with Retina cases. On page one (this page), are cases that definitely fit the new iPad Mini with Retina. On page two, you’ll find cases for the original iPad Mini. Most of them will fit the new iPad Mini, and you can expect updated versions of those that don’t very soon, but like we said, check before you buy.
iPad Mini with Retina Cases and Covers
Grove Wood Smart Case ($80)
This Bamboo Smart Case from Grove was a big hit in the office. It’s an all-natural, stylish, and unique design. The protective cradle is carved from maple wood, and there’s a bamboo cover that rolls back to double up as a stand. Cut-outs ensure easy access to everything, ultra-suede lining keeps your iPad Mini scratch-free, and it’s held snugly in place by rare-earth magnets. Hand made with care by a small Portland-based team, this is a real standout option. It fits both models of iPad Mini.
Here’s a tough case from Belkin that’s suitable for the iPad Mini 1 and 2. Thanks to a ridged design that creates pockets of air, this case can really absorb some shock; in fact, it passed military standards for drop tests from up to 6 feet. The exterior is rubberized for grip, and the automatic sleep/wake function is supported. You can also use it as a stand in portrait or landscape view, with another magnet to hold your tablet in place.
iLuv Simple Folio Case ($35)
You can match Apple’s minimalist design aesthetic by opting for this classic, clean folio case from iLuv. Fold the cover back and you’ve got a two position stand for typing or viewing movies. There’s a soft, patterned lining inside and the exterior is durable faux-leather. You can still access all the ports and buttons when your iPad Mini is in the case and it will fit either model. Take your pick of black or red.
XtremeMac Tuffwrap Play ($40)
If the iPad Mini with Retina is your gaming device of choice then this could be the ideal case for you. It’s durable, flexible, and it provides you with ergonomic side grips that make your tablet comfortable to hold for long gaming sessions. The textured ribs improve grip and the handles can also double up as a stand. It’s a thick, bulky case, but it doesn’t block access to any ports or features. You can get it in blue or pink.
Incipio LGND Case ($35)
Combing vegan leather and a plextonium shell, this offering from Incipio is good value for money. It opens like a folio, and the cover features a popular origami design that allows you to fold it into various stand positions. Microsuede on the inside keeps your iPad Mini pristine, and the tough plastic shell will protect it from bumps. If the dull grey or black doesn’t cut it for you then there’s always purple or teal.
Griffin Zatterino Sleeve ($45)
Based on Papernomad’s environmentally friendly sustainable designs, this sleeve is ideal for creatives. It looks like a paper package, but it’s actually crafted from paper and biopolymer layers, so it’s virtually impossible to rip or tear and it’s water resistant. Best of all you can customize it however you want because it’s easy to paint or draw on the outside. Wool felt cushions your tablet and there’s a hemp strap with a hidden magnet to keep it securely inside.
This folio style case opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s fairly light and slim without sacrificing the responsive feel and travel you’d expect from a decent keyboard. There’s a tough frame to hold the iPad Mini in place and magnets ensure that it doesn’t pop open when it shouldn’t. You’ll also find some handy shortcut keys for things like copying and pasting. The exterior is also durable and water-repellant.
Mujjo iPad Mini Sleeve ($62)
Here’s a fashionable blend of thick wool felt with high quality leather. It’s easy to slide your iPad Mini in and out of this hand-crafted sleeve. A leather strap is held in place with rivets and it provides secure closure. It’s a simple combination of high quality materials and environmentally friendly design. It will fit both models of iPad Mini and there’s room for accessories or documents alongside your tablet.
Continue to page two for more great iPad Mini cases.