The best iPad cases and covers for 2018

The best iPad cases and covers of 2018 feature a style for every kind of user

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Vaja Libretto Leather Case ($180)

Vaja best iPad cases

Looking for the ultimate in luxurious protection for your iPad? Then look no further than this case from Vaja. Each and every Vaja case is hand-crafted by a master artisan who focuses on one case at a time. iPads tend to last longer than your usual smart device, and thanks to the use of premium genuine leather, so will these cases, with Vaja claiming that every case will mature with age, like a leather jacket, or leather armchair. This case supports sleep/wake smart function, and comes with a media-viewing stand — and you have a choice of three types of leather, and over 30 color options. The crafting process can take up to 20 days to complete, but if you want the very best, and don’t mind waiting, then Vaja’s iPad cases are perfect for you.

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Devicewear Ridge Case ($27)

Devicewear Ridge Case

You’ll be pleased with the blend of functionality and style that Devicewear offers with the Ridge folio case. It’s crafted from vegan leather (fake leather), but it doesn’t feel or look cheap. There’s a soft micro-suede lining, it supports the automatic sleep/wake function, and has a magnetic closure. A hard shell protects your iPad and a number of grooves support a wide variety of landscape positions when you fold the cover back. It’s sturdy, practical, and stylish, which makes it one of our favorite iPad cases.

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Olixar Smart Stand Case ($17)

Olixar best iPad cases

While we don’t recommend trying to save cash on protective accessories, Olixar‘s bargain price for their Smart folding stand case is definitely worth your attention. It’s a relatively simple case, and if you’ve seen Apple’s official cases then you’re dealing with something very similar here. When not in use, the case folds around the front of your iPad, protecting it from harm. Magnets built into the case will also power your screen off and keep it off, stopping any accidental movement from activating your tablet and wasting battery. When opened, those same magnets turn the screen back on, and the case can be folded around the back, out of the way, or used as a media-viewing stand. Simple, but effective.

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Case Made Leather Case ($60)

This classic folio case has a genuine leather exterior finished in black with red stitching or tan brown. It looks and feels luxurious, flipping open to reveal a soft suede interior. Your iPad snaps into the plastic shell, complete with cut-outs for the controls, ports, speaker, and camera. The cover works with Apple’s sleep/wake function, so your iPad switches off automatically when it’s closed. You can also fold the cover back and there’s a loop to hold it securely in the stand position, which offers an ideal viewing or typing angle in landscape, depending on which way you prop it.

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Dodocase Classic Case ($65)

Dodocase

Disguise your iPad as a book with a DodoCase. The Classic cases are handcrafted in San Francisco using Moroccan cloth and an eco-friendly bamboo tray. They are actually made using traditional bookbinding techniques, for a clever blend of old and new. There’s a built-in magnet for the auto sleep/wake function, the open case can fold to double up as a stand, and you can personalize each case with a monogram for an extra $10. The elastic closure completes the note book illusion. If you prefer something a bit more colorful, custom cases start at $80.

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Speck BalanceFolio Case ($40)

Speck BalanceFolio Case

Here’s a durable and functional case from Speck that will keep your iPad protected from drops of up to 4 feet. It’s easy to fit your iPad into the case’s hard shell, and there’s cushioning inside to keep your tablet both snug and safe. You’ll also find accurate openings for your iPad’s camera, as well as its various buttons and ports. The cover folds back to support a few landscape angles, and closes securely thanks to an onboard clasp. Your iPad will wake and sleep automatically when you open the cover, too, thanks to the magnets within. It even comes in a variety of different colors, allowing for both subdued tones and more vibrant combinations.

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STM Dux Case ($60)

STM Dux Case

This case offers a good level of protection for your iPad. The back is transparent, there’s a grey rubber frame, and a polyurethane cover that comes in red, blue, or black. The cover folds back to act as a stand, it has a magnetic tab closure that wraps round and also triggers the sleep/wake function, and it’s water resistant. There’s plenty of room to access the ports through cut-outs, but the buttons are covered for protection. You can also get this one for older iPad models.

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OtterBox Defender Series Case ($75)

OtterBox Defender Series Case

Trusty three-layer protection ensures that your iPad can take a tumble or a knock and keep right on going. This is a fairly chunky case, but it provides all round protection, with a built-in screen protector and port covers. You might struggle with some cables, but there are accurate openings for the Touch ID, camera, and the Apple logo on the back. You also get a shield layer that clips over the front when you’re not using the iPad, and it doubles as a stand, so you can prop your iPad at a comfortable angle for watching movies or typing.

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Incipio ClamCase Pro ($100)

Acquired by Incipio in 2015, ClamCase has been making premium keyboard cases for the iPad for years now. The ClamCase Pro converts your iPad into a laptop, combining an aluminum keyboard with backlit island keys, and a polycarbonate cover that protects the tablet. The hinge rotates through 360 degrees, so you can actually fold the iPad back and the keys are automatically turned off. You can also use this case as a stand to prop the iPad at any angle you desire. The keyboard pairs easily via Bluetooth, and it’s roomy and comfortable to type on, with some handy special function keys for things like media controls and Siri. There’s a standard Micro USB port for recharging, but you can expect around a month of use before you need to plug it in. It’s heavy at around 660g, but it’s the perfect choice if you want a decent keyboard and solid protection for your iPad.

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Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case ($90)

Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case

This keyboard case is perfect for typists who prefer physical keys to a touchscreen. It’s a lightweight aluminum design and it’s fairly slim, although the well-spaced keys do have a bit of depth for a good, responsive feel. The wonder of magnetism holds your iPad in a choice of three positions, and it turns itself off automatically to preserve power. No frivolous colors for Belkin, this case only comes in a serious black finish.

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