These are the best iPad cases and covers for the new 2018 iPad

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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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Zagg Rugged Book Case ($130)

Zagg Rugged Book Case

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.

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Dodocase Classic Case ($65)


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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