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iPhone 6s 16GB

Features

  • 4.7 inch display
  • Apple iOS
  • 12MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 14 hours
  • Standby: Up to 10 days
  • 67.1mm wide
  • 138.3mm high
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Average Score

91/100

The iPhone 6s may not have an original design, but it has a number of features which elevate it above its predecessor, a...

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iPhone 6s 16GB
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 1GB Handset Plan

  • 200 Minutes
  • 1GB Data
  • $54.50/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,308 over 24 months
iPhone 6s 16GB
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 1GB Handset Plan

  • 200 Minutes
  • 1GB Data
  • $54.50/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,308 over 24 months

iPhone 6s 16GB Specs

Display

Type Apple Retina HD display with 3D Touch (LED-backlit IPS LCD)
Screen Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
Screen Size 4.7 inch (11.9 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 12 megapixels
Front Facing 5 megapixels
3D Resolution -
Flash Type Dual-LED
Video Camera 4K (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps, 1080p HD (30 fps or 60 fps)

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Formats AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Video Formats H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, AAC-LC, .m4v, .mp4, .mov

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 67.1 mm
Height 138.3 mm
Thickness 7.1 mm
Weight 143 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (3G Talk) Up to 14 hours
Battery (Standby) Up to 10 days
App Store Apple App Store
Processor Type A9
Operating System Apple iOS 9
Release Date September 2015

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed 300 Mbps
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
USB microUSB 2.0
Bluetooth Yes
NextG Capable No
Telstra Blue Tick No
Networks GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Data Networks HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, CDMA EV-DO Rev. A, LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,30, TD-LTE Bands 38, 39, 40, 41

Memory

RAM 1GB
Internal 16GB
Expandable -

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

iPhone 6s 16GB Reviews

V.Positive

WhistleOut Review

"The iPhone 6s may not have an original design, but it has a number of features which elevate it above its predecessor, and every other iPhone before it."

Joseph Hanlon (WhistleOut)
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100/100

"The front-facing Facetime HD camera is probably the biggest upgrade within the phone, in terms of raw output. Up from 1.2MP to 5MP, the new sensor takes some great self portraits, with clarity and definition all over the place."

100/100

"Take snapping a selfie, for example. Where previously you needed to tap two different icons with intermittent loading times, this action has now been shortened to one firm press of the Photo app icon. Then you can leap right into triggering the shot. Instagram obsessives, rejoice!"

Stuff.tv
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90/100

"During our tests the iPhone 6s did manage to last for a full day, and that included running multiple benchmark tools and frequent wi-fi use. Business travellers who use their phones intensively on the road should be able to get a full day's use out of the iPhone 6s. Even so, you'll still need to cha..."

ZDNet.com
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V.Positive

"It has a great rear-facing camera: 12 megapixels (up from eight on the iPhone 6), with a protective sapphire crystal lens and super-fast image capturing. It is not, however, the best camera out there. The Moto X and Samsung Galaxy S6 offer more detail. But this makes absolutely no difference until y..."

Wired.com
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90/100

"Finally, we have a new processor – the A9. While there’s plenty still to learn about the inner workings of the new dual-core chip, a core speed bump from 1.4GHz to 1.8GHz heralds some serious performance improvements."

Trustedreviews.com
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90/100

"The newest iPhones are top-to-bottom better phones with lots of enhancements; iPhone 6 owners don't need the upgrade, but everyone else should seriously consider it."

CNET.com
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90/100

"...the 6S offers, particularly the much better camera and the new navigation shortcuts through 3D Touch, clearly take a good phone and make it better. What else could Apple have done? A bigger battery at the expense of added weight is a trade off that many people would make. "

news.com.au
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90/100

"With key upgrades in RAM, processing power, camera quality, and screen technology, the iPhone 6S has some tricks that no iPhone before it could pull off, and the speed of a souped-up Ferrari. And hell, it comes in a new color, too! No, not pink. It’s “rose gold.” Like it did with regular gold, Apple..."

digitaltrends.com
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90/100

"This year there are also two changes to the exterior: the glass screen is now stronger and more shatter-resistant, and the case is made of a tougher aluminum that will presumably be less prone to bending."

TheVerge.com
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Positive

"To be honest, that’s what the iPhone 6s is about. It’s about polish, but also Apple’s chance to make the iPhone fun again. Between playful colours, cool features and clever little gizmos like Live Photos, 3D Touch and performance that will knock your socks off, the iPhone feels less like a chore the..."

Gizmodo.com.au
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Average Score

(11 Reviews)

91/100
 

iPhone 6s 16GB Review

Pros:

  • Battery life is surprisingly good
  • Great look, solid construction
  • 3D Touch is more useful than it first appears
  • Live Photos is cute, if a gimmick

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive phones available
  • Some parts of iOS are still frustrating

Describing Apple’s ’S’ years is a tricky task for all technology writers. Recently, some have resorted to a clock analogy, so that the iPhone has ‘tick’ years and ‘tock’ years. The iPhone 6s is a ‘tock’ year device, signifying that it looks identical to its predecessor, but comes with a with unique advantages and upgrades.

