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13 Best Smartphones and Mobile Phones 2015

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iPhone 6S

Originally reviewed by Andy Vandervell 04 October 2015

A surprisingly good upgrade from the iPhone 6

Key Features
  • 4.7-inch, 326ppi LCD screen
  • 1.8GHz, Apple A9 processor with 2GB RAM
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3D Touch pressure sensitive screen

The most recent iPhones were 'S' phones, which means they share the same basic design as the previous version but add a bunch of new features. For the iPhone 6S, those features include higher resolution cameras and a neat new pressure sensitive screen technology dubbed 3D Touch.

3D Touch is the outstanding new feature of the iPhone 6S. It allows you to activate all sorts of features by pressing a little harder on the screen, and it can detect several levels of pressure. For example, press on a link and you can preview it without leaving the app you're in; press a little harder and it will open it in Safari – Apple calls this Peek and Pop.

There are numerous small, useful uses for this – a '3D Touch' on the Camera app icon, for example, gives you the option to take a selfie straight away, so you don't have to select the mode in the app. It's a great way to get to what you need a little faster.

Apple's also improved the cameras. The main camera is up to 12-megapixels (from 8-megapixels) and has improved contrast performance. It also shoots 4K video, though it lacks optical image stabilisation – a useful feature that improves photo quality in low light. The front camera is improved, too, and adds a clever feature that uses the screen as a flash when taking selfies.

It's another excellent phone overall, though we'd like to see wireless charging in the next iPhones Apple launches.

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