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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

The folks from Trident Cases were nice enough to send me a review unit of their brand new Trident Cyclops for the HTC EVO 4G. I must say, after putting this case on and using for a few hours, there are several reasons that this is my new favorite case, and I'd like to do some show and tell.

My first impression of the Cyclops was actually a direct result of its packaging.

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There's a lot that can be said for good, clean packaging, and this box delivers with some cool tech info and a QR code that takes you to a video of a Trident employee smacking around an iPad in one of their cases. I like this.

The case itself comes in 3 parts: the front and back polycarbonate shells and a silicone ring that wraps around everything.

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As you can see, I got the black case, but unlike pretty much every other true heavy duty case, the Cyclops offers some really nice color variety. You can get blue, yellow, black, red, white, and orange. All the cases look totally sweet, but I'm a black-case kind of guy. You can't really see it in the pictures but, in terms of protection, the Cyclops really takes it to the next level. There are clear PET screen protectors covering the screen, front camera, proximity/light sensors, rear camera, LED flash, and a dust-proof screen for the speaker. These are complemented by the silicone ring having protective flaps for the headphone jack and the charging/HDMI ports.

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By the way, those covers for the headphone jack and charging port are actually easy to pull off but stay secure when you want them to. They also are designed in a way that prevents tearing. On my Otterbox Commuter the covers are hard to remove and on my Seidio Rugged they are starting to tear, so the Cyclops is a welcome change of pace.

The case looks very good on the phone and doesn't add too much bulk. It fits nice and tight and neither the phone nor the set of clips holding the case together wiggles or creaks at all. You can't even tell that there is a screen protector built into to the case or that there are protectors on the cameras.

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The bit of bulk it does add makes the phone much easier to hold as well as the buttons easier to press. For this small amount of bulk, clocking in at a mere 8oz and some change (compared to the Seidio Rugged's 12 oz and the Otterbox commuter's 6oz), it offers superior drop protection. I accidentally tested that on my patio while taking these pictures. Not a mark on the phone nor on the silicone ring or polycarbonate case. Awesome.

Overall, I love this case. Offering an incredible amount of protection from dust, smudges, scratches, and camera damage without impairing functionality of any part of the phone is impressive. The only downside is a lack of a holster option, but a little birdy tells me that this may be coming soon. For $34.95, the same price as the Otterbox Commuter (not even the Defender, which would offer similar protection to the Cyclops) and $15 less than the Seidio Innocase Rugged, this is an amazing purchase. I recommend it.

You can (and should) pick up your own Trident Cyclops for the EVO 4G from Trident's website HERE.

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • Songii Pruitt

    I am EXCITED about this product!!! I wanna do the review of the Droid X PLEASE!!!

  • xdalaw

    Nice review. Hadn't heard of this case before. Just ordered one. Hope the holster becomes available soon, as the lack thereof was the only downside to this for me.

  • http://D2global.com D2GlobalInc

    Good stuff - but would it fit an evo with an extended battery and it's included modified backplate? I'm on the lookout for a case like this but that can fit the ext battery... Help! ;)

    • Alex

      I also have the Innocell extended battery and it seems like this case won't fit.
      For it to fit, a case needs to be completely silicone.

      Although, you could heat the back of the case to about 302F in the oven and then reshape it :-) see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbonate

  • MN

    Because of this article, I gave up on waiting for the Otterbox EVO Defender and have put in my purchase for this. Can't wait for full protection!

  • Neil

    What I would like to know before ordering is:
    1. How good/bad is the screen protector in not showing fingerprints?
    2. Does the screen protector show blotches where it contacts the screen?

    • Brad

      It is very good about fingerprints. It resists with the best of them. The only time I had blotching was when I used a cleaning fluid on my phone's screen and the inside of the screen protector. When I used only a dry cleaning cloth, there were no blotches.

      • Neil

        Thank you for your very rapid reply. I currently have Sprints silicone case and an InvisiShield protector. I'm ordering this case today.

  • Evildad

    I suggest you check the web and Facebook for problems regarding bluish pictures and the proximity sensor not working well.

  • Feragola

    Seidio Rugged is still the best case despite the "Cavemen" claiming they have ripped flaps off and broken off the corners, I have used the case in real world harsh conditions for the past 6 months without any of these problems.

  • Lisa

    Hey Brad,
    Now that it's been a while do you still feel the same?

    I've been researching four hours for a case that will protect my new evo.

    I like these cyclops cases but the reviews are very hard to find. Would like to know what you think now that you've had it a while.

  • Rob

    i have had this case for a couple months now. I am not a big fan. The screen protector feels detached from the screen, and does not feel completely smooth, very noticeable when using swype.
    I also see spots on the screen that look similar to moisture under the screen protector. I've cleaned it multiple times with a dry cloth, and they always come back. It is also sometimes difficult to type when holding the phone in portrait orientation around the edges. The added bulk around the screen can make it troublesome to select characters on the edge of the vertical keyboard.

    On a positive note, the case is very sturdy and offers excellent protection. I am a plumber and my phone looks like new while surviving the environment of a construction worker.

  • xdalaw

    Rob-
    Thanks for the update. I haven't used my Cyclops much as I'm waiting for a holster. (I hate to carry my phone or throw it in a bag, etc. I'm a holster kind of guy.)
    I'm most interested in the durability of the case in real-world conditions. I'm not a Swyper user, so the screen is responsive enough in my limited use, even with my own screen protector already on my EVO.
    Am looking forward to using mine more this spring when hiking, etc.
    -- Andrew

  • David

    I've had this care on my evo for about 3 or 4 months, had a couple small falls.... (off desks and my lap). 5 mins ago I accident knocked it off my 2nd story balcony railing about 20 feet to the ground covered in large river rocks. No dents, scales or scratches..... well worth it! Otterbox ain't got whit on trident on the evo.

  • Steven

    I'm using it right now but my only problem is the glare in the sun and the amount of dust and dirt the case grabs

  • D. Kane

    Cyclops: Love the case, love the look, love the protection. It's one of the few out there that I really seriously considered. Feels awesome in hand and won't slip out easily. Had an issue with the PET flash protector on mine, but not on husbands. Called the company and got a rep on the phone right away. Discussed it and then they sent out a replacement for me! What better CS can you ask for? It's true what they claim, they strive to make you 100% satisfied! And I am... Would buy another in a different color for fun! GET IT... You won't be disappointed!

  • alison

    Great review! My 18 month old recently cracked my screen on my EVO and after much bitching at the Sprint store I got it replaced. Since Sprint no longer allows upgrades every year I needed something to withstand a little one. This case is very durable and is sleek. I have mine in pink and although its not cute, its practical and sleek. It feels big, but I knew that is what I wanted when I purchased this phone. If you have little ones I recommend this case! As with your home your phone will also need to be baby proof! :)

  • dalton

    so to be clear the extended battery does NOT fit? i have been looking everywhere for a non silicon case that will protect my new replacement from shattering again

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