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this is the new iPhone, they are a mix of some hot new texts such as the 3d touch, 4k video and smoking fast chipset, along with a bunch of recycled software gimmicks like live photos and live wallpapers, screen flash and patches to old build quality issues in the face of the new aluminium frame .
Design
9
Display
8
Software
9
Performance
9
Battery Life
7
Camera
8
Value for Money
7
PROS:
  • Retina Flash on the front is great
  • 1,715 mAh battery, new Power saving mode
  • 3D Touch enables new UI paradigms
  • Fantastic performance
  • 4G LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS; NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • Great design
  • Second-gen Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Comes in 16, 64, and 128GB of built-in storage
  • 5MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p@30fps video
  • 12MP F/2.2 camera with True tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, @60fps and @120fps video recording, 720p video recording @120fps and 240fps
  • Dual-core 1.8 GHz Twister 64-bit CPU,PowerVR GT7600 GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A9 SoC
  • Apple iOS 9
  • 3D Touch technology recognizes levels of pressure, brand new Taptic engine for better feedback
  • 4.7" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD of 750 x 1334px resolution, 326ppi
CONS:
  • No user-replaceable battery
  • Battery life could be better
  • No enhanced resistance to liquids or dust
  • Expensive
  • No wireless charging, an infrared port, or FM radio
  • 16GB storage in base variant
  • NFC functionality limited to Apple Pay
  • Touch ID is too fast!
  • Lacks the optical image stabilization of the iPhone 6s Plus
  • Protruding camera lens makes the phone wobble
  • Pricey memory upgrades, 32GB version should be standard for such an expensive phone
  • No microSD slot

Apple iPhone 6s

each year we get a new iPhone, but every two years we get the S model, the iPhone that doesn’t change its looks but refines its innards so that it can stay relevant .

the S line is where Apple seems most comfortable to experiment, this year the company has brought 3d touch to its iPhone displays, their cameras have finally seen the upgrade the world was waiting for .

their bodies are also sturdier and less likely to bend thanks to a new 7000 series aluminum chassis, it’s not all sunshine and roses, the iPhone 6s and the 6s plus are noticeably heavier than their predecessors and all of their direct rivals .

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple is also stubbornly sticking with 16 gigs of storage for their base model, so is the jump on the iPhone 6s bandwagon worth it, stick with us to find out what our tests have to say about that .

the iPhone 6s and 6s plus are visually identical to their predecessors aside from the letter S that’s printed on their backs and the new pink paint job which Apple assists to call rose gold .

the not so obvious change is the thickness and weight, but you’d really need to hold the older devices as a reference to notice the difference .

which you get in turn four the increased weight our new 3d touch enabled screens and a tougher aluminum build, the unsightly antenna lines are still prominent in the design and are even more noticeable on the rose gold version .

the bezels are still just as huge, but the build of the new iPhones is just as refined and curved as ever and these two devices will continue to be the object of much craving .

the new iPhones use Apple’s second-generation touch ID fingerprint sensor and it is fast, it could quite possibly be the fastest smartphone reader to date .

unlocking is so quick that you don’t even get a chance to glimpse your lockscreen notifications before your home screen shows up, the display size remains unchanged from last year 4.7 inches in diagonal for the iPhone 6s and five point five inches for the iPhone 6s plus .

while both share the same screen technology, the bigger display on these 6s plus offers a much higher resolution making it much sharper .

the bigger screen real estate also brings an extra joy to use for multimedia consumption and gaming, the latest models stop their predecessors in terms of contrast but have lower brightness levels .

to this place on the iPhone 6s duo are easily among the best LCDs out there and that’s especially true for how they look in bright sunlight .

pensive stereo speakers will be disappointed with this issue, they still carry only a single bottom facing unit and in ranked as below average in our loudness test .

around the same as last year’s iPhones well that loudness rating want to tell you is the excellent quality emitted from these speakers .

Apple has already released its latest iOS 9 and current iPhone users will be very familiar with the OS even before picking up a new 6s device . Read More : Apple iPhone SE Review

the new features are less groundbreaking and more refining, the universal spotlight search is still available with a pull down but now also occupies the leftmost home screen .

the task switcher has also been reworked and now shows Toller app thumbnails and a lot more eye candy, with the bigger display of the iPhone 6s plus you get AG landscape version of the interface within supported apps but that was available under iOS 8 as well .

3d touch is perhaps the most important novelty that the new iPhones bring to the table, it makes the layered interface of iOS feel physically real .

you get two levels of pressure sensitivity which enable many features of the OS, you can press hard on a photo or link to preview it and press a bit harder to open in full size, Apple calls these peek and pop .

3d touch works on the home screen to a deeper press on an app will display any quick actions it offers, with 3d touch most of system apps will offer you some kind of a shortcut, such as creating an alarm adding an appointment or taking a selfie or even a slow motion video .

3d touch makes text selection very intuitive as well a press on the keyboard will allow you to quickly and accurately move the cursor around and a deeper press will start the text selection .

