14 best cases for the iPad Air 2

Apple's iPad Air 2 is even thinner than the iPad Air that came before it, so that means accessory makers have had to launch new cases to fit the gorgeous tablet. Here, we bring you 12 of the best iPad Air cases we've seen to help you find one that suits you, from folios and sleeves to shells and stands.

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  • Apple's Smart Case
  • Apple Smart Cover
  • Casemade Thin Case
  • Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case
  • Logi Blok
  • Logitech Hinge
  • Nodus Access Case
  • Everything Tablet
  • STM Studio
  • Proporta Slimline
  • Inateck TPB-IA Protection
  • Maroo Woodland
  • iHarbort cases
  • Case-Mate Tuxedo
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Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case

  • RRP: £79, US$79

We'll start with Apple's own iPad Air 2 cases, as they're probably going to be the first ones you come across when you're buying the iPad itself.

Apple offers two cases for the iPad Air 2. The first is the Smart Case. The iPad Air 2 Smart Case is made with dyed leather available in black, red, midnight blue, olive brown or soft pink.

The Smart Case covers the front and back of the iPad Air 2, and the front flap not only automatically wakes up your iPad when you open it and puts it to sleep when you close it, but also doubles as a stand.

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We'll start with Apple's own iPad Air 2 cases, as they're probably going to be the first ones you come across when you're buying the iPad itself.

Apple offers two cases for the iPad Air 2. The first is the Smart Case. The iPad Air 2 Smart Case is made with dyed leather available in black, red, midnight blue, olive brown or soft pink.

The Smart Case covers the front and back of the iPad Air 2, and the front flap not only automatically wakes up your iPad when you open it and puts it to sleep when you close it, but also doubles as a stand.

Apple iPad Air Smart Cover

  • RRP: £39, US$39

If you're happy to leave the back of your iPad Air 2 exposed but want to cover up the front, get the wake/sleep functionality and also a handy stand, then the Smart Cover could be enough for you.

It's made from polyurethane rather than leather, but is available in a wider range of colours including black, white, pink, yellow, blue, green and red.

As the front of the iPad Air hasn't changed, the Smart Cover is the same for both generations of the tablet.

Casemade iPad Air 2 Thin Case

  • RRP: £34.90, US$51

Casemade’s Thin Case for the iPad Air 2 is a great option for those looking to protect their iPad while not compromising too much on its lightweight, thin design. In return, consumers will receive a 100 percent Italian cowhide leather iPad Folio case that feels soft to the touch, and will age over time. The case features a “soft touch mould” instead of a fairly standard hard plastic inner shell which makes inserting and removing the iPad easier, with no fear of scratching the tablet. Its design allows for full access to all ports, negating any need to remove the iPad from the case.

The Thin Case also incorporates Apple’s smart cover sleep/wake functionality, meaning that whenever you open the cover of the case, the iPad will wake up automatically and when you close the case, it’ll go to sleep.  That, coupled with the ability to turn the case into a stand with two viewing angles makes Casemade’s Thin Case an attractive choice for consumers.

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Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

  • RRP: £149.99, US$149.99

If you're looking for more functionality for your iPad Air 2 case then the Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case could be just for you. It's made with aluminium alloy, and covers the front and back of your iPad Air when carried around in a bag.

The built-in stand offers multiple viewing angles, and the QWERTY keyboard includes some dedicated iPad specific shortcut keys. Plus, the keys are backlit, and the cover can be removed if you're not planning on using the keyboard for a while (if you're presenting in a meeting, perhaps).

It's available in white/silver or black.

Logitech Blok iPad Air 2 Shell

  • RRP: £29.99, US$39.99

Logitech has had a rebrand, and the first product to launch as part of that rebrand is the Logi Blok case for iPad Air 2. There are three varieties, the Blok Shell, Blok with built-in kickstand, and the Blok with built-in kickstand and detachable Bluetooth keyboard, so there should be something to suit everyone there.

