Review – iPhone 6S

Cosmetics

Cosmetics, aesthetics in short very good-looking. Apple have set the trend for how to make a phone look and feel premium for a long time, with the 6th generation of iPhones finally growing in size to match current industry standards. In terms of comparison the 6 and 6s are virtually identical with the only differences consisting of the trademark S logo on the back of the 6S, and the offering of a rose gold colour edition (as seen above) which the 6 does not have access too.

Display

Size and pixels between the 6 and 6s are identical, rocking a 4.7 inch retina display with a 1334 x 750 pixel resolution at 326 pixel per inch (PPI). Gibberish I know but basically this means the iPhone 6 and 6S have a display fractionally above 720p. While some will say this does not matter, for the price I would have liked to see a display more in line with its phablet brother the 6S plus which has a 1080p display. The key selling point of the 6S that Apple hammered to within an inch of its life is the introduction of “3D touch”. 3D touch essentially is a pressure sensitive screen with accompanying software, which enables faster navigation around the iOS working to improve the experience. For example Apple are using “Peek and Pop” as snazzy terms for use, so when using the email application pressing medium-hard on an email causes a peek which shows a preview of the email, where pressing harder pops the email to full screen. This feature extends to about all native apple applications along with a few third-party ones such as Facebook, which if used from the home screen can bring up a menu for actions rather than opening the app itself which is simpler but won’t rock your world.

Battery

This wouldn’t be a conversation about an iPhone if the battery life didn’t get a mention, and unfortunately various sources are giving mixed opinions. Surprisingly Apple opted for a smaller battery for the 6s of 1715 mAh, although this is not drastically different to the 6 which has an 1810 mAh battery. Apple tried to justify this reduction stating that with iOS 9 the 6S would see greater power saving efficiency and thus was an upgrade, which a lot of people believe the decision was more likely made to keep the phone thickness low due to the inclusion of 3D touch. This has led the 6S to be very hit and miss with the battery as although Apple claim it will have the same life as a iPhone 6. With the 6S having a new A9 processing chip the power demand is higher and thus have led a lot of people to believe they have had a drop in battery longevity going to under a day.

iOS 9

So with the release of the 6S comes the new iOS 9 operating system which although on the surface doesn’t seem to have changed all that drastically from iOS 8. It focuses more on behind the scenes tweaking and small improvements to help create a more enjoyable experience. With some new features including picture thumbnails in messages, Siri suggestions in spotlight and music app launching when ear buds are plugged in, this update looks to be more proactive to make life just a bit easier. Having said that iOS 9 has received complaints of sound problems such as cracking in certain applications and games, along with WI-FI assist which automatically switches you to cellular data when WI-FI signal is weak. This has been destroying peoples data which is a concern if you do not have an unlimited plan. Fortunately Apple are aware of these reported issues which can be expected with new software and will be working on a patch to fix issues.

Camera 

The 6S boasts a nice improvement from an 8 mega pixel camera on the back to 12 mega pixels, with the front facing camera jumping from 1.2 mega pixels to 5. Along with this the S6 now get 1080p slow motion recording along with the ability to record video at 4k which is a very nice addition to an already well praised camera, with one bug bear being the absence of optical image stabilisation which is reserved for the 6 and 6s plus.

Conclusion

So the big question we set out to answer, is it worth it? Well In short yes and no. If you already have an iPhone 6 I would argue the improvements and changes to the 6S are not substantial enough to really justify the price. This could have been different had the 3D touch be available for more third-party applications, which we can all assume will be the case by the time the iPhone 7 rolls around. For non-iPhone users I would argue yes. If you are that interested in iPhone that your willing to pay the price, then why not go for the optimised version because where iPhone 6 users see minimal difference for money everyone else gets a lot of features in a nice stylish package.

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