The iPad begs for a good case, but your decision may vary between the larger iPad and the Mini. For the full-size iPad, it might be tempting and fun to use the clever Smart Cover to keep the iPad's screen shielded, but the back will still be vulnerable. Look for a good snap-on back shield that's Smart Cover-compatible. Apple's Smart Case tries to solve the problem by making a standard folio case with a physically attached cover. The new version for iPad Airs, in leather, costs more ($69) but fits better.