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The unicorn of iPad cases? That’s Zugu.


Maybe unicorns really are real -- at least when it comes to Zugu iPad cases, which are so good they're almost magical.
Maybe unicorns really are real -- at least when it comes to Zugu iPad cases, which are so good they're almost magical.
Photo: Zugu Case

Since ancient times, the legendary unicorn has been described as a horse-like creature with a single horn projecting from its forehead. Considered magical and unique, the mythical beast has come to signify a one-of-a-kind treasure.

The only iPad case we’ve found that comes close to fitting that description is Zugu Case. It’s just right in so many ways, no matter which iPad you have. That’s what makes Zugu the unicorn of iPad cases.

Zugu Case: The unicorn of iPad cases

Zugu iPad cases may not literally be magical, but they’re the unicorn of iPad cases for a lot of good reasons. Just ask any of their many fans on Amazon, where they’re the top-rated and most-wished-for of all iPad cases.

Zugu Case founder Tim Angel launched the company in 2010 after selling everything he owned, including his bed. He made the very first Zugu prototype out of paperboard. And today he remains the company’s sole owner, keeping a close eye on quality control.

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And speaking of quality, Angel can clearly describe just what makes Zugu superior to so many other iPad case brands.

“The other large brands have about 80 steps to manufacture an iPad case,” he told Cult of Mac. “We have over 160, plus we actually test every case with a real iPad to make sure it works well. We stand by our product and will repair any iPad that gets damaged in our case.”

Did you catch that? Zugu is so confident in its product that the company will cover the cost of fixing your iPad if it breaks while in the case. Not every case manufacturer can say that.

Zugu cases’ most popular feature

Zugu Case shown in a variety of settings: That's one versatile iPad case.
That’s one versatile iPad case.
Photo: Zugu Case

You can set a Zugu iPad case at any of eight angles in magnetic slots to view the screen. Most cases don’t offer that many. And because each case is entirely magnetic, you can stick it to a metal surface like a fridge. That makes it easy, for instance, to view a recipe while you’re cooking in the kitchen.

“Our magnetic kickstand is our customers’ favorite feature,” Angel pointed out.

Military-grade drop protection for any iPad

Zugu iPad cases aren’t just the unicorn of iPad cases. You could say they’re the Goldilocks, too. They’re “just right” in their thickness — not too thick or too thin. That’s why the cases protect iPads from the most common drops, Angel said.

“99% of drops just fall 3 to 5 feet onto the floor, so we made our case just thick enough to withstand military drop-testing certifications, but at the same time not being too bulky,” he said.

Stylus storage and fine appointments

Zugu's got top-rated cases for iPads in all sizes.
Zugu’s got top-rated cases for iPads in all sizes.
Photo: Zugu

And with Zugu iPad cases, details really matter, and they make your life easier. Each case has two spots to store an Apple Pencil or Apple Pencil 2. You can stick it in the magnetic slot to charge, or you can stash it in a secure elastic sleeve when you want to make sure it won’t get knocked off while you move around with your iPad.

Zugu cases also offer plenty of quality in the company’s choice of materials. Plus, you get a choice of more colors than many other brands offer, too.

“We use high-quality materials that were inspired by the interior of luxury cars,” Angel said. “And we offer six different colors when most other name brands just offer two or three.”

8 great traits of the unicorn of iPad cases

Zugu cases are truly the unicorn of iPad cases.
Zugu cases are truly the unicorn of iPad cases.
Photo: Pexels

There are plenty of reasons Zugu iPad cases are so popular:

  1. Zugu cases are certified for 5-foot drop protection.
  2. Each case features eight magnetically stabilized angles for viewing the screen, which is more than you find in most cases.
  3. You can affix a Zugu case to any metal surface because the whole case is magnetic. That allows easy, hands-free use.
  4. Each case has two spots where you can store an Apple Pencil or Apple Pencil 2 — one charging slot and one elastic slot.
  5. Luxury automotive interiors inspired the cases’ high-quality materials.
  6. You can choose from six different colors: black, cognac, navy blue, red, purple and a new, limited-edition pine green.
  7. The company donates 10% of profits to charity, including Children International, a nonprofit that helps break the cycle of poverty.
  8. Zugu offers a two-year warranty and 30-day free returns.

Zugu iPad cases range in price from $29.99 for older models to $89.99 for the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro case.

Where to buy: Zugu Case or Amazon


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