Month: July 2016

Best Screen Protector for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6

full-screen-coverage-protection-tempered-glass-screen-protector-for-iphone-6s-6I recently purchased the Nillkin iPhone 6 / 6s Screen Protector and this product arrived on time in good condition. I was looking to buy a good quality screen protector for my 6s phone as the previous one I used a few months ago had cracked on the sides. I liked the fact that this screen protector is ultra-thin, producing amazing clarity and shatter proof ballistic tempered glass protection. It also maximizes the touch screen sensitivity while maintaining 99.9% touch screen accuracy. It has been designed to prevent air bubbles and accommodate any type of case. It comes with proper instructions so it is easy to use and fits my screen very well and keeps it protected, I was happy!

Screens arrived in original packaging which were shipped in a small shipping box. Installation of the screen protector was straightforward. After carefully cleaning the phone using amicrofiber cloth, I removed the backing from the glass protector, I placed the protector on the screen, ensuring the holes were not covered and it was centered. Once I was satified with the placement, a single tap in the middle caused the protector to deal with the screen.

  • COMPATIBLE MODELS: Apple iPhone 6/6s (4.7 inch) (2015,2016). Precisely laser-cut specially designed to accommodate all phone specs
  • PERFECTLY ENGINEERED to be slightly smaller than the actual iPhone 6/6s screen to prevent air bubbles and accommodate any type of case
  • STATIC CLING between the screen and the screen protector maximizes the touch screen sensitivity while maintaining 99.9% touch screen accuracy
  • GLASS is TOUGHENED under high temperature to make it ultra-thin, producing amazing clarity and shatter proof ballistic tempered glass protection
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I rely on amazon for reviews of nearly everything before I buy. One of the reasons I shop so much on Amazon is the amount of healthy customer feedback about the products there. I like to give back to the community by reviewing items myself. My reviews are always honest and accurate to my experience. Some items are offered to me for a discount. My opinion and review is never persuaded by this fact. I do not only review items that are sent to me at a discount either, the majority of my reviews are on items that I paid full price for. With that in mind, this item was sent to me for a discount in exchange for a review. I have thoroughly tested it and my reviews are always 100% honest and are not affected by the discount given. If you found this review helpful & would like others to benefit from the information here, please click YES at the bottom.

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Cell Phone Privacy Protection Bag 100% Anti-tracking Anti-spying GPS Rfid Signal Blocker Pouch Case Bag Handset Function Bag

Mobile Phone Signal Blocking Bag Pouch Case
Mobile Phone Signal Blocking Bag Pouch Black

This high quality bag have 3 basic functions: Anti-radiation, with this bag it can prevent you from being damaged by the wave radiation that produced by cellphones; Anti-degaussing, when you put your ID card,bank cards such as IC Magnetism card into the bag, it can aviod magnetism lost and information leak; Anti-Siganl, with this function,it prevent people from being tracked and if you don’t want to answer the phone, you can put the phone in the bag,then the phone will tell “Calls can not be connected.” Compatible with: iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, LG Optimus, MOTO X and more.

After reading about readily available boosters that will allow thieves to activate keyless entry when your key fobs are within 100′ or so (examples: at home when parked in the drive way), I got two of these to store the keys at night (mine and my wife’s). It’s a perfect size for that. Am I likely to have my car broken into this way? Probably not, but it was a $7 solution that has a little loop on the back I can use to hang it with my keys in it, right where I used to hang my keys.

My Nexus 6 – not a small phone – fits in it, as does my Fire Phone (smaller), so odds are yours will fit too. I tried calling the phone in the bag… nothing. The bag works. However, I’d advise placing a phone in Airplane mode before putting it in, lest you drain the battery as it tries in vain to find a signal.

Other things – cards, etc. – will fit too. Great little pouch at a good price.

