Best iPad mini cases: 10 to choose from
26th Nov 2012 | 01:15
Protect your iPad mini with one of these cases
Best iPad mini cases
The convenience of the iPad mini is stark. It's big enough to comfortably read a magazine or watch video on, yet small enough to fit in a shoulder pack or handbag.
It's also light enough to hold throughout long-haul flights and media marathons without getting dead arm.
All things considered, your average iPad mini will likely get more user time than any tablet ever did.
So how about protecting it with a case? Here are 10 of the best iPad mini cases we've come across so far...
1. Griffin Slim Folio - $37
Griffin stays true to its word with the Slim Folio, a thin-fabric flip case with all the charm and style of a traditional notebook. Cutouts trace neatly around the camera lens, controls and connectors while the cover doubles as a landscape stand.
A microsuede inner lining keeps your iPad safe from scratches, but don't expect the folio to save your device from drops.
2. Gumdrop Drop Tech - $69.95
Gumdrop's multi-layered case redefines ruggedness without hindering access. The taut polycarbonate inner shell is encased in thick rubberised silicone, so any sudden shocks are absorbed across the outer body, ensuring maximum protection. A snap-on screen protector seals in your tech, capping the hardcore feel.
3. Griffin Survivor - $57
At the core of the Survivor case is a polycarbonate frame enmeshed in silicone to absorb vibration. Shock physics inform this rubber exterior for excellent protection against drops, while sealed ports and a screen protector fend off rain and sand. If it's protection you want above all else, the Survivor delivers in spades.
4. Cygnett Vector - $29.95
The designers of the Vector claim inspiration from the sharp angles of skyscrapers and stealth jets; who are we to argue? All we know is this snap-on cover provides snug, curvaceous mid-grade protection across the back of any mini, with well-raised edges safely lining the rim. The etched 3D-line design comes in red or black and adds a neat glossy finish to your device.
5. Incipio LGND Hard Shell Folio Case - $34.99
The LGND has a design inspired by origami, which allows you to fold the case in two different ways to turn it into a stand for your iPad mini. Soft leather keeps everything protected, with integrated magnets for making use of the iPad mini's wake and sleep functionality. Available in black, red and pink, the LGND folio case offers both brains and beauty for iPad mini owners.
6. Padacs Rubata mini - $39.95
Some thought it couldn't be done - and those with pudgy digits, look away now - but Padacs has pulled off a keyboard-cum-case solution for the iPad mini. A classic folio back frame houses the touchscreen device, with a 59-key Bluetooth keyboard, with dedicated buttons for search and volume control.
7. Belkin Quilted - $49.95
If you want to make your iPad mini feel safe and snug in its case, Belkin has created the Quilted cover with stand for the seven-incher. Along with a soft, quilt-style exterior, the case includes its own stand to let you watch your device hands-free, and magnetic clasps to keep it securely closed when in a bag or purse.
8. Targus Versavu - $49.95
With a clever design that lets you rotate your iPad mini to stand it both vertically and horizontally, the Versavu from Targus combines an integrated stand, a storage slot for a stylus and a premium, soft lining for your tablet's screen. It also keeps that all-important Apple logo visible for those who like to show off their tablet's branding.
9. STM Skinny - $39.95
As you may have gathered from the name, the Skinny case from STM is rather slim, allowing you to enjoy the thin profile of your 7-inch tablet. The snap-in, hard shell back is complimented by the soft, micro-suede interior lining, while the selection of four different colours makes it a viable option for any type of iPad owner.
10. XtremeMac Microfolio - $39.95
Taking full advantage of the iPad's magnetic sleep and wake functionality, the XtremeMac Microfolio combines a solid back cover with a bi-fold front flap that lets you stand the tablet upright for video viewing, or angled for typing on the go. And if you like bright colours, this case offers an official "bubblegum pink" variety.