iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus review roundup

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are Apple's latest and greatest smartphones that are about to hit the market. Apple recently held an event in which it showcased all the new features, and now the phones are in the hands of some lucky individuals who can share their experiences with it. Will the upgraded camera meet its expectations? Will 3D Touch be useful? Will the 7000 series aluminum be stronger in the pocket? Let's take a look at what people are saying.

The Verge

Nilay Patel, writing for The Verge:

So I'm just going to put this out there, and then we can all handle the emotional consequences together: if you are thinking of buying a new phone, and you have anything older than an iPhone 6, you should buy an iPhone 6S Plus. It is the best iPhone ever made, and it is right now the best phone on the market. If you're upgrading from an iPhone 5S or anything older, it will blow your mind. There just aren't other companies that can roll out a feature like 3D Touch and make it work in a way that suggests the creation of entirely new interface paradigms, and every other phone maker needs to figure out exactly why Apple's cameras are so consistent before they can really compete.

Walt Mossberg, writing for The Verge:

Most surprising to me was the greater speed of the iPhone's fingerprint sensor, called TouchID, which is built into the familiar round home button. It's now so fast that, if you use the button to wake up the phone and authenticate with your fingerprint, the process happens almost instantly. I often didn't even see the lock screen.

Wall Street Journal

Joanna Stern, writing for WSJ:

I had to remind myself to use 3D Touch at first, but after two weeks, it's becoming part of my iPhone muscle memory. In Mail, I now press hard on a message to preview it, then swipe left to delete. I love how you can hold down on a link to see a preview of the website, without leaving the app you're in. Press harder and you can "pop" into that app. Third-party app support could make it even more useful.


John Paczkowski, writing for BuzzFeed:

Last week I used the iPhone 6s Plus all day long doing all sorts of stuff with it, and forgot to charge it that night as I typically do. The following day, I again used it to do all manner of stuff; truthfully, I used the hell out of it. Then I plugged it into a car charger on my way home from work, because it occurred to me to do so — but I didn't urgently need to. Anyway, the phone didn't die.


Daniel Bader, writing for Mobile Syrup:

A 50 percent bump in pixels doesn't necessarily increase the quality of photos, and Apple hasn't messed with a good thing in that regard. Daytime photos are lush and beautifully captured, but are most importantly accurate, with near-perfect white balance and a tendency to capture the warmth of a scene, along with an appropriate depth of field. Many of the photos speak for themselves, finding the right balance in every metric: exposure, noise reduction, shutter speed, light sensitivity, and focus.

Stuart Miles, writing for Pocket Lint:

The move to put Hey Siri centre stage is welcomed, and we've already found we are using it to open apps a lot more frequently than when we did before. How long is it before we lose the homescreen altogether?


Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

Do not be fooled into thinking that it's a toy. 3D Touch is a major innovation. The 96 embedded sensors underneath the screen measure the flexion of a new kind of glass at an incredibly small scale to determine pressure.


Marques Brownlee, on his YouTube channel:

My initial impressions of the camera are: wow this thing is fast, and the photos it takes look very natural, very true to life. Often with very warm tones.

Tech Radar

Gareth Beavis, writing for Tech Radar:

The iPhone 6S is a long way from a bad phone because, simply, it's an iPhone. That's not me saying that anything Apple does it going to be great, but the reason so many people fall over themselves to get the new iPhone is because they know it will be a solid experience with very intelligent interface touches and a great app store, coupled with a great camera. To many, that's all they need.

New York Times

Brian Chen, writing for New York Times:

After testing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for two weeks, I had mixed feelings on the usefulness of the new features. I found that Live Photos quickly became an enjoyable, integral part of shooting photos with an iPhone. But I couldn't get into the habit of using 3D Touch.


Sam Grobart, writing for Bloomberg:

We're used to hearing that New Phone has a faster processor than Old Phone, but in this case, Apple's A9 processor just screams with speed. Moving between apps is lightning fast. Fast-moving games are as smooth as Billy Dee Williams on a silk surfboard. The Touch ID sensor is instantaneous: By the time you've pressed the home button to wake up the phone, you've already authenticated yourself and are on the home screen. The new iPhones can get on faster Wi-Fi and, where available, 4G networks.

USA Today

Ed Baig, writing for USA Today:

Trading up this soon is certainly by no means necessary, but those of you who do will be happy that you did. Apple's marketing spiel, heard in one of those chief design officer Jony Ive promotional videos, is that these are the most advanced iPhones ever created, but there is truth behind the hype.

The Telegraph

Rhiannon Williams, writing for The Telegraph:

But this time it's up to twice as fast as the 6's sensor which causes only only one problem - it's almost too fast. Merely pressing the home button to wake the phone now swiftly unlocks it, ploughing you straight into the home screen and most likely bypassing the message notification you were looking for. It takes some getting used to, and you may find it a bit frustrating initially.

Check out the reviews and then come back here and let us know, did any of them change your mind about which new iPhone you want to get?

Jared DiPane

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.