Best iPad Air cases: Style, Functionality and Protection

Features Richard Goodwin 17:16, 18 Nov 2013

Six of the best iPad Air cases money can buy… keeping scuffs and scratches off your iPad has never been so stylish

The iPad Air is the thinnest most gorgeous iPad Apple has ever created. Available in Silver and Space Grey, the Air looks slick as hell but if you’ve just squeezed out anywhere from £399 to £739 for a brand new one, you’ll want to ensure it stays in tip-top shape for as long as possible. And to do that you’ll need a case.

Nowadays there are literally thousands of types of cases to choose from, some just protect the display, others the back, and some even do both as well as chuck in a keyboard for good measure. Some are better than others and while we can’t test every case available, we can point you in the general direction of some of the better ones. 

Here’s our pick of six of the best.

Belkin Apex360 Advanced Protection Case

Key Features:

  • Built to surpass U.S Military 6 ft. drop testing
  • Reinforced frame creates insulating air pockets for shock absorption
  • Contoured outer shell for secure hold
  • Removable magnetic QuickStand pivots for iPad Air multiple portrait and landscape viewing
  • AutoWake magnets
  • Clasp closure

Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case

Key Features:

  • Extremely thin and light aircraft-grade aluminum for premium feel and durable screen protection
  • Well-spaced TruType keys offer responsive, accurate typing
  • Three viewing angles with dual neodymium magnets for extra stability
  • Keyboard auto on/off; smart sensing technology automatically turns keyboard off when not in use
  • Keyboard folds into case for comfortable handheld tablet use
  • Rechargeable battery with 264 hours active battery life
  • Aluminum body in two color options: Black and White

Grove Wood Smart Case

This one’s a bit quirky and is made from actual bamboo and Eastern hardrock maple. It’s lightweight, looks good, and will protect your iPad Air from all manner of bumps, scuffs and scrapes. The case also supports three viewing modes and is only half an inch thick. All in it’s a thoroughly decent setup.

iLuv Step Folio

This case is stylish and perfectly suited for professionals. It has a removable shoulder strap and protects both the front and back of your iPad Air. The Folio also has three viewing modes and is a very lightweight overall, so it doesn’t add too much bulk to the Air’s super slim chassis.

Kensington KeyFolio Exact Thin Folio

This bad boy turns your iPad Air in to a fully-fledged laptop. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but the Folio does offer up some of the best keyboard options for your iPad Air as well as protecting the front, back and sides of the slate.

The KeyFolio Exact’s magnetic construction enables multiple viewing angles and even sports backlit keys [Pro version only] for that all-important in-the-dark-typing experience. The keyboard offers up a very decent typing experience, and with iLife now costing nothing there’s never been a better time to go for a case that also doubles as a keyboard.

Kensington’s Folio is thin, lightweight, and offers one of the best keyboard experiences around.

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio

Featuring a unique and colourful design, Logitech’s Folio case is a more eye-catching example of what can be done when you combine protective cases with keyboard functionality. 

FabricSkin is liquid-resistant, works with the iPad Air’s magnetic unlocking system, and features two viewing modes: flat or slightly angled for typing. The case is available in several bright colour schemes and is constructed from a grippy polycarbonate material.

This case is eye-catching, packed with utility and doesn’t add too much bulk to the iPad Air’s skinny frame. Whether you go for this one or the Kensington Folio will depend largely on what you want to do with the case. This one is definitely the more fun of the two with its loud colour options, but both are equally competent work cases. 

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