The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's cute and cuddly cases are more protective than they look

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features screen covers from Zagg and Spigen, sturdy and functional options that hold up under extreme conditions from Gumdrop and Tech21, and more.

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This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features screen covers from Zagg and Spigen, sturdy and functional options that hold up under extreme conditions from Gumdrop and Tech21, and more.

belkin classictab ipad


The Classic Tab (all iPad mini models; $30) sports a slick design with a tab cover that folds into a stand in landscape orientation with support for multiple viewing and typing angles.

The case features a magnetic closure, features a soft interior lining, and comes in two-tone combinations of pink, purple, or black.

dodocase flatvernacular ipad


The Flat Vernacular (all iPad mini models; $75 to $100) is a customizable book-style case available in three fashionable patterns creatively dubbed Car Crash, Levante, and Marble.

The case features an impact-resistant bamboo tray, and comes in either a fixed or multi-angle edition capable of supporting three different standing positions in landscape orientation. Both models can be personalized with an engraving, a dedicated camera opening, and more.

griffin kazoo ipad


The KaZoo (iPad mini and mini 2; $40) sports an adorable animal-shaped soft silicone shell that will make you go all fuzzy inside every time you (or your kids) pick up your iPad mini.

Available in panda, fox, and giraffe versions, the KaZoo doubles as a stand in landscape orientation, includes a hollowed-out storage compartment for a stylus, and features precise cutouts for all your ports and buttons.

gundrop bounceskin ipad

Gumdrop Cases

The Bounce Skin (iPad Air; $35) is a ruggedized case designed to withstand even the harshest conditions.

Made with form-fitting silicone, the Bounce Skin sports reinforced rubber bumpers around the corners, a protective silicone ring around your camera opening, and precise cutouts for your speaker, Lighting port, and headphone jack. The case is available in a number of catchy solid colors, including black, clear, gray, light blue, pink, purple, red, royal blue, and teal.

incipio specialist ipad


The Specialist (iPad Air 2: $35) sports a rigid hard shell back with a front cover that delivers all-around protection for everyday use.

Made with vegan leather, the case includes a soft microfiber interior, props up as a stand in landscape orientation, and comes in black, blue, gray, or lilac.

otterbox slipcover ipad


The Slipcover (iPad mini and mini 2; $40) is a simple shockproof shell that provides basic protection without adding bulk.

Made of synthetic rubber, the case comes in a variety of colors that range from a serious black to a playful “classic dot,” sports a grippy finish to avoid unexpected slips and falls, and can be paired with the company’s Defender Series cases for extra peace of mind.

spigen steinheil ipad


The Steinheil (iPad Air and Air 2; price unavailable) is a screen protector made with material that eliminates halos without interfering with your touchscreen’s functionality.

Treated with an anti-UV coating, the Steinheil helps prevent damage from bumps and accidental drops, minimizes smudges and scratches, and it ships with a microfiber cleaning cloth.

tech21 patriot ipad


Planning a trek out to the countryside and worried your iPad may not be up for rough terrain? The Patriot (iPad Air; $100) features a sturdy, multi-layered shell that will help keep everything safe anywhere you may go.

Built to meet or exceed military test drop standards from up to 13 feet, the case includes a built-in screen protector, sports dust covers for all your ports, and comes with acoustic vents for optimal audio quality.

zagg invisibleshield ipad


The InvisibleShield screen protector (iPad Air 2; $25) is designed to be easy to apply, and manufactured from military-grade materials that are tough and lightweight.

The InvisibleShield features a special “nano-memory” self-healing technology that helps prevent smudges and long-term damage from scratches, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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