Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

Apple's iPad mini comes in three different models, all of which have a 7.9-inch display and a footprint 200 x 134.7mm. It's the cheapest way to get your hands on an iPad, with the original mini starting at £199. The chances are that once you have one, you'll want to protect it.

Here are some of the best cases out there that should fit whatever generation of iPad mini tablet you have, plan to buy, or hope to get from Santa.

Apple

For those who want all round protection, Apple offers its leather Smart Case in five colours including Midnight Blue, Soft Pink and Black, with access to all ports and features.

Closing the front cover will put the iPad mini to sleep while opening it will wake it up, and the front cover can also be folded to double up as a keyboard stand.

PRICE: £55.00 from Apple.

Apple

If you want to stick with all things Apple but you don't want to cover up the rear of your iPad mini then the polyurethane Smart Cover will offer protection for the screen in seven colours including black, white, yellow and red.

Like the Smart Case, the opening the cover will wake the iPad mini up, while closing it will put it to sleep and this case can also be folded to give you a slightly raised viewing position.

PRICE: £29.00 from Apple.

Barbour

Barbour's iPad mini case features a quilted effect canvas exterior with a classic tartan lining, keeping firmly in line with the company's well-known style.

There is a built-in stand, along with magnetic closure for automatic wake and sleep function like the Apple Smart Case and Smart Cover and it offers full access to all ports. This case is compatible with the iPad mini 2 and 3 and comes with a 1-year exchange warranty.

PRICE: £44.95 from Proporta.

Cygnett

Cygnett has a variety of iPad mini cases available, including the Purple Armour folio case that looks good, protects your tablet and doubles up as a stand.

It has a microfibre lining that sits flush to the screen and a magnetic flap means it closes securely. The purple is our favourite but it also comes in black if you are after a safer option.

PRICE: £29.95 from Cygnett.

Etsy

Etsy is home to all sorts of weird and wonderful iPad mini cases, from a Tardis one for the Doctor Who fans to a felt sleeve with the iOS home screen, there is bound to be one you'll appreciate somewhere on this site.

We liked the Doctor Who one for its simplicity and versatility. It isn't specific to the iPad mini so if you have another tablet or eBook reader, you might prefer it for one of them but either way, it has a zipper closure and a fleece lining to keep your device protected.

PRICE: £14.41 from Etsy.

Griffin

Griffin offers a number of iPad mini cases, from kiddie ones to ones with keyboards and everything in between. One of our favourites is the CinemaSeat that allows you to attach your iPad mini to the back of the headrest on a car seat.

The adjustable strap means it will fit most headrests so backseat riders can watch videos and play games, while the iPad mini sits securely in place thanks to the padded frame and all ports and controls are still accessible.

PRICE: £29.95 from Apple.

Kate Spade

New York-based fashion designer Kate Spade offers a sleeve for the iPad mini that features lenticular winking eyes.

It's quirky and fun and although it means no protection for your iPad mini when it isn't in the sleeve, it's a stylish way to carry it around if nothing else. 

PRICE: £55 from Kate Spade.

Knomo

Knomo has your standard leather folio cases, but it also does organisers, including an 8-inch one that will look after your iPad mini, along with your cables, a pen, cards, your phone and an external battery pack for when you need a bit of extra juice.

The Knomod Mini Leather is available in four colours including a bright pink, dark blue, black and an orangey red, each of which has a contrasting colour for the trim inside.

PRICE: £79 from Knomo

LifeProof

LifeProof claims its nüüd case is the thinnest, lightest and most functional all-protective iPad mini case around, offering direct screen touch while still protecting from fumbles and tumbles.

It is waterproof up to 2m, completely dirt and snow proof, as well as shockproof up to 1.2m. There is complete access to all buttons and controls, plus it comes with a removable shoulder strap so your protected tablet can always be close by if you want it to be.

PRICE: £89.95 from Apple.

Logitech

For those that use, or plan to use their iPad mini for work and play, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is available in black and white colour options and weighs 208g.

There is an integrated keyboard, as you might have guessed, along with an integrated stand and this case also offers an automatic wake and sleep function. 

PRICE: £49.99 from Logitech.

Lulu Guinness

Lulu Guinness has a black and white striped leather folio case for the iPad mini that fastens shut with a popper.

The case features a rubber frame within it to hold your iPad mini secure, while the exterior leather surround gives your device a little bit of style.

PRICE: £95 from Lulu Guinness.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

The Marc by Marc Jacobs 3D metallic iPad mini case is for those who want to make their iPad mini look like it has been covered in crinkled foil.

Its a little more out there than other cases on this list but if you want something a little different, this could be the one for you. There is a small indented Marc by Marc Jacobs logo on the right-hand rear side of the plastic snap on case and it claims to keep your device scratch-free.

PRICE: £50 from Net-A-Porter.

Moshi

Moshi's VersaCover is a stand case that supports your iPad mini in portrait and landscape modes thanks to its Origami folding cover and it is available in four colours.

There is access to all your iPad mini's controls and features, while the VersaCover protects it from the front and rear. This case offers three viewing angles and it also supports the auto wake and sleep function.

PRICE: £44.95 from Apple.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors is best known for handbags but what do you know, it also makes iPad mini sleeves, in four colour options we might add.

It's a simple and elegant design, with a Saffiano construction and although it might not be the best choice for those who are prone to dropping their tablet, it offers an extra bit of padding and protection when you're karting your iPad mini around in a bag.

PRICE: £59.95 from Apple.

Nodus

Nodus is a little newer to the case world than others on this list, only established last year, but its Access Case offers a simple but stylish way to protect your iPad mini.

Available in black or tan leather, the Access Case uses the company's Micro-Suction technology to secure your tablet in place, while offering the ability to have a different viewing position too.

PRICE: £89.99 from Nodus.

OtterBox

OtterBox is no stranger to designing cases for Apple products, with over 10 years of experience under its belt. Its popular Defender Series is available for the iPad mini and while they add a little bulk, it will keep your tablet well protected.

The OtterBox Defender Series iPad mini cases come with a 1-year warranty and you can choose the colour combination you want for the outer layer, inner layer and shield stand so a little personalisation is available.

PRICE: $79.90 from OtterBox.

Overboard

If you like a holiday and your iPad mini is one of the first things you pack, then the waterproof Overboard iPad mini case might be one to consider in order to keep your tablet safe from the sand and surf.

It's more like a plastic bag than a case, but the Overboard case certainly does the trick. The Slide Seal system means your iPad mini can handle getting dragged down to 6m underwater and just about anything else you care to do with it.

PRICE: £32.99 from Overboard.

Radley

Radley is another brand best known for handbags, but like Michael Kors, it is also delving into the world of iPad protection with a snap on case featuring the company's signature dog.

The case offers full access to ports and buttons, is soft to touch and it comes with Apple's recommendation for protecting against everyday bumps and scratches.

PRICE: £39.95 from Apple.

Ted Baker

Ted Baker's Charrli crosshatch snap on case is compatible with the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 and it offers full access to all ports and controls.

The simple design features a crosshatch effect finish, as the name suggests, and there is a gold Ted Baker logo at the bottom but what makes this case a little more exciting is you can personlise it slightly. It costs a little more but you can choose to add some text of your choice in one of three fonts.

PRICE: £34.95 from Proporta.



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