iPads are no longer just for kids and grandparents. An excellent tool to whip out at your next meeting to explain a point in detail, or simply a convenient way to continue your Youtube binge into the early hours of the morning, the iPad has something for everyone—making a quality cover the perfect Christmas gift.
While it may be true that there are myriad options when it comes to iPad cases, there are also numerous owners of them, so it’s not totally unjust to say you could end up with the same case as someone you know. What better way to differentiate yours then, than by personalising it.
That’s exactly the tactic taken by Daily Edited, a company that makes cases for all manner of tech products. Its black leather iPad sleeve is particularly luxurious and ideally suited to the office, and better still, you can select from various fonts and colours to make yours even more personal.
Buy @ Daily Edited AU$99.95
If you’re the owner of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air, Incase’s Book Jacket Revolution could be just the case you’re after. Not only does it look great and come in three colours, but it offers all-round protection and can even act as a stand that presents your iPad in four different viewing angles. Ideal if you want to watch movies or use it for typing out work documents.
Buy @ Incase AU$30
Comme Des Garçons
It might be a little pricier than some other options on this list, but there’s no denying the Commes de Garcons iPad Wallet is a luxurious product. It’s made from premium cow-hide leather, and not only does it offer a place to stow your iPad – including all Mini models and anything up to 10.5-inches in size – but you’re given space for cards, documents and any other accessories you may need to carry with you.
Buy @ End Clothing AU$535
Of course, if you want to stay loyal to the fruit-based overlords of tech, Apple is more than happy to offer you one of its very own cases. Made to perfectly fit its portable tablets, Apple’s ingenious triple-fold mechanism is responsible for spawning a sea of case clones. Cases vary from just screen protection through to all-over (including the all-important corners), and even cases with built-in keyboards, ideal for the worker on the go, leaving you spoilt for choice.
Buy @ Apple From AU$65
STM Goods is a heavyweight in the tech case arena, and its iPad offering is nothing short of extensive. From basic snap-on cases to protect the rear to folio-style covers and cases with built-in stands, if you know the type of case you’re after, STM will have it. Despite the company’s claims, they’re perhaps a little less stylish than some other brands out there, but for rugged protection, STM has you covered.
Buy @ STM Goods From AU $49.95
Australian purveyor of “considered carry goods”, Bellroy certainly knows how to make products that are equally useful and stylish. Better known for its bags and wallets, Bellroy also has a tech accessory section, although, with just the one tablet sleeve available, we would like to see more options.
You can get the Work Folio or Tech Folio, which incorporate tablet protection with storage for other work and tech accessories, but the Tablet Sleeve is the only standalone option. Still, it’s just as premium as you’d expect, with a soft microfibre lining and a magnetic bumper closure to keep your iPad secure, yet easy to fish out.
Buy @ Bellroy AU$49
If the absolute last word in protection is the most important factor for you when deciding on an iPad case, Pelican is the brand you should check out. The Voyager, for example, offers raised edges, a thick back and a built-in kickstand. The Vault meanwhile features a double-hinged folding cover, allowing full-screen access when in use, and easy transport when closed. As a bonus: all Pelican iPad cases come with a lifetime guarantee, and a military-standard build quality to back it up.
Buy @ Pelican From AU $69.
A brand of choice for hipsters everywhere, Herschel Supply Co. not only has a huge range of bags to rifle through, but a number of iPad cases to boot. They follow a similar design language to the rest of Herschel’s product offerings, including coming in a number of different prints and colour, but no matter which option you choose, you can rest safe knowing your beloved tablet will be protected.
Buy @ Herschel From AU$30
Native Union makes it its mission to provide a well-designed, yet a capable range of tech accessories. You may be familiar with its braided smartphone charging cables and similarly designed phone cases, but the Stow Slim iPad sleeve is certainly worth your consideration. Offering a premium look and boasting space to accommodate a range of iPad sizes, along with a hidden compartment for accessories such as cables or the Apple Pencil, it’s a genuine all-rounder.
Buy @ End Clothing AU$105
If you’re a workaholic who uses their iPad as a laptop replacement, you’re going to want an effective keyboard to bash those words out, right? Brydge offers some of the very best iPad keyboards around, that perfectly mimic the colour and style of the MacBook keyboard. Models can be found for the latest iPads with built-in trackpads, but if you’re happy to continue using touchscreen input, the standard keyboard offering will work a charm.
Buy @ Apple AU$220
OtterBox products offer sublime protection for all your tech, with a number of styles to choose from. The company produces snap-on cases and leather folio cases, all of which put protection front and centre. The Defender series if the crème de la crème of Otterbox’s repertoire, with three layers of protection, included screen protector and removable back panel that doubles as a stand.