iPad cases are not just to protect your device from accidental drops and scratches, but they can also improve the grip of your iPad and style.
Certain iPad cases are equipped with integrated keyboards, effectively turning your tablet into a compact laptop. Some of the iPad cases work as a stand. Some have features like an Apple Pencil holder, card and document holder slots, and smart covers that make your iPad fall asleep as soon as you close the cover.
In this article, I want to go through all the types of iPad cases you can buy.
Types of Cases
- Folio Cases: they fold like a book and cover the front and back of the tablet, often having features like a Stylus, card, and document holder. It often comes with stand functionality. Usually, it doesn’t offer a lot of protection from drops.
- Rugged Cases: these cases are heavy-duty, thick, and designed for rough environments to protect your iPad from drops. It is usually made from shock-observing materials and often comes with screen protectors. These cases often have features like pencil holders, hand straps, and even shoulder straps.
- Shell Cases: They are made from hard plastic and snap onto the back of the device. It is meant to protect your device from smudges and scratches, but it is not very protective when it comes to accidental drops.
- Slim Cases: Sleek, slim, lightweight cases offer basic protection without adding any bulk to your tablet.
- Keyboard Cases: Includes a built-in keyboard for a laptop-like experience. Usually, it doesn’t offer much protection, but it depends on the case and mostly allows you to use the iPad in landscape mode.
- Sleeve: Soft, fabric, or leather cases that the tablet slides into. iPad sleeves‘ primary use cases are to safeguard the device when it’s not in use or when being transported.
- Kids Cases: Constructed from durable materials like shock-absorbing silicone or EVA foam, these cases are engineered to withstand accidental drops, bumps, and spills, ensuring the iPad remains safe during playtime.
Some of the iPad case manufacturers also allow you to customize the cases, by engraving a ‘name’ or a ‘phrase’ to your case, choosing a custom color, etc.
iPad Case Materials
- Polycarbonate: A durable and lightweight plastic that provides good impact resistance. Often used in hardshell cases.
- Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU): A flexible and rubber-like material that provides impact protection. TPU cases are known for their shock-absorbing capabilities and flexibility.
- Silicone: Soft and flexible, silicone cases are known for their grip and shock absorption. They are often used for slim and lightweight protective cases.
- Leather: Leather cases offer a premium and stylish look. They can be made from genuine or synthetic leather and may provide a combination of protection and a sophisticated appearance. These cases also are often more expensive.
- Polyurethane (PU) Leather: An artificial leather-like material(often called vegan leather) that is more affordable than genuine leather. PU leather cases can offer a similar look and feel to real leather.
- EVA foam: Ethylene-vinyl acetate foam is a versatile and durable material. EVA foam is often used in kids’ cases and other protective gear because of its ability to cushion impacts and protect against drops and bumps. The foam can be molded into different shapes and thicknesses, providing an additional layer of defense for devices like iPads.
Often iPad cases are made from several materials like TPU and Polycarbonate to make the iPad more aesthetic and better protected.
How To Know Which iPad Case Will Fit My iPad
Prior to making a purchase, verify the compatibility of the iPad case with your specific iPad model. This information is typically provided on the manufacturer’s website.
If you don’t know which iPad model you have you can identify it here. It will help you to understand your iPad model and generation and it will be easier to find a case.
I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.