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Well Tucked: A Survey of Great iPad Cases

The iPad’s extreme portability is simultaneously glaringly obvious and overlooked in favor of its flashier tech wonders. The take-it-anywhere-ness of the iPad is also perhaps its biggest downside: we tend to treat it like the things it replaced, the books and magazines that we could toss without a care.

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Eric Yang

The iPad’s extreme portability is simultaneously glaringly obvious and overlooked in favor of its flashier tech wonders. The take-it-anywhere-ness of the iPad is also perhaps its biggest downside: since it’s small enough and shaped just so, it can slip into a briefcase, a drawer, a seat pocket; it can be displayed on a kitchen counter, a lap, on the lawn. We treat our tablets like we would treat the things they replace, the books, magazines and notebooks that can be tossed about without eliciting concern.

But the damn things sure cost more than cheap paperbacks. They’re beautiful, true, truly modern pieces of art, but not at all hardy; Steve Jobs thought brushed metal finishes looked great dented and worn, but he could just pluck a free iWhatever off the showroom floor on a whim. We say it’s a wise choice to wrap your iTool. Here are the 30 best iPad case options — leather, wool, propped, or otherwise — to keep your tablet ticking and looking good.

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LEATHER


Not the Harley or the whip kind — the luxe kind


Spigen Leinwand Series Leather iPad Case

Available in tan, reddish brown and black, this analog to Apple’s own Smart Cover auto-sleeps the screen and folds to form an incline while also protecting the back of the iPad.

Buy Now: $76

Urban Cow Handmade Leather iPad Case

Claiming a snug fit and with a useful inside pocket, Urban Cow’s case would look appropriate slung in a saddle bag out on the open range.

Buy Now: $95

Sena Ultraslim Leather Sleeve with SmartCover

They aren’t kidding with the “ultraslim” moniker. This suit is tighter than Halle Berry’s Catwoman costume, but still leaves room for some smart cover spooning. It’s also available in a wide array of colors.

Buy Now: $60

HomemadeLeather Top Grain Leather Multifunctional Portfolio iPad Case

Featuring pockets galore for documents, devices, business cards and writing implements, this portfolio is ready for a classy multitasker who works on the go.

Buy Now: $109

Clare Vivier Leather iPad Sleeve

Leather meets colorful stripes — making your tablet seem fast no matter how many apps are bogging it down.

Buy Now: $150

DODOcase Scholar iPad Case

The pairing of a bamboo tray and leather book-like design create an erudite, library-worthy ensemble.

Buy Now: $90

Lotuff Zipper iPad Pouch

Designed to be carried solo or tucked into a tote, this clutch is zippered for easy access and will hold a few documents — if you’re inclined to go analog.

Buy Now: $175

WOOL & FELT


Show your softer side


HardGraft Tilt iPad Case

As per usual with HardGraft, this cover and stand combo is crafty and strikingly attractive; it’s also somewhat reminiscent of a gentleman’s tent roll.

Buy Now: ~$147

Mujjo iPad Sleeve

The white or tan vegetable tanned leather on this Dutch-made sleeve stands out from the crowd, and the sustainable materials mean you can leave your guilt at home. (There’s probably an app for that, anyhow.)

Buy Now: $50

Nedrelow iPad SLEEVE

Ultra simple yet endlessly charming, the normal iPad version of this sleeve is just as much of a steal as its smaller, mini relative.

Buy Now: $40

Willow and Company “Baroque” iPad Case

Well-placed leather accents and a snap closure set this iPad case apart. An available carrying strap is a handy boon to anyone whose hands are perpetually full.

Buy Now: $54

Felt and Leather iPad Sleeve by Charbonize

If you’re really into snap closures (and dark minimalism), here’s another handcrafted option.

Buy Now: $99

STAND


Because your iPad deserves major props


STM Skinny iPad Case

STM’s Skinny has a highly technical feel — because it’s made of “water resistant micro ripstop polyester” and lined with micro suede. A tab closure does double duty by securing it in a standing position.

