Thursday, October 1, 2015
Apple iPhone 6S digested review
The 6S follows through Apple's previous strategy of reusing the design of its predecessor. The 'S' moniker is there to indicate a performance update (Speed, see what they did there?), and boy does it perform. The Apple A9 CPU is a beast. Its single core performance is blazing fast, and its multi-core's none too shabby either. Without getting technical, the 6S is the fastest phone you can get on the market today.
Still as far as hardware goes, Apple truly has created something lustful. The metal body is sleek and comfortable to hold, though the slippery surface means that it is advisable to use with a case. The power button (since moved to the side), is well placed and despite the surface area, Apple has made it easier to use it one handed (simply double tap on the home button). A new novelty feature on the 6S and 6S Plus is 3D touch, a pressure sensitive layer that allows you to pull up contextual menus based on how hard you press the screen. It is a bit of a gimmick at the moment, and doesn't actually save me much time - but hopefully developers will utilise the technology more than just a shortcut to certain tasks from the icon gimmick it currently employs.
The 4.7" IPS display with 326 pixels per inch density isn't the sharpest out there, but it doesn't matter. My Galaxy S6's screen has a mind boggling 517 ppi density (and the Xperia Z5 Premium even more), and I could not even tell the differences. It is little wonder that the 6S's graphical performance is so high because it doesn't have to push out pixels that we could not even see without a microscope.
Brightness, contrast ratio and sunlight legibility are also important indicators to the performance of a display, and based on my totally scientific testing procedure (which involves using the phone outdoors under the sun - not an easy feat in the UK), the iPhone 6S passes with flying colours.
It isn't without its faults. The focal length could have been wider (admittedly a personal preference) and the use of OIS would have helped a bit (the 6S Plus has OIS). But it goes without saying, the pros far outweigh the cons. It is dead easy to use. For example burst mode is as simple as pressing and holding down the shutter button, and slow-mo video option (at 720p 240fps) is just a swipe away.
Personal preferences aside, Apple has crafted their best phone yet. It may not be for me, but if you do decide to get one, I doubt you will be disappointed. It is a beast.