Six reasons why the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is the best iPhone to date

Six reasons why the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is the best iPhone to date
The Apple iPhone 6s series is out, our reviews are in, and most of those with a passion for high-end smartphones are already familiar with what the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have to offer.

Keeping an open mind towards new Apple products may turn out to be a tough task for loyal Android fans, but it turns out that the new iPhone 6s Plus might just be the best iPhone that Apple has ever made, even when we take into account the natural progress of any product series.

Note that this doesn't mean that the iPhone 6s Plus doesn't come without flaws. For a complete analysis of the handset, including the phone's drawbacks, make sure to check out our full iPhone 6s Plus review.

Battery life

Battery life was one segment of the user experience where iPhones have previously failed to impress. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus, however, come with exceptional battery life. The iPhone 6s Plus managed to keep the lights on for 9 hours and 11 minutes during our demanding battery life test, a top-shelf score that matches the score of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 by the minute. The iPhone 6s also fared very well, depleting its battery in 8 hours and 15 minutes.

By comparison, the battery life of the previous iPhone generation is significantly worse. The iPhone 6 lasted for only 5 hours and 22 minutes, while the iPhone 6 Plus fared just a tad better, lasting for 6 hours and 32 minutes in our battery benchmark.

Apple A9

Although competition at the high-end segment of the mobile SoC market has stiffened over the past years, the Apple A9 appears to be the fastest chip currently around. In synthetic benchmarks, the chip scores better than any other SoC currently out there, including here the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and Samsung's Exynos 7420 -- the chip that powers the entire Galaxy S6 lineup as well as the Galaxy Note5. 

Sure, the fact that the iPhone 6s Plus comes with a less-demanding 1080p display resolution helps with making things run smoother, but we do have to note a significant performance improvement.compared to the iPhone 6 Plus and its Apple A8 chip. 

7000 series aluminum

Last year, the iPhone 6 Plus caused quite a stir when it was discovered that the phone would bend when enough force is applied by hand in strategic places. With the iPhone 6s series, Apple moved to using a stronger build material, 7000 series aluminum. The phone will probably still bend if you make a purpose out if it, but as far as accidental bending is concerned, no problems have been reported thus far.

3D Touch

While other updates that we've noted here are iterative improvements, the pressure-sensitive displays on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is shaping up to be a real game changer. By managing to recognize between a tap, a press, and a hard press, the new system opens up the way to a new user input system. Many apps have already been updated to take advantage of 3D Touch, and it looks like users are starting to adapt to the this added dimension for interacting with their phones.

New camera sensors

The new 12MP  primary camera on the iPhone 6s series is a much-needed upgrade in terms of both picture and video quality. While other phones - especially the Samsung Galaxy S6 series and the LG G4 - offer a comparable quality, the new camera marks a solid improvement compared to all previous iPhones.

Also, the new iPhones are the first to come with 4K video recording. As this capabilty has been around in the Android camp for quite some time now, it's nice to see that Apple's iPhones have finally jumped on board the 4K bandwagon.

In the age of selfies, it should be noted that the front facing cameras have also received a coveted update in terms of detail and quality. Selfie fans are going to love the 5MP secondary shooter on iPhone 6s Plus, especially since the extra screen real estate helps with framing the subject(s).


You might have noticed that the regular iPhone 6s shares many of these characteristics, but we've still decided to single out the larger iPhone 6s Plus as the best iPhone yet. The reason for this is that only the iPhone 6s Plus comes with hardware optical image stabilization, while the smaller iPhone 6s relies on software for a steadier video footage. It's a big difference, one that will make your 4K videos much smoother, and a major improvement in overall video quality.



1. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

It is the best iphone because its the newest version. Stop dickriding apple so much.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone is butthurt.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He ain't butthurt, he just stated a fact.

39. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

@PA: because it's the newest iPhone? I don't get why articles praise the latest phones as the "best iPhone yet", of course it's the best iPhone; it's the latest one that came out.

24. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Shove yourself up your hurt ass :D If that comment annoyed you

34. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

How does that make him butthurt exactly?

51. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

States a fact and you get butt hurt.

52. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

The only one hurt here is you, Mr Fanboy, over a comment that didn't praise the iPhone.

6. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Agreed. Every intelligent person knows Apple is overpriced, underpowered, fragile JUNK from an EVIL company. I'll take a LG V10 over any CRAP from apple.

37. pooma

Posts: 96; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

if iphone is overpriced then sammy has overrated specs.. iphone is performing better with dual core .. this is reality as shown in every benchmark test..

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

The iPhone performs better because the OS is lightweight and the resolution on iPhones isn't anywhere near that of Android flagships. If you put Android and say, touchwiz on the iPhone with the same resolution as the S6 family and note 5, you will see the iPhone struggle with performance.

57. pooma

Posts: 96; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

why would any stupid put Android and, touchwiz on the iPhone??

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

So, instead of coming up with a logical explanation, this is your response? Typical i$#33p. You clearly didn't understand my response. "why would any stupid put Android and, touchwiz on the iPhone??" It's "Why (the "W" is capital since it's the beginning of a sentence) would anyone (not "any") be (you forgot the "be") stupid enough (you forgot "enough", also) to (and I forgot "to") Android and (no comma after "and") Touchwiz on the iPhone?" There. I fixed your horrendous grammar for you.

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Agreed, 99% of the time, the latest iteration of a model is usually best.

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

the 1% is all the Android phones!!!!!

22. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Never forget #ANTENNAGATE A working smartphone is always better vs one that doesn't get a signal.

35. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Is that a joke or something?

55. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

My comment was in general, of any device, place, or thing. Not specific to phones.

13. willard12 unregistered

I predict that the iPhone 7 will be the best iphone ever when it is released in September 2016. I also believe the iPhone 7s will be the best iphone when it is released. But, I'm just guessing.

26. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I respectfully disagree :)) the best iPhone as of now is the Galaxy Note5: same iPhone design, same iPhone drawbacks (lack of sd card, removable battery) but with some improvments: - Vacom Pen (but the 3D touch is really slick) - larger display - better enterprise experience (just look a the the email clinet)

45. chenski

Posts: 777; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

What about 2014 and next year?

59. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

love it how everyone says that you're butthurt, when they are replying to this comment

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because it's the iphone.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*gets popcorn ready*

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

the iPhone 6s Plus is the best iPhone because it's the iPhone? okay.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You could almost hear it whoosh above his head.

3. SnakeBoySatire

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Love Apple Love Apple go, go, go :)

7. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Yes, go, go, go away.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Damn. I really enjoyed the Solid Snake version of you...

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Shouldn't a phone that has only dual core cpu, 2GB ram, 12mp camera, 750/1080p display have better battery life than a phone that has dual quads, 4GB ram, 1440p and a 16MP? It's the best iPhone to date because it simply the latest model. As the first poster said. But based on what users are saying, the camera isn't all that great. It's only slightly better than the last model. Not only has Apple jumped on the 4th bandwagon, so have you as the writer. Other phones have had 4k for 3 years now. But they were all shook off, like the Note 3 for example. Amazing how it was overkill, useless and gimmicky. Two years later after the Note 3, Apple gets it and now it's useful, not gimmicky and isn't overkill? I really you fans would just be consistent and not hypocrites. Shows why you shouldn't dis' other manufacturers.

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