“I’ve been using the new iPhone 6S Plus on loan from Apple for the past few days. (Along with the iPhone 6S, it started shipping last week in 11 countries; Apple says it has already sold more than 13 million of the two models),” Dan Frommer writes for Quartz. “It’s more of an upgrade than I had anticipated. And it has caused me to question the way I buy and own my phone, which has become my primary mobile computer.”

“The iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s first giant-screen phone, was a game-changer for me; I called it the ‘best computer I’ve ever had.’ It has gotten a bit slow, noticeably showing some of its hardware constraints. But I was happy to ride it out,” Frommer writes. “The new iPhone, however, feels crazy fast, with upgrades across the board. This is evident in real usage and on paper. Unlocking the phone with my fingerprint — something I do dozens of times per day — is now instantaneous, as is launching apps. Web pages seem to remain in memory longer, and don’t refresh as often. A speed test indicates the iPhone 6S Plus is as fast as Apple’s new MacBook.”

“The iPhone’s new pressure-sensitive ‘3D touch’ screen could be useful for games and drawing apps. But it’s also a power move for saving time,” Frommer writes. “It’s early, but these shortcuts feel satisfying, powerful, and futuristic, and I’m excited to see where they go.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve upgraded iPhones every year since Day One and while they’re certainly good computers, the best computer we’ve ever used continue to be the Mac Pro on the desktop and the 11-inch MacBook Air on the road (soon to be replaced by the 12-inch MacBook (next-gen) or the iPad Pro, we’ll soon see.).

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]