Trident Aegis Series for the Samsung Galaxy SIII

Striking a good balance between rugged and light, Trident has recently released the Aegis Series case for the Samsung Galaxy SIII. This is a case catered to people who want that extra protection without adding too much additional bulk to the phone. Being a newer name to many Trident packs a series of cases inspired by mythical creatures. Their maximum protection case, labeled the ‘Kraken’, is listed as a level 4 protection on their site, while the Aegis case comes in at a level 2. So, as you can see if you’re looking for that maximum protection, maybe something for the outdoors, this isn’t the case for you. For those with a casual lifestyle, read on.

First Impressions

     I have to give kudos to Trident on several things. First off, it’s nice to receive a case without impossible to open packaging. There is nothing more irritating than trying to open a phone and having to destroy the packaging with various tools just to get into your new case. Just a small sticker holds the packaging around the case and with just a quick pull you’re in. Next up is the overall look of the case. Regardless of how functional it is, how well the case works or how easy it is to install, to put it bluntly, it just looks cool. Their Trident logo and the construction of the phone give it a very unique, almost nautical, feel that many cases can not replicate. As an added bonus the case also includes a self-adhesive screen guard and microfiber cleaning cloth.

Do Not Ever Remove This Case

     The title pretty much says it all, once this case goes on, you’re not going to want to take it off. I knew the packaging was too good to be true. Consisting of only two pieces, a hard shell and a silicone inner skin much like the OtterBox Commuter, you would assume installation would be breeze…nope. This case is a real pain to put onto your phone, it’s frustrating to install and it’s very difficult to line up the ports correctly. It’s as if every side needs to go into the hard shell at once which is impossible. The silicone buttons that protrude from the side always get caught on the edges and it will take several minutes just to create something that even resembles a complete case. If you’re someone who uses a dock, someone who changes cases throughout day and someone who has difficulty applying cases then avoid this one. It would be much too angering to change daily.

     Even in use the case can be frustrating, the silicone plugs that cover the ports are by no means waterproof , but still somehow manage to be a real pain to remove. Getting each plug out is only half of the fun though, putting them back in the ports is just as annoying. They never feel like they are in correctly and always look crooked.

The Price of Protection

     Ringing in at around $25.00, the price you pay for the protection isn’t that bad, but it isn’t that good. Two very similar designed cases, the OtterBox commuter and Seidio Active case, are priced much more reasonably than the Trident Aegis Series. Both of these cases have the ability to be installed within a matter of seconds instead of minutes and the Active case has its’ own kickstand which gives it a lot more functionality. What it comes down to is, is it worth it? Honestly I’m going to have to say probably not, if a family member or friend asked if they should get this case I would probably steer them toward the OtterBox Commuter or the Seidio Active Case. Does this case look cool and unique? Yes. Is it worth the Headache? No.

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  • Durable materials used
  • Phone design is very aesthetically appealing
  • The most horrible case assembly experience
  • Perfect size for casual users
  • Will make the phone noticeably thicker
  • Should still be able to put into pockets since their no included holster
  • Able to provide good drop protection
  • Silicone plugs works sometimes, frustrating to use
  • Included screen protector and microfiber cloth
  • The frustration related to this case does not justify the price.
  • $35.00 off of the official site and around $25.00 through Amazon
Worth it?
no yes

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