A grand phone: Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus reviewed

And of course, there are other bits and bobs, like the inclusion of live wallpaper, something that is new to the world of iOS 9 and that takes advantage of the 3D Touch technology.

Apple hasn’t quite taken the live wallpaper concept Android has seen for ages with this phone, using short animations that go forwards and backwards when they’re activated rather than running all the time.

They’re cute and neat, but you probably won’t use them that often.


The dropdown menu in iOS 9 has also changed and now features support for phone and accessory batteries, which is super handy.

If you have an Apple Watch and a Bluetooth headset, these will show up here alongside the phone, revealing how much battery life you have for all of these.


Even the fingerprint scanner is faster, and now Apple’s home button acts like lightning, with a super-fast hold to open mechanism when your fingerprints are tested.

While Samsung has made a better effort with the fingerprint scanner in this year’s smartphones, and Oppo and Huawei each have some pretty good tech in their own smartphones, none of these companies seem to hold a candle to Apple when it comes to holding your friction ridges to a specialty sensor for scanning the ridges unique to you and only you.


As such, the fingerprint scanner found on the iPhone 6s Plus is easily one of the best and fastest we’ve seen seen hands down.

Fingers down, even, and then off.


About the only thing you can’t really like about the iPhone 6s Plus is the price: yikes, this is one expensive device.

There is another quibble, and that is how Near-Field Communication (and Apple’s inclusion of it) still doesn’t result in easily paired gadgets, but that’s an Apple issue across the board, with NFC being reserved for Apple Pay, which Australia has yet to see at this time.

No, our real dilemma with the 6s Plus is the price, because with a starting price of of $1229 for a 16GB and costing as much as $1529 for a 128GB, this is not a cheap phone.

Granted, a mobile plan will likely subsidise it, but you’re still not talking cheap when it comes to any of the options.

The real question, however, is if the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is worth the price. Sure, it’s expensive, but is Apple offering value?

The iPhone 6s Plus against its major competition, the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ on the left, the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on the right.
The iPhone 6s Plus against its major competition, the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ on the left, the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on the right.

The answer to this one is a bit complicated, but we’re going to go with “probably”, as it the iPhone 6s Plus does bundle in much of the same excellent technology we’re seeing in other flagships, without the bits and pieces we want and yet know Apple will never supply.

These are things like expandable memory, which Apple just won’t do, and more support for Near-Field Communication, which we’ve already mentioned.


Technically, there is a lot in this phone, and while it might seem like you’re just getting an upgraded version of last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll find a more capable product, with oodles more camera capability and a new way of talking to the phone through your fingers.

About that, by the way… just what is this whole 3D touch thing?