Another Phablet Review: The Apple iPhone 6S Plus Vs Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5

Two super-smartphones have placed themselves into the phablet market, and today we compare the most important features and specifications to help you decide.

Design

Both devices are very similar in size, and both are enlarged versions of their predecessors. Very similar to the 6 Plus, the iPhone 6S Plus hangs onto its sleek aluminium design with curved edges and an upgraded, stronger cover-glass. This model fits well in the hand, but is significalty heavier than the iPhone 6 as a result of its size (the 6S weighs at 192g).

The Note 5 is considered even more comfortable than the Note 4, shaving off inches from its design and putting curved edges onto the back of the phone instead. This makes it easier to hold, and the aluminium frame provides strength and a sleeker look. Lighter than the iPhone 6S Plus, this model weights at 171g. While the 6S Plus is actually larger in size, the Note 5 has a better screen-to-body ratio, with a larger 5.7-inch screen (compared to Apple’s 5.5-inches). This leads us on to the next feature comparison.

Screen

It’s nice to have competition between a very important feature, with both models using different screen technologies. Apple sticks to an IPS LCD and Samsung use its famous AMOLED display. As a result, the Note 5 offers a higher 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution, making it much sharper with more vibrant colours that are great for viewing images and video. However, the iPhone 6S Plus comes with Apple’s new 3D Touch technology. This is a pressure-sensitive feature of the screen that reacts depending on user finger pressure. For those not caring about 3D touch, the Samsung is the clear screen winner this time.

Performance

However many apps you have open, whether its gaming, media recording, browsing and other intensive applications, these two powerhouses can handle it.

Inside Samsung’s Note 5 is a 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset, backed up by 4GB of RAM and a Mali T760 GPU. It’s a clear top-quality performance set-up. On the iPhone 6S Plus, you’ve got Apple’s latest A9 64-bit chip and 2GB of RAM. It’s great to know Apple have finally upgraded internal RAM this time as a means to compete. This means smoother performance and less crashing.

It’s important to understand that these numbers only have meaning when put under tests. Several performance tests show that the iPhone 6S Plus often beats the Note 5 when carrying out common tasks, such as opening mail attachments or power-heavy apps with others already running in the background.

Cameras

The iPhone 6S Plus delivers a brand new 12-megapixel camera sensor, while the Note 5 boasts the same 16-megapixel camera that the Galaxy S6 offers. With both devices, results are sharp, with accurate colours and fantastic contrast. Low light situations is where smartphone cameras do not impress us, but this time both manufacturers have come out on top.

The actual camera app offers more customisation through Samsung’s device, such as HDR mode. Apple tend to keep things quick and simple, so it lacks the more professional camera options seen with the Note 5.

However, Apple has also introduced Live Photos, allowing the user to capture a couple of seconds’ worth of footage either side of your snap. You can then 3D Touch on the picture and it’ll play the scene back to you.

Both devices of course support 4K video recording and editing, so there is no clear winner here. Google search photo comparisons for these devices and results can speak for themselves depending on what you’re looking for.

Battery Life

It’s important to care about this feature. Opting for a powerful device in theory is logical, but if its power source can’t support the system well, then you’ll be next to a mains plug more often than you think.

Specification-wise, the Note 5 holds a larger 3,000 mAh capacity battery, while the 6S Plus carries a smaller-than-its-predecessor 2,750 mAh. However, Apple’s new chip and improved efficiency makes the device last as long as the 6 Plus.

Both phones can last the day and, if used wisely, into the next. The Note 5 does offer a more useful power-saving mode, allowing you to save those extra hours just when you need it. It also beats the iPhone with a wireless charging option and support for fast charging. Both handy if you need a quick power-up.

Price

Both devices are placed at the very premium end of the price scale, so you won’t be interested if you’re looking for an “affordable” smartphone. The Note 5 is slightly cheaper in price when comparing storage capacities, but your decision should be based on testing both out and seeing which operating system suits you best as their specifications are very similar. Always compare the latest contracts from all networks and retailers to help you both save money and find the perfect allowance package.

Apple iPhone 6S Review

A few months ago Apple released the iPhone 6S and if you’re not familiar with the Apple practice you may be confused about this new iPhone as it looks identical to the iPhone 6 but fear not they are not the same. On the inside at least.

There is better hardware, improved camera, stronger case, the new 3D Touch and (at last) 2GB of RAM. Over the years the ‘S’ always brought something new to the plate, the iPhone 4S added Siri and the iPhone 5S had the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The main addition to the iPhone 6s is definitely the new pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology named the 3D Touch that although right now is quite awesome and will definitely become more interesting when more apps are released for it.

Overall, what Apple has to do is to convince people that the S variant of iPhone 6 is worth the upgrade, even if there are a lot of other smartphones to choose from and unfortunately the iPhone 6S doesn’t seem like a game changer, it only has some subtle upgrades that do have a lot of potential with future updates or installments.

Design

At first glance, the iPhone 6S seems identical to the iPhone 6, it has the same rounded corners and edges, but there are some subtle design changes.

The front of the phone is now stronger, the glass being less likely to shatter if the phone is dropped and lastly, the iPhone 6S is now made of the 7000 series aluminum.

As said before, these changes are subtle and will most likely go unnoticed by most. The volume buttons, the silencer switch and the power key are in the same place as last year and this isn’t a bad thing because the phone is easy to operate with one hand and the buttons are exactly where they should be.

As a side note, the iPhone 6S is compatible with iPhone 6 cases.

Design

The iPhone 6S seems to have the same display as the iPhone 6, featuring a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1334x750p, 16 million colours and a pixel density of 326ppi.

