The Apple iPad (2018) provides everything you’d want in a tablet for an affordable price, including a vibrant 9.7-inch screen, snappy performance, and marathon battery life. The exterior design is familiar by now, and the latest iPad is physically identical to its predecessor, the iPad (2017). If you want to add some personality to Apple’s minimalist design and ensure your iPad is safe during travel, all it takes is the right case.
Incipio Cool Blossom Design Series Folio ($45)
This eye-catching case comprises a hard shell with flowers in metallic foil and a folding cover that safeguards the screen. The cover also folds back and slots into the clasp securely to act as a sturdy stand with a couple of choices of positions. It’s a solid protective case that comes in a few different pattern and color combinations.
Speck Case-E ($40)
If your kids have an iPad, or they borrow yours from time to time, then you’ll want to make sure it’s securely protected and Speck’s new Case-E is a fun way to do it. This thick foam cover will guard your iPad from damage for falls of up to 6 feet. It also features detachable arms that lend your iPad a little personality and double up as a handy way of attaching it to the back of a car seat or propping it up on a table. Speck has used EVA foam, so everything is soft and comfortable to hold. This case comes in a couple of color combinations and is due to start shipping in early 2019.
Moko Case ($12)
There is no need to spend a lot for a decent iPad case. This simple offering combines a hard, clear, plastic shell case with accurate cutouts and a durable, polyurethane cover that comes in a wide range of colored and patterned finishes. The cover also features that typical three-fold design, enabling it to double up as a stand for propping your iPad at different angles. With a soft, microfiber lining inside, the cover also supports the automatic sleep/wake function.
Zagg Rugged Messenger Case ($100)
A keyboard is always going to add some weight and bulk, and this one is heavy, but Zagg has developed a solution to this problem by allowing you to detach the iPad in its case from the keyboard portion. The Rugged Book has a full QWERTY keyboard with backlit keys, and you can customize the color. They are fairly well-spaced and quite comfortable to type on. The shell case that your iPad goes into combines a soft-padded interior with polycarbonate and steel to really safeguard your tablet. It snaps in and out of the magnetic hinge pretty easily, so you can ditch the keyboard when you don’t need it, but your iPad remains protected. The outer finish is textured for extra grip and it has a rugged look. You can recharge via the Micro USB port, and Zagg claims up to two years of typing battery life. Since you can remove the iPad in its case, you can also insert it in the hinge the other way round, so it can act as a stand or conceal the keyboard.
Noreve Tradition B Case ($92+)
This gorgeous leather case is available in real or synthetic leather with different textured finishes and in a wide range of colors. Handmade in France, it’s a stylish and practical option that opens to reveal a cover with several handy slots in it. The magnetic clasp closure keeps it securely closed when you’re on the move and can also hold your Apple Pencil. Open it up and there is a sort of folding kickstand that enables you to prop the tablet up in landscape view. You will find generous cutouts for the ports, buttons, and other features, and there is a cutout on the back for the camera as well. It’s expensive, but the quality really shines through.
Griffin Survivor Journey Folio Case ($50)
Griffin’s recent offering is a versatile case with plenty to offer. The main shell is made of tough TPU, which will protect your tablet from falls of up to six feet. The inventive folio cover attaches via magnets, so it can be removed when you don’t need it. The cover also folds back and acts as a stand for typing and watching videos, and because of the built-in magnets, you can also stick your iPad to the fridge door. Plus, the gold, silver, and gray finishes are designed to match your iPad. Best of all, it’s also available for the iPad (2017), iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.
New Trent Gladius Case ($25)
The obvious star of the show here is the 360-degree rotating leather hand strap, which makes holding your iPad a breeze. This rugged case also provides good drop protection. The hard-shell interior is surrounded by rubber and there’s a built-in screen protector. Underneath the strap, there’s a metal arm that can fold out to act as sturdy stand. The cut-outs are all accurate, providing easy access to the camera and Touch ID, and there are durable button covers for the controls. This protective case is available for the iPad (2017), iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.
Moshi Versacover Origami Case ($50)
If adaptability is important to you, then take a look at Moshi’s folding Versacover origami cover. With easy folds you can set-up your iPad in the perfect position to facilitate easy reading, browsing, or video watching in both portrait and landscape positions. Built-in magnets also support your iPad’s sleep/wake function, so you can be sure your iPad isn’t wasting battery displaying the screen while covered. A shock-absorbing frame holds your iPad tightly, taking care of any accidental abuse, and the case completely covers the display when not in use, shielding that vulnerable area from harm.
Twelve South BookBook Case ($80)
You can disguise your iPad as an old book with this stylish case from Twelve South. These genuine leather cases look just like vintage tomes. Each case is distressed to create an aged aesthetic that brings some unique character. Two zippers with leather tags allow you to securely close your iPad inside. Open the case, and you’ll find a leather frame to hold your iPad snug and secure, along with a dark, soft, suede interior that prevents scratches. The interior leather sleeve that holds your iPad can be partially detached via two stud closures, so you can prop the case open and use it as a stand in a viewing or typing position. Although there’s no camera cut-out in the book, the leather sleeve has one, so you can pop the closures open and snap a shot without having to fully remove the iPad.
Brydge 9.7 Keyboard ($100)
Do you like the idea of transforming your iPad into a MacBook? Our main complaint with keyboard cases is the added bulk, but they also tend to be plastic, and they rarely match the style of the iPad. Brydge is a clever keyboard that circumvents the usual issues. It’s crafted from premium aluminum, colored to match your iPad finish, and bulk is minimized because your tablet slots into the minimal hinge mechanism, instead of a traditional case. The hinge can rotate 180 degrees, so you can find the right angle for you, and the island keys are well-spaced with good travel and backlighting. It hooks up via Bluetooth, and boasts up to 3 months use from a single charge, with a Micro USB port to recharge. It’s quite heavy, at 520g, but that adds to the MacBook feel, and you know this is a solid, quality piece of kit.