Though it would also be fair to say that the iPhone 6s is the ‘tock year device with the most meaning enhancements in the short history of Apple smartphones.

Whether you’re talking about the new, excellent 3D Touch tech, or the the upgraded camera, there is plenty here to recommend an upgrade from an older model — something we didn’t say when the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5s were released.


Size, shape and specs

If nothing else, Apple’s duplicate design sure makes my job easier. To the naked eye it is almost impossible to spot a new iPhone 6s from a distance unless it is in the new Rose Gold colour. Apple maintains all of the same styling, all of the same trims and flourishes, so that despite the newer models being slightly thicker and slightly heavier, these handsets are basically the iPhone 6.

Under the hood is a different story. Apple packs in a new A9 processor with a new graphics processor and double the RAM of last year’s model. Apple is claiming a 70% increase in power, though of course this is very hard to judge in use.

Apple keeps the screen size and resolution the same, with a 4.7-inch screen with 1334 x 750 pixels, or a Retina display in marketing parlance. It is an excellent screen, with rich, bright colours and a noticeable clarity, despite it having millions fewer pixels than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Battery life

Perhaps the most pleasing surprise for us was the performance of the battery in the iPhone 6s. To cram in all the new tech, Apple actually had to decrease the size of the battery this year: down from 1810mAh capacity to 1715mAh. This might not some like a significant downgrade, but any smartphone owner will tell you that every little bit counts.

Happily, we didn’t notice the difference and enjoyed a between a full day to a day-and-a-half between charges. And when we say a full day, we mean 24-hours, not from the morning to the evening. After we charged the phone in the office in the morning, we found we could easily make it through the day and night and have enough charge to return to the power outlet in the office the next day.

Apple has also implement fast-charging in the iPhone 6s, so even if your usage is higher than mine, you can top up a significant chunk of battery life in a short space of time.

3D Touch

Far and away the more surprising new feature is 3D Touch. To explain it briefly, and completely oversimplify it, 3D Touch is like pressing into the screen. You’ve also been able to tap on the screen, and even long-press to access different functions, but with 3D Touch you can also press firmly and press harder still — opening up numerous possibilities for new ways to interact with apps.

These new interactions will need to be programmed into your favourite apps, so Apple has made sure all of the pre-installed apps shows off what is possible. For example, press ‘into’ the Messages app icon and get a shortcut to create a new message without opening the app. Press into a new email to quickly preview the message, or press firmer still to open your new email and begin replying.

iOS

As millions of people worldwide will attest, iOS is still incredibly easy to use. Mostly everything is clearly labelled, and it has a straightforward flow: tap an app, press home to return to the beginning. Swiping up from the bottom reveals shortcuts, most of which are super useful, though we wish there was a way to select a WiFi network, or Bluetooth device, rather than just being able to turn these on and off.

Also, we still hate the way Apple keeps all settings, for all apps, behind the main Settings button. We understand the logic -- makes it easy to use -- but the number of times we've need to adjust a setting within an app only to have to exit it, go to Settings, make the change, then return to the app. This is not in the spirit of straightforward.

My favourite use of 3D Touch is on the keyboard when typing out a new message. To position the cursor on an older iPhone you press on the text and position it awkwardly. With 3D Touch you press firmly on the keyboard itself and convert it into a trackpad, like you have you on your laptop. In this mode you can easily move the cursor to any position on the screen and get back to typing again as soon as possible.

Several popular apps have been quick to the 3D Touch party, with Facebook and Instagram apps already with 3D Touch interactions programmed in. But what is most exciting is imagining who will come up with the best uses of this new tech as it matures over the next 12-months.

Camera

Apple fans were excited when Apple announce the iPhone 6s would ship with a 12-megapixel camera, rather than the 8-megapixel sensors in previous models. For some, this was an indicator of an improvement in image quality. This is not necessarily true.

Of course, Apple has a great reputation for high quality cameras in its phones, and while the increase in pixels on the sensor isn’t itself an indication of an enhancement, the camera is still one of the best in the market. It is lightning-fast, accurate and it recognises colours beautifully.

Apple has also create a feature it calls Live Photos, where the camera captures 1.5-seconds on either side of the final shot, so when you view the pics in your gallery they move a little bit. This is more gimmick than anything, but it’s a nice touch.

Overall

As Apple’s ’S’ phones go, the iPhone 6s is the best yet. Indeed, it is the best iPhone to date. the core of the phone is rock solid; processing is fast, the screen is good and the App Store is still overflowing with apps to download. But changes to the camera and the new 3D Touch tech elevate the iPhone 6s from being same-same to being a model worthy of attention in its own right.

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