I had my doubts about whether this would work as described, but it completely blocks all signals from your phone. I was not able to send messages to the phone while in the bag either by wifi or cellular connection. Amazing for such a simple product that is very effective.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ Review: Not just larger, better sound, better features.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple iPad Pro 12.9

THIS is the iPad I had been waiting for all along. I have had the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Air 2, and this one beats them all as it is faster and has the right screen size for my work. I have had it now for 11 days and here’s what I think:

Is it a laptop replacement for me? NO.
I have a Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 that is almost as slim, has a touchscreen that turns into a tablet by folding over and is fast and has a 500GB SSD as I run many software programs like Tableau, Adobe Photoshop and other analytics software and need a full featured laptop.

So why did I buy this expensive iPad Pro? (Gold, 128 GB WiFi)
It is FAST. The A9X chip makes it blazing fast with quick uploads and downloads. The iPad 3 had slowed to a crawl.

It is still light, just similar to the pre-Air models, just a little bigger. In bed, where I use it a lot I have to prop it on a pillow and that’s more comfortable as I like to lie on my side and read or watch a movie. When sitting down on the couch I simply hold it and rest it against the couch arm. In a cafe, I keep it in the case and read it resting on a table. It’s a little big and gets heavy if you’re holding it one hand and don’t support it on something, but the size is what I like.

Here’s what I mainly use it for:
– Reading Books, Magazines, Newspapers, blogs, Research reports and web browsing:
I love reading digital magazines, paper issues are so passe and clutter up my home. Whether it’s Vogue, Wired, Business Week or a research report. This iPad screen (inside the bezel) is exactly the size of a print Vogue or Wired. Was that coincidental? Maybe not! New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal look and read fabulously on this beautiful and crisp screen. Models looks impossibly beautiful in Vogue, ready to leap off the pages. (See pics shot of the iPad Pro screen with Vogue magazine in a dark bedroom in this review)

Books are a pleasure to read, especially if you read cookbooks, art books and others that need a large color format. Textbooks are gorgeous on this iPad and you actually want to read them!

Research reports from eMarketer and PDFs from Forrester, read well. I can zoom into graphs and charts, and read everything on one page without having to slide from side to side as with the older iPads. My favorite blogs and other webpages are easy to read too without sliding over or zooming in all the time. I can see a FULL webpage at one time just like on my computer screen. This is a huge plus.
The ability to switch between apps and see one in a side panel is also nice as I can have something like wikipedia, email or notes running on the side while I do some other work on the main panel and refer back and forth.

Watching movies and shows:

Wow! That’s what I said when I heard the speakers the first time. Up until now I had to use accompanying products to listen to sounds during a movie, either a headphone or for watching with someone else, a Bose Sound dock. Now I can watch the movie with the native sound, the speakers are really nice. I can of course, keep using my favorite bluetooth headphones too. The screen is amazing, it’s light enough to prop up and hold on a pillow next to me and watch while lying on my side. I am closer to my movies and shows and it’s a different immersive experience with no distractions unlike TV watching. It has made me go to bed earlier in the night as it’s so nice to use in bed.

Videos can also play in screen like PIP from those older TVs. It’s a nice feature if you like keeping a tab on some sports action or for video conferences.

I love looking at paintings in detail, so art books and books about painting, drawing and other art are excellent on this size. I can zoom in to see the colors unlike a paper book. I can even put a tracing paper or parchment on the screen and create my own interpretation of a picture or painting.

I haven’t received the pencil yet as it’s still on backorder and no store has it in stock. I do “zendoodling” and drawing, so it would be fun to see if the pencil responds well and create more digital art. I agree that physical mediums are more tactile, but the speed at which I can draw and duplicate patterns or parts of paintings or edit them digitally offers me more creativity and freedom. I could not explore this fully in a smaller sized iPad. Some apps like Paper 53 still need to fully utilize the iPad Pro features, but it’s getting there. It’s more possible now to create digital art than ever before. I will report back when I have received the pencil as I ordered it as soon as it went on sale.

