The iPad Mini 2019 (fifth generation) is perfect for powerful performance on the go. With more portability comes more risk of damage and breakage, though. The best thing to do is give your device more durability with a case or cover.
We’ve reviewed the best cases that offer a variety of both fashion and function to meet your needs, whether you just want a case that offers basic protection or more bells and whistles with a stylish finish.
Infiland iPad Mini 5 Case
This chic-looking — but all-business — iPad Mini cover looks great whether you’re at the office or in class. It features a dual standing angle that encourages adjusting to precisely the position you need for viewing or typing. Its built-in Apple Pencil holder ensures that you will never lose your precious writing and sketching accessory while in transit. The auto wake/sleep feature puts your mini to sleep upon closing to conserve battery life and wakes it automatically when you’re ready to use it. It comes in black, gray, navy, mint green, or wine red.
Snugg iPad Mini 5 Leather Case
The Snugg case offers a luxurious look and feel derived from a premium bonded PU leather exterior that’s slim, lightweight, and rugged with subtle, contrasting stitching. It slips easily into a backpack or briefcase to protect your delicate tablet from harsh environments and impact. It augments protective features with reinforced corners to shield against drops, knocks, scratches, and dust. A nubuck interior cushions the tablet’s delicate screen. It comes in nine elegant colors.
Decoded Leather Foldable Slim Sleeve
Tablets aren’t generally used as often as smartphones, so for many, a sleeve is enough to keep their iPad safe. This sleeve from Decoded isn’t cheap by any means, but if you don’t mind spending a little money on your protection, it’s hard to find something more luxurious than this. It’s made from premium full-grain leather that’s soft to the touch, but also durable and protective. The leather develops its own patina over time, making it unique, while a magnetic closure stops your iPad from falling out. It can fold into a stand and it has an integrated holder for the Apple Pencil, too. Stylish and protective, this is a great choice if you don’t mind spending the money. As a sleeve, this will be compatible with the iPad Mini 5 and 4.
Griffin Survivor Airstrap
A tablet is an exceptional machine for work and play, and the iPad Mini’s smaller size makes it perfect for working or playing on the go. But the larger frame doesn’t lend itself well to holding with a single hand — so Griffin’s Survivor Airstrap solves that issue. Slip your hand into the hand strap on the back of this case and you won’t need to worry about dropping your iPad again. It rotates in 30-degree intervals, so you can hold your iPad at a number of useful angles. The rugged impact-resistant shell is tough, with raised edges for the display and camera lenses, and precise openings for all ports and features. Griffin has also confirmed this case will work with both the 2019 iPad Mini 5 and the 2015 iPad Mini 4.
Otterbox Symmetry Clear
Otterbox is well known for its bulky protective cases, but it also sells many more subtle options. The Symmetry case is one of the best clear iPad Mini cases you can get, using a tough polycarbonate back with a specialized rubber bumper to keep your iPad safe. It’s entirely clear, so you can show off your iPad while keeping it protected, and it’s also slim enough that won’t add much thickness to your tablet. There’s a loop to hold your Apple Pencil, and there’s even a removable spine, so you can snap on Apple’s Smart Cover for extra protection. It’s certainly not cheap, but Otterbox cases rarely are, and the protection is excellent.
Zagg Folio Case with Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard
This Zagg case has a clever design that combines a fabric cover with a kickstand and a Bluetooth keyboard. The keys are fairly well-spaced, and the keyboard’s battery is designed to last for a year between charges. There’s a full-width kickstand that enables you to prop the iPad Mini at the usual laptop angles. Your iPad Mini snaps into place inside with minimal corners and a ridge at the bottom holding it in place, which means you have unfettered access to the screen, ports, and controls. This is only advertised for the iPad Mini 5, but there’s also an iPad Mini 4 version available.
UAG Metropolis Folio Case
If you want something protective and practical for your iPad Mini, then look no further. UAG’s cases are tough ,with an outer armor shell and an inner core that absorbs shock, but they’re a lot lighter than they look. There’s a smart cover to protect the screen when it’s not in use and it folds back to act as a landscape stand. You’ll find precise cutouts for easy access to everything, and there’s an Apple Pencil holder. This is a great protective option. This one is just for the iPad Mini 5, but there’s an iPad Mini 4 model, too.
