8 things that could've made the new iPhones better


The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are shaping up to be worthy upgrades of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with their camera upgrade, 3D touch tech, tougher aluminum bodies, and more powerful processors. They are faster, more powerful, bring around fresh new features to make us feel like there's something new to explore, and even come in yet another new color – we couldn't possibly ask for anything more.

Well, actually, we could. There's quite a few things about the iPhone 6s that rub us the wrong way. Not that they make the handset bad or anything – it's still pretty awesome – but we would've loved to see at least a few of those issues addressed. Wondering what they are? Check out the slideshow below!

What gripes do you have with the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus?

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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39 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So basically a Z5.... (except for the Pencil)

14. carlemillward unregistered

Z Ultra could make use of a pencil...

24. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yep, I would just get the z5 premium and not worry about the '8 things that could've made my phone better'. :)

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Try getting everything in the iOS eco system over to the Z5, then you'll realize why some people.stay with iOS.

34. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You've always disliked Sony phones yet I have always respected your choice of iPhones and Galaxies... however I am not talking about ecosystem, here... I am merely stating what the author of this article was "requesting" for a better iPhone... But if you want to talk about ecosystem, having an Android you can get the same functionality or better without getting charged for an apple logo... It all depends on the user, but Sony has many accessories and makes its devices fully compatible with many standards... to name a few: - Full NFC support (with almost every Sony accessory supporting it, from Lens Style Cameras, to Portable Speakers, to TV Remotes) - CEC support for using said Remote to control your smartphone - MHL (not proprietary like Samsung) currently supporting 3.0. Cheap adapters. - DNLA - Miracast (no need for expensive Apple TV or Passport or whatever) - WiFi Direct (compatible with many devices accross brands) - USB OTG... my Z3 Compact even included a OTG cable in the box. - PS3/4 Remote controller compatibility... which is great not only for gaming but also for fully operate your device remotely - PS4 Remote Play. - Noise Cancelling headphones, while this is a proprietary tech, the headphones itself can be use with any device without the added features. - ANT+ - Even the Official Music app from Sony (former Walkman App) let you share your songs with other people via Bluetooth or whatever you choose... Try sending a picture over BT with an iPhone. Obviously the accessory king is Apple, but Sony always have interesting products that go along with your device quite well. And if you are talking about Software Ecosystem I have my needs covered by Google. From cloud storage, to documents, to mail, notes, tools, etc... and it is all accessible from anywhere and from any device not only Android... which is something that Apple fails to provide. Their exclusivity is a limitation for the end user. To end my post, I will say that for people who has already invested much in an ecosystem such as iOS should stick to it unless there is something very compelling from the competition... and the same goes for Android... however there are many people who only has 1 phone and with little or no app purchases and not many accessories... those are the most likely to switch and try something else that suits better their needs.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Find copy and paste, even one article where I diss Sony phones. I don't even go on articles pertaining to Sony, because I have zero interest in Sony. The only article I've been on related to Sony, is when they compared it to the iPhone 6 plus. Again, find copy and paste the article, or you are a liar.

36. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I never said you diss them or you hated them... I said you disliked them which is not a lie... you told me yourself long time ago and I respected that. Read the rest of my post and see if I am wrong with everything else.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol ok bro, but to set the record straight...I have no hate, dislike, or interest in Sony. I read your entire post, and for the most part it's correct.

40. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Why don't you like Sony?

2. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

9. Reasonable price.

4. gaming64 unregistered

10. Worthwhile price

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

11. Preinstalled Cydia :d It's just amazing how much drawback iPhones have and Apple is not even willing to hear complaints about them, in theory this is one of dumbest move company can do but they still are richest OEM. Somebody should invent humanity one more time.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

12. Preinstalled Android Marshmallow *runs away*

7. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

It doesn't matter for me for the price of new iPhone 6S because on my iPhone 6 still have 7GB available. Look on the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge +, Note 5 without SD card slot but what happen to their loyal costumer, they are not happy without those features. While in Apple iPhone since 2007, their costumer don't mind those features because they know that people like me and other can afford to buy or upgrade into higher memory on their iPhone.

20. jellmoo

Posts: 2625; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Exactly this. The 16GB iPhone 6s costs $899 off contract and $399 on a 2 year here in Canada. That's just ridiculous.

22. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I know your pain. Here in Israel the iPhone 6 16GB costs 3750 shekels (almost 1000$!).