Split Screen feature: The split screen is amazing if I am looking at a picture and copying it onto a paper on the side. Previously, I had to use my phone and iPad to do this and then the phone screen was too small. The split screen is handy, and very intuitive. It DOES NOT work for all the apps yet, but hopefully the apps that need it will make the upgrade soon.

Is I Pad Pro a good buy for you?

I have more invested in the Apple iOS eco-system, so I did not really consider the Surface Pro 4. After trying the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 I was more frustrated that pleased so I won’t even consider the View. Surface Pro though, I am sure, is a better laptop replacement from what I’ve read, but I am not about to give up my laptop soon anyway. So for me Apple iPad Pro made sense.

If you have an older iPad you can think about an upgrade just because of the speed and multi-tasking available in this one. If you have an iPad Air or Air 2, go try it in the store and see if you really need the larger size. The split screen and multi-tasking is nice but not life changing and you may not need the larger size. I wanted the bigger size ever since I got the first iPad, so it made sense to spend that cash.

In the end I bought this beauty for myself as I’d rather have a gold iPad Pro than anything else this holiday, even diamond earrings, as it makes my life so much more productive than a diamond could!

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Best Bamboo Wood Case for iPhone 6 and 6S

Nature Bamboo Slim Covering Case for iPhone 6 6S

I love this case. The high-quality wood feels fantastic, as well as gives the phone a fresh, earthy feel. Plus, the case has a white layer as well as an orange-ish front piece. It works out as an awesome color scheme that I definitely like.

  • iPhone 6S Case ,iPhone 6 Case,made of top grade original bamboo/wood, environmental soft TPU rubber and plastic, this case looks simple yet stylish and elegant.
  • Close-fitting design for easy button operation. Precisely fits Apple iPhone 6 6S.
  • Thoughtful and reasonable design provides full-around protection to your iPhone from bump, drop and scratch.
  • Open-face design for direct access to all buttons, ports and control on your iPhone 6 6S.

Well made case. I’ve dropped my phone a couple times and this case protects perfectly it!!This phone cover is better than I expected! It’s strong enough to stop the phone case from breaking if it drops from a desk or while carrying it and it doesn’t do uncertain like many others that I have seen. But you still need to have a good screen protector added onto the phone to give it full degree coverage. This is a very durable, and visually nice case. I like how the case allows the apple logo to be seen. The side of the case is rubber/plastic, so my phone takes less damage if it falls. The back feels like laminated wood, very smooth.

Great case! Just got this for my birthday and very nice looking. Fits snug and is easy to hold without slipping in your hand. Still need another case to cover more of the screen and front corners since I’m prone to cracking corners. But overall very nicely built, holds the phone in place perfectly, buttons are still very easily accessible and easy to take off and not feel like your phone or the case is going to snap.

No complaints at all. Would definitely buy again for my dad!

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iPhone 6S Review: Nice Refinements But Comes With Some Compromises

Another year, another new iPhone! We preordered two new iPhone 6S this year – both 64GB rose gold, one for AT&T and one for Verizon (I know, it’s complicated when it comes to wireless plans in my family). Both were delivered on launch day back on 9/25, and after over two weeks I think I’ve had enough time to make an accurate assessment of the latest offering out of Cupertino.

iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S


Being a “S” year model, the 6S is as expected a refinement of last year’s 6. It inherits pretty much the same physical layout – same 4.7″ (750 × 1334) retina screen in a body that’s ever so slightly thicker/taller (by 0.2 mm) and heavier (14g or 0.4oz). It’s virtually identical, so much so that my significant other’s old 6 case fits the new 6S perfectly. So if you got old accessories from last year, most likely it will all still work fine on the new phone. The heavier weight is definitely noticeable at first, but you get used to it quickly after a day or so.

The only new physical change this year is the addition of “rose gold” as a color option. Don’t let the name fool ya – it’s certainly very pink!


