The new iPad Air is here, and Apple’s latest iteration of the slimline iPad is so good that, frankly, we’re wondering why anyone would need to pay more for the iPad Pro. With a powerful processor, Apple Pencil support, and an updated bezel-less design, the iPad Air 4 is the tablet to buy if the basic iPad doesn’t have quite enough grunt for your needs. But a powerful workhorse needs similarly powerful protection to keep it safe. While it’s early days yet, some great manufacturers are getting some of their best cases on the job. Here are some of the best iPad Air (2020) around right now.
Pad & Quill Oxford Leather Case
A device as high end as the iPad Air deserves a similar case, and that’s where Pad & Quill’s Oxford leather folio case comes in. The case is made from a single piece of full-grain American leather, and it comes in three colors, so you can match whichever style you’re going for. It has interior pockets and magnetic closure, so it won’t fall open in your bag, and the interior has a soft leather to stop scratches. It can prop itself up when unfolded, and even has room to accommodate the Magic Keyboard — though please note that it does not come with the Magic Keyboard, despite the images. All that quality comes at a price though, and it’s certainly an investment. But if your iPad demands the best, you can’t go wrong with Pad & Quill.
UAG Metropolis Series Case
UAG, otherwise known as Urban Armor gear, is no stranger to protection, and its cases are some of the most popular — and unique looking — cases around. That’s no different where the iPad Air 4 is concerned, and the Metropolis case is a welcome addition to the roster of cases for Apple’s latest tablet. The Metropolis offers some formidable grunt, with drop protection that meets military standards without becoming heavy. The folio cover supports the automatic sleep/wake feature, and there’s an adjustable stand too. The real draw has to be the great no-slip coating applied to the outside — which is extremely welcome with a device as large as the iPad Air 4. It’s not yet available to buy, but it’s worth waiting for.
Zugu Alpha Case
Despite the slim design of this durable case, it offers drop and shock protection up to five feet. The stylus holder is a particularly well-done addition for anyone who prefers using the Apple Pencil with their iPad, and we really like the combination of synthetic leather and microfiber that gives the case an elite look while still offer safe protection (and air vents for cooling). When placed in the stand position, the case offers many different angles depending on how you prefer to work or play, and several different colors are available for further customization.
Targus Pro-Tek Rotating Case
The Targus Pro-Tek case is an outstanding choice if versatility and adaptability are at the top of your list of requirements. This option includes a freely rotating case that allows your iPad to sit in either landscape or portrait while still being held by the built-in kickstand. This ability makes it a perfect case if your use is a bit more freestyle than most, or if you don’t want to have your iPad always in the more normal landscape position. Thanks to 4 feet of drop protection, reinforced corners, and a grippy bumper, it’s also protective. It also has an integrated Apple Pencil holder to keep your Pencil safe and sound. It’s not yet available for purchase, but it’s a reliable option that’s worth the wait.
Woolnut Leather Sleeve
Woolnut’s leather sleeve is ideal for you if you’re looking to keep your iPad secure between appointments, and you don’t want the hassle of a full case for your iPad. It’s made from Scandinavian full-grain leather and is lined with natural wool felt from Germany. This combination grants a luxurious and protective outer layer with an inner lining that’s soft and nestles your iPad, preventing scratches. You also can rest your iPad on the sleeve while you’re using it, preventing scratches or dirt from reaching your iPad. It’s a luxurious option, but it’s also an expensive one.
Otterbox Symmetry Case
Similar to Apple’s own smart cover, Otterbox’s Symmetry case is a bit larger, easier to use, and more protection, with a secondary clasp to make sure the cover stays tight when closed, and when it open it offers multiple stand angles to adjust to your preference. There’s also more side protection than simpler covers offer, which helps improve drop protection in case of accidents. Like many good iPad cases, it also includes the magnetic attachments to help latch on and activate sleep or wake modes.
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