The iPhone 6 struck the right balance between size and weight, added key new features like Apple Pay, and improved foundational elements like battery life and storage capacity. Does the newer iPhone 6S measure up to the very high standard set by its predecessor?
It’s a cliché to say that every generation of the iPhone is the best ever, but that was true for the iPhone 6 more so than ever before. If you see Apple products as the best one, here is the better one than that type. The unlocked refurbished iPhone 6s is the special one.
I’d argue that the 6 was the perfect version of the iPhone. It’s hard to top perfection, and I’m torn as to whether the iPhone 6S series has done it. As with all “S” models, the improvements are hard to see but easy to experience and translate to a fantastic device. The only things that keep it from definitely being superior to the 6 series are minor: the 16GB introductory model offers far too little storage, it would be great to get the optical image stabilization from the 6 Plus and 6S Plus on this model, and battery life hasn’t changed.
As you’d expect, there are improvements everywhere, starting at the phone’s heart. The 6S is built around Apple’s 64-bit A9 processor, this time backed by 2 GB of RAM, doubling the 1GB in the previous generation. You’ll also find the M9 motion co-processor and improved 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networking chips for faster performance.
The cameras—already among the best on any smartphone and the most popular camera of any kind in the world—are substantially improved, too.
These improvements add up to deliver substantially better photos and videos. As with the 6 series, though, the 6S offers software-based image stabilization, while only the 6S Plus sports optical (i.e. hardware) stabilization. That feature delivers superior photos in some scenarios. The cameras combine with the 6S series’ other major improvement—the screen—for one of the phone’s most eye-catching features.
Here is a major breakthrough. Perhaps the most headline-grabbing feature of the 6S series is Live Photos, which transforms still photos into short animations (this article has full details about how Live Photos work). Live Photos are triggered by pressing hard on the 3D Touch screen built into both models. 3D Touch allows the screen to understand how hard you’re pressing it and respond to different levels of force.
A tap is still a tap. A light press triggers a “peek”—a preview of content such as a linked-to website without going to that site or an email without opening it. A hard press triggers a pop—a shortcut on an app icon or making a peek into the main content you’re viewing. It’s a revolutionary feature that unlocks new interface options and makes the iPhone able to support a new, more subtle range of interaction.
It works as smoothly and intuitively as you’d expect. While it takes a few tries to master, and it can be easy to forget about from time to time, expect it to be a deeply integrated (and widely copied; watch for it on next year’s Samsung Galaxy phones) feature in all future iPhones.
There’s not a lot to complain about in the 6S series. The iPhone 6S series isn’t the major leap forward that the 6 series was. That’s not a surprise: full-number models are always big jumps, while “S” models are refinements on their predecessors. That’s been Apple’s pattern for years and isn’t likely to change soon.
That means that the 6S, while a terrific phone, isn’t quite as big an improvement over the 6 as the 6 was over the 5S. If you’re in a position to upgrade at a discounted price or are using an iPhone older than the 5S, the 6S is a no-brainer upgrade. Do it today. If you’ve got a 6, though, it probably makes sense to check out the iPhone 7.
Same quality, lower price, combined with a quality warranty as well as the flexible network carriers. All of those are convenient for your daily and business life. The refurbished unlocked iPhone 6s is definitely worthier than the new version of the iPhone.