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Apple iPhone 6s Plus Review

Last September, Apple released a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus featuring the 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens. But is it worth upgrading or should you wait until iPhone 7? I review the new iPhone 6s Plus after using it for a couple of months.

Now it’s time to do a review on the iPhone 6s Plus.

I’m using the Space Gray 64GB model, upgraded from my previous iPhone 6 Plus. But, this might be the last year I go for space gray. I think I’m ready for a change. Next year might be the year of Gold.

So what has changed with the iPhone 6S model? Apple described the S series perfectly when they said that “The Only Thing That Changed is Everything”.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus have roughly the same form factor, though the 6s Plus is slightly heaver and Apple is using a new 7000 Aluminum to prevent bending. I would never try bending either of my iPhones, but I know others who have, and they say it’s pretty tough.

The Screen

The iPhone 6s Plus features a 5.5-inch HD display with 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution, the same resolution on the 6 Plus and, while it’s not an upgrade from the previous version, it’s perfectly fine for me.

Apple introduced 3D touch, which allows you to force touch on the screen to bring up different options. This is very much like force touch on the Apple Watch.

For example, force touching an icon which has been upgraded with 3D touch will allow you to access quick shortcuts to options within the app.

3D touch also works within the apps itself, for example, when you force touch on an email you can open a preview version of the app. Adding a little more pressure will open the email.

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus feature Apples new A9 chip, the most advanced ever in a smartphone. The A9 chip is something that  would find in a gaming console.

3D touch is a fun new feature, and as more developers start building it into their apps, it will easily become one of the iPhones defining features.

The Camera

Apple has upgraded both the front and rear cameras.

Selfies are going to look ridiculous. Apple has finally upgraded the front facing camera from a 1.2 megapixel to a new 5-megapixel camera. Apple has introduced a new retina flash that uses the screen to recognize and improve selfies.

The iPhone has always taken stunning photos, but it’s rear-facing camera has been upgraded to a new 12-megapixel iSight camera, up from 8-megapixels. Apple also introduced Live Photos which are basically GIFs. When turned on, right after you take a photo, your camera records a short 3 seconds after the photo is taken.

Apple’s new iSight camera also includes a Panoramic mode, which is now up to 63 megapixels from 43 megapixels. The iPhone 6S Plus model also features Optical Image Stabilization. Unfortunately, you still won’t find this feature in the iPhone 6s model.

The new iSight camera also records videos in 4K video (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps. 4K video is great, but if you have a smaller sized iPhone (like the 16GB), then 4K is a pretty useless feature due to the formats large file sizes.

Fingerprint Scanner & Apple Pay

Apple’s new fingerprint scanner is faster then ever. Maybe even too fast if you are trying to read notifications on the lock screen. However, I’ve learned to use a different finger or the lock button when I want to wake up the phone and read notifications. In general, the faster finger fingerprint scanner is awesome for unlocking the phone and fantastic for getting into Apple pay quick.

Which iPhone is better for you?

I like the bigger iPhone for the bigger screen and better battery life. The Plus’ 5.5 inch screen is the perfect size for my hand. But for someone with small hands, the iPhone 6s would be more comfortable to hold. You just have to weight that its smaller screen and shorter battery life, though you could always pick up a battery case or portable charger should your usage outpace your battery.

Should you upgrade from the iPhone 6s Plus from the iPhone 6 Plus?

This would be based on your personal preference. I would say if the camera, battery life and 3D touch matter to you, then upgrading is worth it. For me it was the increased cell quality of the 700 band and getting better and stronger signal inside buildings.

Share your experiences with me and reach out on Twitter @iammatthew.

About the author

Matthew Evans

Matthew co-founded Goopply in 2013 and is the Executive Editor. Matthew handles all day to day operations and writes about technology such as Apple, Mobile Devices and Apps. Matthew is a blogger, developer and a former Radio Broadcaster. In his spare time Matthew enjoys hiking, baseball and taking pictures.

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