One of the nicest things about the iPad is that as long as you don't break it, it'll probably last for quite some time—they don't start to feel old nearly as quickly as an iPhone or Android phone does. They're well-built, can still feel snappy, and should work with the latest Apple software for many years.
Fortunately, the iPad's immense popularity also means that there are myriad ways to protect it. Unfortunately, that also means that it can be difficult to choose a case that fits your needs. That's where we come in. From rugged cases to elegant, leather-clad covers, we've gathered up the best cases for the 10.2-inch iPad from Apple. Thanks to Apple continuing to stick with the same design even with the newest 9th Generation iPad, you'll still be able to use previous-generation cases if you get the new iPad or use new cases on your older iPad.
TL;DR – These are the Best iPad Cases:
- JETech Case
- Apple Smart Cover
- TiMOVO Case
- Casemade Real Leather Case
- ProCase iPad 10.2 Case
- Otterbox Defender Series iPad Case
- Logitech Folio Touch
- Zagg Orlando
- Griffin Survivor Air Strap 360
- Catalyst Waterproof Case
1. JETech Case
Best iPad Case
Sometimes all you need is a simple case that's going to get the job done at an affordable price, the JETech case is that. It offers complete protection for your iPad not only by wrapping around the sides and back but also by including a display cover to protect your screen when you're not using your iPad. The case combines a hard polycarbonate with soft polyurethane for protection that can hold up over time while also absorbing shock.
The JETech case's front cover doubles as an automatic toggle for your display to go to sleep when it's closed and wake up when it's open. Even better, that same front cover is tri-foldable and acts as a stand – making it perfect for watching shows or typing using a separate keyboard. It effectively checks all the boxes of what a case should do and then goes a little further, by costing well below $15 and coming in a wide variety of color options.
2. Apple Smart Cover
Best iPad Screen Cover
Apple knows you might want to protect your iPad without having to totally wrap it up. The device has an elegant build that deserves to be shown off, but you might want to protect the display when you’re on the move. After all, a dent or scratch on the back of the iPad may not be the end of the world, but a crack or chip in the front glass could spell the end of the iPad.
The Apple Smart Cover provides an effective defense for the iPad’s screen. The cover snaps easily on or off magnetically, but don't worry it stays securely in place when you want it to. There is even a smart wake and sleep feature, so your display automatically comes on when opening the cover and goes to sleep when closing it. Also, the segmented design of the cover allows it to roll up into a triangle becoming a base for the iPad, standing it up on a slight angle for easy tabletop use.
3. TiMOVO Case
Best Clear iPad Case
You don't have to lose the satisfaction of your iPad's stylish design when you get a case. A clear case will let the original colors and style shine through while still providing an effective layer of protection for your device. The TiMOVO case is built to do just that and more. It features a translucent back, so your iPad still gets to show off, and it also includes a functional front cover.
The cover comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose one that matches the color of your iPad or go for something that complements it. The folio cover not only protects the display of your iPad but also provides more ways to use the device. The cover has a segmented design that can fold up into a stable triangle. This lets it double as a stand, so you can set your iPad in a low position for convenient typing or at a raised angle for comfortable viewing.
4. Casemade Real Leather Case
Best iPad Case for Business
Most iPad cases can get the job done, but far fewer of them do it while using premium materials that will add some serious style points to your gear. By contrast, Casemade's real leather case will wrap your iPad up in black or tan Italian cowhide leather, so it'll look as classy at work as a new suit.
This case offers all-around protection, as it wraps around the front, back, and sides of the iPad while still providing access to all of the device's buttons and ports as well as a cutout for the camera. The softer leather can provide some extra cushion in case of a fall, while the hard polycarbonate inside holds your iPad in place The case adds some extra functions as well, as the folio cover can fold back to serve as a stand, holding the iPad up at one of two different angles for more convenient typing or easier viewing. The cover also includes magnets so your iPad display automatically knows when to wake up or go to sleep.
5. ProCase iPad 10.2 Case
Best Thin iPad Case
Your iPad is plenty thin, so why make it thick and bulky with a case? If you just want some basic all-around protection, you can stay lean with the ProCase iPad 10.2 Case. It offers a hard shell around the chassis of your iPad and a slim folio cover that can protect your screen when you're on the move. At just five ounces, you're not going to be adding much weight to your iPad either.