Buy Now: $40

Inno Pocket TANK iPad Case

Welterweight durability in the form of aluminum and carbon fiber construction makes it the perfect case for those who enjoy tech in the great outdoors.

Buy Now: $100

Lifeproof Nüüd iPad Case

Watching movies in the tub and emailing on water skis? Done. This case is fully submersible and dirt- and shock-proof as well.

Buy Now: $120

Incipio Slim Kickstand iPad Case

The perfect example of a simple stand case in sharp vegan leather. It props up to rest on itself, showing off a two-tone color scheme.

Buy Now: $12

M Edge Revolve 360° iPad Case

Its durable microfiber leather exterior houses a sci-fi-prop-like snap-on swiveling mount, where your iPad can be held easily in landscape or portrait position.

Buy Now: $60

Hard Candy Convertible iPad Case

Another animal-friendly option, this imitation nubuck case looks like the real stuff and protects just as effectively.

Buy Now: $45

Griffin Survivor Extreme-duty Military iPad Case

Military grade, shatter resistant (actually, most-everything resistant), and with a clip-on stand, this is one tough mother. There’s even a built-in screen protector to ensure your iPad survives any catastrophe. Whether you’ll make it is an entirely different question…

Buy Now: $56

OtterBox Reflex Series Case with Stand

Designed with car crumple zones in mind, this multi-piece affair includes a dual-function cover, which protects the iPad’s screen when not in use and serves as a kickstand for easy upright or reclined display.

Buy Now: $58

OTHER MATERIALS AND STYLES


Spice it up, hotshot


Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case

Using Bluetooth and magnets and wizardry, Belkin’s new slim, lightweight iPad keyboard case turns off when not in use and props up the iPad at several angles when you’re working.

Buy Now: $100

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

It’s the perfect aluminum companion to your shiny device and serves as a versatile Bluetooth keyboard that might just cause you to finally leave that laptop at home.

Buy Now: $80

Griffin Outfit Hard Shell

A protective polycarbonate case for the iPad’s backside plays well with the smart covers you might want to use on the front. Plus, it’s cheaper than that sandwich you had for lunch.

Buy Now: $5

Cote & Ciel Neoprene Diver Sleeve

Colorful and conspicuous, these zippered neoprene sleeves will announce your presence just as well as they’ll protect your iPad from accidental bumps and scratches.

Buy Now: ~$69

The Good Flock iWooly for iPad

Just like a great pair of jeans, this case’s exterior is handcrafted in the USA using Cone Mills denim for a look that will personalize to you over time. On the inside, Pendleton wool lining keeps your iPad scratch-free.

Buy Now: $65

DODOcase Bookback

This peel-and-stick protection for the back of the iPad is reusable and made out of Moroccan fabric. The stuff’s as functional as it is intriguing.

Buy Now: $24

Etchwork Bamboo Case

This handcrafted Moso bamboo iPad case with ports for headphones and chargers is a must for the all-natural set. This one will be growing fast… er… going fast.

Buy Now: $78

MonCarbone Classic Smartt Mate

Thinner than a credit card and lighter than 8 sheets of paper, this carbon fiber case will hardly be there — until it saves your tablet from dings and scratches.

Buy Now: $90

Tumi Leather iPad Snap Case

The famed luggage maker already protects the rest of your kit on the road, why not your iPad? This woven-composite, hard plastic and leather case is classy, functional and available in a variety of bright colors to match your personality.

Buy Now: $79

MUCHO MONEY


Elite, not very discreet


Santiago Gonzalez Crocodile Case

Proof that if you have enough money you can buy an iPad case made of out blue alligators.

Buy Now: $1,950

Smythson Cooper Collection Envelope iPad Clutch

If you were going to mail your iPad to a sultan, you’d send it in this envelope-like, goatskin, calf and nubuck clutch.

Buy Now: $1,175

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