18 best cases for iPad mini

Keep your iPad mini safe but stylish with one of these 18 iPad mini cases.

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  • Apple Smart Cover
  • iPad mini Smart Case
  • SurfacePad for iPad mini
  • Carbon Fibre iPad mini case
  • Barbour Julie Dodsworth iPad mini case
  • Griffin TurnFolio for iPad mini
  • Maroo iPad mini case
  • Incipio LGND
  • STM Dux
  • Everything Tablet iPad mini case
  • BookBook Travel Journal
  • Otterbox Defender
  • Lego Builder Case for iPad mini
  • Barbour iPad mini 2 quilted case
  • Griffin IntelliCase
  • Belkin Striped Cover with Stand
  • Cygnett FlexiGel
  • Case-mate Tuxedo for iPad mini
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iPad mini cases

If you've got an iPad mini, iPad mini 2 or iPad mini 3, chances are you 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 all three generations of iPad mini.

Alternatively, you'll find iPad Air cases here, and iPad Air 2 cases here. Plus: Best iPhone cases

First up is Apple's own iPad mini case offering. Apple sells two different ways to protect the iPad mini and iPad mini 2: the Smart Cover and the Smart Case.

Apple Smart Cover for iPad mini

Apple's £29 Smart Cover is made with Polyurethane, and comes in a range of brightly coloured designs.  There's black, white, pink, yellow, blue, green or red.

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, chances are you 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 all three generations of iPad mini.

Alternatively, you'll find iPad Air cases here, and iPad Air 2 cases here. Plus: Best iPhone cases

First up is Apple's own iPad mini case offering. Apple sells two different ways to protect the iPad mini and iPad mini 2: the Smart Cover and the Smart Case.

Apple Smart Cover for iPad mini

Apple's £29 Smart Cover is made with Polyurethane, and comes in a range of brightly coloured designs.  There's black, white, pink, yellow, blue, green or red.

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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iPad mini Smart Case

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.

There are five colours available: black, red, midnight blue, olive brown or soft pink.

SurfacePad for iPad mini

Price: £50

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 four colour choices: Pop Red, Mod White, Jet Black and a new Camel colour. You'll find the SurfacePad available to buy here.

Carbon Fibre iPad mini case

Price: £39.95

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.

Barbour Julie Dodsworth iPad mini case

Price: £34.95

This pretty series of iPad mini cases is the result of a collaboration between Barbour and designer Julie Dodsworth. Each case is made with faux leather and includes an internal pocket, magnetic closure and the ability to be used as a stand.

Griffin TurnFolio for iPad mini

Price: £35

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.

Maroo iPad mini case

Price: £35

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.

Take a closer look and buy the Maroo iPad mini case here.

Incipio LGND iPad mini case

£24.99

We rather like Incipio's LGND case for iPad mini, which combines a hard shell with a clever origami-style front cover that can be folded to create various stand angles, which are easy to position and will remain sturdy thanks to internal magnets. 

It's available in grey, pink, black or red, and is a folio style case so will protect both the front and back of your iPad.

You'll find the LGND case for iPad mini available to buy here.

STM Dux for iPad mini

£39.95

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.

The STM Dux case is available from the Online Apple Store.

Everything Tablet iPad mini case

Price: £29.99

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 Gun Metal Carbon, Black Carbon, Baby Blue, Baby Pink or Orange, 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.

Twelve South BookBook Travel Journal

Price: £75

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.

Otterbox Defender Series for iPad mini

Available in a huge range of customisable 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.

It's worth noting, thought, that this case covers the home button so won't work with the iPad mini 3's Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Take a closer look at the Otterbox Defender case here

Lego Builder Case for iPad mini

Price: £44.99

If you're looking for something a bit more fun, look no further than Belkin's Lego Builder Case for iPad mini, which comes in three different colour schemes and sports a Lego base plate on the back. This means you can get your Lego bricks out and build anything you want right on top of your iPad. There's a Smart Cover-like front cover, which features the auto wake feature too.

Barbour iPad mini quilted case

Price: £54.95

British Heritage brand Barbour has teamed up with Proporta to create this iPad mini case that uses the same fabrics and materials as Barbour jackets, complete with the tartan interior.

It can be used as a stand, and leaves cut-outs for all ports, buttons and functions.

Griffin IntelliCase for iPad mini

Price: £34.99

Griffin's IntelliCase covers both the back and front of the iPad mini, and its Smart Cover-like functionality enables users to position the iPad in two angles, and sleep and wake the iPad using the built-in magnets. The IntelliCase is available in various different designs.

Belkin Striped Cover with Stand

£34.99

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.

Cygnett FlexiGel for iPad mini

Price: £19.95

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.

You can find out more and buy the Flexigel case here.

Case-mate Tuxedo for iPad mini

Price: £25

The Tuxedo for iPad mini is much like Apple's own Smart Cover. However, it extends around the rear of the iPad mini, and is attached with a super-strong adhesive tape (which leaves no residue when removed).

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