iPhone 6s was launched back in September 2015, which is more than four and a half years ago. But, apple still provides support for it and the iPhone 6s runs on the latest version of iOS which is iOS 13.4.1. The fact that apple still provides updates for such an old phone is incredible.
Today let’s talk about the iPhone 6s in 2020. Is it worth it to buy the iPhone 6s now? Will it be enough? All these questions arise just because of apple’s incredible software support experience.
iPhone 6s Design and Build
It is safe to say that the design of iPhone 6s is pretty outdated. Especially with those huge bezels up front. A phone like Redmi 8A which costs a fraction of the price has an edge to edge almost bezel less display. Those bezels look pretty ugly in 2020.
Apart from that, the build quality is not bad at all. Aluminium back panel along with a glass front. The phone still feels premium to hold and doesn’t feel cheap at all. In fact I prefer the aluminium build over the modern glass builds. As the legendary man Mr. Jerryrigeverything says, “Glass is glass, and glass breaks”.
The iPhone 6s is also one of the last iPhone’s to have a headphone jack. I love the 3.5mm audio jack as wired audio is way better and cheaper than bluetooth audio.
Overall the design is old, but the build quality still holds up pretty well in 2020.
iPhone 6s Display
iPhone 6s has a 4.7″ IPS LCD Display with a resolution of 1334×750 pixels. I thought I’d hate the display on iPhone 6s, but I was wrong. The display is not that bad. Good viewing angles, great colours and it is not over saturated.
I know that it is not the most high resolution display out there, but considering that this phone is 4 and a half years old, the display isn’t that bad to be honest.
iPhone 6s Specifications
Apple’s iPhone 6s comes with an A9 chipset which is a dual core CPU. Use 2 cores in 2020 seems like nothing, but trust me the dual core CPU still holds up pretty good. Especially for normal tasks like checking email, using WhatsApp, Instagram, Zoom for video meetings, Twitter etc.
Games like PUBG work at 30fps but its not the best experience. The gameplay isn’t smooth. So I wouldn’t recommend this phone to gamers. Gamers should buy latest hardware so that the games work smoothly.
iPhone 6s also has 2GB RAM. Yes, 2GB! It is crazy how far we have come in the last 5 years when it comes to smartphones.
iPhone 6s Camera
What about the camera? Unlike modern smartphones which have a myriad of cameras, the iPhone 6s has a single rear camera. A 12MP f/2.2 sensor which performs decent enough when given a lot of light. In daylighting conditions, the iPhone 6s shoots pretty good images.
Dynamic range is decent, colours are excellent and on point, images have details in them and aren’t soft, and overall the images look good.
But it struggles a lot when it comes to low lighting scenarios. In low lighting conditions, iPhone 6s’ camera doesn’t do a good job and that is clearly evident in the sample photos.
When it comes to video shooting, the iPhone 6s can shoot up to 4k at 30fps. The video quality is pretty good and can be used to make YouTube videos in 20020.
The front camera on iPhone 6s is a 5MP sensor and frankly it is not good for 2020 standards. The selfies are soft are lack detail.
iPhone 6s Touch ID
iPhone 6s also has a physical fingerprint sensor called as Touch ID. Touch ID works really fast and is pretty accurate as well. Apple was really good at making physical fingerprint sensors. Maybe they’ll bring back Touch ID to their new phones in the next couple of years. Like a Touch ID 2.0 which is under the display glass or something.
Is the iPhone 6s worth it in 2020? My answer is yes, if and only if you want an iOS device. If you don’t mind Android, then buying something like a Pixel 3A makes much more sense as it is a better device. So yeah, buy the iPhone 6s in 2020 if and only if you want an iOS device and your budget isn’t allowing you to spend more than 25,000 to 30,000 INR (~ 349 USD).
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