Apple produces smart case covers for the iPad (and iPad Mini) and they’re quite smart. But then, if you’re looking for an all-round protection, you’ll need to look for something more. The usual Apple smart covers aren’t enough to protect your iPad’s back.

Quite a lot of iPad case covers are available in the market but there very few of them are enormously unique and surprisingly strong.

We’re going to take a look at an unusual mixture of looks and performance based iPad cases from across major brands. Dive right in:

Five Best iPad 4 Cases:

1. Case Mate Smart Cover Barely There Case

Smart Cover Barely There Case for iPad

This is one of the most usual cases that people choose for a standard protection. We begin our list with the Case Mate case; pretty normal but the Barely There series makes sure the case is surprisingly thin and light-weight. With plenty of color options, you get a wide variety of choice. The impact-resistant hardshell is quite flexible too, making it very easy to fit onto the iPad with retina display.

Price: $40 ($10 on Amazon)
Buy Smart Cover Barely There case from Case-mate.com or Amazon.com.

2. Otterbox Utility iPad Latch

Otterbox Utility Series Latch for iPad

At first glance, the utility iPad latch looks like some crazy backpack for the iPad. It’s not exactly a backpack but it’s highly utilitarian befitting the name. It’s not exactly a case but you can use the utility latch with a case. Even otherwise, it’s a cool utility that has plenty of functions. Here’s a video showing how the latch comes in as a very handy accessory.

Price: $49.95
Shop Otterbox Utility Series  Latch from OtterBox.com or Amazon.com.

3. Speck SmartShell for iPad

Speck SmartShell for iPad

Speck’s line of products are aesthetic, high-quality, durable, sturdy and mostly very smart. The SmartShell stays true to all this and offers more. It’s an ultra-thin, flexible and cleanly fitting case for the iPad that is best used with Apple’s Smart Cover. The case lets you handle the iPad 4 with ease and you can safely keep the iPad down on any surface. It’s a hardshell with a soft exterior for a smooth handling.

Price: $34.95
Buy it from Amazon.com.

4. PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad

Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad

At iGeeksBlog, we’ve been a fan of PixelSkin series from Speck. It has this rugged look beneath a soft, glossy finish that makes it quite impressive. The pixelated finish offers excellent grip over the new iPad besides offering two practically safe standing angles: one for viewing and the other for typing. For those who don’t want to take up the offer on an Apple Smart Cover because it doesn’t come with a case, this is the best solution.

Price: $49.95 ($32.79 on Amazon)
Shop Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap from Amazon.com.

5. Griffin Survivor Case for iPad

Griffin Survivor Case for iPad

People on the move, adventurers in jungle and people who are very serious about protecting their iPads – the whole of Griffin’s Survivor Case fits the needs of these guys precisely. The specs are out of this world:

  • Independently tested and certified to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810
  • Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain
  • Rigid internal frame protects against shocks and drops (Test: drop on flat concrete surface from 6’/1.8 m)
  • Sealed ports block blown sand and dust
  • Includes multi-position workstand

Price: $79.99 ($39.99 on Amazon)
Buy Griffin Survivor Case from GriffinTechnology.com or Amazon.com.