Gumdrop Hideaway Case ($60)
Cases don’t get much more rugged than this. Gumdrop’s design is chunky and bold, combining a hard polycarbonate frame with tough, easy to grip, malleable silicone. There’s a screen cover integrated and openings for the ports and camera. On the back you’ll find a collapsible stand that can fold out and allow you to prop the iPad Mini 3 in landscape for viewing or angled for typing. There’s no need to panic when you drop your tablet with this case on it.
Forget about dust, drops, water, and shock. With this case on your iPad Mini nothing short of a direct missile strike is going to damage it. It’s a high quality kit with an aluminum hinge and Dragontail glass to protect your camera lens, but it does need to be screwed together, which will work better if you’re happy to leave the iPad Mini in it. The difference between this and other heavy duty cases is the folio design, which allows you to flip it open to use your iPad. It’s quite expensive, but you do get some serious protection for your money. It comes in black, orange, or magenta, with gray.
Apple Smart Case ($55)
This genuine leather case from Apple will fit any iPad Mini model. It’s a slim protective shell with an aniline-dyed leather cover that can fold back to a couple of stand positions for movie watching or typing. The fit is absolutely perfect, as you’d expect, and the inside of the cover is soft microfiber to keep your iPad Mini screen in top condition. The cover also supports the automatic sleep/wake function. This isn’t a rugged case, so don’t expect much in the way of drop protection. It is slim and available in five stylish colors including red, black blue, brown, and pink.
STM Dux Case ($45)
If you’re looking for a rugged solution then you’ll be pleased to learn that the Dux case meets military standards 810F/G for drop tests, which means it will survive a tumble from up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). It blends hard polycarbonate and malleable TPU with a water resistant polyurethane cover that folds back to double up as a stand. Magnets in the cover help it act as a stand securely and automatically bring your iPad Mini 3 to life when you open it. All the cut-outs are precise and the back of the case is transparent. It’s bulky, but that’s inevitable with truly protective cases.
iLuv CEO Folio Case ($35)
Here’s a smart, padded folio-style case that’s designed to serve as a business companion. You can slot any model of iPad Mini into the enclosure and the case zips securely closed. The cover includes a host of pockets and pouches for ID, cards, a notepad, and there’s even a stylus holder. You can prop the cover open and fold it to create a stand for landscape viewing, or angle it further for comfortable typing. You don’t need to be a CEO to see the practicality of this case.