Ben Bowers, GearPatrol.com

So you managed to score that shiny new iPad Mini. Next step: a case. We’ve saved you hours of SafeSearch Googling by rounding up 30 of the best iPad Mini cases at a variety of price points to help get your new Cupertino buddy from birthday suit to warm and cozy. Whether you prioritize looks, function or insurance for your butterfingers, each of these iPad Mini cases has a forte — and a price. We’ve ordered our selections starting with the most affordable and will update this article as better entries come along. So peruse, hone in, and for god’s sake, cover your shame man.

Under $25

Because you’ve already Fedexed this month’s drinking budget to Cupertino

Photive iPad Mini Lightweight Hard Shell Case with Built in Stand

It’s available in a wide variety of colors, features dual shock absorbing layers and boasts a built in kick stand for easy viewing — all for a price even your local street vendor can’t match.

JiuJiu iPad Mini Sleeve

Its cotton exterior isn’t the most durable of materials, but plenty of padding and elastic straps insure your 7-inch compadre stays safe and secure while packed in bigger bags or chilling on the kitchen table. The extra pocket is convenient for keeping that blasted lightning cord or headphones nearby too.

SwitchEasy CoverBuddy for iPad Mini

SwitchEasy’s CoverBuddy is an ideal companion for iPad Mini Smart Cover owners in love with Cupertino’s current playroom color palette, since it covers the Mini’s otherwise exposed back in shock-proof, rubber-coated polycarbonate and matches perfectly. Twinsies!

DODOcase BOOKback iPad Mini Case

The BOOKback is more of a skin than a case — making it just what the minimalist Mini worshiper needs. It’s made from the same Moroccan book fabric found on other DODOcases, adding padding and grip, and attaches via a reusable peel-and-stick adhesive.

Graceful Crafts iPad Mini Sleeve with Front Pocket

Camo pattern for menswear and/or G.I. Joe gadget swag. Check. Polyester batting and soft fabric exterior complete with front pocket for a pen and business cards (that likely state “I’m CEO B%$&*”). Check. Elastic string for security. Check.

Addaskin Wool iPad Mini Sleeve

This Etsy-made sleeve’s plaid wool exterior, hand-dyed vegetable tanned leather and nickel-finished d-ring hardware will spur longing from Brooklynites and Bunyanites in equal measure — much to your shiny new Mini’s chagrin.

Nedrelow Sleeve for iPad Mini

If you think simple is best, this Nedrelow 100% natural sustainable wool felt sleeve is as basic as they come. Plus, it can be ordered to fit snugly around a Mini with a smart cover attached.

$25 – $60

There’s value in them thar hills

STM Skinny iPad Mini Case

The Skinny’s water-resistant micro ripstop fabric and molded plastic body snap securely onto the Mini; a loop closer makes sure the cover stays shut. The cover can also fold in two positions for typing or viewing while on the go. A limited lifetime warranty is nice, just in case your iPad Mini somehow thwarts its planned obsolescent fate.

Incipio Feather Ultra Thin Snap-On iPad Mini Case

Incipio’s feather case doesn’t play nicely with Apple’s Smart Cover, because the high density “Plextonium” frame fully protects the tablet’s caress-able right and left edges. As you know though, fit is everything, and the case’s shell (less than 1mm thick) and soft touch finish won’t affect your Mini’s soaring body image in the least.

Incipio LGND Folding iPad Mini Case

If you still value function over form, Incipio’s LGND case includes embedded magnets for sleeping and waking your tablet and folds into a variety of stand positions.

Willow & Company Wool and Leather iPad Mini Sleeve

This “Prairie” style case is constructed from 3mm German Merino Wool felt in either graphite black, light grey or steel blue color options. The integrated leather strap sets W & C’s offering apart from the pack — especially since it’s sold at such a reasonable price point.

Incase Maki Jacket iPad Mini Case

The popular case maker’s Maki Jacket provides the same camo goodness of the Graceful Crafts option with a cover that rolls — sushi-style — into a stand for typing or movie viewing.

DODOcase Classic & HARDcover Classic iPad Mini Case

The two-time iPad case of the year maker has re-tailored their most popular case models for the new runt of the tablet family. Both feature the same hard-bound book style required for academic posturing, but the HARDcover option ditches the lightweight bamboo holding tray and instead attaches suavely to the back of the Mini via a strong adhesive. Personalization is an option for both.

 

 

M-Edge Profile iPad Mini Case

This super-thin leather and microfiber case mirrors the classic good looks of traditional leather portfolios, but sneaks in useful features like micro suction strips for using the cover as a stand (or simply keeping it closed), as well four silicone straps for holding the Mini in place. An ultra-strong fiberglass core provides extra rigidity.

