As resilient as devices like the iPad 3 are, they are not indestructible. As such, you shouldn't travel with one unless it is adequately protected. The best way to keep your tablet from becoming scratched or cracked is to invest in an iPad 3 case.

At one point, most tablet and laptop cases were fairly plain and boring. They were typically black in color and featured no designs or patterns. Today, that is no longer the case. Covers now come in just about any color or pattern that you can imagine. No matter your preferences, you are sure to find a protective case that matches your style.

The most popular kind of iPad 3 case resembles a pouch. Made from soft, durable materials, these cases do a good job of protecting an iPad or other tablet from damage like scratches and cracks. These cases also do a fair job of protecting a tablet should it be dropped from a reasonable height. If the tablet is nudged off a tablet or topples off a bed, for example, these cases should provide adequate cushioning and prevent broken parts.

Another popular type of case is the case cover. Resembling a book cover, these cases wrap around the tablet and close using a latch, belt or band. These types of covers are well-liked because of their crisp, professional appearance. Many of these holders also have space for a keyboard or other accessories, allowing busy business people and fast-paced consumers to carry everything they need in one nice, tidy bundle. For those who want a leather look without paying a leather price, there are faux leather cases that look just like the real thing.

When it comes to choosing a color for a case, the sky is the limit. While traditional black is still very popular, colors such as red, blue, green and white are also in high demand. Even leather-like cases can be had in such shades as pink, orange and purple. In addition to a wide variety of colors, iPad cases can also come styled with many different patterns. Stripes and polka dots are among the most popular, but there are many different styles to choose from. As affordable as these cases are, you can even choose to purchase several so that you always have a cover that matches your mood or attire.

An iPad is not a cheap toy, and it should not be treated as such. You can keep your valuable tablet safe and secure by purchasing a customized cover or case that will keep your device from becoming damaged or broken when you move from place to place.