Best iPad cases for teens - iPad Air, iPad Pro

by spirituality

Your teenager will love their iPad, but it does require extra protection to stay whole despite rarely being very careful with their stuff.

Teenagers love the iPad - it's cool, you can play games on it, watch video, check things on wikipedia for school, take it with you whereever you go...

But of course it needs to be protected. It's a $500 (or more) gadget after all.

So, you'll need to get it a case. And for teens the look of the case is important too, though of course the iPad 2 is so hot, that hardly any case will decrease how cool it is.

Personally I recommend the Casecrown iPad cases: they're practical and sturdy and give enough protection. The purple one also looks cute for the girls, and cool for the boys. 

This cover will give the iPad the right position for typing, gaming and showing off pictures (vertically or in portrait mode). 

A bit more expensive is the Speck Products PixelSkin HD Rubberized Wrap Case for iPad. The PixelSkin wrap gives a bit more proctection than the Cascrown does, because when closed the flap closes (sucks) itself close. 

Like the smart cover (the Apple invention specifically made for the iPad) the screen protector folds round to form a stand. There are people who like this, and people who say it doesn't work well on the lap. If you're one to use your iPad on your lap, you may want to go with another iPad case. 

 

The Otterbox iPad Defender Case has very mixed reviews. I looked at the negative ones and they look very suspect to me: users who wrote only one review: that one. And they all sound very much alike. 

Positive reviews of the product on the other hand are usually by amazon reviewers who have given at least a few more, but often many more, reviews. In short: I'd recommend this product, despite the negative reviews. 

This looks to me like a bit more high tech protection solution: the stand can be set in two angles: one for typing, another for viewing. The inner protection includes memory foam protected by a silicone skin. 

If your teenager is at all like my brothers were - throwing their bags around - this extra protection will come in handy. And the case is designed to work with Apple accessories like the dock, so the case never has to come off. 

I had to include at least one cool case in this overview, didn't I? We're talking teenagers after all.

 

I do think the Angelcase Black Ipad Case with it's monkey faces fits the bill. It's a simple silicone snap on face, technically like the silicone cases your teen will be used to for their phone. It offers only the most basic protection, but will still prevent the corners from breaking, for instance.

A note about the Apple Smart Cover for iPad Air

The designer in me loved the smart cover when it came out: it's smart, it looks good - what style!

However, users are overwelmingly disappointed with it. It doesn't do what people expect of a cover: help keep the screen clean. Furthermore, it does not protect the sides (the most vulnerable areas in case of a fall) and back at all. 

SO, for a teen or kid the smart cover is probably NOT the iPad case you're looking for.

Just saying. 

Casecrown iPad cases

This is very like the iPad case I have - practical and well protecting your iPad
CaseCrown Bold Standby Pro Case (Blue) for Apple iPad Air 2 with Ha...
CaseCrown
$20.00  $8.99
CaseCrown Bold Standby Pro Case (Red) for Apple iPad Air 2 with Han...
CaseCrown
$20.00  $10.99

Speck Products PixelSkin HD Rubberized Wrap Case for iPad Air

iPad Air 2 Case, ULAK [Polka Dot] Folio Slim Fit Smart Co...
ULAK
$19.99  $12.49

Otterbox iPad Defender Case

The best iPad case for kids and teens
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPad Air 2 - Frustration Free Pac...
OtterBox
$89.95  $64.01

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Updated: 05/09/2016, spirituality
 
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Jimmie on 06/22/2011

The colorful monkeys are fun, but the Otterbox wins my vote due to durability!

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