You have access to all the different buttons and ports on the Trident Kraken case. The volume buttons have been replaced with these two plastic buttons so you can reach through the case. The back is not protected until you put on this protective film. It protects the logo, but not the lens, which is a little weird. This case has a kickstand, which I think is a strange application, because this case is really for outdoorsiness and ruggedness. I don’t know very many places where you would use a kickstand when you’re being all outdoors and stuff… The great thing about this case, though is you can take off the hard plastic case and use the silicone just in a casual setting as the box described. But as difficult as it was to get this on, I would not do it… Another strange thing is they included a 3.5mm extender, so you can use headphones.
These are not unlike each other, they’re very similar, now that I have the Otterbox Defender in my hands. The home button is a little bit different. Instead of being an entire button, it just a little rubberized part of the silicone case. Otterbox decided to use silicone buttons for the volume and a raised silicone button for the screen lock. The screens both feel the same. They both have a built-in screen protector, not the easiest thing to use while texting. It’s not that it’s not responsive, they just don’t have that iPhone texting feel. The back does have a built-in back protector. Again though, the lens is unprotected. As far as belt clips go, the Otterbox definitely beats out the Trident. This thing looks like a whole other case. Other small differences include the speakers being exposed on the Otterbox, on the Trident they are not. And the Otterbox actually has some weird configuration with the headphone jack. It seems this was built for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. As you can see, that would fit the iPhone 4, and that is where the iPhone 4S’ jack lays. So you can’t put you headphones right out of the case, you have to lift up this silicone flap and then put it in. Then you have this floppy piece of silicone.
As far as weight goes, they both weigh about the same, the Trident is maybe a little heavier. I don’t know if that means its necessarily more protective, but it does feel heavier.
I wish there was a way I could show you how rugged they are in a real-world sense, but neither of these have been paid for and the iPhone is not mine to throw about. I really just want to throw them against the wall, but I can’t…
You can’t really go wrong with either one of them. I guess in the end it’s these little tiny details that make a difference. Alright guys, if you have a question about the Otterbox series, the Trident cases we carry or a question about any of the items we sell, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-866-GEEKS-93 or you can contact us via Livechat , Facebook or email. Our office hours are Mon-Fri 8AM to 4PM PST and as always there is free shipping to the US and Canada. This has been Camera Geek, and you got it from a Geek!