Apple iPhone 6S Review
A few months ago, Apple released iPhone 6S and if you are not familiar with Apple’s practice, you may be confused about this new iPhone because it looks same as iPhone 6, but no don’t worry, they are not the same. Inside at least.
There’s better hardware, an improved camera, a stronger case, the new 3D Touch, and (finally) 2GB of RAM. Over the years the “S” has always brought something new to the plate, the iPhone 4S added Siri and the iPhone 5S had the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
The main addition to the iPhone 6s is undoubtedly the new pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology called 3D Touch which, although at the moment, is quite impressive and will certainly become more interesting when more apps are released. for it.
All in all, what Apple needs to do is convince people that the iPhone 6 S variant is worth the upgrade, even though there are plenty of other smartphones to choose from and unfortunately the iPhone 6S doesn’t seem like a game changer, it just has a few subtle upgrades that have a lot of potential with future updates or installments.
At first glance, the iPhone 6S looks identical to the iPhone 6, it has the same rounded corners and edges, but there are some subtle design changes.
The front of the phone is now stronger, with glass being less likely to break if the phone is dropped, and finally, the iPhone 6S is now made from 7000 series aluminum.
As said before, these changes are subtle and will likely go unnoticed by most. The volume buttons, mute switch and power key are in the same place as last year and that’s not a bad thing because the phone is easy to use with one hand and the buttons are exactly where they should be.
By the way, iPhone 6S is compatible with iPhone 6 cases.
The iPhone 6S appears to have the same display as the iPhone 6, with a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with 1334x750p resolution, 16 million colors, and 326ppi pixel density.
Although there are much cheaper phones out there that offer 1080p resolution or even 4K display (which is a serious overkill!), the iPhone 6S still delivers a great display experience, being crisp and clear, with deep blacks, brilliant whites and highly accurate colors.
While the resolution remains the same, there’s one major addition over last year’s flagship. You are now presented with 3D Touch which offers a whole new way to interact with the iPhone.
This opens up whole new possibilities. If right now you can only open popups, trigger quick actions, or expand, preview links and messages, there’s plenty to do in the future.
The iPhone 6S has better hardware than the iPhone 6, with an Apple A9 chipset, 1.84GHz dual-core Typhoon processor, six-core PowerVR GT7600 graphics processor, 2GB of RAM, and, still, no card slot.
This results in smoother multitasking, better handling of graphically demanding tasks (like playing games), there was no stuttering, no dropped frames, and the phone never been late while we were using it.
But there are some shortcomings. Apple has decided to keep 16 GB as the base memory for the iPhone 6S and since there is no microSD slot, filling that 16 GB will be done in no time.
iOS has always been the backbone of iPhones and the newest installment, iOS 9 offers the same stability and usability we’ve come to expect and thanks to its subtle tweaks over the years and the new added 3D touch , iOS 9 is the best iPhone software to date.
As always, iOS is fast and responsive, the App Store is still vibrant (and higher quality than Google Play Store), and apps have had a few makeovers and upgrades.
Apple Maps now has transit directions, there’s a News app, which is pretty basic, pulling topics from different sources into a magazine-style interface. Notifications are now filtered by time, not by app and thanks to the M9 co-processor, Siri is always on standby, you can now wake it up by shouting Hey Siri instead of pressing a button. Siri can also respond to many more commands.
The 3D Touch is its main feature and although in its infancy it is best implemented with Apple’s mail. You can preview messages, archive them or mark them as unread.
The iPhone 6S has a non-removable 1715 mAh battery. Yes, you heard that right, the battery is actually smaller, a downgrade from the iPhone 6’s 1810mAh.
There have been complaints about the iPhone 6 battery and yes, Apple hasn’t quite addressed this issue. Anyway, the average battery life is 15-16 hours a day and many people need to charge their iPhone 6S in the middle of the afternoon.
It’s not like it’s not understandable, the reason being the implementation of 3D Touch. The battery did not have enough space and they wanted to keep the same design as the iPhone 6. Still, there are many smartphones with 4000 mAh and the battery life is usually a deciding factor for buyers .
Is the iPhone 6S a great phone? Yes it is. It has its unique features and promises a lot in future updates. Is it worth upgrading to iPhone 5S? iPhone 5S users are the primary target, with iPhone 6S ahead in every way (better camera, bigger screen, better display, better performing, much more stable).
But can Apple convince iPhone 6 users to upgrade to 6S? Maybe. Right now the iPhone 6S doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking and it’s pretty close to the iPhone 6, but it might be worth a taste of those early installments (like 3D Touch) before anyone else, before that it does not become generalized. And if you want to switch from Android to Windows or are just curious about how iOS works, the iPhone 6S is the best choice.
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