The best cases for iPad Air 1

If you're worried about your iPad Air getting scratched or knocked, put your mind at rest with one of these iPad Air cases.

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In this article, we're bringing you a collection of our favourite cases for the original iPad Air, or iPad Air 1 as it's widely known. If you're looking for cases for the newer and slimmer iPad Air, visit our round-up of the best cases for iPad Air 2. For other iPads, visit our best cases for iPad article.

Back to the iPad Air 1, and first up is Apple's own iPad Air case offerings. Apple has two, reasonably similar cases available. One is the iPad Air Smart Cover and the other is the iPad Air Smart Case. Both protect the front of the iPad using a folding cover that doubles as a stand and will automatically wake your iPad when you open it or send it to sleep when you close it.

Where the two cases differ, however, is in the protection of the back of the iPad Air. The iPad Air Smart Cover protects only the front of the iPad, and attaches to the side of the iPad using a magnetic hinge. The iPad Air Smart Case, on the other hand, protects the back and sides of the iPad thanks to the additional back cover.

The iPad Air Smart Cover is available in Polyurethane and comes in black, pink, yellow, blue, green, white or red. The iPad Air Smart Case is made with leather and comes in black.

It'll set you back £65 for the Smart Case or £29 for the Smart Cover.

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In this article, we're bringing you a collection of our favourite cases for the original iPad Air, or iPad Air 1 as it's widely known. If you're looking for cases for the newer and slimmer iPad Air, visit our round-up of the best cases for iPad Air 2. For other iPads, visit our best cases for iPad article.

Back to the iPad Air 1, and first up is Apple's own iPad Air case offerings. Apple has two, reasonably similar cases available. One is the iPad Air Smart Cover and the other is the iPad Air Smart Case. Both protect the front of the iPad using a folding cover that doubles as a stand and will automatically wake your iPad when you open it or send it to sleep when you close it.

Where the two cases differ, however, is in the protection of the back of the iPad Air. The iPad Air Smart Cover protects only the front of the iPad, and attaches to the side of the iPad using a magnetic hinge. The iPad Air Smart Case, on the other hand, protects the back and sides of the iPad thanks to the additional back cover.

The iPad Air Smart Cover is available in Polyurethane and comes in black, pink, yellow, blue, green, white or red. The iPad Air Smart Case is made with leather and comes in black.

It'll set you back £65 for the Smart Case or £29 for the Smart Cover.

 

Acme Made Skinny Book

Price: £39.95
Where to buy: The Apple Store

The Acme Made Skinny Book Case for iPad Air is a well-designed, sleek looking case which makes your iPad Air look like a traditional notebook. The case fully protects the iPad Air and has a pop-out stand to enable you to have the iPad Air stand.

The case can be found in a grey/red and black colour.

 

SurfacePad for iPad Air

Price: £40
Buy from: Amazon

We loved the SurfacePad for iPhone, and now TwelveSouth has released a slim and sleek SurfacePad for iPad Air. Made with soft premium leather, the SurfacePad protects both sides of the iPad Air, and also acts as a stand thanks to the hidden kickstand. The only downfall to this stunning case is that the edges of your iPad Air will remain exposed.

 

Snugg Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Air 1

Snugg's Folio Keyboard Case offers a combination of both protection and functionality. Not only does it encase your iPad Air in a protective polycarbonate shell, it also offers an independently powered backlit keyboard, which connects to the tablet by Bluetooth. 

It's available in a few different colours, and you can also rotate it to hide the keyboard and use it just as a viewing stand.

 

Grovemade Sleeve

Price: £52
Buy from: Grovemade

Grovemade Sleeve, available in contoured maple or black walnut veneer, has a premium wool lining and a strap for smoothly removing the tablet. It's available for iPad Air and mini, and there are MacBook versions, too.

 

Booqpad for iPad Air

Price: £30
Buy from: Amazon

Booq has launched a new addition to its Booqpad range, introducing a case for the iPad Air. It's a case for the iPad user who still enjoys a touch of traditional, as it comes complete with a built-in notepad. It uses a form-fitting snap case to protect the Air, which connects to the folio-style case using strong magnets. This means the iPad can be easily removed from the rest of the case when in use, but is still protected on the back and sides.

 

Twelve South BookBook Travel Journal

Price: £75
Buy from: Amazon

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.

There's a slimmer, more fitted BookBook case available for the iPad Air, too.

 

Sena Folio II

Price: £99.95
Buy from: John Lewis

Sena's luxurious Folio II case for iPad Air is made with genuine leather and has a soft velvet lining. It comes in four professional-looking colours – red, black, tan or brown – so is ideal for those who use their iPad Air during business meetings. It's secured shut by a leather snap closure tab, and has an integrated viewing and typing stand. Plus, there's space for cards and ID inside.

 

LE Littoral Folio for iPad Air

Price: £30
Buy from: Amazon

The simple and stylish LE Littoral Folio from be.ez covers the front and back of the iPad Air, and also acts as an adjustable stand. The holder fitted inside the case is made from TPU soft plastic designed for shock absorption.

 

ZaggKeys Folio for iPad Air

Price: £74.99
Buy now: Amazon

The ZaggKey Folio is a Bluetooth keyboard and case that enables you to type comfortably on your iPad Air. It has an adjustable hinge that lets you position the iPad at your preferred angle, and the keyboard also has elegant backlit keys.

The folio itself provides sturdy protection for the iPad Air, and Zagg claims the built-in rechargeable battery should last up to three months.

 

Proporta iPad Air Cover

Price: £9.95
Buy now: Proporta

Proporta's Leather Style iPad Air Cover comes in black or red, and is made with faux leather. It has cut-outs for all ports and functions, including the rear-facing camera, and doubles as an adjustable stand with two viewing angles.

 

Maroo Kope for iPad Air

Price: £38
Buy from: Amazon

Maroo's leather Kope iPad Air cases feature the case-maker's patented SG Bumper technology (we've seen these cases flung from a catapult with iPads inside and survive thanks to the Bumper tech). They have a hand strap on the back for more secure carrying and an interior pocket ideal for receipts, notes and cards.

The elastic loop is handy for stylus users, and there's a camera cutout so you'll be able to take pictures without removing the iPad Air from the case.

The designs available are Obsidian Black, Candy Red, Power Purple, Saddle Brown and MOKO.

 

Otterbox Defender for iPad Air

Price: £38
Buy from: Amazon

Otterbox has extended its Defender Series to cover the iPad Air. The Defender case for iPad Air is a rugged case that features three layers of protection: A screen protector, a polycarbonate inner layer and a silicone outer layer. It's likely that it'll add a bit of bulk to your otherwise super-skinny iPad Air, but it'll certainly do the trick if you drop your iPad, helping to minimise damage.

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