Get a grip on your iPhone 6/6S
Today we’re going to do a review of the Cyclops by Trident. This is a tougher slim case that handles well, is apparently really tough against a slew of different environmental effects and has a built a screen protector. Despite all that, there are a couple of quirks with this case which involve dust protection and handling.
For our Trident Cyclops Review, we’ve given the case a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. If you’re looking for similar cases that have built in screen protectors, check out the Thule Atmos X4, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro and the Poetic Revolution. If you’re wondering what other iPhone cases we’ve reviewed, check out our comparison tool!
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(out of 5)
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- Very grippy
- Holds up well over time
- Dust protection is over-rated
- Screen sensitivity is reduced
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- Due to the many gaps in the case, it is recommended that you clean the iPhone periodically
- A little bulky
- Single piece case is easy to install
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4/5):|
- Case fits well but there are significant gaps between the front/backs of the case
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- Droppable from 4ft
- Dust protection is lacking due to gaps in the case
- Multiple layers
- Built-in screen protector
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Cutouts for headphone jacks and lightning port connectors are large
- Excellent access to the iPhones buttons
- Very "grippy"
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (4/5):|
- Screen protector reduces sensitivity
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Design – Great materials but what is with the screen protector?
In terms of design, the Trident Cyclops is a bulkier case. The inside of the case seems like its been designed to take more than just 4ft worth of drops as it has several features that make it seem tougher than the 6ft drop rated Griffin cases that we have.
The case comes in two parts and we are generally not too impressed with the screen protector as one of the corners can be pulled apart quite easily which gives a higher chance of having dust/debris collect between the case and iPhone.
Taking the case apart is a giant pain at first and but the secret to taking the Cyclops apart is to pry the edges from the backside of the case and work along the edges of the case. The Trident Cyclops maintains its shape well and is extremely “grippy” and we can safely say that this is one of the grippiest cases that we’ve reviewed.
However, despite being “grippy” if you place the front of the case down on a flat surface, your iPhone is going to go flying off that flat surface which is an odd quirk for a case to have.
Protection – How tough is it really?
In terms of protection, the Trident Cyclops is drop rated to 4ft, vibration rated to 18 hours at 2000Hz and has a bunch of other protection details that are generally irrelevant to a normal person but are probably necessary to achieve MilSTD 810F standards. There’s no way for any person to verify any of the tests so all we did was drop the Trident Cyclops to see if it stays together. It generally does and if want to see how much the case comes apart, check out the review video for the drop test.
We do have an issue with the dust protection as Trident makes it seem like this case is much more dust resistant than other cases but the giant gaps along the edges of the case tell a different story. For example, the gaps between the bottom flaps are large enough that you can see the iPhone. The gap in the screen protector is significant enough that any sort of pocket lint will end up between your screen and screen protector which will slowly damage the screen.
Functionality – Great access to the ports and buttons. Screen? Not so much
In terms of functionality, getting to your iPhone’s buttons and ports require you to go through flaps which are easy to deal with and allow you to use a large assortment of different sized cables and headphones. Sound for the Cyclops is neat as it projects sound through the front of the case and covering the speaker port doesn’t mute the sound which is nice.
The screen protector on the Trident Cyclops is the bane of the Cyclops existence. There are no diffusion or rainbowing effects but the gap between the screen protector and the iPhone is noticeable. The gap between the iPhone and the screen is quite noticeable when you’re dragging across the screen of your iPhone so certain mobile games will get annoying over time. Aaron noticed this the most while playing Rebuild 3 as his zombie survivors kept getting dropped off at the wrong spot.
Tapping and scrolling isn’t too bad in the Trident Cyclops but again, its another product that makes your wonderful iPhone just that much harder to use which is a shame since Apple puts a lot of care in how we interact with their products.