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  • Top five iPad Air cases
  • Original tablet folio case from Apple with minimalist looks and everyday functionality
  • Simple-looking tablet folio case with integrated stand and auto sleep/wake functionality
  • Tough case with integrated stand and customization options
  • Rugged case with unique rotating hand strap and dual-layer construction
  • Origami-style cover functions as an integrated stand and supports auto sleep/wake feature as well



While Apple may soon announce a new flagship tablet device, the iPad Air still rules the world as the best from the Cupertino company. But having an iPad is one thing keeping it safe and sound is another story. Let’s take a closer look at a selection of the best cases for this model, which are both simple in use, deliver great functionality and most of all affordable.

Apple not only makes tablets, but produces accessories as well. Their Smart Case is a mix of elegant style and everyday usability. They also offer material options for the folio tablet case: premium rubber or genuine leather. And of course the front cover supports the auto sleep/wake functionality as doubles up as an integrated stand.


Original tablet folio case from Apple with minimalist looks and everyday functionality


The Notchbook from Chil is as simple a tablet folio case as it can be. It comes with four corner strap mounts, which quickly and easily secure the tablet in place, but allow all of its ports and buttons to be open. The materials used on the case are durable on the outside and soft on the inside allowing perfect impact and scratch protection. But the best thing about this case is a little notch attached to the spine, which fits the owner’s thumb offering a secure one-handed hold.


Simple-looking tablet folio case with integrated stand and auto sleep/wake functionality


STM Bags protects the iPad Air up to US Dept. of Defense Standards with the Dux case. The rugged tablet case looks like a folio, but comes with extra rigid material, and reinforced corners. The case was designed with feedback from IT workers and teachers to ensure it will withstand work and classroom environment. All ports and buttons are protected, but can be accessed when needed. Auto sleep/wake is a standard here, and the case can also be customized with tags or images.


Tough case with integrated stand and customization options


There’s another rugged tablet case in our selection, but it’s completely different from the other one. The Capture from Incipio comes with dual layer construction, which offer superior impact safety and multi-functionality at the same time. The case will best suit iPad owners who are used to working with their tablets outdoors. The best feature is the 360 degree rotating hand strap, which can be removed at any time. The case comes with screen protector included in the package.


Rugged case with unique rotating hand strap and dual-layer construction


The origami-style design is pretty popular with various case makers, but Cygnett takes it one step further with the Paradox Texture tablet folio case. It might not be much in impact and drop protection, but will certainly keep the device safe from occasional bumps and bruises. The best thing is of course the simple, yet classy design with textured material for extra grip.


Origami-style cover functions as an integrated stand and supports auto sleep/wake feature as well

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