One month with iPhone 6s: What still surprises

“It was about a month ago today that I took delivery of Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and I’ve been on something of a roller coaster ride ever since,” Zach Epstein writes for BGR. “I finally met an iPhone I couldn’t live with, but ditching the massive iPhone 6s Plus left me with a device that packs the best overall user experience available in a smartphone today… But as much as Apple delivered on my expectations, there were still some surprises in store for me over the past month.”

“First and foremost, 3D Touch is a great new feature that deserves to be positioned among the stars of the show on Apple’s new iPhones. It really does add a new dimension to our interactions with a smartphone for the first time since capacitive touchscreens proliferated. But I want more,” Epstein writes. “I use 3D Touch at least a few times a day, but the functionality is extremely limited right now. Yes, it’s nice to be able to move the cursor around more easily with a firm press on the keyboard. Yes, the ability to Peek at a web page before I open it without leaving an app is great. And sure, Quick Actions menus are nifty when I can actually remember which apps support them. But I’m surprised Apple didn’t fan this feature out a bit more and extend its capabilities ahead of launch. After all, 3D Touch was five years in the making.”

“On the flip side of the coin, I’m surprised at how fast the iPhone 6s still feels after using it for a month… With the iPhone 6s, it still feels fast. So, so fast,” Epstein writes. “The last thing that surprised me perhaps the most peculiar: I miss the iPhone 6s Plus.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Anyone who didn’t “even spend a week” with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6s Plus, like Epstein, simply did not spend enough time with the Plus model. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to the size, but once you do, you won’t want an iPhone 6 or 6s. The screen size is simply too small, the battery life not as robust, and the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) is too severe a trade off.

In the U.S., with their standard return policy, Apple gives You have 14 calendar days to return an item from the date you received it. Use them! Epstein gave up too soon.

You have to spend more than a few days with Apple’s flagship 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus before you decide whether or not to keep it.

As we wrote last October:

Unsurprisingly, we have both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus… The iPhone 6 is a beautiful phone. It’s the second best smartphone in the world, in fact. But, lay them both on our desk and we’ll grab the Plus when heading out every time. We can simply get more done with it, the battery lasts far longer, and the camera is superior… All other so-called smartphones pale in comparison to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

Number of iPhone buyers choosing 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus increases to 29% in June quarter – July 15, 2015
Is Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus too big? – May 14, 2015
Analyst: Apple likely prepping bigger iPad – and an even bigger iPhone than iPhone 6 Plus – May 7, 2015
Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus leads soaring phablet demand – May 6, 2015
Why I switched from iPhone 6 to Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus – April 7, 2015
Users of Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus consume twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners – February 10, 2015
Apple flagship iPhone 6 Plus captures 30% of unit sales in face of widespread shortages – January 26, 2015
The best and worst things about Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus – January 15, 2015
Five reasons to love Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus – December 11, 2014
Tom’s Hardware reviews Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: ‘Lustworthy’ – November 13, 2014
I thought the iPhone 6 Plus was too big. I was wrong. – October 30, 2014
ZDNet reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘Superb design and solid build quality’ – October 28, 2014
Forbes’ long-term iPhone 6 Plus review: ‘This beautiful freak is the iPhone’s future’ – October 22, 2014
Digital Photography Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus offers a very good smartphone camera – October 21, 2014
Apple looks to have significantly underestimated the popularity of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus – October 21, 2014
Apple shifts order ratio to hugely popular iPhone 6 Plus, away from iPhone 6 – October 7, 2014
Samsung is running scared of Apple’s hot-selling, 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus – September 29, 2014
Re/code reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘A statement phone,’ not a ‘plastic toy’ – September 17, 2014
The Telegraph reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘It’s peerless’ – September 17, 2014


  1. I still find it hilarious the acceptance now of larger iPhones since the 3.5″ & 4″ iPhone days when it was a stubborn anathema simply because we didn’t have them. Apple took about a year too long coming out with a larger iPhone. Still loving my 6 Plus and will wait to upgrade with the iPhone 7.

    Probably. 🙂

    1. There were and are actually HILARIOUS massive phablets out in the world and I withdraw none of my personal destain or mockery of them. I spoke to an Android user last week who offered the same opinion of the GIANT phablets. He dumped his and instead bought (an LG) Android phone equivalent to the size of the iPhone 6S Plus.

      “Can you see me now?”

  2. Sorry MDN. The 6S plus ain’t for everyone. Try carrying it in your front pocket on an extended hike. It’s like carrying a paperback book in your front pocket. I used my 14 day return policy to return it as suggested.

    1. Funny. I returned my 6s plus (after having the regular 6) for a 6s for the exact same reason. I have tiny hands and the 6s plus was just too large to use while hiking. It was great when I was at work, sitting in a car, wherever. But if i wanted to hike/walk and text with one hand… impossible. I simply had to use 2 hands. It was a beautiful phone that I’d love to own if my hands were 25% larger.

      1. Totally agree. I have a 6 Plus but only for testing software. I use the 6s for daily use. I need a phone that fits in my pocket and can be operated with one hand. I do dust off the 6 Plus when I’m reading or playing a game, but not too often.

        Blanket statements like “this phone is better than that phone” are oblivious to the very reason Apple bothers to make the different sizes: one size simply doesn’t fit all. Maybe, just maybe, Apple has done enough market research to intelligently decide which sizes to produce in order to maximize shareholder value.

    2. Exactly. This “it’s for everyone” nonsense is plain silly. The 6S Plus (and its successors) will be for me when I’m bedridden. Until then, which I hope isn’t soon, the 6S is perfect. I can easily fit it into my pocket when I’m walking, running, or doing pretty much anything without really noticing it.

  3. Has anyone noticed with the iPhone 6s+ that when you take a video though messages, it’s a little zoomed and out of focus? However, if you use the Photo App it’s not zoomed in and it’s clear as a bell?

    I don’t know if the 6s has this issue or if anyone else with a 6s+ has this issue. But I sure do. Reset the phone and everything else. I was hoping iOS 9.1 would be the cure. But was not.

  4. Maybe a crazy business case, but I’d like to see 5 sizes, a 3.5 inch iPhone nano that has the screen size of the original, but with less top and bottom bezel and much slimmer, a 4 inch, the 4.7 inch, the 5.5 inch, and a 6.5 inch

  5. After three weeks with the 6s+ I’m still torn on whether it was the right decision over the 6s. The main problem is not it’s size, but it’s weight. It is HEAVY. Yes the bigger real estate is nice, but it certainly doesn’t fit in front pockets as comfortably as the 6s size and the increased weight, as much as the extra size, precludes one handed use. Stabilised video is nice but it depends on how much you use video, I don’t much. But I’ll stick with it now for a year then see what happens with the iPhone 7. Oh yeah, the fast speed of this generation is really noticeable and is especially so when using fingerprint login. It even seems to cope with wet hands much better and unlike in the 6, always recognises my finger/thumbprints the first time round.

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