The 2021 10.2-inch iPad features the new faster A13 Bionic chip, a retina display, and ships with iPadOS 15, making it one of the best entry-level iPads we've seen. You're going to want to ensure you keep your new iPad in mint condition, and the best way to do that is to get one of the best iPad 10.2 cases. Keep in mind that these cases are intended for the iPad 9th generation, but they will still fit the 8th and 7th-gen iPad perfectly.
Straight from Apple
The new iPad is compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard so that you can carry a keyboard with you. Plus, when it's not in use, it covers both the screen and back.
The magnets in the cover activate the auto sleep/wake feature when you close or open the cover and will keep the cover closed when you're in transit.
Auto sleep and wake cover
Keep it simple and practical with the Apple Smart Cover for your new iPad. It will wake up your iPad and put it to sleep thanks to the built-in magnets.
Slim and rugged keyboard
With military-grade drop protection and a spill-resistant keyboard, the Logitech Rugged Folio offers a full-size keyboard in a heavy-duty protection case.
Leather cover and stand
Made of PU leather, the Ztotops Leather Case is lined with a microfiber cloth interior, so you don't have to worry about scratches on your screen.
Portrait or landscape stand
Due to its unique folding stand, the Supveco case can prop up your iPad in landscape or portrait orientation.
Fits with Smart Cover
This simple TPU shell covers the back of your iPad, allowing it to remain compatible with Apple's Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard.
Carry all your accessories
Carry around your iPad and all your accessories simultaneously, with enough pouches for your power brick, cables, and Apple Pencil.
Heavy-duty protection + keyboard
With all the handy features of Zagg's Slim Book, the Rugged Messenger adds a layer of protection with a heavy-duty shell case that provides 6 feet of drop protection. The keyboard portion of the case is detachable, so you only clip it on when you need it.
Keyboards are great for iPad
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I would highly suggest that anyone looking to get the best iPad 10.2 cases should take a look at one with a keyboard. It lets you type on your iPad as if it were a laptop, all while protecting your iPad when it's not in use. Apple's Smart Keyboard is a simple option that offers both light protection and a sleek look.
Of course, if you don't like keyboard cases and just want something that will cover up your iPad while you're carrying it around, the MoKo Smart Shell is simple and effective. It has the auto sleep/wake feature of the iPad screen, so you don't have to worry about the screen once you close it. Plus, unlike Apple's Smart Cover, it actually covers the back of the iPad too.
If you're prone to dropping your devices, then you might want to get a rugged case for your iPad. Take a look at our best 10.2-inch iPad heavy duty cases for our top picks.
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