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iPhone 6s Plus review – Faster than Ever and a world class Cam

Retail Box

In India iPhone 6s Plus is available on All major E-Commerce Stores. iphone 6S plus comes in three variants of Memory –

16GB @ Rs. 70,999

32GB @ Rs. 75,999

128GB @ 85,999

6s Plus is available in silver, gold, space gray and rose gold. 7.3 mm thick and weighing only 192 grams, though slightly heavier than iPhone 6 @ 172 grams. It is still slimmer than the Galaxy Note 5, which got a thickness of 7.6 mm waistline, but, lot heavier than Note 5 @ 171 grams.

iPhone 6s Plus is made of 7000 Series aluminum, meaning  uni-body aluminum one, with premium build and solid frame. The grip is quite good, but slightly difficult to manage with One hand.

Major Specs of iPhone 6S plus :

  • 5.5″ Retina HD 3D-touch capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density
  • ION strengthened glass with Force Touch Display, Oleophobic coating
  • iOS v9 operating system
  • A9 chip 64-bit architecture processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB / 64GB / 128GB internal memory and single nano SIM
  • 12MP primary camera with auto focus, 4K video recording, flash and 5MP front facing camera
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2750 mAh battery (10.45 Wh)
  • 158.2 * 77.9 * 7.3 mm
  • 191 gms

iPhone 6S Plus Unboxing – Retail Box Contents

  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • Lightning Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • EarPods Headphone
  • Sim Tool
  • User Manual

The first impression – 6S Plus looks Heavy.

Design and Display

iPhone 6S plus body is made of Aluminium 7000 grade and a Uni-body Design. As always the back can not be opened and the battery is concealed inside the phone.

The Only issue in Design which you will face in any iPhone is basically the Screen to Body Ratio which is almost 67.7 % and makes the phone look much bigger.

Display is as always amazing, Retina HD Display 5.5″ with 1080 * 1920 pixels roughly coming to 401 ppi. The Glass is Ion strengthened and comes with olephobic coating. Apple introduced a new Touch called as ” Forced Touch “. This technology includes capacitive sensors within the display, that means any change in pressure applied to the panel is measured and accordingly action is performed. There’s also a new taptic engine vibration motor, that offers subtle nudges depending on the strength of your press.

The pressure sensitive touch triggers App functions, Drawing in Notes, Camera features, Multi tasking, Text selection, Search and much more.

Regarding Display, Color reproduction is almost genuine and it gives a wide viewing angle of almost 170 degrees. You will not face any issues with the Display in Bright Sunlight.

In the front you will find Selfie camera, home button, and down below 3.5 mm jack, lightning USB and microphone. In the back, you will find a protruding camera, Flash light and camera is covered by Sapphire Lens.

The back is made in three parts, Two D’s up and down and the main center Body. The two D’s work as Antenna which is known as LDS Anteena.

On the left and right there are rounded metal edges, making the device comfier to grip.

On the left side you will find standard volume buttons and mute switch, while on the right side is for Power button, and a nano SIM card tray. Overall, The looks and feel are premium, comfy and solid.

Hardware and Software Performance 

Apple A9 powered by a  dual core 1.84 GHz processor, with a Power VR GT7600 GPU, the M9 motion co-processor and 2 GB of RAM. The smartphones comes with three in-built memory variants viz 16, 64 and 128 GB versions. The connectivity options are LTE Category 6, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, AGPS and Glonass.

Sensors include Touch ID, barometer, accelerometer, 3 axis gyroscope, proximity sensor, digital compass and ambient light sensor.

The modem of iPhone 6S Plus uses less power and is capable of higher throughput, as is the WiFi chipset.

iPhone 6S Plus is way too fast. Honestly it surpassed the most fastest Smartphone i.e.Samsung Galaxy S6 , in some of the benchmark tests. What makes iPhone 6S Plus so fast – Simple reason is other phones use one or two cores at a time, while iPhone has only two cores, the GPU (graphics processing unit) has six. With the two combined on the A9 chipset, the 6S Plus is a power machine.

The Gaming is a far better experience on iPhone 6S Plus and without any lag. Tried few racing games and my favorite island castaway , though i was facing lag in other iPhones, but 6s Plus was a smooth killer.

For Security, 6S Plus comes with a fingerprint scanner and we faced, no issues or lag in this part. This feature makes 6S Plus far more secure and Apple strongly recommends use of a 6-digit PIN instead of the standard 4-digit.

