When Steve Jobs first announced the iPad in 2010, he described it as a device between a smartphone and computer — a perfect middle-ground with the advantages of both, and the disadvantages of neither. Like the iPhone, it could go anywhere; like the MacBook, it could do anything. Jobs said the world would love the iPad, and he was right. Six years and five models later, people are still lugging around their iPads everywhere they go, and using it for all manner of work and play. The iPad has become an essential piece of tech and, just like your precious smartphone, it should be protected. Below are some of the best iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 and iPad (which recently took the place the iPad Air 2) cases you can buy.

– Additional contribution by Tucker Bowe

iPad Pro Sleeve by Inateck

Upshot: minimalist, made of sustainable and biodegradable material
Features: magnetic buckle
Materials: gray felt and brown leather
Number of Color Options: 1

Smart Cover by Apple

Upshot: Minimalist design that doesn’t compromise screen protection.
Features: Automatically wakes/sleeps iPad when flipped open or closed; inner lining doubles as a microfiber cloth and can be used as a kickstand.
Materials: Silicone
Number of Color Options: 10

Capture Case by Incipio

Upshot: super rugged, splash and dust resistant
Features: removable 360-degree rotating handle, foldable kickstand
Materials: silicone and high-density polycarbonate
Number of Color Options: 1

The Ultimate Tech Travel Organizer

The Tech Dopp Kit 2.0 from LA-based brand This is Ground is the perfect way to keep your camera gear and other travel tech neatly organized. Learn more about it and find other amazing products in the Gear Patrol Store.

Vettra 360 by Sena

Upshot: classy and professional look with get-down-to-business performance
Features: snap closure, 360-degree rotating snap-in case
Materials: leather
Number of Color Options: 2

Rotating Folio Case by Tumi

Upshot: can rotate 180 degrees to accommodate all manner of tablet use, vertical or horizontal
Features: rotating cover, magnetic smart closure
Materials: leather
Number of Color Options: 4

NÜÜD Waterproof Case by LifeProof

Upshot: superior protection that isn’t too bulky.
Features: seals out water and dust without overlaying the screen with a cover, and has a rugged, shock-proof body
Materials: polycarbonate, synthetic rubber and silicone
Number of Color Options: 1

Keyboard Case by Incase

Upshot: good for those who prefer a keyboard over a touchscreen
Features: LED-powered backlit keyboard; flip-shut case
Materials: soft-touch plastic
Number of Color Options: 1

Tin Cloth Grip Case by Filson

Upshot: Heirloom quality, traditional sportsman style.
Features: water-repellant fabric, padded flannel lining, leather handles and zip closure
Materials: fabric and leather
Number of Color Options: 1

Notebook/Stand by J.W. Hulme Co.

Upshot: handcrafted in the USA, made of the finest leather and guaranteed for life
Features: magnetic smart closure, can be embossed with a personalized monogram
Materials: leather
Number of Color Options: 1

Mod Tablet 3 by This Is Ground

Upshot: holds all your everyday essentials, including a 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Features: multiple compartments and button-down straps; add-on compartments can be purchased separately
Materials: premium leather, handcrafted in Italy
Number of Color Options: 5