You dropped quite a bit of money for that newest iPad Air 2, so it only makes sense that you’d want to protect your investment — at least until the new one comes out and you feel compelled to upgrade.
You’ll need more than just a flimsy screen cover to protect your latest toy, and with a gadget that doesn’t go below $499, the iPad Air 2 practically demands it.
Here are my top picks for maximum iPad Air 2 protection — whether you’re off to the gym, the beach, or even the grittiest of working environments.
1. LifeProof NÜÜD for iPad Air 2 Case
LifeProof is one of the companies that creates the best accessories for iOS devices. LifeProof cases are not only waterproof, but capable of protecting the iPad Air from shock, snow and even dust. The LifeProof NÜÜD fully seals your device, and keeps it safe from the elements without adding much bulk. If waterproofing and touchscreen sensitivity are important to you, this sleek and simple case that comes in black and white is the best option for you.
2. DryCASE Apple iPad Air Case
Want to take pictures underwater with your iPad? You can rely on DryCase. This simple case is a transparent, waterproof bag that fully seals in your iPad. Just clamp the seal and use the valve to suck out all of the air from the bag, and you can bring your gadget near the swells with no worries. The DryCASE fully protects the iPad from water and other liquids, and can even be submerged for up to 100 feet.
While the DryCASE does a stellar job at keeping your beloved device safe from water, though, keep in mind that it does not protect it from shocks and drops.
3. Griffin Survivor for iPad Air 2
If you want a case that’s tough, and don’t mind the bulk and added weight, the Griffin Survivor is the best one for you. It is built according to military standards — the Survivor has been tested to meet the conditions required by the U.S. Department of Defense — and is capable of protecting the iPad Air 2 from the most extreme conditions: rain, dirt, and sand easily rolls off its polycarbonate case.
The screen is fully protected and ports are effectively sealed by tethered flaps. Not only can it withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour, it has also survived a test drop from as high as 6 feet.
4. Targus SafePort Rugged Max Pro Case for iPad Air 2
If you want a slimmer version of the Griffin Survivor, the Targus SafePort Rugged Max Pro Case is one case you could try. The case is made up of different layers: the outside is a tough polycarbonate shell that protects the iPad from shock and drops, while the inside is layered with shock-absorbing silicone. It also has a clear, integrated screen protector that allows you to operate the iPad as you normally would.
Ports are fully sealed to protect them from liquids and dust. Like the Griffin Survivor, the Targus is designed according to military standards, yet it is slim enough to thin down the iPad Air.
5. Pelican ProGear Vault Extreme Protection Case
The Pelican ProGear Vault Extreme Protection Case is another case that locks out the elements that could harm your tablet. It is dust-proof, water-resistant, shock-absorbent and has been drop tested.
With its lid closed, the case will protect your screen from impact damage. Left open, it allows for cover-free use but still protects the edges from blows. An aircraft-grade aluminum hinge gives users multiple viewing angles, while a water-resistant membrane seals the iPad’s speakers and microphone without compromising audio quality.