Privacy Screen - iPhone 7 Plus

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  1. ivanwi11iams macrumors 65816

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    Come on, own up, who has a Privacy screen on their iPhone 7 Plus?
    As a leader of 5 employees, I use privacy screens for my monitors at work. I often deal with wages, etc. and I love them (3M). Albeit they cost a fortune.

    Yesterday, someone walked up to my desk, picked up my phone and started to look at it. "Oh, is this the iPhone 7 Plus, Black...? How did you get it?"
    Needless to say, I had to quickly set them straight. But, this morning, it dawned on me, having a Privacy screen on my phone, might not be a bad idea. Especially for when on flights and the likes.

    What's your take on this?
     
  2. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    I had one on my iPhone 6 Plus...just waiting for a reputable brand to make one for the iPhone 7 Plus.
     
  3. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    I'm not messing the the clarity of the screen! That's one of the nice things about the 7s... their gorgeous brite screens... all privacy protectors have at least some negative impact on that! NOPE!
     
  4. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    The screen on the 7 Plus is incredible. How high do you have your brightness? Auto? More than half? And did you have a privacy protector on your previous iPhone? Just curious.
     
  5. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    Oh i agree that the screen is amazing! That's why I would never put a privacy screen protector on it because ALL of them affect the screen to some degree!!
     
  6. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using a privacy screen on my devices for a couple of years now, ever since I started working in a cubicle farm.

    Warning: this turned in to a bit of a long rant... if you don't feel like being preached to, skip to the tl;dr.

    My wife noticed me starting to use it and she wanted on as well and so she's been using one almost as long as I have.

    I would not continue to use a device from this point forward without having a privacy screen protector applied. We do so much on our phones now just anywhere we feel like. We have private conversations in public, we do our banking sitting at the lunch table with other people and we do internet browsing while sitting around with a group of friends. Do you really want people being able to see everything you're looking at?

    And this isn't even about people looking over your shoulder anymore. The viewing angles on these phones (in general, not just an iPhone) and the screens are so large now that I can read someone's email on their phone sitting several feet away from an angle. I can see them put their PIN number in or I can see their keyboard light up when the type their password in.

    I had one instance happen recently and where I was in a meeting and I was feeling snippy and I messaged my co-worker kind of a sarcastic comment. That phone was sitting on the conference table face up. It went off and that person didn't even notice it had gone off but the person sitting in the next chair did, read the message and looked over at me. I would have never had that problem with my device.

    I understand how some people feel that it messes with your screen. It does. I couldn't count the number of times I've been frustrated because I wanted to take a picture but needed to hold my phone at an awkward angle and couldn't see what I was taking before I did. But for everytime I've had that happen there's been another instance when someone has walked up behind me and told me that they thought I was just staring at my phone because all they saw was a black screen.

    Call me paranoid, because I also don't use Wifi access points that I don't have direct control over as well, but I think that in today's world if you're not seriously considering a privacy screen protector for everything that you do on your phone in public then you're not taking the security of your private information seriously.

    tl;dr - Privacy screen protectors rock and you should SERIOUSLY be considering their usage in today's world to protect your information.

    I haven't gotten my 7+ yet but my wife got her 7. I ordered Tech Armor's ballistic glass 4-way privacy screen protector and it was absolute ****. I'll get an album together a little bit later. Suffice to say that it should barely qualify as a 2-way privacy screen.

    I saw iCarez had thier 4-way screen protectors up on Amazon this morning so I ordered them. They barely cover the actual screen and doesn't go to the edge and it's plastic and not glass but at least I know from experience that it will be private.
     
  7. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    I used a Tech Armor Privacy Screen on my iPhone 6 Plus...was my first experience with a privacy screen, and yes, some of those same issues arose like having to brighten the screen when taking pictures or seeing things in the car, but for every instance when people would ask why I was looking at a black screen, I knew it was doing the job. At the release of the iPhone 7 Plus I couldn't find one by Tech Armor, since that was the previous brand I had. So I decided to chance a chance on this brand:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H74MYVE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I had never heard of the G-Color Brand, I just ordered this one a few days ago and the "hey why are you looking at a black screen/I thought your phone was off" comments have started. Still the same issues for having to lighten the screen when taking pictures is present, but I feel like that's a minor trade off for the privacy you get. It's not quite Edge to Edge but it definitely covers the screen entirely, unlike with my first iteration for the iPhone 6 Plus, I could see light peeking through on the sides. I am throughly pleased with it. This one doesn't have a matte finish which I like ( I think the glass may be darker).

