Heavy Duty Cases for iPad Mini

sturdy iPad mini cases pic1Whether protecting your iPad Mini from mishaps of kids or adults, providing heavy duty coverage for your tablet can be a smart investment.

It has been a while since I reviewed iPad cases, much less for the iPad Mini, so here is a quick rundown on what I thought were the main contenders for protection:

OtterBox Defender Series for iPad mini with Retina display – Black (35.80 on Amazon) – The Otterbox is well known for its durable cases and its iPad Mini case stands up to its reputation. The current versions of the OtterBox case for iPad Mini provides multiple layers of protection, screen protector and stand/cover and meets military standards for protection.  The cover provides an additional layer of protection to the screen should it be dropped face forward as well as an easel for positioning.  Having used Otterbox cases since the first iPad, the current case features are well engineered (like the first case and much improved from the OtterBox case for iPad 2). Weighs 4.8 oz.

OtterBox Defender for iPad mini

Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini ($35.00) – Has an integrated screen with covers for ports for protection. Internal frame protects from drops and shocks. Meets military standards.  Includes a stand. Comes in a variety of colors. Experience with Griffin cases has found them to be sturdy and well engineered. Rates well on Amazon by users. Weighs 5.8 oz.

Griffin Survivor iPad mini

Trident Case KRAKEN AMS Series for Apple iPad mini ($33.53) – Comes with a built in screen protector, inner shock resistant shell, dust covers for speaker and microphone bays. Includes an attachment port to attach other straps or holsters. A stand attachment is also available. My experience with Trident cases for iPads has also  been positive with good ratings received for this case from Amazon users. Weighs 7.5 oz.

Trident case for ipad mini

LifeProof Fre Waterproof Case for iPad mini  (79.99) – Another military grade case for the iPad mini.. The LifeProof is waterproof for up to 60 minutes, has a screen protector and is shock proof. Comes in different colors. I have not had experience with LifeProof cases, however if you need one to be waterproof, this is the case for you! Weighs 4.8 oz.

Lifeproof case for iPad mini


Some of the same makers of sturdy cases for the iPad have comparable protective cases for the iPad Mini. Costs are similar between the cases with exception of  LifeProof case which is costs a bit more but is waterproof. If weight is a consideration, the Otterbox LifeProof and Griffin cases are the lightest choices.

What are your experiences and preferences with iPad Mini cases?

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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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