A good tablet is not the cheap thing, and the more expensive it is, the bigger the need to protect it properly.
That’s why we prepared this list of tablet cases and covers. They have one thing in common: they are inexpensive, but not at the cost of quality and design.
The list includes the covers not only for the most popular devices like iPad or Amazon Fire, but also for Google Nexus, and Samsung Galaxy tablets.
At the end of the list, you’ll also find most interesting (and inexpensive) universal cases, that can accommodate most tablets in three sizes: 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch.
Before that, we’d like to share two things: dimensions of the most popular tablets, and recommended stores.
Dimensions of the most popular tablets
Knowing the exact dimensions of your tablet for several reasons. You can double-check the case you want to buy, if its description is too general.
For instance “Amazon Kindle Fire 7” can mean the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, but also the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX. These two devices have different dimensions, but what’s even more important – slightly different proportions.
When you decide to pick up a universal tablet cover, you should know the dimensions and try to compare them with the dimensions of the case (if they are provided), or dimensions of the tablet featured in the product image.
One thing to keep in mind is that iPad Mini, with a 7.9-inch screen is “still” the 7-inch tablet, but it won’t fit 7-inch universal tablet cases. They are meant for devices with the screen dimension being 7 inches at most.
iPad Mini will fit either dedicated covers (there are lots of them), or universal covers for 8-inch tablets.
Tablet dimensions ( height × width × depth )
|iPad mini 1||7.87 × 5.30 × 0.28||200 × 134.7 × 7.2|
|iPad mini 2 (Retina)||7.87 × 5.30 × 0.29||200 × 134.7 × 7.5|
|iPad mini 3 (Retina)||7.87 × 5.30 × 0.29||200 × 134.7 × 7.5|
|iPad Air 1||9.4 × 6.6 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad Air 2||9.4 × 6.6 × 0.24||240 × 169.5 × 6.1|
|iPad 4, 3, 2||9.5 × 7.31 × 0.37||241.2 × 185.7 × 9.4|
|Amazon Fire HD 6.0||6.70 × 4.10 × 0.40||169 × 103 × 10.7|
|Amazon Fire HD 7.0 2014||7.50 × 5.00 × 0.40||191 × 128 × 10.6|
|Amazon Fire HDX 7.0||7.30 × 5.00 × 0.40||186 × 128 × 9.0|
|Amazon Fire HDX 8.9||9.10 × 6.20 × 0.30||231 × 158 × 7.8|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0||7.36 × 4.25 × 0.35||186.9 × 107.9 × 9.0|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0||8.27 × 4.88 × 0.31||210 × 124 × 7.95|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1||9.57 × 6.95 × 0.31||243 × 176.4 × 7.95|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4||8.62 × 5.06 × 0.28||219 × 128.5 × 7.2|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1||9.57 × 6.75 × 0.29||243.1 × 171.4 × 7.3|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2||11.64 × 8.03 × 0.31||295.6 × 204 × 7.95|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0||8.30 × 5.35 × 0.31||210.8 × 135.9 × 7.95|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)||9.57 × 6.75 × 0.31||243.1 × 171.4 × 7.9|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1||10.31 × 7.09 × 0.35||262 × 180 × 8.9|
|Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2||11.64 × 8.03 × 0.31||295.6 × 204 × 7.95|
If you won’t find the interesting item in this post, you can extend your search by looking for affordable tablet covers on these sites.
Affordable tablet case – recommended sites
Amazon – this is the obvious choice for all kinds of tablet accessories. One thing we can advice is that you should search not only “tablet cases” section, but the entire Amazon. Thanks to that, you’ll see also cheap tablet cases from other departments. If you are in a single department, you can sort the results by “price from low to high”. The prices of cases start from $0.99.
eBay – you’ll find here a dozens of generic cases offered by different sellers, so the only thing is to hunt for the most attractive price. Folio cases, slim covers, and rotating ones are here. Some of the designs are sold as branded cases in other online stores.
Rakuten – while Amazon and eBay are obvious choices, there are also other sites to explore, if you still haven’t found the ideal case in ideal price. One of them is Rakuten. You’ll see here several tablet case covers, mostly for Amazon Fire, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy.
Etsy – this is the largest online marketplace for hand-crafted goods of all kinds. You can find here also a lot of sleeves for popular tablets. The usual price for a hand-crafted sleeve is between $15 and $25, but some shops offer temporary sales, and the prices fall to $10.
We update this post quite frequently, but can’t guarantee that at the destination site you’ll see exactly the same product at exactly the same price as featured below.
