Best iPad case: 6 top iPad cases to choose from

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7. Venture Case for iPad

Price: £30 / $60

We were a little disappointed with the unnatural feel of the exterior of this case, described as 'premium leather' on the box. In the hand it feels more like a man-made material. The case can be used as a stand, and it wakes your iPad when you open it. There's a popper fastener to ensure the front of the case stays closed when you shut it, too. It doesn't feel as safe for your iPad as other cases here, with your device's corners exposed to the elements.

8. iLuv Great Jeans Case

Price: £29.99 (about $19)

The Great Jeans case for the new iPad looks, but doesn't feel, just like a pair of jeans. In fact, the denim finish on the outside is more water-resistant and protective than real denim would be. Inside, a micro-suede interior protects your iPad, and the case can be turned into a stand with three viewing angles. It's certainly sturdy enough to stand up to finger taps when used as a stand. The Great Jeans is a good case for the money, but it doesn't turn your iPad on and off automatically.

9. Tech21 Impact Base

Price: £39.99 / $63.99

The Impact Base from Tech21 takes the 'If you can't beat them, join them' approach to iPad case design. It's essentially designed to be used in conjunction with Apple's own Smart Cover, providing a protective back for your iPad. It's made of a flexible rubbery material that's integrated with D30 impact material for dissipating shocks away from your iPad (third gen or latest). It's a neat idea, but the whole package is too expensive, since you'll need to buy a Smart Cover too, for full front and back protection.

10. Maroo Saddle Brown Case

Price: £49.99 / $49.95

The genuine leather Saddle Brown from Maroo offers functionality combined with style. Your iPad 2/3/4 fits into four corner bumpers inside the case, which offer it a greater degree of protection. You can fold the case into a stand with ease and it offers two viewing angles once in its stand mode – upright for watching movies or angled for typing. The cover contains smart magnets, so it wakes and sleeps your iPad, but they're not strong enough to make sure the cover always stays shut.

11. Brunswick England Case

Price: £119.95 / $159.95

If you're after the ultimate in luxury iPad 2, 3 or 4 cases then consider the Brunswick. It's made from high-quality leather that feels gorgeous to the touch. Each case is individually quality-checked; you also get a cleaning cloth and instructions on preserving the leather supplied inside. In terms of functionality, it's got a two-position stand option, and smart magnets to wake and sleep the iPad. It's very expensive, but engraving it with a message is free.

12. Knomo Folio

Price: £49.99 / $79.95

The iPad 2, 3 and 4 Folio case from Knomo has a moulded back case combined with a luxurious leather front cover, giving the best of both types of cases. You get the luxury of a leather cover, but also the slimness, portability and lightness that a moulded shell case provides. There's also a stand function giving you two different positions - inclined and upright - and smart magnets keep the front cover in place and wake or sleep your iPad when opened or shut. It's hard to fault this case - it's our pick of the bunch.

13. Belkin Cinema

Price: £29.99 / $39.99

The best thing about the Cinema Stand from Belkin is that it offers the most adjustable viewing angle of all the cases here, so you can angle your iPad just right depending on how you're sitting. We like this flexibility, and the case itself isn't bad either, combining a simple design style with good protection and features. Corner bumpers protect your iPad from impact and there's a magnetic tab that keeps the front cover closed at all times. There's nothing exciting or unusual about it, but it's a solid performer all the same.

14. Quiksilver iPad 3

Price: £14.95 / $19.95

In contrast to the other cases reviewed here the Quiksilver is a simple sleeve case. You just pop your iPad into it, zip it up and you're ready to go. The design is attractive and the sleeve is made out of neoprene, which makes it hardwearing but comfortable to hold. Although its name indicates the iPad 3, it will function fine with all generations of iPad. A good option for people who only need a case when travelling and like handling their iPad 'au naturel' at other times.