Although there are far cheaper phones that offer 1080p resolution or even 4K display(which is a serious overkill!), the iPhone 6S still offers a great display experience, being crisp and clear, with deep blacks, bright whites and very accurate colours.

While the resolution stays the same there is one major addition from the last year’s flagship. You are now presented with the 3D Touch which offers a completely new way to interact with the iPhone.

This opens up whole new possibilities. If right now you can only open pop-up windows, trigger quick actions or expand, preview links and messages and there is a lot that can be done in the future.

Performance

The iPhone 6S features better hardware than the iPhone 6, with an Apple A9 Chipset, 1.84GHz dual-core Typhoon CPU, six-core PowerVR GT7600 GPU, 2GB RAM and, still, no card slot.

This translates into smoother multitasking, better handling of graphically-demanding tasks (like playing games), there was no stuttering, no dropped frames and the phone never lagged while we used it.

But there are some shortcomings. Apple decided to keep 16GB as base memory for iPhone 6S and because there isn’t a microSD slot, filling up those 16GB will happen in no time.

Software

The iOS has always been the backbone of the iPhones and the new installment, the iOS 9 offers the same stability and user-friendliness we were accustomed to and thanks to its subtle tweaks over the years and the new added 3D touch, the iOS 9 is the best iPhone software to date.

As always, the iOS is quick and responsive, the App Store is still vibrant (and of higher quality than Google Play Store) and the apps have suffered some transformations and upgrades.

The Apple Maps, now, has transit directions, there is a News app, that is quite basic, pulling topics from different sources in a magazine-style interface. Notifications are now filtered by time, not by app and thanks to the M9 coprocessor, Siri is always on standby you can now you can wake it by yelling Hey Siri instead of pressing a button. Siri, also, can respond to a lot more commands.

The 3D Touch is its main feature and although in its infancy, is implemented the best with Apple’s Mail. You can preview messages, archive them or mark them as unread.

Battery Life

The iPhone 6S features a non-removable 1715 mAh battery. Yes, you heard that right, the battery is actually smaller, a downgrade from the iPhone 6’s 1810mAh.

There have been complaints about the battery from the iPhone 6 and yeah, Apple didn’t quite addressed this issue. Anyway, the battery life averaged at 15 to 16 hours a day and there are a lot of people who need to recharge their iPhone 6S during the mid-afternoon.

It’s not like it isn’t understandable, the reason being the implementation of 3D Touch. The battery didn’t have enough space and they wanted to keep the same design as iPhone 6. Still, there are lots of smartphones that feature 4000mAh and battery life is usually a deciding factor for buyers.

Conclusion

Is iPhone 6S a great phone? Yes, it is. It does have its unique features and they promise a great deal in future updates. Is it worth upgrading over iPhone 5S? The users of iPhone 5S are the main target, the iPhone 6S being leagues ahead from all points of view (better camera, larger screen, better display, higher performance, a lot more stable).

But can Apple convince iPhone 6 users to upgrade to 6S? Maybe. Right now, the iPhone 6S doesn’t offer something revolutionary and it is pretty close to the iPhone 6, but it may be worth getting a taste of these early installments (like 3D Touch) ahead of everyone, before it gets widespread. And if you want to switch from Android or Windows or you’re just curious how iOS works, then the iPhone 6S is the best choice.

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Apple iPhone 4S Reviews – The Mac Mob Has Spoken

Less than a day ago, Apple has already launched their latest offering from the iPhone product line: the iPhone 4S. It is a phone that is packed with some of the newest features that you can get from a smart phone. However, despite its new features, it has been met with mixed reviews.

So if you want to look at the features of the iPhone 4s in full view, here are a couple of positive and negative features that were seen as the iPhone 4S was made available to the public.

iPhone 4S Positive Reactions

Throughout the years, iPhone reveled in the glory of being one of the most popular smart phone in the world. There have been millions of users of the iPhone and there are a lot of people who are swearing by the iPhone as the lifestyle phone of choice.

But with the iPhone 4S, you can see some significant improvement over the iPhone 4. For one thing, the processor of the iPhone 4s has been upgraded to the A5 chip, compared to iPhone 4’s A4 chip. There’s also an improvement in the resolution of the camera, upgrading to 8 megapixels as compared to iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel camera. These are some of the notable positive features of the iPhone 4S.

The Shortcomings Seen in the iPhone 4S

Critics of the iPhone 4S see the iPhone 4S as another thing on the menu that doesn’t add up to anything. Aside from the positive remarks stated above, there are no definite improvement as far as design, layout, and interface is concerned. It’s just like having a girlfriend who got a new haircut; same old girl, with a whole new hair. Moreover, there are not a lot of things that can be said about the iPhone 4S. There have been a lot of opportunities to show loyal Apple fans and customers something new and revolutionary in the design of the iPhone 4S, but the rest of the mob says that this new phone is just another prototype gone wrong.

Should you Buy an iPhone 4S for Yourself?

Well, the verdict goes like this: if you want to get a newer iPhone for yourself, you may want to save your money for another Apple product, or to wait for the newer or better iPhone that may come your way. Should you decide to purchase the 4S right now, especially if you just purchased the iPhone 4, you may just end up disappointed.

But, if you are a new Apple user, you may want to buy a less expensive version of the iPhone 4S. For $199, you can have a 16 GB storage unit in black or in white. So basically, the Apple iPhone 4S is your small patch for a quick fix. But since there are no revolutionary features that can be seen from this phone at the moment, you can just abandon all hopes of buying it so that you wouldn’t end up disappointed and miserable. Rest assured that time and again, Apple has launched phones and other gadgets faster than they are actually being made.