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Six of the best iPad cases and covers to buy

There’s a good chance that the iPad is one of the most expensive portable devices you’ve ever bought, so it makes sense to protect it from bumps, knocks and drops. The best way to do that is to invest in a case. Expert Reviews contributing editor Ian Morris take a look at some of the best cases around, from ones that keep your tablet safe near water to those that make a serious fashion statement. 
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LifeProof Nüüd Case

LifeProof Nüüd Case

eBay loves: Full waterproofing
Watch out for: Bulky
RRP: £99

You need to spend quite a bit of money to get the true king of cases, but for that you get one very special extra — complete waterproofing. Encased in the LifeProof Nüüd, you can submerge your iPad to a depth of one metre without risk of damage. That makes it ideal for holidays by the sea, or just watching films in the bath, and there’s even a built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing.
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Apple iPad Smart Case

Apple iPad Smart Case

eBay loves: Brilliant design
Watch out for: Expensive
RRP: £65

Apple has a couple of official cases for the iPad range, but the Smart Case protects your iPad the best. It has a hard shell to keep the aluminium back free from scratches and the front has a clever segmented design that doubles as a tabletop stand. Available in a variety of colours, the Smart Case is ideal for day-to-day protection. 
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Cygnett Paradox Sleek

Cygnett Paradox Sleek

eBay loves: Clever take on the stand case
Watch out for: Kickstand isn’t as sturdy as some
RRP: £30

This clever design gives you an ideal cover for day-to-day use of your iPad, but the Cygnett Paradox Sleek also features a unique folded stand design that’s a bit different from the usual case. The rubberised cover should also help you keep a grip of your tablet when you’re out and about, and the microfibre finish will stop the screen from getting scratched. 
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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio

eBay loves: Great for turning your iPad into a laptop
Watch out for: Built-in battery needs occasional recharging
RRP: £89.99

Not all cases have to be just for protection, as the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio ably proves. This  solid case not only keeps your iPad safe, but also features a built-in keyboard that turns your tablet into a mini laptop. The keyboard connects to your iPad using Bluetooth, so there are no cables to worry about, and the stand several positions to help you get the best viewing angle. 
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Proporta Barbour Quilted iPad Cover

eBay loves: Lovely design
Watch out for: More form than function 
RRP: £80

The Proporta Barbour Quilted iPad Cover gives your iPad a dash of country style. Based on the renowned Barbour Jacket, it means your iPad will make a fashion statement wherever you whip it out, whether cruising cross-country in your Range Rover, or just on the bus to work. Even for those of us without a private estate, this is a cool looking cover protects your tablet in style. 
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Logitech Big Bang

eBay loves: Ideal for kids and clumsy iPad owners
Watch out for: Not waterproof
RRP: £80

Logitech isn’t messing around with the Big Bang case. It’s designed to protect your iPad from falls of up to 1.4 meters, so if you’re someone who regularly drops things, this is a must-have accessory. It isn’t waterproof, but there is a built-in kickstand for propping up the iPad on a table. 
 
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