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Best iPad mini 5 cases: Protect your tablet with our pick of the best sleeves and cases, from £10 to £45

Pete Clark Aleksha McLoughlin
6 Apr 2021

The most portable iPad on sale right now will always be prone to bumps and scratches, so make sure you get protected today

We thought we'd never see that day that the iPad mini 5 would be released into the wildbut, four years after the mini 4 brought tablet-sized joy into our lives back in 2015, Apple finally announced its successor on 18 March 2019.

The 7.9in model features the latest A12 Bionic chipset, an advanced Retina display and long-awaited Apple Pencil support, among other things.

Its diminutive size means it could be perfect for kids but, if you’re going to bless your little one with a brand-new £400 tablet, you’ll want to make sure it’s protected by the perfect case to suit your needs.

Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place to find just that. Here’s our lowdown of the very best cases you can buy for the all-new iPad mini 5.

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The best iPad mini 5 cases you can buy

1. ESR Urban Premium Folio case: The best cheap iPad mini 5 case

Price: £14 | Buy now from Amazon

If the Apple Smart Cover is a touch expensive for your taste, consider the Urban Premium Folio from case specialist ESR. In short, it works in a similar way to the model above – for less than half the price. The PU leather material is lightweight and you can fold your iPad mini 5 into a kickstand while retaining that all-important protection. Magnets embedded in the case also mean your tablet will wake/sleep when it’s opened/closed. All of this for under £20: it’s a no-brainer.

Key specs – Materials: PU leather; Colours available: Charcoal, knight, sky, twilight

2. iPad mini Smart Cover: The original iPad mini 5 case

Price:£45 |Buy now from Apple

Where better to start than with Apple’s own offering? The official Smart Cover for iPad mini 5 is formed from a single piece of polyurethane to protect the front of your device. It’s easily removed and can be folded into different positions to create a stand for reading, typing or making FaceTime calls. It's available in four distinct colours – “papaya” (that’s orange to you and me) is our personal favourite.

Key specs – Materials:Polyurethane;Colours available:Papaya, charcoal grey, pink sand, white

Buy now from Apple

3. ESR Rebound Slim Smart case: Best flexible iPad mini 5 case

Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

ESR’s Rebound Slim Smart Case for iPad mini 5 may look similar to the folio above, but with one key difference. This time, the back of the cover is formed from a flexible rubber coating, which not only makes the case easy to put on and remove, but also allows for added grip. This is a perfect budget case for iPad mini 5 users who are always on the go.

Key specs – Materials: Polyurethane; Colours available: Black, blue, pine green, rose gold

4. Arteck Keyboard: The best keyboard for iPad mini 5

Price: £21 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and convenient way to turn your iPad mini 5 into a makeshift laptop at a moment’s notice, then the Arteck mini 5 keyboard is sure to be a good fit. This keyboard case protects the screen when closed, and doubles as a viewing stand for watching films or TV shows on the go. The keyboard layout should be no surprise to anyone familiar with the traditional Mac layout, and similarly to the Apple-made Smart covers, the keyboard can also put the iPad into sleep and wake automatically.

Key specs – Materials: Metal; Colours available: Silver

5. Timecity iPad mini 5 case: Best iPad mini 5 case for kids

Price: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

Children aren’t generally as careful with their technology as us adults are, and as a result, precautions need to be in place depending on their age, especially if they are very young. Enter the Timecity case: with its rugged design and hand and shoulder strap, this case is very hard to drop. If the worst should happen, however, then your child’s iPad will be protected from the fall;the company claims its case has been tested for 1 metre drops.

There’s a three-layered armoured design throughout that is dust and waterproof as well as being shock resistant. All the ports and buttons are carefully sealed with thick plastic coverings to prevent dust, mud and water damage that could occur. At the same time, there’s a built-in screen protector for added peace of mind, so you can be sure that your kids won’t break their fancy new iPad when playing with it.

Key specs – Materials: Polycarbonate; Colours available: Black/blue

6. MoKo Sleeve Bag: A stylish sleeve case for iPad mini 5

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

Okay, so it’s technically more of a sleeve than a case, but this offering from MoKo will still give your new iPad mini more protection than nothing at all – and it looks great to boot. The thick sponge lining ensures your device won’t get scratched and protects against drops, while a zip allows for easy access to your tablet. And, best of all, you get all of this for a tenner.

Key specs – Materials: Felt; Colours available: Black, pink, dark grey, light grey

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