The Best iPad Cases in 2024

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The best iPad cases enhance your standard iPad with convenient features and provide dependable protection.

Certain cases can transform your iPad use, converting your tablet into a laptop with a built-in keyboard or a monitor with a stand, while others simply act as a more efficient storage and protection method for your device.

Among the best iPad cases listed here for the 10th-generation iPad, our top pick is the Otterbox Defender case, which offers exceptional drop protection and covers to prevent debris accumulation in ports. Our favorite budget option is the Timovo Hybrid Slim Tri-Fold case, which has a cover that folds into an adjustable stand and a slot for the Apple Pencil. 

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  • Otterbox’s Defender case offers top-tier protection against all forms of accidental damage. It includes a built-in kickstand and an Apple Pencil holder.

  • Apple’s Smart Folio is sleek and functional, and its low-profile cover offers adequate protection for your iPad and its screen.

  • Timovo’s Hybrid Slim is a lightweight, affordable, and durable case that converts to a stand and has a slot to hold your Apple Pencil.

  • This proprietary magnetic keyboard case transforms the iPad into a viable laptop replacement with a trackpad that supports Apple’s Multi-Touch gestures.

  • A more affordable dupe for Apple’s Smart Folio, this thin Speck model is a straightforward option with a cover that converts into a stand.

  • Logitech’s keyboard case has dependable protection and backlit keys at a more affordable price than Apple’s Magic Keyboard.

  • Zugu’s budget-conscious cases are protective and exceptionally versatile, with a magnetic kickstand that offers eight different viewing angles.

  • With a backlit keyboard, an Apple Pencil holder, and a stellar trackpad, this case turns your iPad into an efficient laptop.

What to look for in an iPad case

First, knowing your iPad’s generation and specific model will be important in your search for a case. Apple makes many different iPads in different sizes and shapes. Though some iPad models are similar in size, a fraction of an inch difference can make or break whether a case fits. Newer iPad models tend to have more case options in all categories, while older models have fewer choices.

While the picks included above are specific to the 10th-generation iPad, one of the best iPads you can buy, many of the cases on this list are available in different sizes to accommodate most generations. Check the product listing to ensure you’re looking at the right size case for your iPad.

The best cases for the iPad protect against most scenarios, from a spilled drink to a drop on the floor. However, some cases are designed to protect more than others.

For example, a folio case that covers the screen when not in use might be great, but you might want to pick up a screen protector to protect it from scratches. Keyboard cases come with an attachable keyboard, but don’t offer much in the way of protection. And then there are cases designed for drop protection. For all-in-one protection, you might pick a more rugged case that also offers screen protection.

Eve Montie

Insider Reviews Tech Fellow

Eve was a former Tech Fellow with the Reviews team, focusing on consumer technology. She comes with background at a connected fitness tech startup, where she worked directly with consumers translating complex technological information into accessible, user-friendly material. She has also worked in public radio at WBUR Boston, where she produced segments on broadband internet access and smart-home technology. Prior to working at Insider, Eve has also worked in documentary film production for episodes of PBS’ American Experience, museum operations in Prague, Czech Republic, and at a Persian/French bakery in Cambridge, MA.
She double-majored in Art History and Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College, concentrating on visual media as it relates to representation and social activism. She was an editor for the Wellesley Review and is an Anchor Point Fellow.
Reach out to her on Twitter @eve_montie.

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