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).
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).
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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