5 Things to Look For in Your New iPad Pro Case

Although there are plenty of iPad Pro 10.5 case options on the market, the ones that are worth the investment can be hard to find. That’s because my iPad cases hide their poor construction and lack of functionality behind stylish designs and false advertising. It’s even harder to figure out which cases are legitimate (and which aren’t) when you aren’t sure what actually makes a case “worth it”.

The best way to establish whether or not an iPad case is well suited to your needs is to keep an eye out for a few key aspects. If you’re ready to find an iPad case that can protect your device and offer you practical features, here are five things to look for in your new iPad Pro 10.5 case.

1. Adjustable stand

Being able to use your device in a variety of ways is, of course, essential. Some device cases don’t have stands, making it more challenging to use your device hands-free. When you choose a case with a stand, you can use the stand to prop your device instead of having to rely on propping it up with books or other methods that aren’t secure.

Focus on cases that have stands that can be adjusted, not stands that only can be placed into one position. An adjustable stand allows you to choose between multiple angles so that you can more comfortably use your device. If possible, stick to cases that offer stands with at least three or more angle options for the most functionality.

2. Major drop protection

Drop protection is one of the most important features a case can have. The types of features that can be characterized as “drop protection” vary wildly, but there is one characteristic that most noteworthy cases share – military-grade drop protection. Military-grade drop protection is a term that is used to describe cases that have been drop tested from at least five feet and proven to prevent damage at (or above) drops from this height. A testing device is placed into a case and the device is dropped five feet onto its face, sides, and body. If the device doesn’t incur any damage, that case can be classified as having military-grade protection, which is one of the highest protection levels for device cases.

A good way to ensure that a case can withstand a fall, even if it doesn’t explicitly say it has advanced drop protection, is to pay attention to its material composition. Cases that are made from materials like silicone and rubber generally degrade much faster than cases made from hard plastics, like polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane.

3. Soft microfiber interior

Although it may not seem necessary, a case that’s lined with some type of soft, microfiber material is incredibly useful. The material of the case can sometimes rub into the device or leave staining (especially if the case is deeply colored) if there is no lining. When a case is lined, it’s less likely that you’ll have to worry about dye transfers or discoloration.

The lining on the interior of the case should be microfiber to ensure that no large or rough threads can cause micro-scratches on the device’s body. While it doesn’t seem likely that cloth is capable of causing scratches, cheap lining materials can 100% result in incredibly small scratches that accumulate over time and become more noticeable, adding to the appearance of wear and tear on the device.

4. Protective magnetic cover

Most people who use devices, whether a tablet or smartphone, use screen protectors. Screen protectors are great for ensuring that scratches and cracks aren’t left in your device’s screen after it has been impacted, falls, or has any other kind of incident. But, screen protectors can only do so much, especially if your device is dropped or falls from a significant height.

To help add an extra layer of protection for your screen, opt for a case that has an attached protected cover. This cover should completely wrap the screen of your device and be thick enough to withstand impact, much like the device’s body. The cover doesn’t have to be incredibly thick, but it should be flimsy or thin.

The cover on your case should also be able to close, either using a clasp, a button, or magnets. This helps to ensure that the cover remains closed, even during a fall.

5. Elastic Apple Pencil pocket

One of the many overlooked features is storage for your Apple Pencil. If you have this accessory, you know that being able to access it quickly and conveniently is a top priority. The ideal iPad Pro 10.5 case & iPad pro 12.9 case & covers will have a pocket where you can securely keep your pencil while it’s not in use.

This pocket should be elastic to help ensure that you don’t have any difficulty storing or removing the pencil. Some cases have Apple Pencil pockets that are made from the same hard plastics as the case’s body but these pockets are generally not as snug as pockets that are made from elastic. Elastic pockets provide a snug hold without being too tight, helping to keep the pencil in place without damaging it.

If you have a later generation Apple Pencil, you can also lookout for a case that allows wireless charging of your pencil while it’s inside the pocket. This way, you can charge your pencil without having to remove it from the storage pocket.

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