One of the reasons I preferred the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 6 was battery life. It would last two days if I was careful. That’s useful if you ever find yourself away from a plug socket for any length of time, or if – like me – you take a lot of long-haul flights.

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The iPhone 6S Plus’ battery life is on a par with its predecessor, even though the battery is a smidge smaller in size.

In normal day-to-day use I have regularly found myself leaving the office with more than 60% of battery life remaining. That’s having used it for several hours browsing the internet using 4G, watching videos on catch-up apps & making calls and texts.

In fact, I managed more than six hours of screen-on time with a single charge with the display at a little over half brightness – I found this an acceptable màn chơi indoors, but you’d need khổng lồ up the brightness when out và about on a sunny day.

The thử nghiệm included three hours of Netflix streaming over Wi-Fi (24% battery decrease), 1.5 hours of browsing (19% decrease), over an hour or so of 3d gaming (22% decrease), 150 Live Photos with 20 minutes of 4K video (20% decrease) & half an hour of listening khổng lồ some tunes on Spotify (4% decrease). The rest of the battery was with the phone idle or waiting on a homescreen.

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As you can see, there’s plenty you can vị with the iPhone 6S Plus before it leaves you stranded – and it certainly lasts longer than the smaller iPhone 6S.

In our like-for-like test, the 6S Plus had 12% battery remaining after it’s little brother had gone lớn bed. That might not sound like much, but it means a full hour và a half of video streaming & 100 photos – that’s not to lớn be sniffed at.

I also found that the 6S Plus lasted longer than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet I reviewed recently, although it was a close-run contest.

iOS 9 brings a battery-saver mode to the iPhone 6S Plus, which helps you lớn eke out a few extra hours. You can turn it on yourself at any time via Settings, or it pops you a message lớn turn on when your battery hits 20%.

Battery-saver mode does plenty to help conserve battery life. First, it turns off all background activity from apps, & reduces the time your screen stays on when idle khổng lồ just 30 seconds.

It also throttles the speedy processor’s performance. I’ve found this khổng lồ be a bit of an issue on the iPhone 6 Plus – the phone isn’t as smooth or as fast as it is without battery saver turned on.

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Thankfully, there are no such problems with the iPhone 6S Plus – I haven’t noticed any slowdown at all. In fact, running benchmarks in battery-saver mode shows that the 6S Plus is still as fast as last year’s mã sản phẩm running at full pelt.

Battery saver does make a difference khổng lồ the iPhone 6S Plus’ stamina. With it on all day, I’ve found battery life is extended by around 20%, depending on the type of activity for which the phone is used.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning fast-charging. Present in many newer handsets, the giải pháp công nghệ gives you the ability khổng lồ charge your phone, in some cases, in less than an hour. The iPhone 6S Plus doesn’t offer the feature, so it takes closer to two hours to lớn get the battery from 0 khổng lồ 100%.

Should I buy the iPhone 6S Plus?

If you’re not a tín đồ of more sizeable phones then you should forget about the iPhone 6S Plus – they don’t get much bigger than this. You’d be better off considering the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S (below) instead.

However, if the larger khung factor isn’t an issue for you then the iPhone 6S plus is an excellent phone and one that I fully recommend.


In the past, I’d often shied away from recommending an upgrade from an iPhone to its “S” version. With the iPhone 6S Plus, however, that’s changed.

3D Touch & improvements to the camera and performance make this a worthwhile upgrade even from last year’s model, & it’s leagues ahead of the iPhone 5S and those before it.

The iPhone 6S Plus is an expensive phone – lượt thích every previous iPhone – but it isn’t bad value. As a brand, iPhones retain their value well & Apple’s customer service is second to none – points worth considering when making a purchase.

I’ve already mentioned some of the other options. The LG G4 offers a great camera & screen và costs far less than the 6S Plus, although it lacks its kiến thiết cachet.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the other obvious candidate alongside the the Galaxy chú ý 5 is (although it’s not officially available in the UK). The former looks better than the 6S Plus và has benefited from a significant reduction in price recently. However, it lacks some of the ground-breaking features of Apple’s handset.


If there were ever any doubts over Apple’s ability lớn innovate following the passing of Steve Jobs then 3d touch emphatically quashes them. The iPhone 6S Plus is a cảm biến of genius, even if it is a little larger than it needs khổng lồ be.

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