It's designed to save your iPad even if you drop it from six feet directly onto concrete, no matter how it lands, thanks to square corners with extra-absorbent polymers. We wouldn't advise testing that theory, but you can rest assured that your iPad is in safe hands with the Blok.

Logitech Hinge Case

  • RRP: £69.99, US$69.99

Another case from Logitech that we really like is this one, which boasts an excellent quality hinge (hence the name) that will allow you to use your iPad Air 2 in all sorts of situations, whether you want to type, watch movies or use FaceTime for example. It's available in black or red.

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Nodus Access Case for iPad Air

  • RRP: £99.99, US$145.79

For a bit of sophisticated luxury, Nodus offers the gorgeous Access Case for iPad Air 2, which is made with a leather exterior and a microfiber interior. There's a pocket for storing papers and cards, and the case can double as a stand.

The iPad Air 2 is attached to Nodus Access Case using micro-suction technology rather than plastic clips or housings, so looks super sleek.

Everything Tablet Luxury Leather Flip Case for iPad Air 2

  • RRP: £49.99

We've been fans of Everything Tablet since its early days of the 360-degree case, and now the company has launched a luxury range for those looking for something a bit more stylish.

The Luxury Leather Flip case for iPad Air 2 is made with genuine leather and soft Alcantara lining, and offers a multi-angle stand, too.

It's available in grey, navy, pink, white and yellow, and at time of writing is on sale for £49.99 down from £59.99.

STM Studio for iPad Air 2

  • RRP: £39.99, US$44.95

STM's Studio case for iPad Air 2 uses a patented magnetic closure to keep your tablet secure, wrapping all the way round the iPad for extra protection. The magnets in the front cover also double as a sturdy and versatile stand that can be positioned in various angles, including portrait.

The case is available in orange, black and purple.

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Proporta Slimline Protective Case

  • RRP: £24.95, US$24.95

Another simple but effective case option for you is the Proporta Slimline Protective case. It's a tight fit for the iPad Air 2, with precise cutouts for the ports and buttons and a textured finish to make it easier to grip. Plus, it has a clear back so you'll be able to see the colour of your iPad beneath it, as well as the Apple logo.

Inateck iPad Air 2 Felt Sleeve & Stand

  • RRP: £26.99, US$36.99

Inateck's iPad Air 2 case is a soft but durable grey felt slip case that protects the tablet in transit. Cheaper than many rival cases at just £11.99, it may well be all you need to keep your iPad Air 2 looking smart and safe from bumps and scrapes. It will also fit an original iPad Air.

A leather clasp attaches via a magnetic buckle to hold the iPad Air 2 snug inside the case, or you can fold it around to create a makeshift stand.

Maroo Woodland Folio Case for iPad Air 2

  • RRP: £39.95, US$39.95

The Maroo Woodland case for iPad Air 2 is both gorgeous and sturdy, thanks to its lovely minimalistic design made with synthetic leather and dark woolenfelt combined with its patented SG Bumper Technology. We've seen iPads in Maroo cases flung through the air from a catapult and survive without so much as a scratch.

It offers two viewing angles, too, a low angle for typing and an upright stand for videos or FaceTime.

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iHarbort Apple iPad Air 2 case

  • RRP: £10, US$9.90

iHarbort's Multi-Angle Smart Case looks and feels great, and is available in various colours.

The Multi-Angle Smart Case, as the name suggests, offers additional viewing angles thanks to groves cut into the front cover, which you can fold back into a stand whenever you need it. You'll get access to all of its ports, and the magnets in the case keep it securely closed in addition to offering the sleep/wake functionality.

Case-Mate Tuxedo Case for iPad Air 2

  • RRP: £39.99

Case-Mate's Tuxedo case fits both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7in protecting it from bumps and scratches whilst providing a sturdy stand. It's slim and sleek, available in black, and snaps onto the tablet, with a cover for the front too that's lined in microfiber.

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