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If you’ve treated yourself to a new iPad, then there’s one more thing you need before you can start gaming, creating and streaming from your favorite tablet: a new protective case.
What Are the Best iPad Cases?
iPad cases are necessary for several reasons. At the basic level, they protect your iPad’s screen and put the device into sleep mode when you’re no longer using it. More enhanced cases – which are necessary if you’re traveling or letting young kids handle the device – keep your iPad safe even if you drop it thanks to shockproof materials. For additional precaution, some iPad cases also have handles or carrying straps, which are especially useful when it comes time to travel.
What Makes a Good iPad Case?
Before you choose the best iPad case for you, assess how you use your iPad and what features you need in a case. If you use your iPad for streaming or working, you’ll want to make sure the case has a kickstand so you can prop up your iPad. If you mostly keep your iPad at home and you’re the primary user, then the classic Apple Smart Case will suit your needs. However, a shockproof (or even a kid-proof) case may be necessary if you share your device and regularly take it with you on the go.
No matter your needs, these four iPad cases we’ve selected will keep your new iPad safe and secure.
1. Apple Smart Cover
Also made by Apple, the classic Smart Cover is a natural pick when it comes to choosing a case for your new iPad.
This 10.2-inch case is designed to fit the 9th-generation iPad. When you peel back the cover to use your iPad, it automatically wakes your device. The cover’s three-panel design enables you to fold it into different positions to find your perfect fit for FaceTiming, typing and reading. When you’re finished, you fold the cover back and it puts your device to sleep while also protecting its screen. This cover is easy to remove, too — just snap on and off.
2. ZUGU CASE for iPad
Working from your iPad has never been easier. This 9th-generation iPad case comes with a kickstand that can adjust to eight different angles. Whether you’re working from your desk or on-site, you’ll be able to adjust your tablet to fit your situation. Plus, it has a pocket for a touch-screen pen. That way, your device and accessories are all in one place.
This case is perfect for the office because it’s sleek and slim yet it also protects your iPad if it’s dropped from up to five feet. Its magnetic backing also lets you affix your iPad (and case) to another magnetic surface, making it great for watching videos or giving presentations.
3. ZenRich New iPad 10.2 Case
iPad users know that when it comes to passing time when you travel, there’s no greater solution than reading, watching, or playing something on your iPad. Since travel also involves a lot of movement and shuffling of your belongings, you’ll want to keep your iPad safe by using this ZenRich case.
It has a rubber-like outer frame plus a screen protector. Together, they create a shockproof and shatter-resistant experience. The case’s adjustable hand strap and removable shoulder strap also make it easier for you to travel with your device. We also love that this case has a kickstand that rotates 360 degrees for maximum adjustability and view-ability.
4. LTROP Case for iPad
While this iPad case may be a little bulky, it’s for good reason: it acts as a child-proof bumper and protects your iPad when it inevitably (accidentally) gets dropped.
Its thick handle makes it easy for kids to grip and manipulate the iPad, too. We love this case because it’s still lightweight even though it’s super durable, and it leaves all the buttons open and accessible. Plus, it comes in a variety of fun, popping colors.