This year, the main new features are 3D touch, higher resolution cameras (front and back), faster processor and graphics performance and a couple other software refinement and features.
-3D touch

This is the main event. Apple first introduced this concept with the Apple watch, when it was called Force Touch. Interesting sidenote – apparently they changed the name to 3D touch due to the negative connotation associated with “forcing” something, especially with the female customers. Anyway, this feature adds another dimension to the user interface by allowing the phone to sense different depths of touch. Basically, the phone is now pressure-sensitive, just like Wacom tablets but obviously not that many levels of sensitivity. I think out of all the features and changes, this is the most defining and important addition to the iPhone. It allows for a more intuitive flow in apps that support it. Currently, there’s only a handful, and most are Apple’s in-house apps. But it’s only a matter of time before developers start figuring out how best to utilize this additional dimension.

-Upgraded cameras
This year Apple finally upgraded the cameras – both front and back. The front camera goes from 1.2MP to 5.0MP, a very noticeable jump. The screen now doubles as the flash for the front camera. All this should make all the selfie enthusiasts out there very happy. For the back camera, Apple bumped the spatial resolution from 8.0MP to 12MP and boosted the video capabilities with 4K video and slower slo-mo video at 1080p (now up to 120 fps vs last year’s 60 fps). In the process, Apple decided to go with a similar sensor size, which resulted in smaller pixel size (now 1.22 microns vs last year’s 1.5 microns). Apple says they used “deep trench” technology to deal with the increase in noise level associated with the smaller pixels. This is where the geek/photography enthusiast inside me kind of rolls my eyes slightly – this technology has been in place in other cameras and phones for a while now and is nothing new. It’s not something magical or revolutionary. That being said, the iPhone camera is definitely one of the best mobile cameras around. The response time is great with minimal shutter lag and shot-to-shot delay. Color balance and exposure generally is good to great, and noise levels in the captured images are generally very low.

The camera user interface remains largely unchanged from last year, except for the addition of Live Photos. This feature works by basically continuously capture a 12 fps video stream in the background when you turn on the camera. When you tap the shutter button to take a photo, the phone captures that image in time along with about 3 seconds of video before and after the shot. The result is a photo that when you press down using 3D Touch will come alive. Apple actually didn’t come up with this feature – HTC did it first back in early 2013 with the HTC One M7’s Zoe feature. It’s definitely very cool, but as always there are couple gotchas. First, the resulting “image” is basically a short video, and video clips take up a lot more space than a single photo. Apple was reluctant about how much additional space Live Photo would require. From my various Live Photo clips, it’s about 2 to 2.5 times a normal photo. That adds up quickly, especially if you have a 16GB phone. This was part of the reason why we went with the 64GB version. Second, it’s hard to make use of these proprietary short video clips, specifically in sharing. This was the main problem HTC ran into almost three years ago. Apple has a much, much bigger influence obviously, and I am cautiously optimistic that they will flex their muscles and get Live Photo support quickly with the major social media and other services. Time will tell, though.
Still a bit sad that the 6S doesn’t have optical image stabilization like the 6S Plus. Electronic image stabilization is nice but I still prefer optical, especially for video.

-Upgraded Video
Finally, 4K video! Okay, so it’s something that’s a bit of an overkill at the moment, since most people don’t have 4K TV sets yet. But it’s a nice feature to have and will futureproof the 6S as 4K TVs become more affordable and more common. Just be aware of the increased storage requirement for 4K video! I do like the improvement to the 1080p slow-motion video – now up to 120fps or twice as slow as before.

-Faster CPU/GPU
The new A9 processor is very impressive, despite still being just a dual-core processor. Now clocked at up to ~1.8Ghz or so, which is a healthy 400Mhz jump from last year’s A8 at 1.4Ghz. The GPU performance is very impressive as well. I like Apple’s focus here – most apps are still single or double-threaded, and being among the fastest in performance-per-core is a good strategy vs piling on more cores every iteration. Fact of the matter is, a phone is severely limited by the compromise between battery life and heat dissipation. If I am going to do real work, I would prefer to use a powerful desktop or workstation.

