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​REVIEW: iPhone 6s Plus - Why Apple has a phablet that can compete

​REVIEW: iPhone 6s Plus - Why Apple has a phablet that can compete

A week on from its launch, how does Apple's new iPhone 6s Plus handle?

When Apple first launched the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, many were disappointed to find a larger version of the iPhone 6.

Fast forward twelve months however, and is this version any different?

A week on from its global launch, the iPhone 6s Plus has found its own identity with the inclusion of 3D Touch and 4K video, but visually it’s the same big brother of the iPhone 6s.

Design wise, the device measures in at 15.8 cm long, just under 7.8 cm wide and 192 grams.

Apple’s first introduction of pressure sensitive interactions were unveiled in the newest versions of the MacBook portfolio and in the Apple Watch as various shortcuts, but this feature has now been refined and renamed 3D Touch on the new smartphone models.

The first thing users will notice is the ability to quickly view emails and messages through the 3D Touch feature, with a slightly harder touch taking you into the selected message and a slightly longer press will bringing up a menu of options to launch actions without hesitation.

Already, many people have commented on having the ability to customise the list of options and interactions, so time will tell if Apple introduce this feature in a later operating system update.

3D Touch also provides a new level of convenience to users, with navigating through an older iPhone laboured compared to the faster, smoother and more responsive iPhone 6s Plus.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the only handsets to incorporate this technology into their handsets, which helps when the 6s Plus comes with stylus compatibility, but still does not provide one with their handsets.

Users can also press and hold the keyboard and this will transform into a trackpad, so you can edit your typing with more accuracy.

Apple will be hoping to get more developers involved with 3D Touch and integrating the technology into their apps, and with giants such as Facebook, Instagram and Dropbox already incorporating this into their apps, other developers will not be far behind.

Another positive of the 6s Plus is its 1920x1080 display, which is truly great for watching Full HD video or anybody who watches a lot of Lightbox or Neon on the go.

The screen is not all positive news however, as the clarity comes in at 401ppi, which leaves it lagging behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

That said, another positive aspect of the 6s Plus is the construction of the device as it now incorporates 7000 series aluminium, which should prevent the bending issues of the original 6 Plus devices - although such claims still lack evidence.

Small handed people should be warned that the device is arge and you will need to use both hands at the same time in order to operate the device properly.


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