Every year Apple generates an incredible amount of hype around new iPhones. Sometimes it can be hard to realize that your old iPhone is perfectly fine. Our own Antonio Villas-Boas has been using Apple's iPhone 6s since it was released two years ago, and he says you don't have to worry about upgrading. Here's what you need to know. Following is a transcript of the video.
Antonio Villas-Boas: So I bought the iPhone 6s Plus when it was first released and I skipped over the iPhone 7 generation. And now I think I'm going to skip over the iPhone 8. So Apple is still selling the iPhone 6s even though it's a two-generation old phone now. That’s testament of how good the iPhone 6s is. So other things that Apple improved in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, is the camera. So big improvements there. Dual-lens with the 8 Plus. The camera on the iPhone 6s ... still really good. For example, here’s some shots from Hawaii. I'm pretty happy withthese photos, you know? I have no problems with these at all.
The screens on the new iPhones, those have been improved. They have “True Tone” and HDR. And they look great, and fantastic, and “Retina HD,” and all that stuff. But this is fine too! On the iPhone 6s the screen is still just fine. And also like the Samsung Galaxy phones, they have the sharper displays. They’re like 1440P versus the 1080P. That's okay. This is a small screen. You're really not gonna notice that much extra sharpness on a screen that is as small as a smartphone screen.
I don't play games that often. That's the one area where, maybe, the iPhone 6s may show its age a little bit, because there have been great strides recently in the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 where the processor is just a lot more powerful for games.
So one thing that a lot of people experience with their older iPhones, and probably one of the biggest factors why someone usually upgrades to a new iPhone, is battery life. If your older iPhone is running out of battery way too fast and you're still actually totally fine with a performance, you might actually consider getting it repaired by Apple itself. If you’re out of warranty or don’t have AppleCare, it costs $80 to get it repaired at the Apple store. Hey, you know, spending $80 over $800 … not a bad deal.
And, this is very important this is the last iPhone with the headphone jack. I still need the headphone jack to be honest.
So you know, with all that said, there are a few stutters here and there. You know, it is a sign that it is starting to slow down and I expect over the next year that it'll slow down enough to the point where I will want to upgrade. And then at that point it'll be 2018 and we'll see what Apple has in store. But look at it this way, I'm a tech guy. I review tech. I review the latest and greatest and I'm okay with some older stuff. I think we're at a point now where, at least with smartphones, we're kind of reaching almost a peak, maybe? Or at least we’re slowed down with how much power you need for, sort-of, day-to-day life. So, for now, the iPhone 6s will absolutely do.
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