One added benefit with the improved A9 is the M9 coprocessor, which among other things allow for constant-on for Siri. This means you no longer have to be plugged in to trigger the “hey siri” voice command. Personally, I am not a big Siri user outside of messing around for fun. But if you rely on Siri heavily, this could be a big improvement.

Also, finally Apple gave us 2GB of RAM! I believe this contributed equally if not more to the overall increased speed and smoothness in daily usage with the 6S. One GB RAM is just not enough anymore – hasn’t been for at least a year or two now.

-Other Misc Improvements
There’s of course iOS 9, which adds a host of features and tweaks. Biggest thing for me personally was the claimed improvement in battery life. Other improvements include a faster Touch ID (I can definitely feel the difference, pretty much instantaneous log-in now) and tougher Gorilla glass and more robust aluminum chassis to prevent a repeat of “bend-gate” from last year. They all add up to a much more refined phone compared to the 6.

Also, it appears Apple beefed up the seals in the 6s, and unofficial tests show that this phone will survive being dunked in water for a few minutes. Some are even saying up to 30 min or more. I personally haven’t tested it and will not be doing so for obvious reasons. But it’s good to know the added protection is there if I ever need it.


With a little bit over two weeks of daily usage, I haven’t encountered any major issues. There are two potential problems that I’d like to point out:
1. Battery life – The 6S actually has a battery that’s about 100mah or ~5% smaller than last year’s 6. This is a bit disappointing for me. I understand the physical limitations with implementing 3D Touch, which required more space from other components. It’s just I am sure I am not alone when I say battery life is one of the few areas where we really need some improvement. Apple claims iOS 9 made up for the smaller battery, but just imagine if the 6S had a bigger battery, or even the same size as the 6. Regression is not good in this department, in my opinion.

From my personal usage pattern, the 6S has more or less comparable battery life for light usage. But more intensive tasks like video, facebook, facetime, etc, I feel there’s a slightly decrease in overall battery life. Not enough to cause alarm, but just enough to take away from the otherwise refined experience.

2. CPU Chip lottery – This is a fairly new development that came out over the past week. Basically, Apple had outsourced the production of the A9 chip to two companies, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC). I won’t get into the technical details since that’s a whole other can of worm, but essentially the TSMC chip from informal testing has shown to give up to an extra two hours of battery life. That is not an insignificant difference. There are apps around that you can use to check your phone’s CPU. I used Lirum Device Info Lite, which is free. If your 6S has a N71MAP CPU, then it’s the better TSMC chip. If it’s N71AP, then it’s the inferior Samsung chip. Apple’s official statement as of today is that the difference is negligible. And maybe it is for some people. But as a tech enthusiast, it’s annoying and frustrating. Fortunately, we lucked out as both of our 6S’s are TSMC chips. If I got the Samsung chip, I actually would seriously consider asking for an exchange at the Apple Store.


The 6S is a very nice upgrade over last year’s 6. Refinement is the operative word here, which is what we expected from a S year model. If you have a 6 though, I am not sure if it’s worth the upgrade especially now with carriers doing away with subsidies. But if you’re coming from anything older, this is a great upgrade and should be good enough to last at least two years if not more.

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iPad Air 2 Review: iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

We own 4 generations of the Apple iPad devices. They are the iPad 2, the iPad3, the iPad Air and the iPad Air 2. We each use the tablets about 8 hours per day for photography editing, video taking and editing and working on the internet. I am extremely familiar with the products and we own a total of 16 tablets using Apple, HP and Android technologies.

In my attached video I have tried to do a comparison between several of the product generations and the overall performance. Physically the iPad Air 2 is about the same, appearance wise, to the iPad Air. If you look closely you will see some differences.

* The iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner and a little lighter in weight.

