What We Got
We received the iPad case inside a simple, clear package that allowed the beautifully designed case to pop up. A very good first impression! Immediately, I put it on my iPad, the assembly was very easy to do and it took less than a couple of minutes to complete. So far so good!
The specific model we received was the Kraken A.M.S. Case for iPad 2, iPad 3 or iPad 4. This attractive case is made of a very sturdy black hardened polycarbonate shell, and a shock-absorbing silicone inner layer. The corners and the sides also boast the shock-absorbing, slide-preventing silicone quite prominently. All the holes for ports, camera and microphone have flaps also made from the same such silicone, that you can tuck in or out as needed. There’s an empty circle that’s been left on purpose on the back of the case that allows Apple’s logo to display. This is actually where you would snap on the back rest, which you must purchase separately. There was no sturdy cover, but a clear, built-in screen film instead.
It was easy to see the Trident’s Kraken A.M.S. is a very well designed, high-quality case. The most important features it claims to possess or to protect your iPad from are:
- Military standards – Military tested: I don’t really know what this entails exactly, but it sure sounds good for something that intends to protect. It must be that it’s able to withstand extreme duress, falls or bumps. So if you have little “destructo” hands at home, this military grade might just be what you want.
- Vibration resistant, rain/water and wind protection – cool!
- Dust filters – Never really thought of it before, but now that I know about this, it’s good to know dust ain’t sneaking inside my iPad through those tiny holes. Very cool!
- Green – Degradable, compostable, and recyclable. Now, that’s really cool!
This iPad cover has held up extremely well. I put the iPad on my purse or book bag or toss it on the passenger seat or the glove compartment. I handle it daily, and there’s not a single scratch on the case so far. Of course I handle it with much care, but I appreciate the protection and hope to keep a shining, scratch-free case much, much longer!
I must say, I was used to my old case’s hard cover which you could flip to convert into a back rest. So at first, I was a little concerned for the lack of a sturdy cover on the Trident’s iPad case. As time passed, however, I haven’t really missed the cover all that much. The clear protective sheet seems to have been adequate enough. As far as the back rest though, that’s another story. Both Super Hero and I really, really, really miss being able to stand up the iPad, or to free our hands when we read for long stretches of time. We use the iPad a lot for our read alouds, audio books, language apps and many other educational or fun apps. It’s really not a major problem to find a book or something to prop it up on a table or the kitchen counter, but during bedtime … holding it on your hands, or trying to prop that up somehow while you’re lying on bed is just not that much fun. And besides, I don’t know if it’s the polycarbonate or the protective layers that add some weight, but it can get pretty heavy after holding it up for a while.
In a Nutshell
This is definitely a good-looking, sturdy, well-built, protective iPad case, just as Trident claims. I felt my iPad was very well protected, and I appreciated that and the peace of mind. If you don’t mind having to purchase the back rest separately, which is a must in my opinion, and the extra weight, then the Kraken A.M.S. Case for iPad 2/3/4 is an excellent choice. The price is $69.95 for the case (this does not include the back rest), and you get to choose from an assortment of bright, vivid colors. I’m certainly glad to have had the opportunity to use this top-notch iPad case, suitable for everyone owning an iPad, from young kids to adults.
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