Monday, May 19, 2014

Trident Kraken A.M.S. iPad Case {Crew Review}


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Trident Case sent me their iPad case, the  Kraken A.M.S. Case for Apple iPad 2/3/4 ($69.95)This is a super heavy-duty case that is designed to be military-grade with an inner silicone shell (which comes in eight colors) and a heavy duty polycarbonate shell (black).

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I was very excited to have a solid case with a built in screen protector --  much better than the adhesive plastic screen saver that has been on it.  I also loved the idea of dust filters, and rain/ water protection. I had high hopes for this product. The boys and I really enjoyed watching some of the tests that the Kraken case has been put through by Trident’s test team:

Certainly, if it is strong enough for a baseball bat, my three boys and I should be pretty tame testers!

How This Product Worked for Us:  I was so excited, I honestly did not read any directions or look at the little instruction booklet to learn how to put it on (the direction booklet was one of those multi-lingual, picture-only guides). 

2014-04-22 14.58.55Just out of the shipping box, I can tell that it will be very helpful to look for red as we hunt down the well used iPad throughout the house (boys in the house have a tendency to leave it on the counter, couch, floor, etc.)

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After removing the case from the plastic box, I easily figured out how to take apart the hard, black plastic top and bottom (exoskeleton).  Here, you can see the black frame that is the screen protector and facing of the case.  The red silicone becomes a frame that provides shock absorption and covers the edge of the entire iPad as well as the entire back of the iPad (minus a cut out for the Apple symbol). The corners have double layer of silicone for extra shock absorption.

2014-04-22 15.04.18It was very easy to fit the red silicone around the iPad.  The silicone covers the home button as well as covering the outlets for earphones, slide buttons and the charging cable.  Once the exoskeleton is on, these silicone covers provide very snug protection. 

Here is the cover for the side slide button (we use it for turning the volume to mute):

And here is the cover for the headphones:
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After fitting the red silicone, the front cover is placed over the screen. A piece of advice:  make sure you clean your screen well before clicking the black frame.

In the picture below, you can see two small red holes.  This is how the front will clip into the back.  When I took this picture, I didn’t realize that the top/ screen frame needed to be placed on first, and that the back piece is the last to clip in.

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Here is a picture of the final clips, with the case securely protecting the iPad:

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I had been really, really pleased with this product…until I went to write this review just a few days ago.  While removing the exoskeleton, I noticed a small corner of the black frame had chipped off!


I will not lie to you:  I was very disappointed to see this.  The iPad has made about five car trips, but has never been dropped further than 2 feet off the ground.  Even those drops (which number no more than a dozen) have all landed on a well carpeted floor.  The case has been removed twice since I first put it on.  Really, you should be able to remove the case, clean a few errant hairs or dust particles off the screen, put the case back on and not have the polycarbonate ship off in a corner.

I mean, we didn’t take it off with a baseball bat!

I contacted Trident right away.  Since the Kraken A.M.S. has a one-year warranty, they quickly shipped out a replacement to me.  Should be here within a week of filing the complaint.  I would say that their customer service was very responsive!

In other news…..we have had smooth sailing in access all the ports and buttons and function on our iPad with this case.  The screen cover is very responsive to our finger swipes and pointing, and I’ve had no trouble accessing volume controls or anything else for that matter.  I’m really happy with the double layer of silicone at the corners, which I know has saved us some bumps.  The case does add some weight and bulk to the iPad, but I think it is worth added weight to protect the investment.

We did purchase the accessory stand for the Kraken A.M.S., which allows us to prop up the ipad on a table. This wasn’t required for the review, but I knew it would be very helpful for the many ways we use our iPad in the home and in school.


My recommendations & thoughts:  In the long run, I’d rather have a $70 iPad case crack than a $400+ iPad crack.  So,\the Kraken A.M.S. iPad case is doing its job.  But at the same time, I’d really rather not have to worry that the case cracked within a month of owning it.  I’m grateful for good customer service, but you can bet that I’ll be back in 6 or so months to let you know how the Kraken A.M.S. holds up over a longer period of time. 

In all, I would recommend this product.  While it may be baseball bat-proof, it apparently is not Reaping-A-Harvest-proof, so I would recommend you continue to treat your iPad with much care even when using this exoskeleton product

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