Qualities Of The Best iPad Case For Drawing: Choose The Best For You!
An iPad case is one of the best iPad accessories you can get. But what kind should you get? Which one is the best iPad case for digital artists and creatives?
Whether you use your iPad for sketching, painting, or editing photos, a good iPad case helps you use your device to the fullest. This article will look into the benefits of having an iPad case, the qualities of the best cases, and the case options available for you.
Benefits Of An iPad Case
High-quality iPad cases can provide the following benefits and help you use your iPad to its optimum functionality:
An iPad case protects your device by shielding and cushioning it from accidental drops, bumps, and scratches. If you want your iPad Pro, iPad Air, etc., to stay smooth and shiny for a long time, a protective case is the best way to achieve that.
Devices such as the iPad are notoriously thin and prone to bending from pressure, no matter how carefully you use them. A good case should be able to absorb this pressure while also protecting the iPad from heat or water exposure.
A good quality case also provides functional support, making your iPad more user-friendly and multi-functional. Most iPad cases and covers can act as a stand when using your device and as a body or screen protector when not in use.
Most digital artists don't use their iPads solely for drawing. Thus, a beneficial case provides the best set-up for whatever activity you do with your iPad, like watching videos, writing, reading, drawing, making video calls, etc. Cases with built-in keyboards prove to be very useful for some designers or illustrators.
Keeping your iPad in its dedicated case keeps it secure and not prone to being lost or misplaced. A case can also hold and organize your iPad-related accessories like the Apple Pencil, portable charger, headphones, etc.
Having a case for your iPad is also useful when traveling or when you need to store your device inside your bag or luggage. An iPad carrying case helps you keep your device and accessories together, making it easier to access them when needed.
Qualities Of The Best iPad Cases
To provide the benefits illustrated above, the case for your iPad should have the following characteristics:
A multi-purpose case for your iPad is essential as it should be able to keep up with the varied functions of your device. A case that you can use to hold not just your iPad is also practical and will give you your money's worth. If you want to take a sketchbook, some pens, or other drawing materials with your iPad, you can find an iPad portfolio or padfolio case that is perfect for the job.
The iPad and its variations are one of the most lightweight devices out there, so you need the least amount of weight but the most effective case for your iPad. For example, you love the airy lightness of the iPad Air, so why would you get a case that will only weigh it down? You would want to retain the comfort and convenience that iPads are known for.
The best case for your iPad is the one that fits it perfectly, not just in terms of dimension but also in function. Especially for those case types that come with built-in keyboards or automatic sleep/wake functions. These cases have to have perfect compatibility with your device to be really useful for you.
The best iPad cases must also be durable to provide long-lasting protective effects. They should be able to provide screen and edge protection for your device. And they should do this without undergoing any change in shape, size, or integrity so that they can keep protecting your device for a long time.
The best case for your iPad must also have the style and look that complements your device. A simple and compact case is perfect for the sleek iPad design, but you can go for any look that reflects your personality.
Lastly, all these benefits and qualities should come at a reasonable price tag. You need to remember that those iPad models are not exactly cheap, and getting pricey accessories for them can add up and make a dent in your budget. You need to look for cheap but excellent iPad cases that can give you the best value for your money.
Available Apple Options
Apple-made cases are always excellent choices as they are made to perfectly suit your iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro. We've listed your Apple options below but did not include the other Apple-recommend brands like Logitech, Otterbox, and von Holzhausen. You can check them out at the Apple store* (*Add link to Apple store here if possible).
Magic Keyboard Case
The Apple Magic Keyboard Case is the folio case-type version of the Apple Magic Keyboard. It attaches magnetically to the back of your device and comes with a full-size keyboard with backlit keys. It supports the 11 and 12.0-inch iPad Pro and the 10.5 and 10.9-inch iPad Air.
Apple's Magic Keyboard Case provides adjustable angles when you're researching or drawing, and you can rely on it to provide decent protection when you're not working. The downside is that it is heavy and can be pretty expensive. These, and that it lacks the edge protection that you may need if you constantly travel with your device.
Smart Keyboard Folio
The Smart Keyboard Folio is a hardware keyboard and cover that supports the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd-5th generation) and the 10.09-inch iPad Air. It is a cheaper alternative to the Magic Keyboard Folio.
Unlike the Magic Keyboard Folio, the Smart Keyboard Folio is slimmer and lighter but has no trackpad, and its keys are not backlit. The Smart Keyboard Folio is also less adjustable. It can only give you two viewing angles: the angle that lifts the tablet by a few inches, which is perfect for drawing over your device, and the second angle, which is ideal for typing, researching, or making calls.
If you don't like your iPad cases to come with a keyboard, then the Apple Smart Folio is for you. This sleek and simple folio case is not bulky, having no keyboard attachments. It supports the 10.9-inch iPad Air, 8.3-inch iPad mini, and 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd-5th generation).
Like the Apple Smart Folio Keyboard Case, the Smart Folio provides a decent amount of cushion that protects the back and front of your iPad. It also has two viewing angles. In addition, the inner layer of the front cover of the Smart Folio protects the screen from scratches.
The Apple Smart Cover is what you get if you want a minimalistic case that shows off the original back casing of your iPad. The Smart Cover supports the following models: 9.7 and 10.2-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Air, and 7.9-inch iPad Mini.
Unlike the Apple Smart Folio, which attaches magnetically to the back of the iPad and covers both the front and the back of the device, the Smart Cover attaches to the side. Thus, the Smart Cover can only provide protection for the front. It can act as a screen protector when your iPad is not in use and as a stand when you are using it.
Your iPad Needs More Protection
Now you can see that Apple-made cases are lacking when it comes to giving your device complete and total protection from damage. If you subject your iPad to more than the usual daily amount of abuse, you might need a more protective and travel-friendly case.
You can consider other Apple-recommended brands if you need more protection from your iPad cases. The Logitech Keyboard Case, for example, is an excellent substitute for the keyboard-equipped Apple iPad cases. Logitech offers rugged and shock-absorbent iPad cases capable of protecting your device.
But keep in mind that, although Apple sells non-Apple brands at their store, Apple does not provide service or support for these brands in case you encounter issues or problems with using them. Also, the iPad cases made by the same iPad makers always win against the iPad cases of other brands.
Get More Protection For Your iPad
So, what can you do if you can't give up on the Apple iPad Cases but need the added protection for your device? The simple solution is to get the added protection in sleeves, bags, or cases.
Luckily, there are many reasonably priced and premium quality iPad or laptop sleeves that will work well with your chosen Apple iPad Case. You only need to select the best one that will fit your needs.
You must choose the size of sleeves that will fit your iPad Air, iPad Pro, etc., not forgetting to include your Apple-made iPad case in the total dimension. Getting a padfolio case or iPad sleeve that is too tight will only cause scratches on your Apple case and device.
We recommend you look for sleeves that are padded or lined with soft anti-scratch materials. A padfolio case with extra compartments is also recommended if you want to hold other items with your iPad.
The Best iPad Case
We hope this article was helpful in your search for the best case for your precious iPad. If you want to look at our stylish and handmade leather padfolios and iPad cases that complement your Apple-made case, please click here.
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