When it comes to giving your iPad the ultimate amount of protection, you have a wide variety of choices. One such choice comes from Trident Cases with their Kraken case, available in a number of different color choices from their website at $69.95 or about $33 on Amazon.
If you’re in the market for this type of case, then you’re most likely already aware of the amount of added bulk that you’ll encounter. Compared to many alternatives, the Kraken isn’t as bulky, and it’s rather stylish and feature-filled. The design of the Kraken is quite stylish, offering silicone handles on the back for an added level of rear grip.
In terms of cutouts and openings, you’ll find flaps for the 3.5mm headset jack, side switch, and the 30-pin dock connector. For the buttons, you’ll find covered silicone numbers for the power button as well as the two volume buttons, all of which provides for an easy and extremely tactile “click.” The rear-facing speaker’s audio is rerouted out of the top of the case in the lower-right, which decreases the volume and overall audio quality. Moving onto the front, you’ll find a silicone nub for the home button, as well as some cutouts at the top to accommodate the front-facing camera and its surrounding sensors. Lastly, on the back of the case is the rear-facing camera cutout.
Oh, and one must not forget about the integrated screen protector, which will continue to work if you just so happen to have a screen film already installed onto your device. One thing to note is that there is a noticeable gap between the integrated screen protector and your iPad’s display, so if you type or tap a lot, this could become quite annoying rather quickly.
Installation is pretty straightforward, although it’s not the quickest of installs, so this isn’t going to be your typical “slap on and go” type of case.
If you opt for the Adaptive Modular System (A.M.S.) version of this case, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase add-on accessories that can be installed onto the back of the case, such as a stand of some sort. If you don’t, this will result in the Apple logo on the rear of your iPad being exposed all the time. So, for most people, it would make sense to get the non-A.M.S. version.
To wrap things up, the Kraken is an all-around excellent case for those who wish to give their expensive tablets a hefty increase of protection. The case fits well, looks good, and protects all of its vital features and ports. If you’re in the market for a case that gives you this much protection, then picking it up from Amazon at over half-off the retail price is actually a worthy purchase.