Best Heavy Duty Cases for iPad Air 3 iMore 2020

iPads are very expensive, which is something to remember when it comes time to buy one. The iPad Air 3, which launched in 2019, isn't an iPad Pro, but buying one will still dent your wallet. Because of this, we recommend purchasing a rugged case for your new tablet. Whether you're an adult or child, one of the following cases will get the job done for many years to come.

Justice!: Poetic iPad case

Staff Favorite

If you're looking for a low-cost, simple silicone case to protect your iPad and give you a place to store your Apple Pencil, Poetic's case offers excellent corner protection along with a double silicone loop to store your stylus. It also leaves the Smart Connector exposed so that you can combine this case with Apple's Smart Keyboard.

$17 at Amazon

For younger users: ProCase Kids Case

This durable childproof case is available in various colors and features a 180 dress rotatable grip handle for secure handling. Super lightweight and non-toxic, it offers raised bezels edges for added protection.

$23 at Amazon

Wearing different hats: Fintie Case

The low-cost Fintie Case includes an Apple Pencil holder and resolving stand for convenience. Made with hybrid soft shock absorption TPU skin and impact-resistant polycarbonate, the iPad case also offers a built-in screen protector for added peace of mind.

$20 at Amazon

Leading name: Otterbox Defender Series

The Defender series has a four-layer protection system to keep your iPad safe and sound. This is one of those cases that will almost certainly outlive the iPad itself!

$81 at Amazon

Colorful choice: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

The Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro series has everything you need in a heavy-duty case. A hard polycarbonate shell protects all sides and edges of the tablet, and a built-in screen protector and dust covers protect the Lightning port. It's available in an excellent selection of colors.

$25 at Amazon

Includes a keyboard: ZAGG Rugged Messenger

Don't let the price scare you. The ZAGG Rugged Messenger case also includes a keyboard! With both a keyboard mode and a case mode, the case offers versatility when you're on the road. It also includes a built-in holder for your Apple Pencil.

$100 at Amazon

All about compatibility

The 2019 iPad Air 3 and the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro use the same cases, which is something to keep in mind when looking for an excellent case for your new 10.5-inch iPad. Understand, however, that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has four speakers (two on each side), while the iPad Air 3 has two. So any cases explicitly made for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro might have an unnecessary second cutout or grill for speakers. Plus, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has True Tone Flash, while the iPad Air does not. So, any camera holes are going to be bigger than they need to be.

Whether you're interested in our favorite, the Poetic iPad case or one with a keyboard, the ZAGG Rugged Messenger, or the ProCase Kids Case, these rugged iPad cases will get the job done.

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