If you’ve just snapped up an iPad Air 2, or have one atop your Christmas wish list, you might need to hit the shops again. Because now you’ve splashed the cash, you’re going to want to make sure your new super slate is kept in good condition.
Fortunately, this is the most well protected tablet on the market. There’s hundreds of iPad Air 2 cases doing the rounds, offering everything from basic protection to new, usage-changing features. These are the best iPad Air 2 cases available right now for all tastes and needs.
1. Wacom Bamboo Spark
Just because you’ve gone digital and entered the tablet revolution doesn’t mean you have to ditch the traditional pen and paper, oh no. Graphics tablet specialist Wacom has combined new age and old school media with the mystical Bamboo Spark iPad case.
Make notes on the paper pad, hit the button in the middle and watch in awe as your doodles magically convert themselves to digital form before your eyes. Sounds like witchcraft, right? Well, it is! OK, not really – but the pressure pad hosting case will make you feel like a gadget-dominating warlock.
2. Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case
Apple’s smart covers were a tablet protection revolution when they landed with a combination of screen-saving and stand-offering abilities. Now, there’s a new iPad Air 2-friendly edition and this one’s added a back.
The leather case offers drop and knock protection for your slate without adding too much bulk. Available in five different colours, the Smart Case plays host to an integrated, foldable screen-protecting cover that doubles as a two-way stand. Handy.
3. Logitech Type+ Keyboard Case
When’s a tablet not a tablet? When you pair it with a keyboard case – then it’s a hybrid laptop replacement of sorts. That’s what Logitech does here, transforming your slate into a QWERTY-friendly device that’s as attuned to work as it is play. All while offering some pretty solid protection too. Bonus.
The Bluetooth keyboard – integrated within the plastic and canvas folio case – offers 3 months’ use on a single charge and a pleasing typing experience thanks to well-sized and spacious individual keys. There are even a number of integrated iOS shortcuts to further speed things up.
4. Casetify Rec Air
The ultimate in hipster-appeasing vintage tablet love, this cassette-inspired picture case is one of dozens of funky designs offered by leading accessory modders, Casetify. Arching back to the pre-digital days of physical media, the cassette case melds the old with the new, protecting the iPad’s back and jazzing up its front.
You don’t have to stick to Casetify’s existing designs either. The company will let you create your own bespoke cases for an additional fee.
5. Griffin Survivor All-Terrain
Sure, it might detract slightly from the Air’s sleek lines and gentle curves. And yes, it’s going to bulk up your 6.1mm slim slate, just a touch. But the next time you accidentally drop your iPad off a cliff, run it over with a tank or shoot it with a nail gun, you’re going to wish it was encased in this super-tough protective, water, sand and drop-resistant cover.
Designed to meet US Department of Defence levels of protection, this four-layer, foam-lined case combines shock-absorbing silicone with a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame. That means it can withstand pretty much anything you can (literally) throw at it.
6. BoxWave iPad Air 2 BodySuit
If you’re splashing out on this stunning bit of kit, chances are you’re not going to want to obscure its design delights in masses of obscure plastic and rubber. Well, you don’t have to. Just stick a slimline, unobtrusive gel case on it instead.
OK, it might not save the screen from a display-down drop, but day-to-day knocks and bumps will no longer be an issue for your sleek slate. The transparent surround will keep your Air safe from scuffs and scratches, while letting you admire Apple’s celebrated design.
7. Dodocase Leather Tablet Portfolio
The iPad Air 2 might be the best looking tablet on the market, but it’s still a cold, heartless slab of metal. It’s elegant, sure, but not very gentrified. Not unless you slide it into one of these full-grain leather portfolio sleeves that is.
The fashionista-friendly folio features an interior waxed canvas divider with smartphone, business card and pen pockets. There’s even a stylish brass popper to keep everything safe and secured. Hipsters, rejoice.
8. My Doodles Universal Case
The iPad Air 2 is the most protected tablet around. Trouble is, most of the cases are a bit boring and businessy. This one’s cut from a different mould, however. A very, very different mould. One that’s pitched at the fact seemingly every kid on the train nowadays sports a slate on their own.
Making your tablet a little more kid-friendly, this cover wraps your tablet in a soft, plush cartoon animal. Sure, pulling a slate from the head of a winking pink owl might seem a little sadistic, but if that isn’t your thing you can lobotomise ladybirds, penguins, pandas and monsters, too.
9. Logitech AnyAngle
If, like us, you’re tired of being forced to choose between two angles of view (why can’t we have a 27.6-degree stance? Why?!) this is the case for you.
Adding new positions to your tablet repertoire, this is the Ronseal of the tablet case world, doing exactly what it says on the tin – letting you stand your slate at, well, any angle. The tough, resilient case’s hidden hinges let you take your slate from flat to a 50-degree pitch – and every tiny angle-increment along the way.
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