Seems like most of the cases for tablets fall into 2 categories, folio book cover type and rugged outdoor type. With rugged cases, some might look tough and claim to survive any extreme situation, but only a few can back it up with actual results of independent testing. Aegis series of cases definitely falls into the later category. I have tested a number of Trident cases in the past with various smartphones and tablets, and can tell you with certainty they mean business. And here is why.
The case arrived in a very nice package with a front clear display window to give you a full visual of the product. Flipping it over reveals a detailed list of all the supported features to give you a nice walk though of what to expect. I think the one which I was impressed the most with: tested with 26 drops onto a concrete from 4ft. I would never want to experience that, but knowing someone tested it already gives me a piece of mind. After taking the case out of the box, you do realize it's not exactly featherlight at 162g, but most of the weight comes from the inner silicone shell with an excellent shock absorption property and full wrap around design with added corner protection. For additional protection, you also get a 2nd layer of hardened PC material which holds inner silicone layer from pulling around the sides and has a grip assistance handle along the sides. The bottom two speaker ports also have a dust filter built into PC layer.
The inner silicone layer has power and volume up/down buttons sealed and covered, and offers flap covers for micro-usb charging port and headphone jack. I do have to note that power and volume buttons have a nice tactile response, but power button was a bit harder to push in comparison to volume. Perhaps that was an intension so you don't accidentally turn it on if you drop the case, but if you want a more touch sensitive response you can always put a little piece of sticky/mask tape inside of the rubber button to improve it. Camera port had a precise opening and a padding around for extra protection. On a front of the case, you get a nice wrap around protection and bezel coverage which enables you to put tablet face down without a worry of the display glass touching a surface and also additional skid protection. And speaking of screen protection. it's very rare to see it with other cases, but Trident also provides you with a quality scratch resistant screen protector. That was a very pleasant bonus.
Overall, this is one great case worth considering if you are planning to use your Nexus 7 outdoors or perhaps you let your kids play with a tablet or use it in a car mount (like the one offered by Arkon which are in partnership with Trident) over the bumpy ride. Any of these activities will give you a piece mind knowing this case was tested already by dropping it 26 times onto concrete from a 4ft height Also, on Amazon for $35-$40 its not a bad value.
Here are the pictures.