3. gaming64 unregistered

1 thing that could've made every iPhone better: The destruction of iGreed.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The only thing that can make an iPhone better is everything.

8. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

iphone is always like if it had these features would have been very nice. . Apple always go according to their wish instead of their consumers

10. waqarzec

Posts: 75; Member since: May 09, 2013

Can iPhone be a better phone also

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Stop asking for stereo sound on a smartphone. ITS STUPID. That's what your headphones are for. The reason its stupid is because the gap between the speakers isnt wide enough to even clearly hear stereo sound. When I played with the HTC with Boomsound, yes it sounds ok. But unless the sound you here is all the way to the left or right, it is nearly impossible to here all the stereo effects. Also, since the speakers have no bass whatsoever, bass sounds like loud pops which is also terrible. The treble makes the sound distorted and it sounds like a terrible scream. It is a useless gimmick. Use your headphones. Works better is private and sounds better. A tablet si much wider, the gap in the speakers is much wider. The Stereo sound is much more distinctive, the speakers just need better lows. The Tab S the original one, the speakers sound awesome for their size and even give off a slight surround effect. when you play a movie, some sounds are thrown further to the side and it sounds like its behind you as in a surround sound environment.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Whatever. The front firing speakers on my Z3 sound awesome and aren't easy to cover up with my hands. Great for listening to podcasts, movies and music.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are entitled to your opinion based on your experience as I am with my opinion based on my experience. A real audiophile who understands music will tell you, for very rich stereo sound the speakers need to be at least 6 inches apart dpending on their size. The problem with phones is the gap isnt even 5" and the sound hits each other. Have you ever see a graphical image of sound? When sound comes out of a speaker, it comes out like a triangle. The point is from the point of the the speaker and it spreads as it moves away. At only 4" apart, that means the sound triangle with hit each other right away. The sound shouldnt touch each other until the sound is near its maximum edge of clarity. That is why on tablets its better because the sound is being thrown to the side where they can't touch vs on a iPhone where they touch less than 1" from the speaker which means the sound sill be mostly mono vs stereo.

25. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually I only agree with you that the stereo effect is lost easily, specially on my Z3 Compact... More than 8" away from my face... However front facing speakers are very nice for watching a movie and the effect is felt sometimes... I don't always want to wear headphones, and to me the best use had been when playing Modern Combat 5 on multiplayer since I can quickly know if the shooting is coming from either side thanks to stereo... Obviously in a tablet it is way better, but it is definitely not useless on a phone

33. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I am a real audiophile , and I'll use whatever sounds good. Naturally there will be compromises with something the size of a phone. I for one LOVED the Boomsound speakers on the M8, not perfect but damn good for a phone.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think front-facing speakers are a great idea, and I want my next phone to have it. But on a ~5" screen, you're not likely to experience much of a stereo effect, so a high quality single speaker is plenty. Stereo might be more noticeable on a phablet, and definitely on a tablet.

12. ndcart

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

I guess I just don't care when it comes to 4k on a phone. Any phone that's been released in the past few years has plenty of resolution for me. Maybe I'm just getting old.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What would have made the iPhone 6S better is 16-20MP shooter on the rear. Adding wide angle shots to the front camera, 1080P display on the base model and 1440p or higher on the Plus, definitely a better screen to body ratio an a much bigger battery. What I dont understand is this. How is it the Galaxy S6 is smaller than the iPhone 6/6S yet has a slightly larger display, has a bigger battery even though inside the iPhone the battery is 50% the size of the inside of the phone yet its smaller? Why are the bezels so big on such a tiny screen when on the sides of the S6, there is almost no bezel and the Galaxies also have far more sensors in the top yet has a smaller bezel and the bottom is full of stuff too, yet manages to have a smaller bezel. See, its not about making a phone bigger; its about making it bigger and still not be too big. See when you have experience doing something, you do a much better job than just rushing to copy everyone else.

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Part of it is stubborn adherence to old design. As long as Apple uses that 2007 round home button, they'll need space around the button, and that's the bottom of the phone. Then, for aesthetic design reasons, the top bezel must be the same height as the bottom. And that's why the 4.7" iPhone 6 is much taller than the 4.7" Moto X, and only slightly shorter than the 5.1" S6. As for battery size.... I'm at a loss.

16. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why do they list two year contract when nearly all carriers in the US have abandoned them and are going towards monthly payment plans instead?

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