WSJ reviews the iPhone 6s: great performance, fine camera, but no battery life improvement

WSJ reviews the iPhone 6s: great performance, fine camera, but no battery life improvement
As the iPhone 6s review embargo fell, crashed, and burned, the authoritative Wall Street Journal published its review of Apple's new flagship smartphone. Things seem perfectly peachy for the 6s, as expected from an iterative upgrade over an already successful product, but author Joanna Stern did land some righteous punches at Apple's historically stubborn noggin!

According to her, not only is there no battery life improvement over last year's model, but the iPhone 6s Plus lasted only 20 minutes longer than the 6s, despite carrying a higher capacity unit. We cannot comment on the publication's proprietary battery test procedures, so stay tuned for our opinion once we've put the iPhone 6s through our own test's paces!

Despite battery life remaining at iPhone 6 levels, the iPhone 6s’s new A9 processor and 2GB of RAM result in a noticeable speed boost. Ms. Stern says that exporting an HD video is "three times as fast", while browsing was smoother and multitasking feels noticeably quicker. Unlocking the phone is also much faster, with the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor being "at least twice as fast". Right on, Apple!And finally, a word about the improved camera. The new 12MP sensor does deliver a bit more fine detail that's available for cropping, but image quality remains essentialy unchanged from the iPhone 6, meaning that daytime shots are superb, but low light ones leave something to be desired. However, 4K video recordings are "very crisp", but also take up "six times the space of a typical 720p video", which means those buying the 16GB base model are at quite the disadvantage. Also, Joanna Stern and other reviewers seem to universally agree that Live Photos is pretty cool, for a gimmick.

Overall, the iPhone 6s feels like a slightly better iPhone 6 according to the WSJ, which pretty much comes as expected. Alright, then! Stay tuned for PhoneArena's review of the iPhone 6s! It's in the oven.


source: Wall Streeet Journal 1, 2

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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)

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101 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Getting a Space Gray 64GB 6S Plus Friday. Can't wait!

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Lucky You, I will wait another year to buy 128gb 6S, prices right now are ridiculous. Maybe I will sell my kidney, I heard it's a good way to fund iPhone

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Great games on iOS platform, but worst battery performance in iPhones. Irritating combination.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Great audio quality from iPhones, expensive storage options - that is irritating :d For battery I always carry powerbank with myself but bigger battery would be more than welcome

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There's a joke you know... iPhone 6s is out, which means iPhone 6 is cheaper, which means i can finally afford iPhone 3GS. :D

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Haha, I totally get You, in Poland iP5 now costs reasonable price, of course I'm talking about shops. It's annoying when Galaxy S5 costs here even less than iP5 :D

10. Kumar123 unregistered

Going to buy iPhone 7 next year. BTW don't believe Samsung paid troll claim that he is going to buy iPhone. He is trying really hard to represent himself as a iPhone fan lately so that whenever Galaxy S7 come out next year he gets to say Galaxy S7 is the best phone. Just think about it what better way to praise Samsung phone than pretending to be a iPhone user. ;)

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I don't care who is which company's fan as long as he keeps discussion on mature level :P

64. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Finally, an adult in the room. +1

16. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Who are you talking about?

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

http://tinypic.com/r/2zgvl0m/8 You're probably one of the most pathetic users on the site.

54. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

And you've recently turned in to iFanatic.

61. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because I love iOS and Android? Lol I hope you get banned again.

46. g2a5b0e unregistered

You just love putting your foot in your mouth, don't you? So much hate for no reason. Try acting like an adult for a change.

55. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Have some self respect iCult. Atleast he's not getting insulted, like you. Apple fan.

59. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

g2a5b0e is probably the most rational and unbiased user on this site. Log off and go find yourself a girlfriend because your life seems really miserable.

68. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pretty is a huge understatement. Arte8800 is on at least his 19th account, and those are the ones easy enough to sopt, by his idiotic posting style. I'm surprised PA hasn't dropped the hammer yet.

74. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

What did you expect its a site full of people with opinions, of course their favorite phone company is the best. even if it has 10 minute battery and a camera that takes 1mp photos of blurr ;) you should know that since you're a Veteran user here Papa

97. srgonu

Posts: 533; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I had lot of respect for PapaSmurf earlier since he is unbiased. But now that he turned iFan, he is one of every other unthinkable genius

101. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Please explain because I have expressed plenty of times that if I wasn't using my 6 Plus I'd either be using the Edge/Edge+/Note 5. But please do explain.

118. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Of course you have a 6 plus, edge, edge+, note 5 and are now buying a 6s plus

126. g2a5b0e unregistered

I appreciate that, Smurf. No point in arguing over someone's preference. These idiots think this stuff is religion, which in my opinion isn't worth arguing over either.

125. g2a5b0e unregistered

Your comment made so little sense in reference to mine that I won't even bother to address it.

69. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

G2, whatup yo?

127. g2a5b0e unregistered

What's going on, Darkk? Loving this Note 5. It works almost flawlessly. I just hope that I don't have any issues when Marshmallow comes around. Kit-Kat was great, but Lollipop crippled my Note 4. Constant lag around the home screens & graphical glitches with folders & certain widgets. They were minor things, but annoying nonetheless. What's up with you, man?

52. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Samsung can easily buy Apple and Huawey all together, but that would be just stupid. If you think Apple is big, then you have no idea how Big is Samsung. But hese guys are really doing a wonderfull job selling a phone with a processor made by them

43. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahahahahahah the new iPhone 6s Plus as a 2750 battery

56. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Why don't you sell your family members next? How disgusting these iLunatics.

17. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Well done sir. Good battery life with the plus and a good amount of storage!

110. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Small bettery life is a coll feature d'or isheep.

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