If you’d like to suggest items to this list, or give a feedback on the purchased cases, please use the comments section below. We’d be more than happy to hear your voice. Thanks!
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37 inexpensive tablet case covers and sleeves
Poetic CoverMate Case for iPad Mini. This slim and lightweight case combines the polyurethane front with polycarbonate back shell. It features a stylish cloth pattern. Built-in magnets draw the case to iPad Mini for a perfect fit, and wake up the tablet when you open the case.
The CoverMate series from Poetic consists of twenty designs and colors, including Butterfly, Love in Paris, and Reindeer Joy. ⇢ Amazon – $2.95.
360 Rotating Smart Stand for iPad. The case combines the functionality of 350-degree swivel covers with bright patterns. The rotation makes it easy to switch between different activities, like typing, reading or watching videos.
The design allows easy access to all buttons and ports without having to remove the case. Supports auto wake/sleep function.
Available in five colors: Black, Brown, Beige, Red (shown above), and Pink. ⇢ eBay – from $8.99.
BluCase iPad Sleeve. BluCase shop offers on Etsy gorgeous sleeves for tablets and e-readers. This single design is three times cheaper than usual. It’s available in dimensions fitting iPad 4/3/2, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.
Exterior is made of natural washed linen. 5mm lightweight foam will protect the tablet from scratches, bumps, and dirt. ⇢ Etsy – $5.90.
Golla Ralph Carrying Sleeve for iPad. This fresh-looking sleeve will fit iPad 4/3/2, but also iPad Air. It holds your tablet in place and prevents scratches with the soft lining. It includes a stand-lip for easy viewing, and a practical zippered pocket for essentials. ⇢ Rakuten – $2.90.
Slim Smart Magnetic iPad Case Stand. Size versions for iPad 4/3/2, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. If you want a cheaper alternative to Apple’s original case, this is an interesting option.
The front is made of durable PU leather, with built-in magnetic closure that supports auto wake/sleep function. The three-section cover can fold into a stand, both horizontal and vertical.
The case is available in eight colors, including White, Light Blue, and Black. ⇢ eBay – from $5.89.
kate spade new york Snap-On Case for iPad Mini. This case costs more than $15, but, hey, it’s kate spade new york! We’re pretty sure this price won’t be kept on Best Buy for long – it costs three times less than elsewhere.
This snap-on case features fashionable black & white diagonal stripes on the outside, and the pink interior. ⇢ Best Buy – $19.99.
360-Degree Rotating iPad Air Case. The unique design with a rotating swivel meets the fashionable design, being an attractive and functional way to carry and protect the iPad Air. Soft scratch-free microfiber interior adds comfort and an extra layer of protection. ⇢ Rakuten – $5.95.
Compass Rotating Leather Case Stand for iPad Mini. The case provides full access to iPad Mini ports and buttons. It’s an attractive and functional way to carry and protect your tablet. Soft lining will protect and clean iPad’s screen when not in use.
Rotary swivel allows 360-degree rotation for landscape and portrait usage: reading, typing, or viewing. ⇢ Rakuten – $6.95.
Ulak Rotating Stand Case for iPad. Make from durable faux leather, it has a soft interior to protect against scratches and clean the display. The rotating mechanism lets turn the case into a stand for convenient movie watching, reading, or writing. Supports tablet’s auto wake/sleep.
Fits iPad 4/3/2. Available in seventeen colors and designs, including Purple Giraffe (featured above), Blue Chevron, Polka Dot, and Leopard. ⇢ Amazon – $4.99.
Amazon Fire cases
CellularVilla Rotating Swivel Stand for Amazon Fire HDX 7. If you assume you can only get a boring black case for under $5, you are wrong. Just take a look at this gorgeous floral case from CellularVilla.
It offers all features a rotating stand cover has, but it’s available in twenty bright color designs. Plus, you can get a version for other Amazon Kindle Fire models as well, including earlier generations. ⇢ Amazon – $4.99.
360 Rotating Stand Case for Amazon Fire HD/HDX 8.9. This standard rotating case sports not only a low price tag, but also a unique and elegant black & white checkered grid.
Size versions for the 8.9-inch Amazon Fire HD and Fire HDX. Lost of colors to choose from, including Grid, Flowers, and Polka Dot patterns. ⇢ eBay – $5.99.
TheOne Amazon Fire HDX 7 Folio Case Cover. Made of eco-friendly, faux leather. It can be transformed into a stand, with two positions available: for viewing, and typing. Magnetic cover automatically puts your device in a wake or sleep mode upon opening or closing.
