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Apple iPhone 6s VS Apple iPhone 6

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The Apple iPhone 6s is set to be one of the hottest phones of the year, but how does it stack up against the 2015 iPhone 6?
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S6

Apple iPhone 6s

Pros
  • 3D Touch display
  • Stronger aluminium body
  • 12-megapixel camera
Cons
  • Small screen size
  • No microSD slot

Apple iPhone 6

Pros
  • 4.7" Retina screen
  • Standard touch display
  • Aluminium body
Cons
  • Small screen size
  • No microSD slot

First Impressions

iPhone 6s at a glance

  • 4.7-inch screen with 3D Touch
  • Improved aluminium construction
  • 12MP camera

iPhone 6 at a glance

  • 4.7-inch screen
  • Aluminium construction
  • 8-megapixel camera

Apple stepped up its game last year with the introduction of a new screen size, coming in at 4.7-inch screen. It has kept this size in the 6s, which is still a big departure from the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c - with their much smaller 4-inch screens.

Along with the new screen, Apple has brought in a new tougher aluminium design.

Design

iPhone 6s at a glance

  • Slightly thicker, but still has a lightweight design
  • Rounded buttons, with twice as fast fingerprint scanner
  • Same power button as before

iPhone 6 at a glance

  • Lightweight design
  • Rounded buttons
  • Power button relocated

The overall design hasn't changed that much with the latest iPhone. It still retains that slim look, along with those friendly rounded corners. This is all with that gorgeous premium aluminium body that both looks good, and feels great in the hand.

However, that design had its critics, due to the #bendgate incidents. This has now been rectified with a new, tougher 7000 Series aluminium chassis and stronger glass covering the screen, making it much more resilient.

And, for those now coming out of contract from the Apple iPhone 5s, it is worlds apart.

Screen

iPhone 6s at a glance

  • Much improved tougher glass
  • 3D Touch, with peek and poke features

iPhone 6 at a glance

  • Resolution of 1,334x750 pixels, with a pixel per inch count of 326ppi.
  • Well-defined images, with good-looking colours

Apple's new iPhone 6s Retina HD screen is still a little on the small size, compared to the industry norm. But that has been addressed with the Plus sized model.

The new 6s screen is tougher than before, but the biggest improvement comes from the 3D touch feature, brought in from the Apple Watch.

You can now touch the display with different amounts of pressure, to elicit different responses - in peek and poke - where a light press allows you to peek at each email in an inbox, and pressing a little harder, pops into it.

Camera

iPhone 6s at a glance

  • 12-megapixel camera, with great picture capture
  • 4K video recording

iPhone 6 at a glance

  • 8-megapixel camera, from 2011
  • 1080p video recording, bought in 4 years ago

The camera has seen the biggest improvement of all, with an all-new 12-megapixel sensor and 4K video recording. It is a big step up from the 8-megapixel version that had been a standard feature of the past iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5, 5s, iPhone 5c and 4s.

Apple’s 6s camera captures 50 percent more pixels, with a whole range of easy-to-use features.

Bringing it up to the same spec as its competition is 4K videoing, allowing the highest of high recording - ideal for those that have 4K TVs at home.

The front camera has also been upgraded to 5 megapixels, with the screen now doubling up as a Retina flash - with three times its normal brightness - for that perfect, bright shot.

Performance and battery life

With all new iPhones, there are improvements to the CPU driving the phone, with no exception here. The 6s is 70 per cent quicker than the iPhone 6, with 90 per cent faster graphics - where you'll be able to nip through menus, load and run apps at noticeable speed and be the envy of those with older iPhones

This is all thanks to the A9 chip first seen in the iPad Air 2, making apps and webpages load and run faster.

When it comes to battery life, you'll get 11 hours of HD video watching or 50 hours of music playback.

Value for money

Buying the new phone outright comes with a hefty price tag, due to the high-end specs on board. A much better idea is to spread out the monthly cost, on a contract, paying for your tariff and phone, over 24 months.

These phones do hold on to their value, where upgrading to the next phone will still bring in some valuable trade in money.

Verdict

  • Apple's iPhone 6s is a worthy successor as its best iPhone to date, with improvements seen from the screen, to the camera and beyond
  • It will easily entice those coming out of contract from the 5s, with no regrets for not coming out earlier for last year's model
  • A much-improved camera will certainly be attractive with the added bonus of 4K recording
  • The 4.7-inch Retina screen shows a great quality image, highlighting to its critics that a smaller screen can still pack in the pixels
  • And if you do want a larger screen, iPhone 6s Plus has you covered
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