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The best cases for the 10.2-inch iPad (2019)

In a strategic move last year, Apple released the $329 10.2-inch iPad (2019) and simultaneously debuted iPadOS, creating an iPad system designed for the rest of us. The 10.2-inch iPad features an A10 Fusion chip, Retina display with nearly 3.5 million pixels, day-long battery life, and Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support. Despite a somewhat dated design showing that bit of extra bezel, it’s still a large, shiny, new iPad that is destined to be a solid tablet for the right price, showcasing its power with a new operating system.

You’re going to want to protect that glass and aluminum baby from harm as you tote it back and forth from work or from the living room to the kitchen, and the best 10.2-inch iPad cases and keyboard cases will help you do just that.

If you have an earlier model 9.7-inch iPad, there are even more suggestions in our best iPad cases, and we’ve also got some of the best cases for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, alongside other case roundups for the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Zagg Rugged Messenger Keyboard Case

Photo shows the iPad 10.2-inch in a Zagg Rugged Messenger keyboard case

For working on the go, you can’t do much better than the Rugged Messenger Keyboard Case from Zagg. The keyboard and case are detachable, allowing you to set up your workstation in a variety of environments, from the coffee shop to a friend’s house, and the built-in magnetic stand is adjustable for the perfect viewing angle. The case is as rugged as its name suggests, offering 6.6 feet of drop protection in a multilayered polycarbonate shell. The laptop-style keyboard is backlit with a choice of seven different colors; there’s a built-in holder for your Apple Pencil; and the case has wireless, multi-device pairing. One of the best things about this keyboard is that its battery life lasts up to two years between charges — based on usage of one hour a day — and the automatic sleep/wake function helps save battery life when the case is closed.

ZtotopCase

We welcome the ZtotopCase for the 10.2-inch iPad (2019), which features the same premium synthetic leather exterior, workmanship, and soft microfiber interior lining as the last version. Its multifunctional features include a built-in leather hand strap, pencil holder, and organizer pocket. It offers multiple viewing angles and multiple slots, so you can set up the proper angles for watching movies or typing. The magnetic smart cover supports the usual auto wake/sleep functionality. It comes in a choice of black, brown, green, or a combo of denim and brown leather.

Infiland Case

Exclusively designed for the 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad, the Infiland features an extra back pocket that lets you store small items like business cards or a USB charging cable and also supports the auto wake/sleep feature.  The stand lets you adjust to different angles for viewing or typing. The built-in pencil holder eliminates worries about losing your Apple Pencil. It comes in seven tasteful combinations of colors, patterns, and fabrics.

Thankscase Case

This all-in-one slim, lightweight design features a folder wallet pocket-style case with a built-in elastic hand strap for securely gripping your tablet while on the go. It has a premium composition leather exterior and soft interior for protecting your tablet from drops, bumps, and dust. A 360-degree rotating swivel lets you rotate the tablet vertically and horizontally, while a built-in magnetic strip provides the smart cover auto sleep/wake function. The case offers full access to all features like cameras, speakers, ports, and buttons. It comes in 14 elegant patterns and color combinations, but we are big fans of the Gold/Jade combination, pictured.

Ivso Keyboard Case

The Ivso keyboard case features ultra-thin, three-in-one functionality with a wireless keyboard, stand, and premium carrying case, which makes it ideal for toting your tablet to the office and on business trips. Its laptop-style keyboard offers a better typing experience than silicone keyboards and its precise cutouts provide full access to all ports and features. It charges in up to three hours and functions for about 60 hours before needing a new charge. It comes in black, blue, red, or rose gold, and there’s also a version with a multicolored backlit keyboard and a black cover.

Apple Smart Keyboard

No company knows how to make an iPad keyboard better than the creators of iPads themselves. Apple’s Smart Keyboard features numerous state-of-the-art technologies in an innovative keyboard designed specifically for the iPad. The keyboard is full-size but still light enough for travel, and it connects to the latest iPad and iPad Air models via the Smart Connector. Simply attach the keyboard and begin typing. After you’re done working, you can fold the keyboard into a lightweight cover. This keyboard is going to cost you a pretty penny, but you’ll be paying for a flawless product.

ESR Urban Premium Folio Case

ESR uses polycarbonate for rugged protection without the heft, and its case contains holes strategically placed as a cooling mechanism for the enclosed hardware. The case’s microfiber interior keeps your iPad screen safe, while its oxford cloth exterior is attractive and robust. It comes equipped with powerful magnets that flawlessly enable your iPad’s automatic sleep and wake function, as well as two anti-slip grooves for comfortable viewing angles. The case is available in charcoal, Knight (dark blue), Sky (sky blue), and Twilight (medium gray).

TomToc Portfolio Case

The TomToc is ideal for fashionable professionals who tote their iPad to and from the office and is also excellent for people who use a Smart Keyboard with their tablets. The iPad compartment fits the iPad protective case and an Apple pencil loop, plus extra pockets for a notebook and other random items. Its grooved design gives you an ergonomic and comfortable grip. Any work bag or briefcase can easily fit the TomToc case’s dimensions within its confines, condensing all of your valuables into one manageable package. The iPad compartment also features adhesive tape to keep your device secure while you’re moving around. The case features an EVA hard shell, waterproof fabric, and heavy-duty YKK zippers, giving you total protection from accidents and the elements.

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