The Retina display iPad Mini is the smaller sibling of the iPad Air and just like its bigger brother, it too needs additional protection and accessories. If you’re planning on buy the iPad Air, which goes on sale on November 1st, you need to take a look at some of the best cases and accessories that are available for the fifth-generation iPad. But if the iPad Mini 2 is your next gadget to buy, then stay here for 10 of the best cases, covers and other accessories you can buy for it.

The iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Air are actually two very similar devices, having the same 64-bit A7 processor + the M7 motion co-processor and basically the same hardware. The Retina display iPad Mini has a few pluses, though; it is lighter, cheaper by $100 and also has a better resolution, thanks to the increase in pixels-per-inch. For me, the iPad Mini is the best tablet, yes, even better than the iPad Air (and the 2013 Nexus 7). That’s why it deserve only the best covers, cases and accessories around.

Top 6 cases for the iPad Mini 2

Otterbox Defender

otterbox defender ipad mini 2Otterbox is known to produce cases from top-notch materials, which means that their products almost always receive good ratings from consumers. The Otterbox Defender is a recognized line of cases and now, with the launch of the iPad Mini 2, a special model has been added for future owners. The Rugged, multi-layer case can be yours for $70 and it comes in three different color styles.


Speck SyleFolio

speck stylefolio ipad mini 2Speck’s upcoming StyleFolio case for the iPad mini with Retina display is one of the best one to ensure your iPad Mini 2 gets the much-needed protection without overlooking the design, in the same time. It doubles as an adjustable stand and the vegan leather finishing leaves a smooth sensation while holding it. The big diversity of styles is what makes it really impressive, as there are fourteen different patterns to choose from to make it the right iPad Mini 2 case.

Belkin FastFit Keyboard Case for iPad Mini with Retina display

belkin ipad mini 2 caseBelkin seems to have prepared very well for the launch of the iPad Air and Retina Display iPad Mini as it comes with one of the most impressive cases and accessories. The FastFit Keyboard Case is a hybrid between a wireless keyboard and a protective case. Made from anodized aircraft grade aluminum, this insure in the same time strength and lightness. Being only 7 millimeters thin, the FastFit Keyboard Case is slightly slimmer than the iPad Mini and fits well with its design. At $80, you get one of the best keyboard cases for your iPad Mini 2 that can last for up to 40 hours before recharging.

Snugg iPad Mini 2 Leather Case

snugg ipad mini 2 caseSnugg’s iPad Mini 2 leather case in is one of the most affordable covers for the second-generation iPad Mini, currently retailing for $25, down from the initial price of $50. It comes in ten different designs, doubles as a stand cover with an elastic hand strap and even has support for a stylus, if you use one.  The interior is made of premium nubuck fibre and a velcro flap is also present to secure the iPad Mini 2 tightly in place when you are using the tablet in landscape position.

Apple’s Smart Cover and Smart Case

ipad mini 2 smart coverWe couldn’t have finished this list without featuring Apple’s own Smart Cover and Smart Case products for the iPad Mini. Besides the change in size, these products are identical with those for the iPad Air. The iPad Mini 2 Smart Cover is cheaper at $39, made of polyurethane, not leather and comes in six colors: black, pink, yellow, blue, green, PRODUCT (RED). The Retina display iPad Mini Smart Case is made out of aniline-dyed leather and costs $79, featuring basically the same colors.

Top 4 accessories for the iPad Mini 2

Jawbone Jambox

jawbone jambox retina display ipad miniMany of you know Jawbone thanks to their fitness tracking devices, but the company also makes reliable audio products, such as the Bluetooth speaker Jambox. What I particularly like about it is that you can personalize the design of this iPad Mini 2 compatible Bluetooth speaker with an impressive number of colors and textures. For $150, you will get up to 15 hours of continuous play and a sound strong enough to fill the entire room.

Speck ShieldView for Retina display iPad

speck shield view ipad mini 2Maybe you already have an original iPad Mini case laying around and you realize that the second-generation will fit in there without any issues. In that case, you still might look to protect its screen with the Speck ShieldView protective screen films. Easy to be applied and removed, there ShieldView films provide anti-glare while maintain the screen’s crisp display. Protect your iPad Mini 2’s screen from smudges and scratches with this accessory.

Griffin PowerDock

powerdock retina display ipad miniYour new Retina display iPad Mini needs a charger, as well, and Griffin’s PowerDock is a space-saving charging station that charges and stores up up to 5 devices, so you can consider it a long term investment. It’s definitely not the cheapest one around at $100, but at least you know that you can put your Android smartphone, your iPad Mini 2 and even your iPad Air to charge and still have room for two more devices! The device itself is pretty small and can be placed just about anywhere in the house or the office.

Silverlit Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG toy car

mercedes benz ipad mini 2 accessoryI’m sure you wish you had one of these cars in your garage, but if you don’t have the money to buy it, then at least buy this toy accessory for your Retina display iPad Mini to play around with. Use your iPad Mini 2 to control and drive your Silverlit Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG toy car. Not only this, you can also stream your music from your iTunes account. Price might be a problem, though, as it will cost you $129. If you think you need another toy car, you can try a Porsche 911 Carrera or an Enzo Ferrari, as well.

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