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iPad Construction Cases: The Best Heavy Duty iPad Cases

Howard Wen
Howard Wen

Looking for the best rugged, durable and waterproof iPad case? Here are the best picks.

If you're taking an iPad on a jobsite, you can't just take it naked. It needs a case that can shield it from elements and from your own clumsiness. Plus, construction sites can just be generally extreme places to be. Don't waste your investment in such a useful business tool only to let it be carelessly destroyed. A good rugged iPad case can add a bit of expense to your tablet, but it can also save you on the investment in the long run.  
Otterbox Defender iPad Pro 9.7-inch 
The Defender includes a screen protector and port covers to block dirt and dust. The case features three layers of protection to withstand drops, bumps and vibration. A kickstand is built in so that you can prop up your tablet to a comfortable viewing angle on a table. You can pick up the Defender in black, a pinkish-purple or silver. It comes with a 1-year warranty.  
Under Armor Gear Metropolis iPad Pro 12.9-inch 
Under Armor sells iPad cases that feature military grade drop-test standards. The iPad Pro versions have adjustable stands to prop up your tablet, can hold the Apple Pencil, and are physically compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard. The 12.9-inch model comes in black, blue and red 
Lifeproof Nuud iPad Pro 9.7-inch 
These cases are expensive and don’t include a screen protector. But they can seal your iPad around its display so that the rest of the device is watertight. Lifeproof claims that an iPad in a Nuud case can withstand being submerged into up to 6.6 feet of water, and dust and dirt shouldn’t be an issue. It should also protect the tablet from damage when dropped from up to 4 feet. The Nuud comes in black or white. 
Zagg Rugged Book for iPad Air 2 
The Zagg Rugged Book isn’t just a protection case for your iPad Air 2. It also includes a keyboard, so it turns this tablet into a rugged notebook that’s ready to endure the outdoors. The keyboard attaches with magnets to the protection case holding the iPad Air 2. It sports backlit keys, and is powered by its own rechargeable battery. The keyboard hinge swings back up to 360 degrees, enabling you to hold your iPad Air 2 like a book. Or you can attach the keyboard flipped around, so the keyboard then functions as a stand propping up the tablet to present videos. 
Griffin Technology Survivor Extreme for iPad Mini 4 
For the iPad mini, 4th generation, Griffin Technology sells the Survivor Extreme. It consists of four layers that include a screen protector. The company claims it can keep your iPad mini undamaged from a 10-foot drop onto concrete. It has a clip on its back that lets you attach your iPad mini to your belt, and it also serves as a stand to prop up the tablet on a flat surface.

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Howard Wen
Howard Wen Contributing Writer
Freelance writer for technology publications, specializing in Windows 10, Microsoft, Android, Google products and services, Linux, mobile devices, Open Source projects and security.