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Best Rugged Retina iPad Mini Cases

Updated on October 9, 2014

The Best Tough, Rugged iPad Mini Cases

Welcome to our round-up of the best and most rugged iPad Mini cases! The new iPad Mini was created for those that like the regular sized iPad, but want something that can fit into their pocket or purse. Of course, a more portable tablet means it'll be prone to more wear and tear. Which makes finding a protective case becomes that much more important. Case-makers known for creating tough, rugged cases like Otterbox, Gumdrop and Hard Candy and Body Glove already have iPad Mini cases available to order. Whether you need tough protection from the elements (working outdoors) or just have a tendency to drop your portable devices, these cases will help you protect your case and keep it in top working order for years.

We've also added a section for iPad Mini Cases that will survive your children. Kids can't be the ultimate 'product testers', and the cases listed below are the top rated cases that can survive time with your kids!

Feel free to visit Case-Cafe.com, which has features dozens more Rugged iPad Mini cases, as well as reviews and promotions to help you find the right case.

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1. Otterbox Defender Series iPad Mini Case

OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPad Mini 1, 2 & 3 - Black
OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPad Mini 1, 2 & 3 - Black

Otterbox's Defender series has developed a reputation as a virtually indestructible case that can survive almost anything. The iPad Mini version has the usual 3 layers of shock absorbing protection that manage to keep your devices safe no matter what you throw at them. The iPad Mini case also has a kickstand that you can use to position the tablet at multiple viewing angles based on your preference.

 

Otterbox Promotions for the iPad Mini

Otterbox is currently offering free shipping on orders over $60 within the U.S.; Add it up and it's a cheaper deal than purchasing direct from Amazon!

Otterbox Defender Series - Serious Protection - Watch an Otterbox iPhone survive a 23 story drop!

Since Otterbox has become known as an incredibly protective case that can withstand almost anything, people have posted videos of them putting their Otterbox-protected phones and iPads through hell. Here a man throws his iPhone 4 out the window and not only does the phone survive, it records the entire descent.

2. Gumdrop Drop Tech iPad Mini Case

iPad mini - Drop Tech - Ruggedized Case -Black-Black
iPad mini - Drop Tech - Ruggedized Case -Black-Black

Gumdrop's Drop Tech line of cases were created with one thing in mind: protection against drops. The four corners have reinforced rubber protection to ensure that any nasty corner landings on pavement will not affect the phone or case inside. It has the heavy duty rubberized layers of shock absorbing protection that put it on par with the Otterbox Defender in terms of shock absorption. It also comes with port covers and a screen protector that will protect you against dust and moisture from infiltrating your device. The textured back of the case also give you a great grip on your iPad Mini so you can mostly avoid dropping your iPad MIni in the first place.

 

Video Introduction to the Gumdrop Drop Tech iPad Mini Case:

This is a good case where the reviewer unboxes the Gumdrop case and tells you about the features of the case. It's not a full review but it gives you a good sense of what the Gumdrop case will look and feel like.

3. Hard Candy Shock Drop iPad Mini Case

iPad mini - Shockdrop - Rugged Case - Black - Grey
iPad mini - Shockdrop - Rugged Case - Black - Grey

Following in Gumdrop's tracks is another case that focuses on protecting your case from drops. Hard Candy boasts that the case has 10mm of shock absorbing silicon protection in the corners of this case. It also has port covers that are 'rip-proof', so they won't wear down and fall off over time. The one downside? The textured back of this case looks cool but it was a little difficult to hold onto. The Gumdrop's brick-like layering means you can rest your fingers in a pattern. The Hard Candy one looks a bit like an alien spaceship, which as I mentioned looks cool, but I couldn't get a comfortable grip overall.

 

4. Photive iPad Mini Case - Shock Absorbing Design

iPad Mini 3 Lightweight Hard Shell Case with Built in Stand. Dual Layer Shock Absorbing Case Designed for the New iPad mini 3 / iPad mini 2 / iPad mini . Black
iPad Mini 3 Lightweight Hard Shell Case with Built in Stand. Dual Layer Shock Absorbing Case Designed for the New iPad mini 3 / iPad mini 2 / iPad mini . Black

If you're looking for a little shock absorption just in case you drop it, but are focused on a case that won't get in the way, then Photive's minmalist iPad Mini case might be for you. It has a hard shell outer layer as well as a soft shock absorbing inner layer to protect your iPad Mini. It has openings for all the ports, and besides that it does its job by you noticing that it's there. It comes in black with grey trim on the sides (it also comes in green or yellow). The sides of the case are easy to grip so you won't let go of it that easy if your bus/train lurches or stops suddenly. All in all, the other cases will provide an almost unnecessary amount of protection, but add a lot of size and heft. This is at the other end of protective cases, providing shock absorption but doing it while staying out of the way.

 

Heavy Duty iPad Mini Cases for Kids

You can buy cases that can survive at 23 story drop off a building, but can it withstand a few days with a child? The iPad Mini is being touted as a great gift for kids that will entertain them with movies, games, and learning activities. But kids can be rough on their toys, and the iPad Mini is expensive! These cases are specifically designed to be kid friendly, meaning they can take a beating. They also either be freestanding or have a kickstand so that kids can park themselves in front and entertain themselves for hours on end.

i-Blason ArmorBox Stand Series For Apple iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display 7.9 Inch 2 Layer Convertible Hybrid Kids Friendly Protection Kick Stand Case (Multi Color) - Black
i-Blason ArmorBox Stand Series For Apple iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display 7.9 Inch 2 Layer Convertible Hybrid Kids Friendly Protection Kick Stand Case (Multi Color) - Black

Comes with dual layered shock absorbing protection as well as a kickstand and anti-slip silicone outer shell to make it easy to carry it around.

 
Speck Products iGuy Freestanding Case for iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPad 1, Lime Green, SPK-A1247
Speck Products iGuy Freestanding Case for iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPad 1, Lime Green, SPK-A1247

This free-standing case had kids in mind. It's a free standing case that your child can set down and start watching a movie anywhere. The arms act as handles, and the lightweight, shock absorbing material means that the case can handle being a kid's best friend! It's also available in several different colors.

 
KAYSCASE KidBox Cover Case with Stand and Handle compatible with Apple iPad mini / iPad mini Retina Display (iPad mini 2) / iPad mini 3 7.9 inch tablet (Lifetime Warranty) (Bluey)
KAYSCASE KidBox Cover Case with Stand and Handle compatible with Apple iPad mini / iPad mini Retina Display (iPad mini 2) / iPad mini 3 7.9 inch tablet (Lifetime Warranty) (Bluey)

Another freestanding option that comes in multiple colors. Kayscases always makes high quality cases and this is no exception. It's made from non-toxic EVA foam so it's a fun and safe object that your child can play with for hours on end.

 

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