iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Review : A Big Touch up
Each year Apple’s revisions of their iPhone have propelled sales of their handsets. The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the company’s best selling handsets since the launch of the original iPhone.
In 2014, Apple sold a whopping 191 Million (approx) iPhones between the two main models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and one old model, the iPhone 5s. Making the iPhone the most selling phone in the world, when compared to Samsung’s total sales across hundreds of handset models, sold globally, coming to around 392 million.
Does the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus improve what Apple was already doing with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus? Is the “s” variant a worthy upgrade? Let’s find out as we review this year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Build Quality and Design
There are no points here, the design of the iPhone is not a lot different from what we saw last year, in fact, it’s a bit thicker and slightly heavier. You will also get a brand new Rose Gold colour which has attracted the fancy of many a folks. That being said, last year’s iPhone was the best selling iPhone for Apple, it was a refreshing design change from the iPhone 5s and rounded look felt more in harmony, as opposed to the square design which Apple followed for the 4-5s.
This year’s iPhone has an improved outer shell which offers resistance against the “bendgate” issue of last year’s iPhone. The new reinforced and strong series 7000 Aluminium adds strength to the outer structure. The iPhone 6s and 6s plus also come with some form of water resistance according to tests conducted by third parties. Apple downplayed the fact that the new iPhone was water resistant, in fact they don’t mention it anywhere. They coated the logic board with water resistant materials and added a rubber gasket to all parts that could potentially allow water to seep through like ports, display edge and buttons.
You could end up with your iPhone in the toilet, and still be using it a week later (hopefully after you have fully sanitized it ).
The “s” variants of every iPhone till date have been the ones with hardware improvements. The iPhone 3Gs, 4s, 5s and now the 6s all add improved hardware and capability while keeping design changes to a minimum.
The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus add an improved Apple A9 chip along with an M9 co-processor. Enhanced cameras both on the rear with a 12 MP shooter which now does 4k video. On the front with a 5 MP snapper, which however is still restricted to 720p.
|Specifications||iPhone 6s||iPhone 6s Plus|
|Display||4.7-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch, LED-backlit widescreen||5.5-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch, LED-backlit widescreen|
|Resolution||1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi||1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi|
|Processor||Embedded M9 motion coprocessor||Embedded M9 motion coprocessor|
|Chipset||A9 chip with 64-bit architecture||A9 chip with 64-bit architecture|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.84GHz||Dual-core 1.84GHz|
|GPU||PowerVR GT7600||PowerVR GT7600|
|OS||iOS 9||iOS 9|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture||12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Optical image stabilization|
|Rear Camera Video||4K video recording (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps||Optical image stabilization for video, 4K video recording (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps|
|Front Camera||5-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash||5-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash|
|Front Camera Video||720p HD video recording||720p HD video recording|
|Weight||143 grams||192 grams|
|Special Features||Fingerprint sensor, 3D touch, live photo||Fingerprint sensor, 3D touch, live photo|
|Connectivity||23 LTE and faster Wi-Fi||23 LTE and faster Wi-Fi|
Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold
Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold
|Price||Rs. 62,000, Rs. 72,000 and Rs. 82,000 for 16GB/64GB/128GB respectively unlocked||
Rs. 72,000, Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 for 16GB/64GB/128GB respectively unlocked
Compared to the iPhone 6s’ 1330 x 720p display , the Apple iPhone 6s Plus gets a larger display with a 1920 x 1080p resolution. It also gets a bigger battery and Optical Image Stabilisation in the rear camera. Everything else on both the devices is identical in terms of specifications.
Apple sticking to the old displays is one big let down. iPhones need higher resolution displays and this update may finally come in the iPhone 7. This time around however Apple has added 3D touch, which is a variant of their force touch trackpads for the iPhones.
This is something that Apple showed off at the launch, but it still feels under played. The technology is pretty impressive, and even though many companies have done this prior to the iPhone 6s’ launch. Apple’s iteration is impressive, accurate and easy to use.
Unlike many devices in the past, the iPhone’s display in itself is not clickable. The display senses the force on the screen which is paired with where your finger is on the screen, this then results in the outcome you receive.