The Apple iPhone 6S is a refinement of 2014's iPhone 6, with a few interesting new technical innovations thrown in.
No longer the flagship of the Apple iPhone empire, the iPhone 6S still manages to be a competitive offering in performance, though its price is still considerably higher than other phones that have been on sale for the same amount of time.
Apple iPhone 6S: Specs
The one key advantage Apple has over its competitors is its ability to design hardware capable of delivering the best experience for its iOS operating system. This often ends up meaning that Apple hardware doesn't look as groundbreaking as its Android competitors. This is most evident in the included battery capacity of the iPhone 6S (although the large-screen iPhone 6S Plus does address this issue somewhat).
It also means that some of the more marketable functions of the iPhone – like the Force Touch display, for example – don't actually come up in a pure specs listing.
Regardless of these issues, the iPhone 6S does a good job in day-to-day use performance wise, though battery life is a long way from the most recent Samsung Galaxy devices. With the iPhone 7 now available, the performance of the iPhone 6S is less competitive, but still holds up well enough for those who don't require the latest hardware but still want an iOS device.
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Buy the cheapest Apple iPhone 6S outright
Having an Apple logo on your phone can be a blessing and a curse, in the fact that Apple's iPhones tend to hold their resale value much better than other phones, so you can sell a used phone for a decent return. It also means that there isn't a huge amount of price movement on new devices, even 18 months or so since it launched.
That said, there are deals to be had if you look around. But given we're roughly six months from hearing about the iPhone 8 (or iPhone 7S, depending on whether Apple keeps its naming convention), you might be better placed getting the iPhone 7 rather than an even older model.
Apple iPhone 6S: Review
The iPhone 6S may not have wowed us with a revolutionary specs sheet, but the solid influx of new features like the Force Touch screen, Live photos and faster Apple Pay support make it a very worthwhile option.
"The other big new feature Apple touts for the iPhone 6s and larger iPhone 6s Plus is the live photos feature. It’s rather like the living images in Harry Potter, in that it captures a few seconds of video around when you take a photo. A 3D Touch press activates the photo, bringing it to life. As a party trick, it’s quite neat."
The biggest issue with the iPhone 6S is the uninspiring battery life, especially for power users who use their phone for everything. There is a low power mode in iOS 10, but it's a poor consolation when you look at how low the battery capacity actually is.
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