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Sure, tablets are great until your kid gets too excited watching Peppa Pig and accidentally hurls it onto the hardwood floors. OK, or you get too excited watching The Sopranos and accidentally hurl it onto the hardwood floors. What we’re saying is that no tablet is safe from gripping television drama or hard surfaces, so it’s important to protect your device with a good tablet case.
What Makes a Good Tablet Case?
While there are a couple of different things to consider when it comes to buying a tablet case for a child versus buying one for a grown up, both should include enough buffer between the frame and the screen to protect it from falls, as well as shock protection to keep it from jostling around with rough usage.
Best Tablet Case for Kids: Depending on the child’s age and personal tastes, you’ll obviously want something cute that tickles their fancy, which is why we chose a couple brightly-colored cases with shapes or handles. Aside from aesthetics, small fingers are not known for their excellent dexterity, so look for extra grippy textured rubber, with a curved design that is easy for small hands to hold comfortably.
Best Tablet Case for Adults: Adults may or may not be cool with a Hello Kitty-themed tablet case (I mean, I certainly would), and if you’re not, there are plenty of cases with more grown up designs that still include shock protection. For these cases, we also make sure there are spaces that leave outlets and ports free, as well as your camera since you may be using your tablet for photography, reading and surfing the web as well.
1. ANTIKE Fire 7 Tablet Case
If you need a kid-proof case that’s easy for little hands to hold and can withstand impromptu flights down the stairs — or if you’re just an adult with butter fingers — we love this Amazon Fire 7 tablet. It’s made from tough, non-toxic EVA foam rubber that is shock proof, protecting the device when it is dropped (or thrown) onto a hard surface, and is compatible with 2017 and 2015 generation Amazon Fire 7 tablets.
2. Riaour Kids Shock-Proof Protective Cover Case for Amazon Fire 7 Tablets
We could tell you that this case’s bright pink color and cute cat-ear shape were not a deciding factor in including it in our list but we’d be lying. It’s adorable, OK? But it also comes with a convenient carrying handle perfect for small fists, and folding legs that prop the tablet upright on a table. It is compatible with fifth, seventh, and ninth-generation Amazon Fire 7 tablets.
3. Amazon Case for Fire HD 8 Tablet
This case is also made to withstand rough usage by rambunctious children, but its basic design does not necessarily scream “Kiddie Tablet,” making it an all-ages pick. We also like that the thick border creates a few inches of buffer between the screen and the floor, protecting it from cracks when dropped. It is compatible with seventh and eighth-generation Amazon Fire 8 tablets.
4. SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case for Galaxy Tab A
This protective case, designed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 more closely resembles the kind of case you’d put on your phone, with raised edges to protect the screen and camera, a screen protector, and easy access to ports and functions. It’s sized for your tablet though, and provides a ton of protection without dulling your device’s functionality. The simple, slim design wins bonus points in our book.