There are five colors to choose from: White, Black, Pink (above), Blue, and Red. ⇢ Amazon – $6.95.
“Kreated by Kim” Amazon Fire 7-inch Sleeve. Fits Fire HD 7 and HDX 7, as well as other 7-inch tablets like Google Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.
This beautiful floral pattern sleeve is hand crafted Utah, using high quality materials. Each layer is reinforced with fusible interfacing giving your pouch extra strength and durability. ⇢ Etsy – $5.99.
KaysCase X-Shape Cover for Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. This case is made of durable high-grade PU material. It wraps around all four edges for extra protection. Lightweight and stylish heavy-duty case for your Kindle Fire HDX.
Available in five colors: Black, Blue, Hot Pink, Purple, and Clear. ⇢ Amazon – from $1.99.
Poetic StrapBack Series for Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. This is one of the most chic cases in this overview, and its thanks to a special carbon-fiber design with diagonal stripes that interestingly reflect the light, producing the eye-catching effect.
This single design from Poetic is available in seventeen colors, including eight with carbon-fiber surface. ⇢ Amazon – $4.95.
Fosmon Dura-Fro Protective Case for Amazon Fire HDX 7. This case is meant to resist more. It’s made of thermoplastic polyurethane to better protect against drops, bumps, scratches, dust, and dirt. The case is engineered precisely to fit your device, but you will have full access to all ports and buttons. ⇢ Best Buy – $6.99.
rooCASE Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Origami Slim-Shell Case. A cheaper alternative to Amazon’s Origami case. This stylish and creative case features lightweight polycarbonate shell case with a matte finish. It folds like origami to become a stand – with landscape, portrait and typing orientations.
Available in five colors, including Matte Black, featured above. ⇢ Rakuten – $12.98 (67% off).
August Lion Leopard Smart Case Cover for Amazon Fire HDX. Designed exclusively for Amazon Fire HDX 7″. The case features a leopard print on the outside. Ergonomic design allows easy access to all buttons and ports. The foldable front lets it turn into a viewing or typing stand. ⇢ Amazon – $5.95.
Samsung Galaxy Tab cases
Fintie Slim Folio Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Available for all three sizes (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1). It’s a premium cover made from vegan leather. It can transform into a horizontal or vertical stand. A soft, non-scratch microfiber interior prevents the device from dirt and scratches.
The case comes in a variety of over 20 bright colors, including Panda Pattern, Polka Dot Magenta, Orange, Navy, Houndstooth Black, and ZG Panda Pattern (seen above). ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
Future Vision Case Cover For Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. A slim protective case cover with a hard plastic back and a foldable PU leather front cover. It comes equipped with a number of accessories: USB cable, car charger, stylus pen, microfiber cloth, and a screen protector.
There are dozens of colors and patterns to choose from. ⇢ eBay – $13.50.
Slim Fit Folio Cover Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab. Designed exclusively for Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, this camo style case offers flip capability to transform into a horizontal viewing stand. There is an interior pocket for documents and credit cards.
This design is available in other colors and for other Galaxy Tab models as well. ⇢ Rakuten – $5.95.
ACdream Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Flip Case. The case is made of high quality PU leather, with a soft microfiber interior. It can transform into a stand, supporting two positions: viewing and typing. The case has a smart holder for stylus (pen is not included, though). The microfiber on the inside has the same color as the outside.
The case is available in five colors: Black, Hot Pink, Apple Green, Purple, and White. ⇢ Amazon – from $8.90.
Dealgadgets Rotating Samsung Galaxy 4 Stand Case. There are versions for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1. This affordable stand case rotates 360 degrees for flexible landscape and portrait viewing or writing. Soft microfiber interior and premium PU leather exterior perfectly protect the device against scratches and dust. The case has cutouts for all ports and buttons.
Available in eleven colors, including Brown, Green, and Red. ⇢ Amazon – $9.98.
Ivy Fashion Series Flip Stand Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. This beautiful case is made from PU leather (outside) and microfiber (inside). It can be used as a stand. It was designed specifically for Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, so it offers a convenient access to all functions, cameras, buttons, and ports.
Ivy Series is available in six designs, including Flowers & Butterfly (shown above), Peony, and Wintersweet. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
ACcase Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Flip Case. Available also for Tab 4 7.0 and Tab 4 8.0. The case is made of high quality PU leather, with a soft microfiber interior. It can transform into a stand, supporting two positions: viewing and typing. The case has a smart holder for stylus (pen is not included, though). The microfiber on the inside has the same color as the outside.
The case comes in five colors: Black, Hot Pink, White (featured above), Purple, and Apple Green. ⇢ Amazon – $5.90.