* The Retina display is better as it is thinner and the colors and clarity is much better to my eyes. The parallax side views are clearer and the colors are deeper and more realistic. It still has 264 pixels per inch and it is an excellent video device.

* The iPad Air 2 has the newer finger print sensor on the home button.

* The rear facing camera is in a different location on the back of the tablet and so your iPad Air cases will not work as they will interfere with your taking photos.

* The microphone ports on the tablet have moved and I show the new locations in my video.

* The portal holes for the stereo speakers are just one row now and larger and the speakers are louder sounding. Not a major difference but it is noticeable.

* The slide switch on the side of the tablet for the mute/screen lock rotate is gone now. You have to make those adjustments in the operating system of the tablet now or use the sound volume switches.

The major differences in the tablet are the ones regarding performance. The CPU and GPU in the iPad Air are just very powerful. In my benchmarking I found the iPad Air 2 to be 56 % faster in performing standard tasks and the GPU graphics speed is 2.5 times faster. The 3D GPU test on the iPad Air 2 was 24157 versus 9051 for the iPad Air which is 2.69 times better. In using a bench marking software the iPad Air was 40129 as a benchmarks and the iPad Air 2 was 62482 which is a major improvement. You can see it in using the tablet, loading apps, browsing the internet and editing videos. My wife’s older iPad 2 was only benchmarked at 15010 so the iPad Air 2 is 4.16 times faster and more powerful. That is a dramatic improvement in only a few years.

The camera on the front and the back of the tablet are improved. The rear facing camera is now an 8 Mega Pixel camera with improved signal processing. The photos are 3264 by 2448 pixels in resolution and the video is 1080P HD. You can take time lapse video, have exposure control, take slow motion video at 120 fps, bust mode photographs, timer mode photos and high resolution panorama shots.

Browsing on the internet is faster and pulling up web sites and videos on the internet is just smooth and fast. The signal is stronger for the WIFI and things just pull up faster. Even syncing with iTunes is faster.

This is an excellent product and my wife loves hers which was a surprise gift from me. I had it engraved for her to make sure that I didn’t take it and claim it was mine.

I own 16 different tablets and have extensively used them all. When it comes to getting a top quality tablet you cannot go wrong with the Apple iPad Air 2. I rated it at 5 stars.

If you have any questions please contact me and I will try to help answer your question if I can.

Several people have asked me in comments and also via email if I recommend a nice iPad Air 2 case. I really like the ZooGue magnetic tilt case. It is highly protective of your tablet and it is by far the best tilting tablet case I have used on any iPad. Here is a link to that product.

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iPhone 6S Plus Review: Rose Gold Forever

iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone 6S Plus

I’m not someone who keeps up with having the latest and greatest phones. I’m technologically savvy, but I like doing things the old fashioned way, too, which is why I don’t have much of an urgent need to get every single iPhone that’s ever been made. As a matter of fact, I’ve only owned 3 iPhones: 3G 16gb (2nd gen. iPhone), 4s 8gb, and now 6s plus 128gb.

I’ve actually been using iPhone 4S 8gb for quite sometime and it still works. I’m not happy with the small storage, not because I use a lot of apps because I don’t, I just don’t like that newer iOS updates keeps eating away at my phone memory when I barely have any as is. I knew the time to upgrade my phone was near! As I’ve been out of contract with my carrier (I had Sprint) for over 2 years and was going month to month, I was paying $67 each month which didn’t make any sense to any sane person, because I totally skipped the 5, 5s, 5c generation, and when the 6 came out, I didn’t like the look or feel of it, either. 4 generations of iPhones passed me by and I didn’t care because I justified to myself that I’d use my 4s until it would die on me, even though I know it won’t. My 4s is a tank. It’s been dropped many times on concrete and yet there’s no cracks or chips whatsoever on it, and never had anything but a cheapo plastic Hello Kitty case on it. There’s no scratches on the metal part, either. My 4s looks band new. even though it’s nearly 4 years old.

