Surprisingly, not a lot of case have been made to make the iPad 2 really childproof. Sure there are child-friendly cases out there but only a handful can completely protect the iPad from a child.
First and foremost, you want to protect the iPad from bumps and drops. Then you also want to protect the screen from scratches and getting poked at with other objects. Finally, you want to protect the ports and buttons from gunks or liquids.
What we got here is the Kraken from Trident which offers complete protection to the iPad 2 and iPad 3G. Sure it makes your slim iPad rather bulky but if your kid uses it a lot, you want the case as tough as it can be.
The Kraken for the iPad 2 is comprised of two parts: the silicone sleeve which adds a layer of protection within the case, and the polycarbonate case (front and back) which houses the sleeved iPad.
First thing you do is slip the iPad into the silicone sleeve. Some parts of the sleeve will protrude out of the case such as the corners to protect the edges, and also the sides for a better grip.
Then the back and front polycarbonate case are clipped together to cover the iPad. There are two latches on top to firmly hold the two parts together although they don’t split up easily. The latches aren’t really toddler-friendly as there are sharp edges and it looked like it might not withstand repeated drops.
What I like about the case is that it has a built-in screen protector so you don’t have to worry about your kid poking the screen with a fork or a pen or from smudges and sticky food.
Screen sensitivity is not affected for the most part even if I already have a screen protector installed but I find it a teeny bit unresponsive when doing very quick repeated swipes. The screen protector is not really scratch proof so when it eventually acquired a lot of scratch marks, you have to replace the whole case.
It’s also nice that all ports are protected so that you don’t have to worry about your kid shoving gunk inside them. The audio jack, the 30-pin connector, the buttons are all enclosed in silicone. This also makes the iPad spill-proof. The only exposed area is the camera lens but the hole still has a rubber siding to prevent liquid from seeping in.
The hole on the Apple logo is protected with a plastic screen. The speaker portion on the lower left is protected by a micro dust filter, keeping out dust and debris particles.
What I find missing is a built-in stand or even a clip-on stand for this case. The Kraken makes your iPad a bit heavy and holding it while your kid watches a video can really put a strain on your wrist.
Anyway, as I said, I think there are only 3 or 4 other brands available that offers complete protection to the iPad which would make it last really long on a child’s hand and Trident’s Kraken is one of them.
Trident cases haven’t made their way yet in the country but you can order these Kraken for the iPad 2 online for $49.95 which I would say is fairly affordable compared to other heavy duty cases out there. It also comes in black, red, camo green and pink by the way.