iPhone 6s Plus vs 6 Plus: Is It Really Worth the Upgrade?

After months of waiting Apple’s new iPhone 6s Plus is finally released and available for purchase.  Similar to other “S” upgrades, it adds a host of improvements and changes from last year’s iPhone 6 Plus.

With the 6s Plus there comes the new 3D Touch tech, and an enhanced camera, as well as new sturdier construction.

While it comes with some enhancements should you be looking for an upgrade? Lets look over all the changes they have introduced with this year’s new model

The Body: Form Meets Function

Rose gold iPhone 6s plusThe Original iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick, weighs 172 grams, has the series 6300 anodised aluminum back case and comes in silver, gold, and space grey.

The New iPhone 6s Plus is 7.3mm thick, weighs 192 grams, has the series 7000 anodised aluminum back case and comes in silver, gold, rose gold, and space grey.

While they are both great looking phones, there were little physical changes 6s Plus upgrade. Both, the original and the newer model,  have the familiar sloped glossy case with protruding camera lens, covered rubberized antenna strips, a 5.5 inch screen as in all Plus scale phones, and simple smooth design you expect when using an IOS device.

One of the noticeable differences in design is the size of the 6s Plus. When holding the two phone you can feel the extra weight of the iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to it being a dramatic 20 grams heavier and point 2 millimeters thicker. While it is a much heavier phone, there is a good reason for this.

Inside the new device is an upgraded processor, the A9 chip. When combined with the rest of the new hardware it gives a very respectable 70 percent increase in CPU power, and even more impressively it increases GPU performance by 90 percent from last years iPhone 6 Plus.

While this is somewhat expected with each yearly upgrade from apple, the enhancements to the 6s Plus give a noticeably quicker performance.

With these enhancements comes a device that so far seems able to stand up to any app or program it’s put to, even able to do 4K video capture without any perceivable lag or distortion.

The Camera: Your Lens to the World

Camera comparison: iPhone 6s plus and 6 plus

The original iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 8-megapixel forward camera as well as a 1.2-megapixel reverse or “selfie” camera, phase detection, dual LED ‘True Tone’ flash and 1080p video capture ability

The new iPhone 6s Plus includes a 12-megapixel forward facing camera as well as a 5-megapixel reverse or “selfie” camera, phase detection, dual LED ‘True Tone’ flash, and 4K video capture ability.

One of the more appealing features on each new iPhone is an enhanced iSight camera.

Last years iPhone 6 Plus came with a great 8-megapixel camera sensor, made for beautiful photos in any lighting conditions. While it is and exceptional camera, there are arguably better ones available on some Android devices like the Galaxy S6.

The new iPhone 6s Plus surpasses all challenges with its host of improvements including a improved 12 megapixel camera for some of the most crisp pictures available. This expanded resolution is even  more noticeable on video which is now available in full 4k.

The new 4k video shoots with ease, smoother than any other smartphone currently in the market.

Additionally the front set FaceTime camera has been improved considerably from the minor 1.2 megapixel camera of the iPhone 6 Plus to the respectable 5 megapixel version on the 6S Plus. The 6S Plus’ screen also functions as a dual-tone flash, which adds up to hugely improved selfies.

One interesting feature that’s included with the 6S Plus is a new option called Live Photos. When taking a Live Photo, your iPhone will automatically record a quick three-second video along with the photo, to capture the moment completely.  When you later look over the Live Photo in your gallery you can either lightly touch the image to see just the photo or press it more firmly and “play” the scene again for a fun and immersive experience.

Battery Power: Your Devices Lifespan

Battery comparison: 6s plus vs 6 plus

The iPhone 6 Plus has a 2915 mAh non-removable battery.

The iPhone 6s Plus has a 2750 mAh non-removable battery.

Due to increased hardware space needed within the 6s Plus for the Taptic Engine which helps run the new 3D Touch capabilities Apple included the larger Li-Po 2750 mAh battery.

Ten percent larger in size then the battery inside the iPhone 6 Plus, and with improved energy efficiency in iOS 9 and the new Low Power Mode ensure the 6s Plus’s battery life is just as long as the iPhone 6 Plus.

In Apple’s and other companies benchmark tests it was shown that the iPhone 6S Plus has an average battery life of 62 hours, almost two hours more than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Fingerprint scanners: The Future of Security

Addind a fingerprint on iPhone 6s plusBoth the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6s Plus come with Touch ID, letting you unlock your phone with just a touch. While they both use the same touch ID hardware, the 6s Plus has increased its accuracy and reaction speed, making it almost twice as fast to activate.

The increased activation speed is very perceivable in everyday use, which can make a huge difference when you think about how many times a day you need to unlock your phone or using Apple Pay.

While many of Apple’s Android rivals have made their own fingerprint readers in the two years since it was first was debuted in the iPhone 5s, the improved iTouch package included with the 6s Plus is a cut above the rest, running smoother than any other on the market.

Storage: Sometimes more is just more…

Both the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus include either a 16 Gigabyte, 64 Gigabyte, or a 128 Gigabyte internal storage, all of which are non-expandable.

While the storage space on these two devices are the same, the option of a 16GB hard drive on a smartphone is less and less feasible with every new edition.

Although 16GB is enough to run all of the programs that come with the 6s Plus, that small of space is easy to fill quickly with photo and video files taking up almost twice as much space as before because of the enhanced camera resolution.

“The Only Thing That’s Changed is Everything.”

While Apple may have said the words above about its new 6S Plus it’s easy to blow off such claims when you just look at the two side by side, but after giving it closer look there is more truth to it then you would think.

The 6S Plus is sturdier feeling, with it’s new heavier construction is more durable than previous iPhones.

Meanwhile, its enhanced camera is amazing to shoot both crisp photos and stunning 4K videos, and with its option for Live Photos you can not only share a picture, but an experience with your friends and family.

One of the most noticeable upgrades is its processing power and speed. While the iPhone 6 wasn’t what you would call slow, but with double the amount of RAM and including a much quicker processor makes for a much faster and more enjoyable experience.

Bottom line: The iPhone 6S Plus is a Success

With all these facts you can see the iPhone 6S Plus is obviously the best smartphone available on the market currently, with the only thing offsetting this is that it’s noticeably heavier construction. It’s worth the extra investment to get the 6s Plus if you are looking for a new iPhone or smartphone.

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