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On Air: 35 Great iPad Air Cases

Just because the word “air” is in your latest iPad’s name doesn’t mean it’s going to float on the ether if (when) you drop it. There isn’t going to be some magical, fluffy cloud protection when you slip it in your work bag or duffel; there is neither a keyboard nor some sort of built-in kickstand.

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Just because the word “air” is in your latest iPad’s name doesn’t mean it’s going to float on the ether if (when) you drop it. There isn’t going to be some magical, fluffy cloud protection when you slip it in your work bag or duffel; there is neither a keyboard nor some sort of built-in kickstand. So, clumsy, what’re you supposed to do? How do you keep your pristine investment and advanced piece of technology looking new? How do you keep it accessible and functional in every imaginable way and every imaginable place, from the airplane to the board room to the living room? For starters, you could do worse than picking up one of the best iPad Air cases on the market.

We’ve rounded up 35 of the grandest grippers, gewgaw-laden sleeves, shells, keyboards and folios and parsed them by price. Generally, as you move up the cost spectrum you’ll get more features — keyboards, additional pockets, stands, finer materials and more — so we recommend loosely deciding what you might want out of a case first and then working your way through the list accordingly.

Also, though we need hardly point this out to you smarties, the new iPad Air you just bought is thinner than previous generations (one of the myriad reasons you picked it up, we reckon), and that means that cases for your old iPad might technically fit, but they won’t exactly be form-fitting. We kindly recommend re-gifting your old case to siblings that have yet to upgrade their tablets.

But back to you and the issue of your new case. There’s something here for every taste, every budget and every need. So whether you’re looking to achieve an air of mystery, work in the fresh air or simply put on airs — you know, with your iPad Air — you’ve come to the right place.

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Under $25


Should your pocketbook be as light as your new toy


Photive iPad Air Lightweight Hardshell Case


Buy Now: $15

Supcase iPad Air Slim Hard Shell Leather Case


Buy Now: $16

i-Blason Apple iPad Air Case


Buy Now: $30

Gracefulcrafts Padded Camouflage Print iPad Air Sleeve


Buy Now: $23

MOKO Apple iPad Air Case


Buy Now: $20

$25 – $60


Skip the restaurant (buy the case instead) and watch a movie at home


Incipio Watson Wallet Folio Case for Ipad Air


Buy Now: $39

SLEEVE for iPad Air by Nedrelow


Buy Now: $30

Incipio LGND Hard Shell Convertible Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $35

Cygnett Paradox Sleek Folio for iPad 5


Buy Now: $33

STM Cape Protective Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $40

M-Edge Stealth Folio Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $40

Willow & Company Baroque Sleeve for iPad Air


Buy Now: $34+

Kavaj “Berlin” iPad Air Leather Case Cover


Buy Now: $50

Sena Ultra Slim Sleeve for iPad Air


Buy Now: $55

The Joy Factory aXtion Rugged Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $60

Belkin LapStand Cover/Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $48

Griffin Survivor Case + Stand for iPad Air


Buy Now: $40

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case for Apple iPad Air


Buy Now: $48+

$60+


Skip the nice sweater and get something to keep your tablet warm instead


The Joy Factory SmartSuit Ultra Case/Stand for iPad Air


Buy Now: $60

Mujjo iPad Air Sleeve


Buy Now: $66

Moshi iGlaze VersaCover Origami Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $60

Dodocase Classic for iPad Air


Buy Now: $65

OtterBox Defender Series for iPad Air


Buy Now: $90

Hard Graft Sport Case & Stand for iPad Air


Buy Now: $122

ZAGGkeys Folio Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $100

Charbonize Leather Sleeve


Buy Now: $99

Sena Florence Portfolio for iPad Air


Buy Now: $110

Belkin QODE Ultimate Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $130

Vaja Libretto Leather Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $180+

Vaja Nuova Pelle Slim Leather Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $180

Grove Wood Smart Case for iPad Air


Buy Now: $99

Kensington KeyFolio Exact with Removable Bluetooth Keyboard


Buy Now: $110

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air


Buy Now: $100

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air


Buy Now: $185

Smythson Panama Collection iPad Air Sleeve


Buy Now: $380

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