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
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.
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.
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.
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 When you want an iPad keyboard, consider going right to the source. Apple’s Smart Keyboard combines advanced technologies to create a unique keyboard for its own tablet. It’s portable, full-size, and it connects to the new iPad and iPad Air with the Smart Connector. Just attach the keyboard and start typing. When you’re done working, the device folds into a slender, lightweight cover. It’s a little pricey, but you know it works perfectly.
ESR Urban Premium Folio Case
ESR has come out with a lightweight, ventilated polycarbonate cover with large ventilation cutouts that keep your iPad light and cool. Made with oxford cloth for a stylish and durable exterior, a soft microfiber lining keeps your iPad screen safe. Its strong magnets ensure that the auto sleep/wake function engages properly every time. Two non-slip grooves provide sturdy viewing angles in stand mode. It comes in charcoal, Knight (deep blue), Sky (sky blue), and Twilight (medium gray).
TomToc Portfolio Case
The TomToc is designed for stylish pros who travel with their iPad to the office for work and meetings, and caters to those who use their iPads with a Smart Keyboard. Spacious and functional, the tablet slot is large enough to fit the iPad protective case with an Apple pencil holder and includes a large mesh bag for gadgets and even an A5 notebook slot. The groove design offers an ergonomic and comfortable grip and wristband. It easily slips into most briefcases and purses — because the last thing you need is another thing to keep track of. The tablet slot has adhesive tape to keep your device from moving around when you’re on the go, while the EVA hard shell and water-repellent fabric with durable YKK zippers offer complete protection from impacts and the elements.
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