Is the iPhone 6s Worth Your Money?
In today’s age, there seems to be a new phone rolling out every month. This review will be directed toward the thought behind investing into a model of phone, specifically the iPhone 6s that is past its breakout craze. We will discuss a minimum of five points including: cost, ease of usage, best place to purchase, durability, and how the phone is aging with the releasing of new phones.
For a little background, the 6s was released in September of 2015. Featuring a 4.7", LED backlit screen, A9 chipset, 12-megapixel rearward facing camera and 1715mAH lithium-ion battery, the phone is quite a performer even to today’s standards.
When weighing your options for a new phone, perhaps the most scrutinized aspect is price point. The majority of buyers are looking to get the most out of their money. Which brings us to our first point. What people don’t realize is that the 6s has come down in price dramatically since the release of the iPhone 7 in September 2016. For example, most cellular carriers are still looking to sell off their stock of the 6s. For reviewing purposes, I will be basing prices off the 128gb model. Current pricing across the market is $500-$600. However, carriers are offering low-cost upgrades as low as $350. If you’re willing to go used, which is an option usually overlooked, craigslist and local phone repair are great outlets to do so. Most stores that sell used iPhones offer warranties as well. Compared to the 6s’s competition, the Galaxy S7, they are moderately close in purchase prices. The Galaxy S7 edges towards being around $50 more on the new or used market. When it comes to pricing, it’s a great option. As far as comparison to the GS7, it will be more up to user discretion for operating systems.
Operating systems is a great transition to our next topic. A definite selling point for Apple is the ease of usage/navigation of the iPhone operating system. The factory installed essential apps, such as Mail, iMessage, Music, photo’s etc are very navigable. They are integrated in a logical manner that even non-tech savvy individuals can direct. Take the camera app for example, you have the slide bar on the bottom that switches between camera modes: photo, video, time lapse, slow motion and panorama. With one swipe and touch, you can start recording. In my opinion, this is where the Apple operating system takes a one-up over the Galxay S7. The intuitive, one step access is hard to compete against.
One quick note that’s worth mentioning, the upgraded internal speakers on the 6s are much larger than the previous model and don’t require you and your friends to huddle around your phone to watch the latest cat videos! This makes for easier listening in public areas with moderate ambient noise.
As for durability, has your phone’s screen ever shattered? Possibly had water damage? Durability has been a concern with consumers since the first touch screen phone was released. Unfortunately, durability hasn’t been the 6s’s strong suit; the soft, aluminum shell is very thin, resulting in a large number of customer’s phones physically bending from light to moderate pressure. Apple did acknowledge that the shells had a problem with bending. I’ve been lucky enough (knock on wood) with my 6s that it hasn’t bent. However, in fear of my phone bending, I purchased a case for added protection. I personally carry my 6s in a Thule® X4 case. It has great protection for both body and screen drops. The phone is clearly not water-proof. You must keep in mind that you have several ways for rain to enter. I’ve come close to getting rain in my headphone jack on numerous occasions. I haven’t performed a screen drop test for the reason that I would prefer to keep my phone working; however, with the screen being tempered glass, it has a tendency to shatter with drops as low as 2.5 feet. If you’re like me and are super clumsy, I’d recommend purchasing a quality case that protrudes past the screen.
Now for the topic that the technologically inclined have been waiting for, internal specs! I’m going to lay out the specs of the phone and go into detail about how each one effects the phone and how it compares to the 6s’s competition.
• Chipset: Dual Core Apple A9
The A9 chipset is very comparable; however, one very noticeable difference over the previous model of iPhone is restart time. It’s less than 20 seconds. The refreshing of apps is very quick and responsive, whether you’re playing a game or checking the weather, the A9 has little to no hiccups in processing. Compared to the Galaxy S7’s Exynos 8890 processor, the 6s it slightly slower in my opinion. However, unless the phones are side by side, you’ll be hard pressed to see a difference.
• Battery capacity: 1715 mAh
A large downfall to the 6s is its obsession with abnormal battery consumption. I charge my phone overnight and by mid-day, with minimum to moderate usage, I’ll be down to 40% battery. Part of this is due to the IOS the 6s runs. Unless you go into settings and turn off the gadgets and gizmos you don’t know are running, you’ll find yourself even closer to the dreaded 20%. It’s a definite pitfall of the 6s. This can easily be overcome by investing in a portable charger.
• Screen: 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
The clarity of the screen has greatly improved since the previous iPhone model. The crisp picture and quality of the glass surface is astounding! When you pick up the phone, you get the sense as though you’re being treated to an experience. Compared to the GS7, the 6s takes a hit in the pixels per inch department coming in at 326ppi vs GS7’s 577. The 251 ppi drop from the iPhone is noticeable; something you should take into consideration.
• 3D touch
One of the features the 6s offers is Apple’s 3D touch. This makes navigating even more intuitive. 3D touch allows you to create shortcuts through the phone via pressure differential monitors. Depending on how firm you press enabled icons, it will open up a hidden menu to app shortcuts! I find this feature to be quite handy. The GS7 takes a negative point here as it does not offer a system like 3D touch. Depending on how particular you are about wasting small amounts of time navigating, this might be a selling point for you.
The cameras are where the 6s really shines! It’s equipped with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera (pictured above) that is impeccable in low light, coupled with video recording in 4k! The slo-mo is exceptional at catching great quality images. One critique I have regarding slo-mo is that the quality does take a plunge in anything less than broad, bright summer days. The front-facing camera isn’t as updated as the rearward. It comes in at an industry standard 5 megapixels. Good enough for selfies, but anything beyond is a shot in the dark in the quality department.
In closing, there isn’t a better bang-for-your-buck phone out on the market, in my opinion, given the specs and longevity of the platform. The 6s still has lots of time before it becomes obsolete within the iOS. You can pick one up for as low as $250. Therefore, when weighing the specs to current model phones it is a great buy. If you aren’t the type of person who needs to have the latest and greatest, I highly suggest the iPhone 6s!
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