The best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases and covers

iPads are both expensive and fragile, so we look at the best rugged, tough, and waterproof cases and covers, which will keep your iPad safe from damage.

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  • 1 gumdrop marine Gumdrop Marine
  • 2 griffing survivor Griffin Survivor
  • 3 drycase Dry Case
  • 4 ballistic tough ipad pro Ballistic Tough
  • 5 otterbox defender Otterbox Defender
  • 7 trident aegis Trident Aegis
  • 8 urban armor gear cobolt Urban Armor Gear
  • 9 hard candy Hard Candy ShockDrop
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Gumdrop Marine & Industry Case

There are lots of tough cases and covers available for your iPad - whether you've got one of the iPad mini models, an iPad Air 1 or 2, or the iPad Pro - we're going to look at the best ways to keep your tablet safe.

We thought we'd start with some serious iPad protection from water.

If you're looking to take an iPad out on a boat, then the Gumdrop Marine & Industry case is the best way to keep it waterproof. The Marine & Industry completely covers the screen and port covers, which also offers substantial protection against use.

On top of this is a splashguard to protect against waves. It has a quick-release boat-mounting option for attaching the iPad to the vessel.

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There are lots of tough cases and covers available for your iPad - whether you've got one of the iPad mini models, an iPad Air 1 or 2, or the iPad Pro - we're going to look at the best ways to keep your tablet safe.

We thought we'd start with some serious iPad protection from water.

If you're looking to take an iPad out on a boat, then the Gumdrop Marine & Industry case is the best way to keep it waterproof. The Marine & Industry completely covers the screen and port covers, which also offers substantial protection against use.

On top of this is a splashguard to protect against waves. It has a quick-release boat-mounting option for attaching the iPad to the vessel.

 

Griffin Survivor

RRP: From £44.99
Buy from Amazon

If you're after a sturdy case, the Griffin Survivor is a great option. It's been tested against conditions for the US Department of Defence (MIL-STD-810) and offers great wind, rain, and dust protection.

The Survivor has also got silicone cladding to protect against vibration, so it's a great protective case for those working with industrial machinery.

 

Typhoon Dry Case

RRP: £50
Buy from Amazon

If you're looking for the best case to use when taking your iPad to the beach, have a look at the DryCASE. Unlike most cases, this is a clear waterproof bag that's vacuum-sealed.

You use the hand-pump to remove all the air from the bag, and the tight seal keeps it dry even when underwater. It's completely usable inside the bag, and comes with a neoprene armband so you can grab hold of the DryCASE while doing water sports.

The case doesn't offer much physical protection, but it's easy to use and keeps your iPad safe from sand and water.

Price: £50

For: "any tablet or E-reader"

Buy from: DryCASE

 

Ballistic Tough

RRP: £39.99
Buy from Amazon

There aren't many sturdy cases available for the iPad Pro (we guess most people don't want to take such a big and expensive iPad out on an adventure). The Ballistic Tough is one robust exception - though it's also available for the iPad mini and Airs.

It has raised lips that protrude from the screen and out of the corners, protecting it from any damage. A built-in stand enables you to keep the iPad Pro upright.

 

Otterbox Defender

RRP: £69
Buy from Amazon for iPad Air 2 | for iPad Air 1 | for iPad mini models

We like the Otterbox Defender as it's one of the few iPad cases that manages to be truly protective while offering a sense of style. It's just a bit better-looking than many of the military offerings around.

Cut-out areas expose the Home button, cameras and sensors (as well as the Apple logo on the rear), helping the Ottberbox Defender look more Apple-esque than other protective iPad cases.

It's still rugged, though, with dual-layer cushions and three layers of protection. It also covers the ports and a shield stand covers the screen (or props up the iPad).

 

Trident Aegis

RRP: From £29.95
Buy from Amazon for iPad Air 1 | for iPad mini 1-3 | for iPad mini 4 (all in black; other colours available)

Trident's Aegis is a standout protective case, in more ways than one. It comes in two parts, a silicon layer for the inside and a plastic clip-on exterior. The exterior comes in a range of colours, including neon green. Fortunately a more respectable black is available.

The silicon layer protects the ports and speakers, and offers some protection - but the case offers more. The great thing is that you can quickly remove it, to lighten up the iPad.

It's also a good deal cheaper than other rugged cases.

 

Urban Armor Gear Folio

RRP: From £34.95
Buy from Amazon

The Urban Armour Gear is a great-looking iPad protective case made from lightweight material (called 'frogskin' by UAG). It protects the iPad against knocks and scratches, and makes it much easier to hold.

It's also a lot lighter than other iPad cases, so it doesn't add too much to the weight. It's even got a nifty clip for the Apple Pencil.

 

Hard Candy ShockDrop

RRP: £35
Buy from Amazon for iPad Air 2for iPad Air 1, or for iPad mini models

Hard Candy is another iPad case maker capable of blending serious protection with style.

We like the way the ShockDrop range combines a polycarbonate inside, with a ridged silicon skin to protect the iPad Air 2 from drops and knocks. The design offers a lot of grip, so it's easy to hold, and the case protects all the ports. It even has additional protection around the camera.

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