Apple’s live photos work only with 3d touch, you activate the animated part with a hard press on the screen regardless whether it’s on the lockscreen or in the gallery app . Read More : Apple iPhone 7 Review

apps that are ready for 3d touch will let you know with a subtle vibration which is part of the new built-in haptic feedback engine, we expect more and more apps to take advantage of the new pressure sensitivity and the potential for gaming is exciting to say the least .

the iPhone 6s and 6s plus are built around the latest dual-core Apple a9 chip and make use of two gigabytes of RAM for the first time .

the result is a high-flying duo that topped our benchmark tables, the only place where the iPhone 6s and 6s plus were outscored was the multi-core Geekbench 3 test, where the octa-core Galaxy S six came out on top .

outside of that single core performance of the a9 s typhoon core is unmatched by anything with ever testing, but the great performance isn’t only CPU focused .

the power VR graphics processor smokes the GPUs found in the top-of-the-line Snapdragon and exiles chipset, when we saw that the new crop of iPhones was brought thicker and heavier we didn’t expect the batteries to be smaller, sadly they are .

luckily battery performance hasn’t degraded the new iPhone 6s and 6s plus both outperformed their predecessors in our proprietary endurance rating, with the 6s plus reaching a superb 85 hour rating .

if we break down the numbers the new iPhone 6s pair manage longer web browsing and video playback tabs and only show lower cold times . Read More : Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review

this year Apple finally upgraded the camera on its iPhones, the eight megapixel resolution we were stuck with since 2011 has finally been replaced with a 12 megapixel camera, which still seems a bit small in the face of competing smart phones .

the F 2.2 operator isn’t very wide either now that Samsung and LG both shipped camera phones with wider apertures, the optical image stabilization is again reserved only for the bigger iPhone 6s plus but this time around its use not only in photo taking but also in video recording as well .

but outside the increase in photo resolution the new camera is now able to capture 4k video which is a huge upgrade compared to 1080p .

iPhone cameras have become synonymous with great image quality and the 6s pair is no different, just don’t expect a striking difference compared to the older iPhone 6 duo .

detail levels high and colors are true to life, more so than on any other competitor, but for the first time ever we see some over processing from an iPhone camera .

there’s also a lot of noise in the images even in good light on the bright side dynamic range is in a league of its own even without using the auto HDR feature .

shadow and highlight details remain high in any condition, the auto white balance is also great the two-tone flash does a good job to properly light human skin tones and the front camera is aided by the screen flashing and max power so that gets a better exposure on selfies . Read More : Apple iPhone 8 Review

this certainly helps in low-light situations but in extreme dark scenarios selfies come out noisy and with harsh lighting, overall we’re quite happy with the 5 megapixel front-facing camera but we wish the lens was wider to capture more than just a single person .

finally the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can capture the so called live photos, essentially these are three seconds of 1080p video complete with a 12 megapixel .

the feature works amazingly well but it’s quite hard to share with somebody out of your iOS circle and leaving the mode permanently on will quickly fill your storage with live photos of everyday objects you may not need animated .

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as already mentioned 4k video is one of the cameras main selling points, it’s a huge leap over 1080p but it will also take as tall and storage so don’t go buying a 16 gigabyte iPhone with the hopes of shooting lots of 4k footage .

the quality of 4k videos is quite high, processing seems more balanced than that of still photos compared to 1080p 4k offers an immense boost in quality but the iPhone 4k videos would find hard to match the quality of its best equipped peers .

when it comes to photos and video the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are a good upgrade over their predecessors, but we expected more, we expected the iPhone to be an instant contender for the top sport and smartphone imaging, but it isn’t the case not this time around .

so there you have it, these are the new iPhones, they are a mix of some hot new texts such as the 3d touch, 4k video and smoking fast chipset, along with a bunch of recycled software gimmicks like live photos and live wallpapers, screen flash and patches to old build quality issues in the face of the new aluminium frame . Read More : Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review

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it’s a little lackluster of an effort but also comfortable, an easy upgrade for the iPhone users that want just a bit more power or camera resolution .

but as we all know it’s never about the specs with the new iPhones, there are loved it or hated affair and getting one is a no-brainer if you own any of the older iPhones and you’d like to stick around in the app ecosystem but you fancy playing with a more recent hardware .

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as for iPhone 6 users you might want to wait until the next model comes around, unless you are only after a bigger screen in which case the year old iPhone 6 plus might just do the trick for you .

Update - 2019.04.24

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Apple iPhone 6s

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

2G bands

CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G bands

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700) – A1688

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2015, September

Status

Available. Released 2015, September

Dimensions

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)

Weight

143 g (5.04 oz)

Build

Front glass, aluminum body

SIM

Nano-SIM

Other Features

Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Display Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

4.7 inches, 60.9 cm2 (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)

Protection

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Other screen features

3D Touch

Operation System

iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 12.2

Chipset

Apple A9 (14 nm)

CPU

Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister

GPU

PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)

Memory Card Slot

No

Internal Memory

16/32/64/128 GB, 2 GB RAM

Main Camera

Single, 12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm (standard), 1/3", 1.22µm, PDAF

Camera Features

Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps,1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps

Selfie Camera

Single, 5 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard)

Selfie Camera Features

Face detection, HDR, panorama

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

General Features

16-bit/44.1kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC

Yes (Apple Pay only)

Radio

No

USB

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

Non-removable Li-Ion 1715 mAh battery (6.91 Wh)

Stand-by

Up to 240 h (3G)

Talk Time

Up to 14 h (3G)

Music Play

Up to 50 h

Colors

Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold

Specific Absorption Rate

1.14 W/kg (head) 1.14 W/kg (body)

Price

About 500 EUR

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