CellularVilla Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8 Smart Stand Case. Specifically designed for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8, this rotating stand case provides all-round functionality and protection. Premium quality printing adds style. This particular version sports a special embossed surface in Midnight Blue.
There are versions for the 7, 8, and 10-inch Galaxy Tab 4. Colors to choose from: Black, Blue, Camo, Pink, and Midnight Blue. ⇢ Amazon – $4.99.
Google Nexus cases
Aero Armor Protective Case for Google Nexus 9. Heavy-duty cases are relatively expensive, but not this time. The case from Aero Armor features the high-tech armor plating design combined with multi-layer construction for maximum impact resistance. Silicone material provides good grip, and corners are reinforced with extra bumpers.
The case is offered in eight colors, including Red, White (shown above), and Orange. ⇢ Amazon – $8.99.
ID Card Magnet Google Nexus Stand Case. Designed exclusively for the 9-inch Google Nexus. This lightweight design allows easy access to all ports and supports tablet’s wake/sleep function.
Available in as much as ten colors, including Gray (featured above), Purple, Bronze, and White. ⇢ eBay – $15.19.
Fintie Smart-Shell Case for Google Nexus 9. This case from a leading seller of tablet accessories is cheaper on Rakuten than on any other site. It’s a lightweight but protective hardback made from premium PU leather. This tri-fold cover can transform into a viewing or keyboard stand.
Available in several colors (you’ll have to perform extra search on Rakuten to find other variants). ⇢ Rakuten – $11.99.
Smart-Shell Google Nexus 9 Case. being a perfect balance between functionality and style, this case was custom designed to fit Google Nexus 9. Ultra slim back cover adds minimal bulk while giving maximum protection. Transforms into a stand, supports sleep/wake function.
Available in Black. ⇢ eBay – $9.00.
E LV Google Nexus 9 Case Cover. This case features one of the most popular designs, blue top and black & white zigzag pattern on the bottom. It’s a regular 360-degree rotating stand cover, but its shock absorbing design is “engineered to absorb, evenly distribute and circulate the impacts into case body.
The case is available in several colors. Besides Zigzag, there are also Red, Brown, and Solid Purple, among others. ⇢ Amazon – $11.99.
Universal tablet cases
Aokdis Universal Case for 7-inch Tablets. This is one of the most popular universal tablet cases. It has a smart mechanism to hold the device in place. Instead of corner straps it has special tabs One of them – on the right side – is adjustable, so that you can put the devices that differ in size.
This case should be able to fit many 7-inch tablets. Available in over twenty designs, both plain color and pattern, including Hot Pink shown above. ⇢ Amazon – $4.99.
GreatShield Brief Series Tablet Sleeve with Stand. This sleeve is compatible with 7 and 8-inch tablets. It offers, what is quite unique for sleeves, the ability to turn into a viewing stand. It’s lightweight but solid, giving 360-degree protection from bumps, drops and scratches.
There are two colors to choose from: Gray and Black. ⇢ Rakuten – $9.95.
KraftyCuts Padded Tablet Case. Handmade from cotton and wool, this sleeve is simple and feels very natural. It should successfully accommodate 7-inch tablets, like Amazon Fire HDX 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7, but not iPad Mini.
The sleeve is available in four different designs. ⇢ Etsy – $10.
Irulu Universal Adjustable Case Stand for 7-inch Tablets. This cover stand features a new solution for holding the device. There are corner tabs attached to the back cover on elastic bands. Thanks to that the device is kept tight, positioned centrally. There is also a side elastic band to keep the case securely closed. ⇢ eBay – $9.95.
Kamor Universal Tablet Case with Keyboard. It’s certainly one of the cheapest and most popular keyboard tablet cases. The standard 80-key keyboard connects with a tablet via micro USD cable (there are also two adapters in the set), and is embedded on the inside of the front cover.
The keyboard is compatible with Android and Windows powered tablets. Four size versions are offered: for 7, 8, 9,and 10-inch tablets. You can choose from six color versions, including Light Blue (featured above), Black, and Red. ⇢ Amazon – $14.99.
Incipio Invert Reversible Universal 10-inch Folio Case. Reversible dual-color design makes this case very special. It’s made of vegan leather exterior with soft touch finish, sot that you can feel smooth comfort in hand. Interior grip pad works in combination with the four elastic loops to secure the device in place.
Suitable for most 10-inch tablets. Available in four colors: Red (shown above), Black, Blue, and Pink. ⇢ Amazon – $4.64 (limited quantity).
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