The iPad Air 3 turned out to be an excellent tablet in our review and it has been my default recommendation for anyone looking for a slate in its price category. Still, it continues to be a delicate machine, as is the case with most tech products these days. Your newest possession needs some kind of protection to keep it working as new for a longer time than it’d without a cover.
As we enter more premium categories, the use case of tablets also expands from just an entertainment screen sitting on your couch to your work pal that saves you from carrying a heavy laptop. In our list of the best iPad Air 3 cases, we’ve accounted for all those situations and variations, and have recommended some accessories that we believe should serve their purposes well.
With that out of the way, let’s get started!
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Ideal For Daily Use
1. Soke Fabric Trifold Case With Pencil Holder
This case tries to give you a premium feel with fabric on the outside while ensuring you don’t go over budget. A TPU back shell means your tablet will have improved drop protection as the material helps absorb some of the shocks. Plus, on the side, you can hold the Apple Pencil for easy access.
Over at the front, Soke has included a trifold cover that works seamlessly to automatically wake and put your iPad to sleep. This design, of course, comes with the benefit of turning the flip cover into a stand. Soke makes this product available in a couple of colors and textures.
2. JETech Case With Flip Cover
Chances are you don’t want to spend a lot on a cover; in that case, you can go for this JETech cover for the iPad Air 3 that wouldn’t break the bank. It covers the entire back of your tablet with a plastic shell that is thin and doesn’t add a lot of weight.
The back maintains a matte finish that you can get in a bunch of bright colors and the front flip mechanism will match your choice of color. It closes magnetically and lets you enjoy all the benefits of the trifold design, including auto wake and sleep, and different stand modes.
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3. Poetic Shockproof Silicone Case
If your tablet is used for both work and home use, then consider getting this rugged case from Poetic that ensures the tablet’s safety even when your kids drop it several times. It has a thick bumper that extends to the front in the form of a raised lip to cushion during face-down drops.
Reinforcement done to the corners also helps during impacts while the included heat vents work as advertised. The entire outer covering is layered with textured patterns so that you can maintain a better grip. Similarly, the buttons are also enclosed without sacrificing their tactility. And yeah, you can tuck your Apple Pencil in a slot on the case’s back.
4. ESR Guardian Stand Case
The Apple iPad Air 2019 is a versatile product that can serve as a work device easily, but for that, it needs to stay at a particular angle allowing you to work. While other covers can keep the tablet upright only at maybe two angles, this ESR Guardian case supports six angles, including one in the vertical position.
ESR went for a rather thick design where the back is enforced with two layers of plastic and TPU that give you the benefits of both worlds. The kickstand has its hinge made using metal that is tested to withstand folding thousands of times. If you be quick enough, you can grab an additional 8-percent discount coupon from Amazon.
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5. Ztotop Leather Case
Some business users prefer to take a leather case to flaunt in their boardroom meetings. The Ztoptop case has an excellent leather exterior, which comes in a folio design. It folds like a notebook and when in the unfolded position, you can slide your hand into an ergonomic strap that helps maintain grip while you give your presentations.
A slit on the front lets you store some documents or cards, while the side has a loop for the Apple Pencil. You can open this case and position the iPad Air 3 in two groves provided on the base to adjust its angle. The inner lining uses microfiber with a premium finish, and you can pick this cover in a variety of color options.
For Typing On The Go
Apple Smart Keyboard
Getting a keyboard becomes a necessity if you intend to work on your Apple iPad Air 3. There are a lot of third-party options, but none works as seamlessly as the Apple Smart Keyboard. Despite its inflated asking price, it gives peace of mind with its zero-friction pairing process and the fact that it doesn’t need charging.
The keyboard attaches to the tablet’s side magnetically, where the Smart Connector is also present to facilitate the seamless connectivity we talked about previously. It forms a stand for the tablet when using the keyboard, while you can fold it to cover the front when the tablet isn’t in use. One caveat is that the device’s back always remains exposed with this keyboard case.
MoKo Tablet Sleeve Case
Folks who travel a lot with their tablets must invest in a sleeve to keep the device safe, particularly during journey time. This MoKo sleeve can accommodate a slate of up to 11 inches, so your 10.5-inch iPad Air 2019 will be a perfect fit, even with the Smart Keyboard attached to it.
While the exterior seems to have a high-quality polyester material that is splash-resistant, the inner lining is soft and feels plush to ensure it doesn’t scratch your iPad. The front and back of this sleeve are cushioned to absorb any shock in case of an impact. Its closing mechanism with a zipper keeps the overall design slim and the tablet where it should be.
- Great screen
- Very powerful
- Metal body
- Touch ID
- Good speakers
- Long battery life
- Apple Pencil support
- Optional keyboard cover
- Old front-design
- No stereo feeling
- Keyboard cover does not protect the back