4 reasons why you shouldn’t buy the iPhone 6s (and 4 why you should)

To buy or not to buy. That is the question

It’s D-day today. D as in decision-making. Should you cough up for Apple's new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, which is on sale from today?

We’re here to rescue you from the fiery hell of indecision by rationally pointing out the things that the new iPhone models have going for them, and the things they don’t. But after this point, you’re on your own.

Don’t buy

Fraternal twinsies

If you were hoping for a big change in terms of looks, you’ll be very disappointed. The ‘s’ generation of the iPhone doesn’t differ from its predecessor outwardly. So yes, you wouldn’t be able to tell the iPhone 6s from the iPhone 6 if not for the new rose gold finish and the very discreet ‘s’ on its rear. Everything else remains the same, right down to the camera bump.

Also, both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have put on a bit of weight and grown in girth by 0.2mm to accommodate the new glass, but it's so slight that you probably won't realise that if you hold them yourself.

Caught up in the specs race

Let’s be honest: the pixel densities of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, at 326ppi and 401ppi respectively, aren’t the greatest. Apple might have put 5K on its iMac, but the iPhone has yet to get the same resolution treatment. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is QHD certified with 577ppi and the LG G4 comes in at 538ppi.

So if you’re the type to brag about numbers, the new iPhones won’t do it for you.

Nothing lasts forever

While most smartphone makers increase the battery capacity on their new models, Apple has gone the other direction - down. The iPhone 6s is packing a 1715mAh battery, a step down from the iPhone 6’s 1810mAh juicer. Again, it’s a compromise made for 3D Touch.

To be fair though, iOS 9 has Low Power Mode, which should stretch your battery out a little bit, and in our time with both new iPhones we found that they endured for just as long as their predecessors.


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