Lefon Kids Case for iPad Mini
The iPad Mini is a great favorite with kids, and the brightly-colored Lefon case is sure to excite the little ones. Despite its fun exterior, it means business with impact-resistant EVA, and it’s constructed with hazard-free safe materials. Kids will still have full access to all the tablet’s features and controls. The corners are reinforced with double-thick silicone to protect against drops and impact. The back and sides are covered by thick foam that extends above the screen to keep the face scratch-free. The grip handle makes it hard to drop. The convertible stand case transforms into a handle for easy transport from school to home and can fold back to serve as a stand. It comes in black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, and rose.
Gumdrop Hideaway with Kickstand
Cases don’t get much more rugged than this. Gumdrop’s design is chunky and bold, combining a hard polycarbonate frame with tough, easy to grip, malleable silicone. There are openings for the ports and camera. On the back, you’ll find a collapsible stand that can fold out and allows you to prop your iPad Mini in landscape for viewing or at an angle for typing. There’s no need to panic when you drop your tablet with this case on it. This particular case is for the iPad Mini 5, but there’s an iPad Mini 4 case too.
STM Dux Case
If you’re looking for a rugged solution, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Dux case exceeds military standards 810F/G for drop tests, which means it will survive a tumble from up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). It blends hard polycarbonate and malleable TPU with a water-resistant polyurethane cover that folds back to double up as a stand. Magnets in the cover help it act as a stand and automatically bring your iPad Mini to life when you open it. All the cutouts are precise and the back of the case is transparent. It’s bulky, but that’s inevitable with truly protective cases. This case will work with both the iPad Mini 5 and Mini 4.
Moshi VersaCover Case
This sleek case is practical and stylish. The polycarbonate shell fits the iPad Mini perfectly, and the microfiber cover features Moshi’s origami-inspired folding design, so you can prop your tablet at various angles in either portrait or landscape view. The cover has magnets built-in, so your tablet automatically goes to sleep when you close it and springs to life when you open it. This one is just for the iPad Mini 5, but there is an iPad Mini 4 version.
Logitech Focus Protective Case
This folio-style case opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s fairly light and slim without sacrificing the responsive feel and travel you’d expect from a decent keyboard. There’s a tough frame to hold the iPad Mini in place and magnets ensure that it doesn’t pop open when it shouldn’t. You’ll also find you can prop your tablet at multiple angles to suit different activities. The rechargeable battery should last around six months between charges. This one hasn’t been certified to fit the latest iPad Mini 5 though, so be careful buying this if you’re using the 2019 model.
Ballistic Tough Jacket Case
The Tough Jacket offers the best protection against accidental drops and guarantees the preservation of your iPad despite a staggering 6-foot plunge. This case keeps that promise because makers craftily engineered both thickly padded corners and a protruded rim around the screen. A removable cover gives your 360-degree protection, and there’s also a handy foldout kickstand on the back. This is one of the best rugged cases you can get for the iPad Mini 4. Unfortunately, this one probably won’t work with the iPad Mini 5 due to the button covers.
Fintie Folio Case
These affordable folio cases are finished in durable polyurethane and have a soft microfiber lining inside. You can also place your iPad Mini vertically or horizontally as needed due to deliberately placed exterior indentations. You’ll also find an Apple Pencil loop and a handy pocket on the back. The magnetic strip triggers automatic sleep and wake functions, and there are cutouts for easy access to everything. This case is excellent value, and it comes in a wide range of colors and patterned finishes. It works with both the iPad Mini 5 and iPad Mini 4.
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Case
Here’s another rugged iPad Mini case that will guard against drops and bumps. The frame completely envelopes your iPad Mini, using a combination of hard polycarbonate and absorbent TPU to protect against knocks, bumps, and falls — and there’s even a built-in screen protector. In addition to its durability, this case makes movie watching comfortable with a handy built-in leg to prop up your iPad. The cutouts are accurate, and there are button and port covers to keep dust and dirt out. This case works with both the iPad Mini 5 and iPad Mini 4 and is a great low-cost option.
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