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- Rated 4.5 stars
- Trident Kraken AMS Case For iPhone 6 Plus
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- Cosmetic AppealEditor: 80%
- Design & Build QualityEditor: 90%
- FeaturesEditor: 80%
- FunctionEditor: 80%
- Value For The PriceEditor: 100%
Trident's newly redesigned Kraken AMS Case adds rugged durability without the bulk.
A few weeks ago, we took a look at OtterBox's Defender Series for Apple's iPhone 6 Plus and found it to be a less than stellar execution of a rugged case. This time around, we are going to take a look at Trident's Kraken AMS model that is also made for the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus.
Trident is one of the newer names in the mobile accessory game having been founded in 2010 yet they have made a large name for themselves in the five-year period. I visited their CES booth the past two years and both times, I was impressed with the quality of their products at the affordable price-points.
In order to make this review possible, Trident supplied me with a sample Kraken AMS case for iPhone 6 Plus in the black color variant that retails for around $49, but you can snag one on Amazon for just under $27. Rest assured, this review is based solely on my experience using the product as my daily driver on my iPhone 6 Plus for a two week period. No outside influences or bias have had any effect on the outcome of this review.
Design & Build Quality
This year's Kraken AMS model has been redesigned to be smaller and lighter than previous generations without sacrificing any protective benefits. Unlike the Otterbox's three piece design, the Kraken AMS is a two-piece structure comprised of a silicone interior with a polycarbonate exterior for maximum durability.
Overall, the build quality is pleasing for the low price-point, and I would even say it rivals or surpasses that of its significantly more expensive Otterbox competitor. For those who are interested in staying environmentally friendly, Trident boasts their Trident cases are made with “Green Protection” meaning the polycarbonate build materials are degradable, compostable, and recyclable
While the Trident Kraken AMS is rather compact and affordably priced, it still comes packed with some competitive features. Similar to its Otterbox Defender Series rival, it lacks any waterproofing features although it does provide full 360-degree protection from accidental drops, falls, and dings. It also offers a non-adhesive screen protector built into the front layer of the case, an essential component for keeping your 6 Plus screen free from scratches, dings, and damage.
The polycarbonate exterior acts as a rigid skeleton for the lanky device, something that drastically reduces the chances of any unwanted bending in your Apple device. Trident chose to keep the corners as silicone as it helps better absorb the impact when dropped from high distances.
According to the Trident website, the Kraken meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810F and has passed the following tests:
- 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.
A fold-out kickstand is directly integrated into the back of the case and tucks away nicely, but can be extended via a sturdy hinge when needed. All ports, buttons, switches, and cameras can be utilized while the case is equipped besides the SIM card tray, an element that is not accessible until you remove the case. There is no coating or material over the TouchID sensor (simply a small circular cutout) so your unlocking experience via fingerprint is uninterrupted by the case.
Following the trend in rugged cases, Trident included a branded belt holster for instances where your pockets might not be the ideal place to store for your oversized device. If you read my Defender Series review, you already know that I don't care for this type of thing in a real-world setting however it is nice to see it included at this price. Its belt latch can be arranged in a kickstand position just like the Otterbox version although the holster has an overall cheaper feel to it.
Performance & Function
Transitioning from testing the Defender Series to the Kraken AMS has been a surprisingly pleasant experience. In regards to everyday, real-world use, the Kraken is more convenient to use in almost all areas. The considerably smaller bulk factor is appreciated when placed in my pockets and when using the device one handed.
The smooth polycarbonate build material slips in and out of pockets easier than the Defender Series' rubberized slipcover yet the downfall is that it is naturally more slippery when handling. Having the integrated kickstand has been a useful component that I use more often than I'd have thought. The hinge is weighted well so it won't slip out of place when extended, and the kickstand firmly snaps into place so it will stay out of the way when not in use.
My biggest concern when evaluating the case was the non-adhesive screen protector after my awful experience with the Defender Series. Fortunately, Trident nailed this execution and using the touch screen is just as fluid and comfortable as the bare screen. I can type, swipe, and multi-touch without any interference or degradation in performance so I have am more than pleased in this area.
When it comes down to it, my experience with Trident's Kraken AMS Series trumped that of Otterbox's Defender Series even though it costs nearly half the price. The Kraken is smaller, lighter, more appealing, fits better in my pocket, is easier for one-handed use, and most of all doesn't negatively affect the use of the multi-touch screen.
If you're looking for rugged protection for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, I would seriously consider Trident's Kraken AMS line. It offers an impressive amount of value on the dollar and even outperforms its higher-priced competitors. I would even go as far to say it is one of the best rugged cases on the market for Apple's iPhone 6 Plus at this time.