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Best Smartphones of 2015

Great | Differentiating Features

Outstanding performance from A9 SoC. Great build quality. One of the best phone cameras in the market. 3D Touch and iOS 9 are unique to the iPhone.

Good | Most Have It

All day battery life. Proven fingerprint sensor.

Average | Competitors May Be Better

Base model is still only 16GB and there’s no microSD expansion option.

Apple refreshed its first-ever phablet in September with a new ’s’ release, which are usually characterised by incremental improvements along with at least one defining feature. This year is no different and for those happily invested in the iOS ecosystem there’s a new best iPhone in town: The iPhone 6s Plus. Powered by a new A9 SoC, the phone performed impressively in our tests, and iOS 9 feels polished enough that it never feels sluggish no matter what you’re doing.

Apple has upgraded the front camera to a 5MP unit, while the rear shooter was upgraded from from 8MP to 12MP, features OIS and can now shoot 4K video. This is the best camera on an iPhone yet — it’s fast and photos look great even in less than ideal lighting. Comparatively, the LG G4 has a 16MP sensor with a wider f/1.8 lens for capturing more light in dim conditions, while the Galaxy S6 has a 16MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. Megapixels aside, the iPhone is no longer the consensus best phone camera you can buy (that title goes to the Galaxy S6 as of writing), but it’s up there with the best.

The iPhone 6s Plus is big — slightly bigger than the Note 5 — but its rolled edges make it feel comfortable in the hand. Apple users may have grown used to the lack of storage expansion via microSD and (unfortunately) plenty of Android rivals are going the same route. But we’re disconcerted to see Apple sticking with 16GB for the base model, forcing you to pay an extra $100 for 64GB. For reference sake, a standalone 64GB microSD card is $25, adding to the pain).

The iPhone 6s Plus features the same 5.5-inch LED-backlit Retina display as last year’s model, sporting a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, at a time much of its competition has moved to 1440p panels. Images and text are incredibly sharp, though, and sticking with 1080p means a lower impact on battery life.

3D Touch has arrived to raving reviews. The phone’s screen is pressure-sensitive, letting apps distinguish between varying forces when pressed and respond accordingly — displaying quick actions on the home screen or previewing content within an app. It’s like right-click for your phone, and while it’s been attempted before, you can tell Apple’s control of both hardware and software has come into play to deliver a feature that’s bound to become useful on a widespread basis.

Other notable improvements include faster fingerprint recognition, improved water resistance (even though it’s not an official feature), reinforced build quality and various modest improvements across the OS — including always on Siri. All in all, if you’ve already settled on iOS as a platform, then your universe of options is narrowed down to two phones and previous years’ models. While both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus offer a similar experience — besides the obvious form factor difference — we lean towards the latter because of its superior camera and battery life.

Source Article from http://www.techspot.com/bestof/smartphones/

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