Apple iPhone 6s Plus review
Should the iPhone 6s Plus be your first choice?
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus brings the big screen to Apple fans and with a higher resolution and better performing battery, the iPhone 6s Plus is well worth considering over the smaller iPhone 6s.
|✓Super-sized display||✗No memory card slot|
|✓3D Touch experience||✗Heavy|
|✓Apps designed for landscape viewing|
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus is made from premium materials, creating durability and a refined look. 7000 Series aviation grade aluminium has been used to create a strong body while the glass element has been manufactured using a dual ion-exchange that makes the glass stronger at a molecular level. Apple inform us that this is the strongest glass used in any smartphone.
The 5.5” Retina HD display will be the screen size of choice for many as the visual experience far exceeds that of the smaller iPhone 6s. In addition to almost an extra inch of screen the resolution is boosted significantly to 1080 x 1920 pixels. And, these aren’t just normal pixels, they are dual-domain pixels, which enable the screen to be viewed at extreme viewing angles.
However, the extra screen size and bigger battery, which we will discuss later, comes at the cost of additional weight. At 192 grams, there are few phones heavier but in all honesty after a little time with a smartphone this size it becomes clear that the extra grams are well worth it. The iPhone 6s Plus is still really thin at 7.3mm thick and can be purchased in an extended colour range that now includes rose gold.
The new 64-bit A9 chip is in place to ensure lightening fast performance. The A9 chip is 70 percent faster and the graphics element of the chip is up to 90 percent faster, making graphic intensive gaming possible. The processor is more energy efficient as well and this means that Siri can be set to always be listening for commands without draining heavily on the battery.
The portfolio of Apple apps that come pre-installed only take up 150MB of the memory which makes choosing the 16GB model a practical option for those who want to keep there spending in check. Otherwise there is a 64GB and 128GB variant.
Phone Set Up
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus is the first iPhone to make use of moving lock screen wallpapers. iOS9 comes with a series of Dynamic Wallpapers to choose from and the owner can create their own using the camera.
When setting up the iPhone 6s Plus it is worth noting that many apps have been designed especially for the plus-sized screen and landscape viewing. The keyboard can also be used as a track-pad for easy scrolling.
There is a new fingerprint scanner with increased accuracy and a second layer of security can be set up with pass-codes that now have six digits, instead of four. This takes the number of possible combinations from tens of thousands to millions.
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus has an exciting new feature called 3D Touch. This works with tactile feedback to sense and respond to the level of pressure applied by the finger. This then enables differing responses with light presses acting as a Peek function and firmer presses acting as a Pop function. Examples of these include:
- Links and URLs - A light press shows a preview of websites with a firm press opening the link
- Emails - A light press on emails in the inbox shows a preview of their content with a firm press opening the email
- Addresses - A light press previews the address on a map with a heavy press opening the Maps app for navigation
- Photos - While using the camera a light press can be used to preview the photos captured during that session
- Home screen icons - A light press on a Home screen icon opens a shortcut menu next to the finger
- Drawing - A light press draws thin lines while a deep press draws thick lines
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus also has enhanced connectivity that is faster than before with Wi-Fi speeds of up to 866Mbps and 4G speeds of up to 300Mbps.
Camera & Video
The camera on the Apple iPhone 6s Plus has a good resolution at 12-megapixels and photos can be saved in the iCloud Photo Library, making them accessible on any device. The camera can shoot Live Photos and these record sound and images before and after the shutter is activated. These can then be viewed in animated form and if desired, they can be set as the lock screen wallpaper.
The iPhone 6s Plus can also shoot video at a quality of 4K. 4K recordings have 4x the resolution of 1080p and the iMovie app can be used to edit the results. Videos can be zoomed in and out during playback or merged with other videos to create picture-in-picture or split screen effects. The saved results can be uploaded in just a few clicks onto YouTube.
Facing the user is a secondary 5MP FaceTime HD camera that can be used to capture self portraits. When shooting these in low light the camera senses the ambient light and flashes the screen in an adjusted range to allow the camera to capture natural looking skin tones.
The iPhone 6s Plus has a big 2,915mAh battery to go with the big screen but the best bit of news is that the battery hasn’t just been resized to give the same performance as the iPhone 6s. The battery on the iPhone 6s Plus ups the talk time to up to 24 hours or up to 12 hours of internet use, 14 hours of HD video playback, 80 hours of music playback or up to 16 days of standby.
Written by: Michael Brown