By a fluke, I went into the Apple Store to buy a cord for my MacBook Pro, I saw the 6s/6s plus and I just went crazy for it!! As far as looks go, the 6s series is a work of art. I love the “rose gold” color which is very unique. It looks feminine but not ridiculously girly. I think what Apple meant by “rose gold” was that it’s really rose pink, but with some subtle gold tones/hues in it. The weight felt sturdy and I felt more comfortable with that, unlike the 6 which felt too light and had a bendy problem (no thank you). The camera took better pictures at 12mp than the 6 which is stuck at 8mp, even though tech review sites said the cameras are the same (big fat liars). FaceTime is much more fun and engaging, because the front facing camera is 5mp which makes everything so much more clear than before.

After playing around with the demo iPhone and doing quite a bit of research, I had decided I wanted to get the 6s Plus 128gb unlocked model A1687 because I’d rather be free to go with cheaper prepaid plans than get an iPhone through my former carrier (Sprint) and be forced to renew the contract. Sprint locks their phones to their network and so you cannot take your Sprint phone to any other domestic carrier. An “unlocked” Sprint iPhone really just means it’s unlocked so you can use it internationally, it is not going to work with any domestic carriers other than them. A lot of the other networks do that, too, where they’ll lock you into their network for a certain time, and then won’t unlock your phone until you’ve fulfilled some obligations even if you already paid off the cost of your iPhone. However, I know that Sprint is much more vicious with their tactics to keep people locked into their services and best way is to make the iPhones unusable on other domestic carriers.

Apple manufactures 2 models of the 6s and 2 models of the 6s plus. The difference between is the ability to get 1 more LTE bandwidth or go without it.

If you’re buying through AT&T, you’ll be getting either model A1633 (6s) or A1634 (6s Plus) and those can get LTE 30 bandwidth which is AT&T’s newest LTE frequency… but the downside is, your iPhone will be locked to AT&T and can only be unlocked after fulfilling their specific requirements. Even if you payoff the full cost of the iPhone, you’ll still be required to utilize AT&T’s services for a designated amount of time before they will unlock your phone. This just means that you’re paying more money on top of having to pay off the full price of your iPhone. OUCH!

Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint all have put their own locks on versions of A1688 (6s) and A1687 (6s plus) which do not have the LTE 30 frequency. Again, if you buy your iPhone from any of those carriers, you’ll be locked into conditions and requirements in order for your iPhone to get unlocked, which means paying more beyond after paying off the full cost of your iPhone. With Sprint, I would not count on having them unlock the GSM sim portion of your iPhone sort of just waging war. Just keep that in mind.

The international/global unlocked models of A1688 (6s) and A1687 (6s plus) are made without being able to pick up the LTE 30 bandwidth. Apple never commented on why they left that out of the most manufactured models. But if you’re not planning on using AT&T prepaid domestically, you’re not going to care. The best part about this phone is it’s truly unlocked, both domestically and international cellular market and will virtually work on all the networks. This means both GSM and CDMA sim part of the phone are unlocked. The only carriers who use CDMA are Verizon and Sprint and that exists domestically. But the rest of the world uses GSM. If you don’t travel overseas, it won’t matter to you. I haven’t travelled out of the US for several years, but I have friends in Europe whom I’d like to visit, and I have relative in Japan, so I feel much safer knowing I’ll be able to get service wherever I roam.

I hope the review I wrote is helpful in deciding which version of iPhone you’ll chose. Personally, I know I’ll make this phone last another 4 or 5 years before switching over to another iPhone, so I know it is best I get the largest capacity possible to accommodate future iOS updates and what not.

Out of all the iPhones, I would say that the black 4/4s was the most sleek (all glass and aluminum side bezel), but the most beautiful is hands down the rose gold 6s/6s plus!! I’m really happy with my new iPhone!!!


Without a doubt, a iPhone 6S Plus Case is a good investment. There are many different iPhone Cases available in the, so be sure to test out a few before purchasing one.