Verdict: 2/5

19. QuickSilver Blue Checks

Price: £15
Website: proporta.co.uk

Although this neoprene case is well-made overall, the zip around the top tended to touch the iPad as we closed it each time. This is annoying and could easily damage the corners of your device. You really have to shove the iPad mini into the case with gusto to have any chance of avoiding this.

Verdict: 2/5

Rugged cases

Looking for the ultimate in iPad protection? Then take the rugged option

Rugged cases

20. Griffin Survivor for iPad mini

Price: £23
Website: griffintechnology.com

If you get your iPad in and out of its case regularly, then the Survivor might not be for you - it's fiddly at best. When it comes to extreme protection, however, Griffin's case is hard to beat. Griffin are quoting it as high as £50, but if you shop around, you can pick it up for less than half that price.

Verdict: 4/5

21. Gumdrop Drop Tech Series

Price: £38
Website: gumdropcases.com

Don't be fooled by the Gumdrop's clichéd tyre tread design; this rugged product is a fine heavy-duty case. The Griffin Survivor edges it in terms of features, but this case is much easier (and therefore quicker) to get your iPad mini into, and for a bulky concept, we think it's rather stylish, too.

Verdict: 4/5

22. Cygnett Workmate

Price: £16
Website: uk.cygnett.com

You won't find many cases with rubber as thick as the Workmate's (it's actually made up of hard plastic and heavy rubber, interlaced for stronger protection). It works well as a heavy duty design, but, depending on your usage scenario, you might want the front covered, too.

Verdict: 3/5

23. Cygnett Armour

Price: £30
Website: uk.cygnett.com

We're not a fan of claw grips on any iPad case, and the Armour case doesn't do enough convince us otherwise. A shame, because the leather quality and thick padding makes this folio/rugged hybrid the ideal choice for those looking for a really tough case as well as a stand and a magnetic locking cover.

Verdict: 2/5

Shells - Keep the back of your iPad mini in tip top condition

Shells

24. Incipio NGP

Price: £20
Website: incipio.com

As you might expect from a hard shell, the Incipio NGP is made of semi-rigid rubber. It's very good quality and easy to apply, although getting your iPad mini out again isn't always as quite as simple as it should be. The harder shell design of the other Incipio model sorts that problem, though.

Verdict: 3/5

25. Cygnett FlexiGel

Price: £15
Website: uk.cygnett.com

The cheapest rear shell here is just as good when it comes to quality as the others. We like the hole-punched area at the bottom to form a grille above the iPad mini's speaker. The rest of the cut out sections to expose the mini's buttons are a little untidy, being all square cut, but it's still a great price.

Verdict: 3/5

26. Kensington Back Cover

Price: £20
Website: kensington.com

Kensington's effort is almost identical to the Incipio NGP. There's also next to no difference in price, so ultimately, it really comes down to which colour range you prefer. We like this teal version, though for £5 less, the Cygnett is the more attractive option when it comes to semi-rigid rear shells.

Verdict: 3/5

27. Incipio Feather

Price: £20
Website: incipio.com

The Incipio Feather is the only non-flexing rear shell in this test. The Feather series has been very popular on the iPhone because of its light, slimline design, and that design is carried through beautifully here. It's easy to apply and gives you the best access to your iPad mini's exterior controls.

Verdict: 4/5