X-Dooria SmartStyle iPad Mini Case

X-Dooria’s boldly patterned cases are designed to make a scene — just like a chinese symbol inked into your forehead. The cover folds to serve as a stand — but only at one angle.

TheJoyFactory SmartSuit Mini for iPad Mini Case

The SmartSuit is one of the best iPad Mini case values around. Its combination synthetic leather cover and a hardshell back provide protection and style without ballooning the tablet’s waistline.

HardCandy Convertible iPad Mini Case

HardCandy blatantly copied Apple’s original iPad case and trimmed it down for the Mini (genius). It’s made from faux nubuck in a variety of bold colors, all of which, unfortunately, bear even bolder HardCandy branding.

SENA UltraSlim iPad Mini Case

If you want the look of leather without added bulk, SENA’s UltraSlim line is your best option. It fits tighter than Jessica Alba’s pants and still automatically sleeps the mini.

Côte&Ciel iPad Mini Pouch

French gadget accessory maker Côte&Ciel’s iPad Mini Pouch gets bonus points for it’s simple, but effective design. The pouch form factor made from ultra light Fibre Touch fabric shields the entire tablet when not in use and can also be folded over into a carefully hidden slot to create a stable stand.

Carbonize Black Leather iPad Mini Sleeve

This Etsy treasure has dark style down to a T. Charcoal gray recycled wool is the perfect compliment to its black leather cover. Two prominent buttons and a storage compartment (probably for your designer glasses) round out this affordable, fashion forward sleeve.

Mujjo iPad Mini Sleeve

What were we just saying about handsome gray wool? The Dutch are a crafty people, and they’ve plied their skills with this Mini sleeve, which is hand crafted and can fit the device with smart cover attached. The leather strap is just gravy on the french fries (or whatever the hell the Dutch eat).

Griffin Survivor iPad Mini Case

You got the iPad Mini because you dropped your full-sized one in the toilet. Never again. Sure, it’s ugly as hell, but the Griffin Survivor is both shockproof and waterproof to U.S. Department of Defense standards. Polycarbonate frame clad in shock-absorbing silicone means serious business, and it has a screen protector to guard against rain and dirt. Your saved high scores on Fruit Ninja deserve the security, right?

Over $60

Because why spend less, when you can spend more?

The Navis Arrow iPad Mini Sleeve

Sharp lines, much-loved gray wool, and a useful pocket stack the lineup for this still-affordable top tier case. Water-resistance and vegetable-tanned leather are the perfect garnishes.

Land’s End Suede & Shearling

Your Mini may not tote around coffee in its slippers, but that doesn’t mean the comfy footwear makes a bad design inspiration. Sueded shearling leather is good looking on the outside and screen-loving on the inside.

OtterBox iPad mini Defender Series

This bodyguard provides the same all-around defense as OtterBox’s cell phone cases, with inner and outer shock-resistant layers in polycarbonate and silicone. The outer cover pulls double duty as a stand. Disappointingly, it’s not water resistant, so don’t try to watch Netflix while skinny dipping.

Grams 28 Handmade Leather iPad Mini Sleeve

Hand-made Italian leather and twice-beeswaxed thread signal that we’re moving into high quality territory here. Simple beauty has a hard time failing, and this case is no different. It’ll darken with age, similar to your mood, but with more enjoyable results for everybody.

Belkin Wireless Keyboard and Case for iPad Mini

For the office warrior and the globetrotter alike, the Belkin Portable Keyboard will turn your iPad Mini into an efficiency machine. With Bluetooth connectivity and a durable exterior case, this baby’s a true switch hitter. It’s no lightweight either: 155 hours of battery life mean it’ll outlast the longest of focused work binges.

Hard Graft Tab iPad Mini Case

Hard Graft is no naïve youngster in the Apple accessories game, and their Tab case makes that clear. The thick gray wool felt (are we seeing a pattern here?) is the bespoke solution to appearance and utility, literally bending over backwards to transform from carrying sleeve to stand. The noble look of the leather ain’t bad, either.

Smythson iPad Mini Folder

This case is way too elegant for you, you beer slurping, couch lazing bastard. Natural goatskin. Soft nubuck lining. Personalization options. May it be an example to you.

Smythson Mara iPad Mini Case

If the last one was too plain for you, you’ll love the Mara, Smythson’s crux of extravagant elegance. The printed calf leather says you wanted to party, but only if there’s caviar. Nubuck lining protects your manicured fingers, and of course your iPad, which we assume is gold plated. A slim pocket protects your checkbook, which is fat, but should still fit.

Robbing the Federal Reserve Bonus: Maison Takuya iPad Mini Cases

You can’t control how Apple prices their products, but you can still send a message that money is of no consequence with Maison Takuya’s finely crafted hand stitched Alligator iPad mini case. If you’re worried about it clashing with your sharkskin boots, there’s always the “bargain” Camo leather option.