Looking to grab a functional case for your new iPad mini 5? Or maybe you want something fun and funky instead? Note that the iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 5 are pretty much precisely the same size (except for a slight button size increase and change in microphone placement), so some iPad mini 4 cases will fit the iPad mini 5. Don't forget to pick up a screen protector for your iPad mini 5 to keep that screen pristine. Here are some of the best cases available for your iPad mini 5.
Best for most
This slim, lightweight, affordable case covers the front and back, has sleep/wake functionality, and doubles as a stand. Choose from several color options.
Faux leather folio
This reasonably-priced faux leather folio doubles as a two-angle stand, holds your Apple Pencil or stylus, and comes in a variety of appealing colors.
Maybe you don't need a cover for the front of the iPad mini, just a slim case to protect the back. TineeOwl has you covered with this slim, clear option.
Who says an iPad mini case has to be solid? This slim front-to-back stand/cover has sleep/wake functionality and comes in lots of fab colors and patterns.
From the Apple tree
The oft-imitated cover/stand attaches magnetically to cover the iPad's front only. It wakes up your iPad upon opening and puts it to sleep when closed.
Apple Smart Cover compatible
If you do get the Apple Smart Cover, you might consider a special case to protect the back. A cutout along one side means this case works with Apple's.
Rugged and reliable
Reliable meets fashionable thanks to the water-resistant STM Dux Rugged Case. Despite its toughness, you still have access to all buttons and ports.
Simple, sleek, stylish
This translucent-backed cover gives you access to all buttons and ports, while the lightweight design still gives all-round protection for your iPad mini. Choose from a variety of shades.
Function and fashion
This protective case has a built-in screen protector and a 360-degree rotating kickstand. An adjustable leather hand strap gives you a secure grip.
This case provides access to all your iPad's buttons and ports, while the three stand slots allow you to adjust the angle and height of your iPad mini 5.
This colorful and wickedly rugged case is super lightweight even though it's constructed from impact-resistant material — the handle doubles as a stand. Choose from several fun colors that appeal to kids.
Which of the best iPad mini 5 cases should you choose?
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An easy pick for just about anyone is the ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case. It gives you full coverage at a low cost. In fact, this is my everyday case. It doesn't weigh much, but it gives me front and back protection. I can stand it up for watching videos or flip it around to a lower angle for on-screen typing. The front cover folds out of the way when I'm reading on my iPad.
If you want to go Apple all the way, I'd pick up that Apple Smart Cover. Just keep in mind that it doesn't cover the back of the iPad mini 5.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.
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