The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are available in South Arica from today (16 October 2015) and if you’re still unsure whether to get this new smartphone from Apple, we’ve put together this iPhone 6s review to help you decide.

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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were revealed earlier in September 2015 at an Apple event after months and months of rumours. The upgrade from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has not been that massive, but there are some cool new features that are well-worth considering if you’re in the market for a new phone.

Design

The new iPhones come with the same three finishes as the iPhone 6 models, namely Silver, Gold and Space Grey. But the new phones come in the new beautiful Rose Gold finish, which is exactly the model I used for this review and let me tell you, people notice it and love it. It might not be a massive selling point but it is a fun improvement and it really looks beautiful.

Check out these photos we took of the Rose Gold model using another iPhone 6s and tell me you don’t love it:

You’re not really looking at much design upgrades other than the new additional colour option, all the screws and bolts are pretty much in the same place. The same simple and elegant aesthetic ethos is followed by Apple throughout the sleek design of the phone, making it feel as premium a product as they come. The brushed aluminum still wraps around the rounded edges of the phone to meet up with the sturdy sapphire glass. It is also extremely thin (just under 7mm) and only weighs 143g.

Display

The stunning 4.7″ Retina HD display is equipped with Apple’s latest 3D Touch technology. This beautiful display is protected by Ion-strengthened glass and an oleophobic coating to ensure you don’t get scratches and nicks as easily. It is capable of producing the smoothest image display I’ve seen on any iPhone. The resolution of 1334×750 produces pictures that make you feel like you’re watching something on your screen that is happening in real life and with pictures being rendered at 26 ppi density only someone with superhuman eye sight will see any pixels with their naked eye. Colours are vibrant and realistic too.

The screen’s touch responsiveness seems also just to get better and better, with it picking up touches even when you are tapping it on the side. The iPhone 6s’s screen comes again with the Display Zoom ability and Reachability for those with tiny hands.

Performance

Yes, Apple’s iPhones are beautifully designed and look and feel like premium products. But they are also extremely powerful, with the iPhone 6s running on a A9 chip and dual-core 1.84 GHz CPU. One thing you immediately notice from the new iPhones is that they are fast and responsive and perform most tasks (even multi-tasking) smoothly. The updated 2GB of RAM also give the new iPhones a noticeable speed boast. The new iPhones come in three size options, namely 16GB, 64GB and 128GB, but don’t even bother with the 16GB as that is not nearly enough space for any user and seeing as there is no card slot, you don’t want to end up with a smartphone that can’t hold all your stuff.

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Looking at connectivity, the iPhone 6s has better LTE capabilities and a welcome addition in 802.11ac (2.7x faster than N technology) Wi-Fi, for faster browsing on both Wi-Fi and LTE. NFC tech has to get a small mention here which will work with Apple Pay but who knows what, if any of those features will be usable in South Africa anytime soon.

Battery

You get as solid a performance in battery life in the new models than you did with the iPhone 6 series. Apple claims you’re able to get up to 14 hours of talk time on 3G, 11 hours on WiFi, up to 11 hours of HD video playback and up to 10 days of standby time. I found that the new iPhone 6s’s battery lasts about a full day if you’re not playing too many games or watching too many clips of cats on YouTube. This is great as it means you only need to plug it in to charge while you’re sleeping.

Camera

The improvements I’m personally obsessed with are to the front and back cameras. The 12MP iSight camera has all the great features you want to see in a smartphone camera like, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Panorama mode, Exposure control, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, auto image stabilisation, Face Detection, etc. But the new feature I really dig is called Live Photo. With this feature you can turn your normal photos into moving GIFs which you can then share with other iOS 9 users. The Live Photo GIFs come out really nice and you can even add sound too. The f/2.2 aperture isn’t great compared to phones like the Galaxy S6 (f/1.8) and LG G4 (f/1.7) but it gets the job done.

The FaceTime HD front facing received a long overdue makeover and has been improved to 5MP. Another cool new feature the front facing camera has is what Apple calls “selfie flash” and it is really useful when snapping a selfie in bad lighting.

In terms of recording videos, you’re probably going to struggle to find another smartphone that takes such quality videos. The new iPhones have the ability to record 4K videos and with the iPhone 6s Plus packing optical image stabilisation you’ll be able to record smooth shots you’ve only been dreaming of.

Verdict

The iPhone 6s is well worth the upgrade if you’re in the market to get a new device. With excellent and fast performance, quality design and amazing camera capabilities you will be blown away if you’re making the move from the iPhone 5s for instance. If you’re upgrading from the iPhone 6 then the upgrades aren’t that big, but features like 3D Touch and improved back and front camera, you might just be convinced. But you’ll have to save though as these premium phones don’t come cheap with prices starting at R5 799.00 for a 16GB iPhone 6s, going up all the way to R15 499.00 for a 128GB model.

iPhone 6s Review: Might Be Worth The Upgrade
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