    I also ordered their edge to edge tempered glass protector which should arrive tomorrow. If that goes well, I may install the privacy screen right on top of it!:eek:

    I've had my eye on the privacy screen from the Klearlook brand, an I've heard good things and also seen pictures from others here, alas it does not have Prime shipping and would arrive anytime soon. Guess I'll wait it out while I test drive the G-Color brand.
     
  8. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the link, I ordered one for my wife. Maybe it will work out for her. But the GColor is only a 2-way privacy screen so I'll definitely pass on it for my device.
     
  9. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    Zagg just released the Privacy screen for the 7 plus! It may not be edge to edge!
     
  10. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    How is the iCarez 4-way working out for your Iphone 7 plus? Thanks!
     
  11. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty well. No difference from my experience on the 6+ or 6S+.

    Still my favorite out of everything I've tried because of the 4-way and it actually works.
     
  12. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. That's sounds great
     
  13. kjparfekt macrumors regular

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    I had a white iPhone 6 Plus and got a 3M privacy screen but didn't want people to know so I cut it with a paper cutter to the exact dimension of the screen rather than the whole front of the phone. It created a small lip when swiping up or down but was very necessary because I had employees that I did not want to see my screen.

    It definitely cuts down on the quality of the screen so I removed it once the work need was gone. Overall if you want privacy for specific reasons I highly recommend getting one.
     
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    thanks for the heads up...I may have to try it out!

    EDIT: after adding to my cart, it says unavailable.:mad:
     
  16. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    I like your that idea of cutting the privacy screen down to the same size as the screen size. :)
     
  17. blaine07 macrumors 68000

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    I ordered one too. I think Amazon is over loaded tonight. It kept giving me the very same problem too something I finally did let it go through
     
  18. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    Yea, I tried again a few hours later and it worked. Never seen that kind of error with AMAZON before, because all items in my cart were unavailable. Mine will arrive Wednesday.
     
  19. blaine07 macrumors 68000

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    Exactly identical thing it was doing to me, too. Yeah, never seen it either. Was bizarre.

    I think mine comes Monday or Tuesday. Probably won't install it right away but not sure.

    [​IMG]

    Just been stocking up on protectors this week so...
     
  20. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    I ordered the KlearLook but didn't apply it. It didn't protect as well as the iCarez.

    My wife wanted me to cut her privacy protector because she had a white iPhone as well and I never got around to it and she really just got used to it. Although this time around she had me order her the black iPhone so that it wouldn't contrast.
     
  21. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    :eek: stocking up seems like an understatement
    --- Post Merged, Dec 18, 2016 ---
    My G-Color one has been more than perfect. It's not a privacy one, but a glass one that feels identical to the regular screen and is edge to edge, not to mention works flawlessly with my Apple Silicone case. I have an extra G-Color one, so if I don't like the Klearlook I can't install my other one.
     
  22. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    Back with a brief review of the Klearlook Privacy Screen.

    As mentioned I have an Apple Silicone Case, with regards to that, there is a gap larger than the G-Golor Screen Protector previously used, so dust and other things get trapped here occasionally.

    With regards to privacy, the screen works pretty much like the others with regard to how low you you have your brightness setting. Personally for me, my slider is usually placed directly under the wifi symbol. Privacy is horizontal, not vertical. So it really depends on how close in proximity you are to someone else and the environment/lighting you are in.

    The biggest downside for me is the fingerprint smudges it accumulates. At times when using it the fingerprints can give off a raised 3-D affect if that makes sense.

    Overall, it's decent.
     
  23. blaine07 macrumors 68000

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    For what it's worth I've had a overall good experience with my Klearlook took. Smudging isn't too bad on mine but I've noticed the "3-D effect" your mention. Overall pretty good screen protector though. Meets my simple needs
     
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