So, you’ve been following along our coverage of Apple‘s latest tablet release, and you’ve decided to purchase a new iPad mini 4. Now you are looking for a convenient and stylish way to protect your equipment, no worries, this quick list of the best iPad mini 4 cases has got you covered. Rather, it’s got your tablet covered, you know what we mean.
Please keep in mind that the new iPad mini 4 is not the same size as previous mini iPads. Your older generic 8-inch tablet covers and sleeves will likely still fit, but you will not be able to re-use a form-fitting iPad mini, iPad mini 2 or iPad mini 3 case. Sorry.
It is also really early days for iPad Mini 4 accessories, you will not find the same number of options out there just yet, but more are coming online every day. For now, here are the cases that we think will serve you best.
Apple iPad mini 4 Smart Cover
Keeping things simple, Apple offers the same style of folding Smart Cover for the iPad mini 4 as they have offered for all previous iPads. You’ve seen this one before, it’s a leather smart cover, it folds up into a stand and it is guaranteed to fit perfectly.
Look at that, Apple has two official cases available for the iPad mini 4. This one is a super simple form-fitting silicone case that will save the back and sides from minor bumps, bruises and scratches. It is designed to go hand-in-hand with the Smart Cover, for full device protection.
If you are looking for a case and cover that is pretty close to the official offering, but costs a few dollars less, be sure to check out the Moko Ultra Slim smart-shell. We’ve seen Moko cases before, and they have proven an accurate fit with good durability and functionality. If it sounds like I am trying to assure you it is worthwhile to look at this third-party vendor, it is only because their price is so great.
JETech is another third-party vendor we’ve been impressed by in the past. Both the Moko case and this JETech case are made of synthetic leather, all but duplicate the official Apple offerings and come in at a great price point.
If you are less worried about having a smart cover, and more concerned with great protection for the back and sides of your new iPad mini 4, the LK Armor case is a good place to start. Using the two layer system of a soft silicone cover protected by a hard plastic outer shell, it’ll take more than just some sand on the table to scratch your tablet.
We are huge fans of Otterbox and the rugged cases they provide, but the thing is, as we write this, Otterbox does not yet have a case available for the iPad mini 4. They promise it is on its way, and if you are looking for one of the best rugged cases around, Otterbox has always delivered. Stay tuned, we’ll update this when we see the case go live, or just hit the Otterbox site and sign up to be notified when it becomes available.
There you have it, while we are certain that more, and possibly better cases and accessories are coming, these are our top picks for (mostly) currently available iPad mini 4 cases.
Do you have a favorite iPad mini 4 case that you’d like to recommend?
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