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iPhone 6s Plus Hands-On: 10 Best Features

Apple's new iPhone 6s Plus is more than a simple update to last year's phablet. Here's our hands-on look at the smartphone's strongest offerings.
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Apple sold 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones during the first three days of availability. This feat, while impressive, shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone paying attention to Apple's slow progression forward each year. The company may take plodding steps, but the steps are often big ones. This year's iPhone 6s Plus is a good example of how large those forward, plodding steps truly are.

The 6s Plus carries over the design from last year's phablet, but almost everything else has been updated or improved in one way or another. Some of the marquee additions include the A9 processor, 3D Touch display, 12-megapixel camera with 4K video capture, and Touch ID sensor. These and other features make the iPhone 6s Plus the most compelling odd-year update Apple has ever fielded.

Beyond the hardware, iOS 9 adds a handful of refinements to iPhones old and new. Apple released the revised operating system earlier this month, and it has enjoyed swift uptake from the Apple faithful. The iPhone 6s Plus is able to take advantage of iOS 9 in unique ways to control the ever-more-powerful Siri personal assistant and other tools.

[ Make the most of Apple's latest mobile operating system. Read iOS 9: 10 Tips And Tricks. ]

Together, the iPhone 6s Plus and iOS 9 are a formidable threat to Google's Android-powered devices. Backed by iTunes and Apple's broad selection of apps, games, music, and movies, the ecosystem behind the iPhone 6s Plus is stronger than ever.

The iPhone 6s Plus is available in four colors (space gray, silver, gold, rose gold) and three storage variants (16GB, 64GB, and 128GB) this year. Prices start at $749 and top out at $949. Apple's latest smartphone is compatible with the networks operated by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and myriad others.

Is the iPhone 6s Plus for you? Here, InformationWeek explores the 10 best features of the iPhone 6s Plus. After you've reviewed the top features, tell us what you think. Are you planning to buy one? Are your employees already asking to upgrade? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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10/10/2015 | 10:14:24 AM
Re: New and Improved
@shakeeb, I have an LG F6. I must say that I am impressed with the battery life. It has the best battery of any of my phones thus far.
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Angelfuego,
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10/10/2015 | 10:10:50 AM
Re: New and Improved
@mejiac< I am glad to hear that. Extended battery life is a very appealing feature to me. I am no longer willing to buy devices with a short battery life. I have been there and done that!
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 11:27:58 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@mejiac- Today manufacturers would love to see you throwing the phone just because they could easily sell you another unit. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 11:26:54 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@mejiac- Durability is not something that manufacturers consider priority at present. Today you drop your smartphone and it will definitely harm the device. Sometime back you could even throw your device at a person and your phone will still work.

 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 11:23:43 PM
Re: New and Improved
@mejaic - I am hoping they would come up with such an app with some of these basic features very soon. Probably by mid of 2016.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 10:10:13 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@tzubair Thanks for your comment. I think by this can lead to many more applications that can really be useful... But guess manufacturers woukd need to redisgng the phones housingto to make it more durable What do you think ?
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 10:04:41 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@shakeeb Agreed What, I'm eagerd to see is integration with other hardware and business strategies... Like health care and the automobile industry
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 10:01:12 PM
Re: New and Improved
@shakeeb Thanks for your comments You would think that this would have been implemented sooner, but giventhat many apps require to be online it'll be interesting to see how third party developers mitigate this
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:58:14 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@ tzubair- Exactly we could probably just need an app to recognise these sensor readings and initiate a pre specified task.  
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:55:20 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@vnewman2 – Apple has always been ahead in innovation and these features are amazing. Sometime back our smartphones could capture pictures of very low quality, but today its equivalent to a DSLR camera. 
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