The ProCase offers a few more convenient features. The folio cover can double as a stand for your iPad and magnetic closing allows for the device to sleep when closed and wake when the cover is open. Plus, it is super cheap and comes in a ton of different colors, so you can find one that suits you.
6. OtterBox Defender Series iPad Case
Best Rugged iPad Case
If you're always on the move with your iPad, it's going to end up in harm's way a lot more often. So, you may want a case that's going to withstand a bit more abuse without letting your iPad get hurt. For that, there's the OtterBox Defender Series. This is the same family of cases that have protected phones and tablets alike for years, and it's still going strong.
With the OtterBox Defender, your iPad will get housed in a combination of hard polycarbonate and soft, shock-absorbing rubber. This case includes a screen cover that can double as a stand and hold onto an Apple Pencil. There are even port covers to prevent dust and debris from getting in when the device isn't plugged in. If you're looking for the best case to protect your iPad from all the bumps and bruises you might throw at it, OtterBox is always one of the best options.
7. Logitech Folio Touch
Best Keyboard iPad Case
A case can just protect your iPad or it can protect and enhance your iPad at the same time. The Logitech Folio Touch case for the iPad not only covers the tablet but also effectively turns the tablet into a laptop. This case slaps on both a backlit QWERTY keyboard cover so you can type with ease while holding the tablet in an upright, easy-to-view position, and a trackpad for easier text selection – no more hand getting in the way of you seeing what you’re selecting.
The Logitech Folio Touch case will cover your iPad on all sides, and its kickstand will let your hands take a break when you just want to watch something. The case can also fold over into a more tent-like mode if space is tight (think airplane tray tablet) or sit low for easy stylus use. In fact, there’s even a special slot you can slide your Apple Pencil into to keep it close and let it charge.
8. Zagg Orlando
Best iPad Case for Kids
Zagg is behind some of the best cases you can find for smartphones and tablets, and with the Zagg Orlando, the company has taken a stab at a kid-ready case for the iPad. The Zagg Orlando puts your 10.2-inch iPad into a tank-like case that’s thick, soft, and lightweight. The weight is important as you don’t want to make the tablet heavier for your child and increase their likelihood of dropping it. Of course, the built-in handles will help them keep a firm hold on the case, and it's built to hold up against drops even if they do have the occasional slipup.
The Zagg Orlando’s special foam is geared to protect the tablet from falls up to 6.5 feet. Unless you’ve got a second-floor landing, your child will probably have a hard time finding a way to drop your iPad from that height. Despite the thick design, the Zagg Orlando still provides access to the iPad’s ports and buttons, lets audio come through from all the speakers, and has a hole for the camera. The case’s adjustable arms don’t just serve as grips but can also work as a stand to hold the tablet up in a hands-free mode or attach to a car seat headrest.
9. Griffin Survivor Air Strap 360
Best Handheld iPad Case
Do you use a Popsocket on your iPhone? If so, maybe it's been bumming you out that you can quite use the same small grip on the much larger and heavier iPad. Luckily, the Griffin Survivor Air Strap 360 has you covered. This case adds a strap to the back. You just slide your hand through that strap, and you can easily hold your iPad up – no more weary gripping muscles or sore pinky fingers. The strap can spin 360 degrees, so you can hold your iPad in whatever orientation you want. It's not just easier to hold, but also harder to drop thanks to the strap.
This case does the whole 'protecting your iPad by putting it in a slim shell' thing that most other iPad cases do. There are raised, contoured edges on the case to protect the iPad screen from direct surface contact and make the case easier to grip. Though, the main reason you're going to want this case is for that added strap.
10. Catalyst Waterproof Case
Best Underwater iPad Case
OK, if you want to have your iPad protected and basically never have to worry about it, then the Catalyst Waterproof Case is probably for you. While no case can make your iPad truly impervious, this one goes a long way toward that goal. You get a thick case to protect all sides of your device. It is designed to stand up to drops from four feet and boasts IP68 protection. That means the device will be able to hold up to dunks in water up to 6.6 feet deep.
There are a few other extra features on the Catalyst. It has multiple lanyard attachment points you can take advantage of, and it includes an adjustable stand for hands-free viewing. Best of all, you don't have to fuss with removing the case every time you want to charge your iPad, as there's a handy charging port you can easily open and close as needed.
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