The very best cases for iPad mini

Keep your iPad mini safe but stylish with one of these 14 iPad mini cases.

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  • Apple Smart Cover
  • Smart Case
  • SurfacePad
  • Carbon Fibre
  • Griffin TurnFolio
  • Tech21
  • JETech
  • Maroo
  • STM Dux
  • Everything Table
  • BookBook Travel Journal
  • Otterbox Defender
  • Belkin Striped Cover with Stand
  • Cygnett FlexiGel
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Best iPad mini cases

If you've got an iPad mini, iPad mini 2 or iPad mini 3, we're sure you'll want to keep it safe from bumps and scratches. You may also want some extra functionality, like a stand for FaceTime or typing. Here, we round up the best iPad mini cases we've seen. All of the cases in this round-up are compatible with the first three generations of iPad mini.

Alternatively, you'll find iPad mini 4 cases here, iPad Air cases here, and iPad Air 2 cases here, and iPad Pro cases here. Plus: Best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases

First up is Apple's own iPad mini case offering. Apple sells two different ways to protect the iPad mini: the Smart Cover and the Smart Case.

Best iPad mini cases: Apple Smart Cover

Apple's £29 Smart Cover is made with Polyurethane, and is now only available in Black. 

The Smart Cover doubles as a keyboard stand or FaceTime stand, and will automatically wake up your iPad when you open it and send it to sleep as you shut it. The Smart Cover connects to your iPad mini using a magnetic hinge.

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If you've got an iPad mini, iPad mini 2 or iPad mini 3, we're sure you'll want to keep it safe from bumps and scratches. You may also want some extra functionality, like a stand for FaceTime or typing. Here, we round up the best iPad mini cases we've seen. All of the cases in this round-up are compatible with the first three generations of iPad mini.

Alternatively, you'll find iPad mini 4 cases here, iPad Air cases here, and iPad Air 2 cases here, and iPad Pro cases here. Plus: Best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases

First up is Apple's own iPad mini case offering. Apple sells two different ways to protect the iPad mini: the Smart Cover and the Smart Case.

Best iPad mini cases: Apple Smart Cover

Apple's £29 Smart Cover is made with Polyurethane, and is now only available in Black. 

The Smart Cover doubles as a keyboard stand or FaceTime stand, and will automatically wake up your iPad when you open it and send it to sleep as you shut it. The Smart Cover connects to your iPad mini using a magnetic hinge.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Apple Smart Case

RRP: £55
Buy from Apple

Of course, the Smart Cover only protects the front of the iPad. If you want all-round protection, the Apple Smart Case might be more ideal. It's quite a bit more pricey, at £55, but it's made with leather and offers the front protection and stand functionality as the Smart Cover but with the added back and side protection.

 

Best iPad mini cases: SurfacePad

RRP £59.99
Available from Amazon.

We love the SurfacePad for iPhone, so we're excited to see that Twelve South has expanded the range to fit the iPad mini, too. Made with smooth, genuine leather and lined with microfiber, it covers the front and back of Apple's tablet, and also acts as a stand thanks to the clever placement of magnets.

It's slim, too, adding minimal bulk to the iPad. There are three colour choices: Pop Red, Mod White and Jet Black.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Carbon Fibre

RRP: £79.95
Available from Proporta

Proporta has come up with a shotgun tested Carbon Fibre case that will provide exceptional protection for your iPad mini. It's made with a leather exterior, a carbon fibre lining, and a microfiber interior, and includes convenient cutouts too.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Griffin TurnFolio

RRP £35
Available from Griffin

This particularly practical TurnFolio iPad mini case opens like a notebook and the iPad slots into a protective frame that holds it in place. Flip the cover over and it is capable of holding your iPad mini into landscape or portrait mode for a four-position workstand. The entire frame surrounding the iPad mini is removable too. There are cutouts for all ports, buttons and cameras, and it's available in a range of colours and designs.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Tech21 Patriot case

RRP £69.95
Get it from Apple

This is a thoroughly well made hard case for the iPad mini. It was produced for the iPad mini 3, but it should also fit mini 1 and 2 - you may want to double check before you buy.

With the company's excellent FlexShock material on show, it'll make your iPad mini safe from even the scariest of drop scenarios. 

 

Best iPad mini cases: JETech

Price: £7.95
Where to buy: Amazon

The JETech is a fantastic case and small stand for your iPad Mini 1/2/3, as it provides you with total coverage of the iPad whilst also having all the right cut-outs for ports, camera and buttons.

The case can also be found in a variety of colours and due to its cheap price, makes it an easy recommendation.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Maroo

RRP: £35
Available from Amazon

Maroo has a series of iPad mini cases, including four that use its super-protective SG Bumper technology. Made with leather, the Maroo iPad mini cases are stylish and durable, with a hand strap for carrying, an interior pocket and the smart magnet functionality that automatically wakes your iPad.

 

Best iPad mini cases: STM Dux

RRP: £49.99
Available from Amazon.

Here's a great case for those who like to get a bit creative. From the front, it looks like an ordinary case, with a folio style that covers the front of the iPad and clips into place using a secure magnetic clip. But turn the case over, and you'll find that it's completely clear, designed to allow you to add your own photographs, notes, drawings and more. If you'd prefer, though, you can always leave the space clear to allow the design of the iPad and the Apple logo to shine through.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Everything Tablet

RRP £29.99
Available from Everything Tablet

We've always found Everything Tablet's cases to be sturdy, practical, stylish and affordable, and find the 360-degree rotation functionality particularly useful. Available in various colours, Everything Tablet's iPad mini case allows you to position your tablet in portrait and landscape views at three different angles.

The case also has a magnetic sleep and wake function, an elastic strap for added security and cutouts for all ports and functions.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Twelve South BookBook Travel Journal

RRP £75
Available from Amazon.

Part of the BookBook family is the Travel Journal, and we rather like it. It's designed as a case for your iPad – either the iPad Air or iPad mini – but it also has lots of pockets and space to allow you to carry loads more within it. In addition to your iPad, you could fit headphones, a mouse, a stylus, a battery pack, cables, batteries and more, to keep everything you need in one place.

As always, we love the bookish design, which lets you disguise your tech as a hefty old-fashioned novel. Plus, made from real leather, the BookBook has a luxury look and feel.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Otterbox Defender Series

RRP £69.99
Available from Otterbox.

Available in several colour combinations, the Defender case is ideal for someone looking for mega protection for their iPad mini but with the ability to put a dash of their own personality into the case.

It has a rugged, multi-layer design that makes it perfect for the clumsy among you, but also for people working on building sites, perhaps, and people with young children who tend to throw things aside when they're bored of them.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Belkin Striped Cover with Stand

RRP: £29.99
Available from Amazon

This practical case from Belkin is made with non-slip material to offer a stand with two angles and protective corners to hold the iPad mini in place.

 

Best iPad mini cases: Cygnett FlexiGel for iPad mini

RRP £14.99
Available from Amazon.

The FlexiGel is a simple flexi-case designed to protect your iPad mini from scratches and impacts. It provides access to all ports and functions, and is available in blue or black.

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