Posted on April 19, 2014
Trident Smartphone and iPad Cases
About a month ago, Trident Case sent me a couple of their Made In The USA products to try out. And try them out I did.
I received the Military Edition Cyclops Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 (sadly, the Marine Corps version, lol) and the Military Edition – Kraken A.M.S. case for Apple iPad 3 (approvingly, the Army version, lol).
The first thing I noticed right off the bat were that these things were rugged and fit perfectly on both my iPad and my S4. There was no need to make the cases snap properly or put up with a small misalignment. As soon as I attached the Cyclops to my phone, I immediately threw it on the ground a few times. The Cyclops is comprised of two parts: a polycarbonate front plate and a mix polycarbonate/Thermo Plastic Elastomer (TPE). Both pieces snap together and, as far as I can tell, won’t ever come apart unless you WANT them to. In spite of the fact that I had just purchased my new Galazy S4, I took Trident at their word and risked losing my phone. However, my phone was perfectly intact with no scratch or dents to the phone.
The screen on the Cyclops works well with the S4. I haven’t experienced any issues where I went to touch a letter or a link on my phone and it didn’t register. The Cyclops actually becomes an extension of the phone, instead of a burden to it. I keep my phone in my pocket, with my keys, coins, and other items. The screen hasn’t scratched or pitted at all. In spite of it being a Marine Corps style case, it did exactly what I expected it to do and what the manufacturer said it would do. While I didn’t test this case in a field environment, I tried to put it through as much as I could. I kept the phone on a lanyard while mowing and weed eating to simulate dusty conditions on two occasions, both windy. I also accidentally tried to close my car door on it when I didn’t notice the phone fell out of my pocket and my phone (and the case) didn’t suffer a single crack or break.
After finishing with the yard (and taking a shower), I removed the case to see how much dirt and dust collected inside the case. This is one of my pet peeves of phone cases – the collection of junk between the phone and case over time. After removing the case, the phone still appeared to be brand new. There was no dust or dirt hidden in the crevices that I could find. The Trident Case locks your phone in TIGHT! The case protects power and audio inputs with port covers that snap in place. Finally, it provides excellent protection against accidental splashes and rain, as I found out during a sudden downpour about a week ago.
The only negative thing I have to say about the Cyclops is that the ports are inaccessible with certain types of chargers. Depending on how thick the charger it, the case prevents the cable from fully engaging with the phone. This could be easily fixes with a less shallow case width or a wider opening for the cable. Additionally, if you use a card swiper for your business, or in my case a non-profit, it is difficult to plug those devices into the audio jack for the same reason.
I have no doubt that the Cyclops case is a great accessory for troops in the field or even in a combat environment if you have one that works there. I’m not sure if it’s indestructible, but it’s probably as close as it can get!
I had similar results with the Kraken Case for iPad, although I didn’t throw it on the ground. It’s not as easy to replace a broken iPad as it is a broken phone. However, I have no doubt, based on my experience with the Cyclops, that the Kraken works just as well. The iPad is securely nuzzled inside the case, swaddled in a protective Trident outer skin. The screen does not interfere with iPad apps or typing at all. It also has special port covers that protect the opening for power and audio adapters.
This case Series includes silicone on the inside, with a hardened polycarbonate exterior, making it less susceptible to wear and tear. It also meets the following Military Standards for Drop, Vibration, Dust, Sand and Rain:
– Drop (Mil-STD-810F, Method 516.5) – 26 drops onto concrete from 4ft.
– Vibration (Mil-STD-810F, Method 514.5) from 20-2000Hz across 3 different axes for a total of 18 hours.
– Dust (Mil-STD-810F, Method 510.4) – blow dust for 3 hours at 29 ft / sec.
-Sand (Mil-STD-810F, Method 510.4) – blow sand for 3 hours at 59 ft / sec.
– Rain (Mil-STD-810F, Method 506.4) – 7.9 inches per hour of rain at 40 mph wind velocity for 1 hour.
While I think the prices are a bit steep for the military versions of these cases, I also think that it will be the last case you have to purchase for the life of your phone. Probably not what Trident wants to hear, but it’s music to your phone’s ears!
About Trident Case: Based in Southern California, Trident Case was founded in May 2010 with the mission to create the toughest cases available for the ever-expanding mobile device market. Trident Case has its own manufacturing facility and in-house design team focused on creative innovation with a determination to offer revolutionary designs.
Trident Case launched its first two series of protective cases, Kraken and Cyclops, in October 2010, and has grown exponentially month after month ever since. Today, Trident Case’s portfolio includes six different product series, with more than 550 SKU’s that are available across the globe.