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Expert Review

Plainly put, Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus is a beast of a smartphone. You’d be excused for confusing this year’s model with last year’s, as there’s almost no way to tell the two apart, aside from the new rose gold color and an "S" on the back of the device. But in the same way Han Solo described the Millennium Falcon, the 6S Plus has it where it counts.

To start, this phone checks the list of a modern, large-format phone with a 5.5 inch screen and available in storage options of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB respectively. There’s also LTE cellular networking and Wi-Fi with multiple input/multiple output MIMO, meaning multiple antennas for better speed and data reception. Apple’s new A9 processor is a real monster, with Geekbench tests clocking it an as "desktop class".

This year’s model includes a beefed-up 12 megapixel imaging sensor for its camera, which also shoots in 4K video. The front facing camera is also improved to a 5 megapixel sensor, meaning better videoconferencing and selfies (if you’re into that sort of thing). It also shoots what Apple is calling, "Live Photos," essentially still images that can play video a second and a half before and after the moment the shot was taken, with audio (like a GIF).

Apple’s has also introduced 3D Touch with the device, meaning the level of force used to on the screen initiates different kinds of actions. While it seems like a gimmick, putting it into actual shows real potential to change the way users interact with their cell phones.

Apple’s investment in metallurgy to harden and strengthen its cases for the Apple Watch spills over into the iPhone as well, with a harder, 7000-series aluminum housing. The iPhone 6S also comes in an assortment of stylish colors to suit your personal style, including gray, silver, gold, and rose gold.

The iPhone 6S (no plus) is essentially the same phone with a smaller, 4.7 inch screen, and lacks the larger phone’s optical image stabilization for smoother video and photos that aren’t as likely to be blurry. The larger screen and the inclusion of OIS makes the larger, iPhone 6S Plus my choice between the two devices. That being said, buyers should steer clear of the 16GB variant of either iPhone 6S model. This is because with data demands of the larger image sensor, 4K video, and the size of apps in general, the smallest data capacity is really of no use to anyone but the most minimal of users in this day and age.Rating: 5/5

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