Hey guys ! Today I’m here with my review of the iPhone 6s Plus. Put the new iPhone 6s Plus side by side with the 6 Plus and not much has changed. It’s a tiny bit thicker which is no big deal but it is noticeably heavier. This is mostly due to the new 3D Touch display but Apple also switched to 7000 series aluminum this generation thanks to Bendgate.
Another change is the addition of a new Rose Gold color which joins the same Space Gray, Silver and Gold options from the last gen along with a shiny new S badge which is the best way to tell the new model apart. It is a little bit heavier I think, that’s the only noticeable difference when I pick up the phone and hold it in the hand so it’s a little bit of a heavier phone, especially because I use the 6s Plus.
Otherwise it’s a pretty simple, understated, clean, familiar design. It’s a nice design but beside phones like the Galaxy Note 5 it’s not too impressive, it does have a nice feel in the hand with a seamless curve but that also makes it a little slippery. I dropped my 6 Plus a few times and if anything the extra heft makes the 6s Plus even easier to get away from you. With a 5.5 inch 1080p screen the Plus dwarfs the normal 6s. If you’re willing to give up some one handability you’re getting a nice screen, it can’t match the terrific AMOLED display on the Note 5 but it’s got nice color, great viewing angles and plenty of resolution. One of the big new features of the 6s is the addition of 3D Touch. I was a little bit on the gimmick train with 3D Touch at first but the more I use it the more I find myself liking it especially when you get into apps like Instagram or Safari, just being able to preview a link or profile is something that I found really useful. Unlike a normal long press this allows you to use varying levels of force to pull up different options. This is useful in a few places, 3D Touch the side of the screen and you’ll open the multitasking and by 3D Touching the keyboard you’ll pull up a cursor.
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner has also seen improvements. It’s now so fast that it’s hard to get to your lock screen but I guess I can live with such a horrible problem. iOS 9 is largely the same as on other iPhones but it runs noticeably faster here which leads me to one of the best features of the 6s: performance. On paper the Apple A9 looks fairly tame with a dual core 1.8 gigahertz processor paired with two gigs of DDR4 memory but this is one seriously fast phone. I went in-depth in a video recently which you guys can check out but the 6s is approaching laptops when it comes to performance, you should have no problem playing any game out there for the foreseeable future. Performance wise it’s what you would expect, it’s snappy, it’s quick, it handles whatever you throw at it. All this power means the 6s Plus does gets a bit warm under gaming though, nothing too crazy but it’s noticeable next to a phone like the Note 5. In real use you’ll notice the speed but the biggest difference is the extra memory. Older iPhones had to reload apps all the time where the 6s does a far better job of keeping things in memory. Where Apple didn’t improve is with storage, the base iPhone still comes with 16 gigs which just isn’t enough. It’s almost like the base model purely exists to get people to spend the extra $100 to upgrade to 64 gigabytes. At least it is fast storage though, Anandtech dug into the hardware and found the 6s is using what’s essentially a full SSD like in the 12 inch MacBook. One of the biggest improvements are the new cameras.
The rear shooter has been bumped up to twelve megapixels and while it’s not a huge leap it’s still a rock solid performer. There’s extra resolution which is helpful for cropping and the color remains nice and natural, Apple’s camera app doesn’t give as much manual control as a lot of Android cameras but it’s quick and reliably takes solid shots. The ten frames per second burst is still here which is great for capturing action and it has a smart timelapse mode that can make for some very cool shots. The 6s Plus has optical image stabilization which is helpful for low light but where it really makes a difference in videos. I mean it’s almost revolutionary in terms of what they were able to do, I mean footage almost looks like it’s on a Steadycam like it looks really great. Alright so 4K in my opinion on an iPhone has been a long time coming. You’ve also got solid slow motion options, you can shoot at 120 frames per second or even 240 FPS if you don’t mind bumping the resolution down to 720p. The new front facing camera has also been bumped up majorly in quality, it now has five megapixels. Paired with Apple’s new Live Photos which records a bit of video before and after you snap a picture it’s a solid upgrade. It’s a far better looking camera than the last generation and it can use the screen as a surprisingly usable flash. One of the biggest advantages of the 6s Plus over the normal 6s is battery life. There’s just no comparison, where I struggle to get through a full day of heavy use with the 6s the Plus hasn’t let me down yet. Even with using navigation and shooting 4K video the 6s Plus holds up really well on the battery front. While it’s not a massive upgrade the Plus improves on a lot of the smaller issues with the last generation. It might be pricey but the iPhone 6s Plus has definitely earned its spot as my new daily driver.