If you’re going to go out and update your iPad with Apple’s new iPad Air, then you’re going to need a case for it because your old one won’t fit it. To make life easier for you, we’ve compiled some of the best (at least in our opinion) cases currently on the market for the new iPad Air. All will protect against scratches and the like, well others are shock absorbent and come with keyboards for convenient use.
12. Kensington KeyFolio Exact Thin Folio
For $129.99, the slim snap-in folio case adds a low-profile, raised-key, backlit hardware keyboard that’s removable when not in use. It comes in six different colors and the keyboard case features 65GB of free storage on Google Drive for a year.
11. iLuv Step Folio
The iLuv Step Folio isn’t just a case for your iPad Air, but it also functions as a bag. It not only protects, but also adds a handle and a removable shoulder strap, making it easier to carry around with you. When you’re not carrying it around, the case also doubles as a stand for landscape or portrait viewing for $59.99.
10. Gumdrop Drop Tech Color Case
The case features durable and thick silicone rubber in eight different colors for at the ultimate shock absorption and features port covers and an integrated protector for $59.95
9. DoDoCase Durables Sleeve Case
Designed for ultimate protection and portability, the DoDoCase Durables Sleeve features a waxed canvas exterior and a colorful cotton twill interior, while a new leather tab and snap securely holds the device in place and provides stylish protection while on-the-go. It comes in three colors for $64.95.
8. ZAGGkeys Folio with Backlight Keyboard
Protect your new iPad Air with a patent-pending design from ZAGGkeys that features a unique hinge that offers more than 130° of viewing angles and it comes with a Bluetooth keyboard for easier typing. At only 7.6mm, or barely more than a quarter of an inch, it’s one of the thinnest keyboards available for $99.99
7. Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio
Meticulously perfected from the inside out, the Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio is a seamless fusion of art and technology made incredibly thin and light for $149.99. It features a light Bluetooth keyboard with wipe-clean keys that magical vanishes into the inner fabric.
6. Incipio Watson Wallet Folio
The Watson Wallet Folio is designed with an eco-friendly vegan leather cover that includes three card slots for cash, credit and ID. It blends a microsuede lining with an interchangeable Plextonium hard shell feather case and is great for convenient portability and is fairly inexpensive at only $49.99.
5. Grovemade Wood Smart Case
The Wood Smart Case is great for the iPad Air and Mini and is handcrafted from lightweight bamboo and sturdy maple, which works as a smart cover and stand. Svelte design, natural materials, and strong construction converge for $79.
4. Griffin Survivor Case
The Griffin Survivor provides ultimate protection for you iPad Air since it’s designed and tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F. It will protect from extreme conditions like dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration, and a host of other environmental factors. It’s built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. It retails for $79.99.
3. Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case
The QODE keyboard case is made of of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and is lighter than the iPad itself. It’s thin enough to slip easily into a bag or purse, allowing for ultimate convenience. Its high-performance material protects the back of your iPad Air and doubles as a stand, keeping the case’s overall profile exceptionally thin, while it’s keys are well-spaced and responsive. It’s sort of pricy at $129.
2. Ballistic Tough Jacket Series Case
The Ballistic Tough Jacket Series Case features an advanced three layer protection with reinforced corner protection. The removable cover can also be used on the back as a kickstand. Protect your iPad Air for $69.99.
1. DoDoCase Folio
The DoDoCase Folio features a classic book-like exterior features DODOcase’s high quality bookcloth fabric on both the front and back covers, a smooth leather spine, and detailed accent stitching. The interior features their precision-carved tray on the left side and the right side has a reporter-style 24-page refillable notebook made from Mohawk Superfine paper , two leather pockets for cards, a center leather pocket for a stylus or pen, and a larger slash pocket for loose papers. For the busy professional, its $144.95 price is worth it.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.