If you've got an iPad mini, 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.
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 £35 Smart Cover is made with Polyurethane, and comes in a similar brightly coloured range as the iPhone 5c's case. There's black, 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.
Apple Smart Case for iPad mini
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 six colours available: brown, beige, black, yellow, blue and red.
Maroo iPad mini cases
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.
Twelve South BookBook Travel Journal
The latest addition to 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.
Le Littoral Folio for iPad mini
Made with a thick outer layer of cotton canvas and a PU backing, the LE Littoral from Be.ez is stylish and sophisticated as well as sturdy. There's also a TPU holder that helps protect the corners of the iPad mini.
The case also acts as a stand that can be positioned in several angles ideal for FaceTime, reading or typing.
Everything Tablet iPad mini case
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.
Lego Builder Case for iPad mini
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.
Joules iPad mini case
The Joules iPad mini Anchor Print case protects the front and back of your iPad mini, and doubles as a stand, too. There are cut-outs for all of the ports and buttons, so you won't need to remove it. The magnetic fastening adds extra protection, too.
Barbour iPad mini 2 quilted case
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'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 Black, Red, or ZigZig designs.
The Griffin Folio is designed to make your iPad mini look like a notebook, enabling quick access to the tablet while offering all round protection from bumps and scratches. The Folio can also be used as a stand, holding your iPad in a landscape positions ideal FaceTime, reading or typing. There's a huge variety of different styles, with 14 designs available to buy.
Be.ez LA robe
Available in three designs, Be.ez's LA robe for iPad mini is a lightweight sleeve made with polyutherane and a sturdy zip, designed to offer maximum protection.
Otterbox iPad mini Defender
The popular Defender case from Otterbox is now available for the iPad mini in three colour options. It has an impact-resistant shell and a stand for typing or viewing.
Belkin Striped Cover with Stand
This practical case is made with non-slip material to offer a stand with two angles and protective corners to hold the iPad mini in place.
QDOS Libris for iPad mini
Fashioned from stylish red imitation leather, the Libris covers the iPad mini's display with a front flap that can be held in place with an elastic band. Within the flap are two pull-out leather stands (again attached with elastic) that prop your iPad mini in either vertical or horizontal orientation. It's a neat look, if somewhat schoolbooskis. The Libris adds a fair amount of bulk, but it's reasonably prices, offers decent protection and is smart and stylish to boot.
You can find out more in our full review.
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.The Complete Guide to the iPhone 5s & 5c is on-sale now. Click here for buying information.