Touch ID also lets you use the iPhone 6S Plus with Apple Pay, so you can tap your phone on a touch-and-pay terminal to purchase good and services.

iOS 9 – Though we could not find much of the operation difference in iOS 8 and 9, but still some improvements were noticed, like Spotlight search expanded usage, Simplified switching between apps, Far better Siri.

The only issue was slight delay when you switch views from Landscape to portrait or vice versa.

Call Quality and Sound

Most od the users always recommend us to take call quality test also. What we did, was slightly unique, connected the call with iPhone 5S and LG G4 for around one hour. The results were as follows :

The iPhone 6S Plus has a loud and clear ear speaker with noise-cancelling microphones to ensure clarity at both ends of the line. Even though we were facing some issues with LG G4 with call breaking and sound distortion, but iphone 6S plus continued to be smooth runner.

Camera 

This time iPhone managed a far better camera with 12MP and 5MP selfie. Also Apple claimed that it has reduced noise by minimising the color leak between pixels. This is known as deep-trench technology, and offers better colors without bleeding. Also it adds more depth to photos.

What All iPhone 6S Plus camera supports -optical image stabilisation (OIS), true-tone flash, deep-trench technology, focus pixels, Live Photos, 4K video, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, front-screen flash

Though the missing point is f/2.2 which does not stand much as compared to LG G4 f/1.8 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ f/1.9 In night mode, camera is not that great, but in day conditions or even heavy lit room, iphone offers low noise as compared to other Smartphones.

Don’t forget Apple added a new features, called ” Live Photos ” and it adds motion and vibrancy to the pictures.Live photos is also capable of recording sound with pictures.

iPhone 6S Plus can shoot videos in 4K mode also. To activate 4k mode, you need to go through settings ( not available in camera menu ),

Battery

Battery has always been a key issue with Old iPhones, and i remember carrying a back cover with inbuilt battery, as iPhone batteries used to drain by evening.

iphone 6S Plus uses a 2750 mAh non-removable battery, and the capacity is less than the iPhone 6 Plus 2915 mAh. On papers, the battery may go up-to 24 hours of talk time, 14 hours of video playback, 16 days of standby or 80 hours of audio playback.

We did a video Loop playback test with HD Video on wi-fi with brightness level at 200 LUX , timing of slightly over 15 hours was achieved, which in my opinion is good for a 5.5″ Display Screen smartphone.

While the rating of other Smartphones is as :

  • iPhone 6 Plus (12 hours)
  • Galaxy Note 5 (11 hours and 39 minutes).
  • Allview P8 Energy (22 hours and 24 minutes)
  • Lumia 1520 (17 hours).

Coming to charging time of Iphone 6S Plus and other Smartphones :

  • iPhone 6S Plus – 2 hours and 57 minutes
  • Allview X2 Soul Lite – 3 hours and 2 minutes
  • Xperia M5 – 3 hours 4 minutes
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 3 hours and 16 minutes
  • Galaxy S6 – 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Galaxy S6 Edge+ – 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Galaxy Note 5 – 1 hour and 27 minutes

Not to forget, All Galaxy Models support Fast Charge.

Summarizing, With light usage , you may get around one and half day of Phone LIfe. Now, it’s high time for Apple to start with Fast and Wireless Charging.

Final Verdict for iPhone 6S Plus

Before we jump to the conclusion, Let’s have a brief look of what’s in favor and what not.

In Favor : Premium Material and Design, 3D Touch, upgraded RAM and Camera, 4K Videos, Battery Life, Bright Display, Great Sound, Better security 

Improvement needed : fast Charge, Wireless charging, Big Body, Night Mode, 16GB Variant

To Complete the review, by any standards, iPhone 6S is worth purchasing, but I never recommend 16GB option as it offers very less user memory.

If you are an iPhone lover, and like BIg Screens also, iPhone 6S Plus is the right choice for you. But if you do not like bulky phones, Stick to iPhone 6s / 6 Plus.

Overall the phone Scores excellent on our Reviews :

Scores In Detail – 8.4

  1. Battery Life – 9/10
  2. Calls & Sound – 9/10
  3. Camera – 9/10
  4. Design – 8/10
  5. Performance – 9/10
  6. Screen Quality – 8/10
  7. Software – 8/10
  8. Value – 7/10

 

 

 

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