Apple iPhone 6s Plus

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The Apple iPhone 6S Plus

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On its release in September 2015, the iPhone 6S Plus was the biggest handset Apple had ever produced. Being bigger than its sibling, the iPhone 6S (which we look at here), it costs more - and while their rivals are broadly the same, the 6S Plus's larger screen puts it in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge.

Specs

The iPhone 6S Plus has the newest of Apple's chipsets, the A9, which features a dual-core 64-bit processor, allowing it to run iOS 9 with the greatest of ease - which can't always be said for older iPhones that have been upgraded to the new OS.

Apple claim the A9 chip is a serious step up from even its most recent predecessor, the A8 chip found in 2014's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, boasting that the CPU is up to 70% faster, and graphics processing is as much as 90% faster; reviews seem split as to how noticeable this is, but anyone thinking of upgrading from an older iPhone (likely to be struggling slightly after a couple of OS upgrades) will probably see a positive difference.

Another change that should positively affect performance is the increase in RAM. Previous models have relied on 1GB, but the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus both have 2GB of RAM. That's still not a great amount compared to some Android handsets, but because of the way Apple devices are engineered they tend not to need as much in the first place. That said, the extra RAM allows the phone to handle more apps simultaneously, and deal with bigger video and image files.

What this does mean, however, is that the 16GB version is likely to be overwhelmed in no time at all. Most users should consider opting for the 64GB model at the very least, and possibly even the 128GB version.

Look and feel

The iPhone 6S Plus is not a small phone, dwarfing earlier models and a lot of what might be considered its rivals. At 77.9mm x 158.2mm x 7.3mm, it's just a smidge bigger than its predecessor, the iPhone 6 Plus, offering the same 5.5 inch screen, with the same 1920 x 1080, 401 pixel per inch resolution. The bigger display has obvious advantages when it comes to viewing content and playing games.

However, the big bezels at top and bottom of the screen, while key to the iPhone look, make the handset look and feel much bigger than rival handsets with similarly sized screens. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, for example, also has a 5.5 inch screen, and with a body measuring 72.6 mm x 150.9 mm x 7.7 mm it's not that much shorter or narrower - but it feels and looks neater than the iPhone 6S Plus. That said, the curved edges and remarkably thin body help the iPhone feel less ungainly in the hand.

In Use

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus saw the introduction of a feature called 3D Touch, in which apps and content react differently depending on how we touch the display. On the home screen pressing (rather than tapping) an icon opens up a menu of the various actions possible within the app - with the camera, for example, we can choose whether to take a selfie or set up a Live Photo. Inside apps, "peek and pop" allows users to carry out a much wider range of tasks and actions simply from one touch of a finger.

As a phone, the good news for people who like travelling is that if there's a 2G, 3G, 4G or wi-fi protocol out there, it's likely to be supported by the iPhone 6S Plus. When connected to a 3G network, Apple say the phone should provide 24 hours of talk time from a full charge, and that it should last up to 16 days in standby. Both of those figures are better than we can expect from the iPhone 6S - as we might expect given the much larger battery in this model.

The 6S Plus also outlasts the 6S when connected to the internet, whether for browsing or making calls over wi-fi. That brings the predicted - and usually optimistic - battery life down to 12 hours between charges - which is around two hours longer than the smaller phone can manage. Reviews suggest that with mixed use in real world conditions, the battery will last a full day on average, and takes just a hour to fully recharge.

Camera

Both cameras on the iPhone 6S Plus have been upgraded from those found on earlier models. The front facing camera offers a respectable 5MP, up from 1.2MP, and now features "Retina Flash" - which uses the phone's screen to act as a flash of sorts. In low light conditions, it makes the screen three times brighter than usual to illuminate subjects up to about arm's length from the phone - ideal for normal selfies, if not those using a selfie stick.

Along with being the first iPhones where the main camera featured a 12MP sensor, the 6S and 6S Plus saw the introduction of Live Photos. As well as the main image, the camera records video for 1.5 seconds on either side of the shutter button being pressed, and when viewed using 3D Touch offers an animated take on the traditional static image. Many people may find this pointless, and they may not like that Live Photos take up twice the memory of normal images, but those with pets and small children seem to appreciate it.


Apple iPhone 6s Plus Specifications
Model Apple iPhone 6s Plus

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Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
77.9mm x 158.2mm x 7.3mm
Weight 192g
Screen Size 5.5"
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixel Density 401 ppi
Screen Detail LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System iOS (Version 9)
Chipset Apple A9
Processor (CPU) Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Graphics (GPU) PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
Internal Memory 16 GB
Memory Card
Talk Time 1440 mins
Standby Time 23040 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.2
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 12 MP
Camera Flash Dual LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player AAC, Protected AAC, HE‑AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, AAX, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Video Player MP4, H.264
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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Model Apple iPhone 6s Plus

apple iphone 6s plus
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
77.9mm x 158.2mm x 7.3mm
Weight 192g
Screen Size 5.5"
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixel Density 401 ppi
Screen Detail LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System iOS (Version 9)
Chipset Apple A9
Processor (CPU) Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Graphics (GPU) PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
Internal Memory 16 GB
Memory Card
Talk Time 1440 mins
Standby Time 23040 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.2
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 12 MP
Camera Flash Dual LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player AAC, Protected AAC, HE‑AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, AAX, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Video Player MP4, H.264
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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