The Trident Aegis Case for Apple iPad 2 offers a two-pronged approach to protecting your tablet. The first line of defense against bumps, drops, and bruises is a hard polycarbonate plastic outer shell, and underneath it lies a silicone wrap. Trident also includes a screen protector with the Aegis case, and the polycarbonate shell includes a hinged kickstand that supports the iPad 2 in portrait mode. All three components of the case fit snugly together, though perhaps a bit too snugly; I never did manage to get the silicone layer to lie completely flush with the iPad 2.
Installation is quick and doesn’t include any difficult stretching or maneuvering to get the case on the iPad 2. First, slip the silicone sleeve around the iPad 2, and then tuck in the screen protector if you’d like to use it. Next, snap the kickstand into the polycarbonate shell and snap the shell around the back of the iPad 2. It clings to the top of each side and along the bottom edge of the tablet. I found it easiest to start with the right side first, lining up the button covers on the silicone layer with the cutouts on the polycarbonate shell.
The problem I had with installing the Aegis case is that when I snapped the outer shell on, it pushed up on the soft silicone layer underneath, resulting in buckles around the bezel of the iPad 2, particularly in the upper left corner. It creates a sloppy look, and it provides areas where dust and grime can collect. It also created a problem with the front-facing camera. The cut-out in the silicone for the front-facing camera is hardly any bigger than the lens itself, so that when the silicone isn’t lying perfectly flush with the iPad 2, the edge of the silicone creeps into the edge of the frame.
The silicone has a larger cutout for the rear-facing camera, and it includes covers for the screen lock/mute switch, volume rocker, power button, and headphone jack on the top edge. The covers for the headphone jack and lock/mute switch can be flipped back, providing access to the controls with the iPad 2 in the case. The volume control and power button remain easy to control through the silicone. The silicone layer is doubly thick in each of the four corners, providing additional shock-absorbing protection.
The only port that remains uncovered is the docking connector on the bottom. The silicone has a large cut-out on the bottom of the back of the iPad, making it easy to fold out the stand. And the stand itself has a small slot so that you can access the docking connector whether the stand is folded out or snapped shut. The silicone wrap and outer shell each have a small screen- or grill-like cutout that lines up with the iPad 2’s speaker to prevent any audio degradation when the case is used.
Trident describes the screen protector as “scratch and smudge-resistant,” but I found multiple instances of each within minutes of taking the case out of its packaging and installing it on an iPad 2. And my kids weren’t home when I was working on this review! Like any screen protector, it will show its fair share of abuse in short time.
I suggest testing it out in a store before you purchase to make sure that you can get the silicone sleeve to adhere tightly to the case when the outer shell in snapped on. The materials used are of high quality, but unless you can get the silicone layer to stay flush with the iPad 2, it detracts from the Trident Aegis case’s appeal. If it passes the in-store test, you should know the Trident Aegis Case for iPad 2 costs $39.95 (list) and is available in one of five colors: black, red, blue, green, and pink. To be clear, the silicone is black on all models, and the polycarbonate shell provides the color option.