Sturdy Cases for the iPad

I give recognition to the QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology) list serv for this list of “Sturdy Cases for the iPad”. The topic came up on the list serv with posts generated by experienced AT professionals. It seemed appropriate to share the suggested cases for others benefit:

Otterbox iPad 2 Defender Case – Black NEWEST MODEL – This case is what we have been using in our school. Staff has evidenced an iPad with a Otterbox case being dropped from about chest height on a concrete floor and another iPad being thrown on the floor. Both devices survived without any damage to them at all! Available for iPad, iPad2, iPod Touch, iPhone devices.

Trident Kraken II Hybrid Case for iPad 2 (KKN2-IPAD-2-BK) – Constructed from impact-resistant polycarbonate and double-enforced with a shock absorbing silicone inner-sleeve. Corners feature double-thick silicone for outstanding protection against drops and other impacts. Available in different colors for iPad2, iPhone, iPod Touch. About $50 for iPad case.

GRIFFIN GB02480 Survivor Extreme-Duty Military Case for iPad 2 (Black) – This case is built for military duty grade protection and listed for extreme-duty. Sounds like it would work for some school situations! Comes in a few different colors for iPad2 and iPhone. Costs listed as $80 for iPad2.

Gumdrop Cases Drop Tech Series Case for Apple iPad 2, Red-Black, (DS-IPAD2-RED-BLK) –  This company has a variety of cases among which is a Drop Tech series case as well as a Military Edition case that are for durable for rugged use. Available for iPad2 and iPhone. Cost ranges from $60-70 for the iPad case.

Thanks to the QIATer’s for their expertise and time to share their information on cases on the list serv that I am sharing with you. This was valuable information to have when needing to purchase a “sturdy” case for the iPad for some of the students and individuals that we work with. As an OT this was a valuable list to have when considering dedicating a student with a device that you have invested a lot of money, time as well as ensuring the safety of the user.

Anyone have any additions to the list or comments on their experience with “sturdy cases” ?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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5 Responses to Sturdy Cases for the iPad

  1. Thank you so much for posting these lists. Currently I am looking for a sturdy iPad case that would also incorporate a wireless keyboard for one of my kiddos who does not have good finger dexterity. Any ideas?

    • Theresa,
      I only have experience with leather cases with integrated keyboards in them Here are a few that look worth exploring. There are also aluminum cases but they typically come in two parts and have to be put together – I would wonder about the student having to take it apart and put together to use it?

      Clamcase has a keyboard in it and appears to be able to be used as a stand also. Hard plastic material to protect and keyboard is integrated into a shell. Looks like a little net book. Expensive – I would check other sites for better price.
      Check it out here:

      Crux Case Crux360 is a similiar design with hard plastic case that is reviewed here:

      Be aware that often the keyboards in integrated cases are a bit smaller and may take a bit of getting used to – just like going from one keyboard to the next. A few keys are also in another location sometimes, so just check that out. You might want to just see if how the keys are aligned – how tight they are on an integrated iPad keyboard case – as they are often very close to each other to get them into the case size, similar to small net books, etc. Wondering if that will affect keying if finger dexterity is challenged? Just some thoughts.

      When you find one that works – please share. If I come across and other suggestions I will forward those to you. Thanks for visiting!!

  2. Ann Sciabarrasi, OTR/L says:

    Touchfire just released an interesting keyboard that overlays the screen keyboard and is integrated with the magnet system. It can be used with the smart cover. I have not tried it but have reserved one from the next production run.

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