Best iPad Air Cases in 2022


(Pocket Ribbon) – If you want to protect your fourth or fifth generation iPad Air, there are plenty of great cases to choose from.

Whether you’re using the mid-range Apple tablet as a full-time laptop alternative or just for occasional browsing, it’s paramount that you pick up something to protect it. After all, neither the 2020 model nor the 2022 device is cheap to replace.

That’s where this guide comes in. We’ve used many specialty iPad Air cases and covers since it was redesigned, and have featured the very best in our selection below.

Best Apple iPad Air Cases

Apple Smart FolioApple Smart Keyboard FolioLogitech Folio TouchApple Magic KeyboardOtterBox Symmetry Series 360

Our top picks: iPad Air cases

Apple

Apple Smart Folio

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Great colors Brilliant foldable design Useful for viewing angles

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Apple’s foldable case for its iPads has become completely iconic and immediately synonymous with the iPad because so many people rock them when they pick up a new iPad.

For good reason, they’re excellent cases that give you a good degree of protection while still remaining sleek and stylish, while that foldable case both protects your screen and allows you to stand the tablet upright for better viewing angles.

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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio

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Great keyboard Handy corners Made so well

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If you want a similar folio-style case for your iPad Air, but want to take advantage of its power by tweaking it, you might want a case that fits inside a keyboard, like this more expensive upgrade from Apple.

It has the same Apple styling and panache and keeps things really minimalist and chic, while still having a satisfying keyboard for word processing, and those all-important viewing angles for watching TV or movies.

Logitech

Logitech Folio Touch

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More affordable keyboard and mouse Nicely done Turns tablet into a laptop

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The real power of Apple’s newer iPads, including the Air, is unlocked by the addition of trackpad support, meaning you might want a case with a trackpad, essentially turning your iPad into a 2-in-1.

This case from Logitech is perfect, really well made, and with a great onboard keyboard and trackpad, plus an adjustable kickstand that makes it super handy. Once you get used to working this way, you’ll wonder why not everyone does it. It’s quite pricey, but still undermines Apple’s own efforts.

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Apple Magic Keyboard

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Unparalleled design Great keyboard, trackpad on top Feels perfect

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If you want the absolute best experience of typing and trackpad combination for your iPad Air, the standout winner is Apple’s Magic Keyboard, a masterpiece of design. It floats your iPad in the air and gives great angles while you work with the sturdy keys and exemplary trackpad.

Of course, it’s also wildly expensive, at more than twice the price of Logitech’s alternative, so it’s probably way out of reach for most people. But if you can stretch out, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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OtterBox Symmetry Series 360

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Great protection place for your Apple Pencil

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Fairly expensive A bit ugly

Otterbox has a legendary name in protecting mobile devices and tablets, and that expertise has been applied to the new iPad Air in the form of this handy folio case.

It’s a bit sturdier than the others we’ve mentioned, perfect if you’re going to be using the tablet in more challenging situations, with bumpers for drop protection and a closure to keep things in your bag or when stored.

How to choose an iPad Air case?

Buying a case for your iPad Air can make a big difference in how you actually use the tablet, so make sure you get the right one! Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself as you think about which one is best for you.

Will iPad Air 4 cases fit iPad Air 5?

Yes, cases designed for iPad Air 4 must fit iPad Air 5 as the two Apple tablets are the same size and design. The camera, volume buttons, lock button, microphones and speakers are also in the same place for both generations.

How much protection do you want?

The big variable between different cases and types of cases is often how much protection they actually offer against drops. Some are more like covers, including Apple’s great Smart Folio, leaving the metal back of the tablet exposed when closed. Others are more of a clamshell to offer total protection, and you may want to find out how paranoid you are about damage before deciding which one is best.

Are you looking for a keyboard?

Some of the cases we’ve mentioned have an obvious added feature in the form of a keyboard that lets you type things manually instead of using an on-screen keyboard, which unlocks huge productivity potential in the iPad Air. If you’re looking for a keyboard for your tablet, having one built into your case can be a great solution.

Do you want a track pad?

Likewise, now that the iPad has trackpad support, getting a trackpad case is a great way to make your tablet feel like a two-in-one machine that’s almost entirely a laptop when you need it. have to be.

More about this story

Each product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your everyday life.

Buying a case for your iPad Air can be a big investment, so we’ve exhausted all of the options on this list to see how they hold up in the real world. We tested how they feel, how much durability they offer and what kind of designs they offer.

Of course, price is a big factor, as is build quality and reliability, while the extent to which a case affects the iPad Air’s portability is also important to us.

As with any collection, it’s not possible to provide a list that will work for every type of user, but we draw on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team – as well as a thorough assessment of the areas above – to help our best in this regard.

What we always avoid when putting together these picks are unnecessary spec comparisons and marketing rules; we just want to provide an easy-to-understand summary that gives you an idea of ​​how to use each case. Our statements are concise, but this is purely for the sake of brevity. Rest assured, all the things on this list are fully tested.

Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Conor Allison.

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