I like my phones like I like my woman – Naked. But I decide to give Trident Case for my iPhone 5 and iPad 2 a try because I want to see if there is a rugged case in existence that won’t put a bulge in my pockets…and no I’m not happy to see you.
Pros: Cases will protect your iDevices like the best of them without sacrificing a slim profile.
Cons: I could do without the silicone plugs that protect all the ports from dust/debris.
Personally (and professionally) I hate phone cases. Especially the “tough” or “rugged” cases that are supposed to protect your phone from drops, cracks, and other mishaps that I otherwise always end up fixing for my customers as a part of my Mac repair business. The main reason why I hate these type of cases is because they are bulky and I REALLY hate bulgy front pockets. For most of the iDevice cases I’ve seen, you always end up sacrificing sleek and sexy for safe and secure…Something I haven’t been willing to do in the past.
Probably not the best way to start a case review post I suppose. Which is why I was surprised at myself for agreeing to review the Cyclops iPhone 5S case and the Kraken A.M.S. iPad 2/3/4th generation case from Trident Case. Trident Case boasts the same features that most other rugged case manufacturers boast, but what peeked my interest was that the cases weren’t actually as thick as some its competitors. So I decided to give them a go and tried both cases out on my devices for a couple of weeks.
Cyclops Case For Apple iPhone 5/5S
Again, you check out the feature list for the Cyclops Case and you will find similar bullet points that other manufacturers tout: Eco-friendly, shock-adsorbent plastic polymer/polycarbonate material combination that’s Military-tested drop (up to 4 ft. on concrete), vibration, dust, sand, and rain resistant. Built-in screen protector to stop your screen from getting scratched up.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t do any serious testing outside of shoving my phone in the same pocket as my keys — Which should be all the phone testing you need to do. It also got slammed around in my computer bag with all my other gadgets. For the little testing I did, the Cyclops Case held up its end of the bargain by keeping my iPhone safe and scratch free.
But that’s not why I agreed to review the Cyclops Case. I really wanted to see how much bulk this thing was going to add to my iPhone…which in the end, was very little. Of course, with all the protection Trident Case claims Cyclops can shield your device from, there was some girth added to my device. BUT not nearly as much as other cases.
Comparatively speaking, the Cyclops Case boasts a super slim design that can slide in and out of pockets of ease. So my REAL test was the “pocket bulge” test. To my surprise, the case passed the test, and I hardly didn’t notice the phone in my pocket. I’m lying, I did feel a difference going from no case at all to a military-tested rugged case. But it was a difference I could live with considering the amount of protection the case provided my phone.
Kraken A.M.S. Case for Apple iPad
Same goes for the Kraken A.M.S. Case for my iPad 2. Now, the iPad case did add some noticeable heft to my iPad, more so than the Cyclops on iPhone. On my iPad, I didn’t mind, especially now that my kids are at that age when they can grab my iPad, enter the pass code, and go off and do their thing without my assistance.
The Kraken uses a triple-layer polycarbonate/silicone/polycarbonate sandwich for drop/crack protection, with a built-in screen protector to make sure my iPad screen doesn’t get mysteriously scratched up by monsters…or ghosts. The Kraken is also military-tested to withstand drops onto concrete from 4ft up, vibration for up to 18 hours, 7.9 inches of rain at 40mph for up to 1 hour, and dust/sand for 3 hours at up to 60 ft. per second.
Which brings me to my only gripe about The Cyclops and Kraken cases…There are little silicone plugs that keep dust and debris out of the power port, audio-jack, and speaker slots…Which means every time I went to charge/sync my device, listen to some music through my headphones, or mute my phone, I had to peel back one of these plugs. That got annoying real quick in the beginning, but I reluctantly got used to digging my nails in the silicone plugs over time.
In the end, Trident Case did win me over to using a case with the slim design of the Cyclops ($39.95) and Kraken A.M.S.($69.95) cases, not to mention that you don’t need to be member of the ‘Oceans Eleven’ to open these cases, but even with their added dirt and debris protection, the plugs would force to choose another line of Trident Case, like the equally sturdy and slim Apollo Mesh Case for iPhone 5 or the Aegis Case for iPad.
I will definitely rock with these cases, that is until the new line of iDevices drop in a little over a month from now. Will have to circle back with Trident Case to see what new hotness they have in store the iPhone 6.
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