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 timethey don’t start to feel old nearly as quickly as an iPhone or Android phone. They’re well-built, and can still feel snappy 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. Even though Apple has a new 10.2-inch iPad for 2020, the design has remained mostly unchanged, so 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:
1. JETech Case
Best iPad Case
For a simple case that’s going to get the job done at an affordable price, the JETech case is a champ. 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. And, that 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. That effectively checks all the boxes of what a case should do and then goes a little further, and it costs well below $20.2. 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 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.
3. Casemade Real Leather Case
Best iPad Case for Business
If you’re bringing your iPad with you everywhere, including work settings, it may be worth it to go with something more premium that exudes a bit more professionalism. That’s where the Casemade leather case can help out. This case will still slot your iPad into a plastic shell, giving you a secure fit and access to all the device’s ports and buttons, but it wraps the whole thing in leather. Both the rear of the iPad and the display will be covered in leather, as this has a folio design. The front cover can double as a stand, and works to automatically sleep and wake the display.4. ProCase iPad 10.2 Case
Best Thin iPad Case
If you want a basic case to cover your iPad without adding much bulk, then you’ll want the ProCase iPad case. Despite covering the front, back, and sides, the ProCase won’t feel like it’s making your iPad much thicker, and it weighs just five ounces. The rear shell won’t even fully mask your iPad’s Apple logo, as it’s translucent. Like many of the other folio cases on this list, the ProCase protects the front of your iPad with a cover that can also double as a stand and automatically wake up the display or put it to sleep. This case doesn’t cost very much either, and it comes in a wide variety of color options.5. Otterbox Defender Series iPad Case
Best Rugged iPad Case
If your iPad comes on all of your adventures, it needs more protection than a thin layer of plastic can offer it. Otterbox has you covered with the Defender Series iPad case. This takes the same multi-layer protection available to phones, but it scales up to fit a full iPad. The case includes a soft silicone and a hard layer to protect against shock, scratches, and dings. The case includes a built-in screen protector as well, and there are port covers to keep your iPad secure. A sturdy cover can attach over the screen when you’re not using your iPad, or it can serve as a base to prop the iPad up for hands-free viewing.6. Logitech iPad Keyboard Case
Best Keyboard iPad Case
While all cases will do something to protect your iPad, some can do far more for your device. The Logitech iPad Keyboard Case is just such a product. As the name suggests, this case includes a keyboard that’s built right into the front cover. The keyboard pairs with your iPad over Bluetooth LE, and its battery can last up to four years with two hours of daily use. Beyond the keyboard, this case offers thick, all-around protection, and it includes a holder for the Apple Pencil. It may be pricey, but you’re getting a versatile case that will also make your iPad increasingly useful as a laptop alternative.7. LTROP iPad 10.2 Case
Best iPad Case for Kids
If you’re giving an iPad to your kids, you need to either make sure they can use it responsibly or make sure it’s safe in the wake of their irresponsibility. If you can only count on the latter, then check out the LTROP iPad case. This case comes in a bunch of kid-friendly colors, and it’s built thick. Your iPad will have some serious protection all around the edges and back, helping it avoid damage in the event of a fall. The case has raised edges around the display to protect that as well, and a large handle will help your kid avoid dropping it in the first place. The handle can even double as a stand, allowing for hands-free viewing.8. 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 does the whole ‘protecting your iPad by putting it in a slim shell’ thing that most other iPad cases will do, but it adds a strap onto the back of the case. 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.9. 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. This case is designed to stand up to drops from four feet, and it boasts IP68 protection that can hold up to dunks in water up to 6.6 feet deep. The case also 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.More Expert Tech Roundups
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