The Apple iPhone 6S Plus – Day 1 experience – Photos and views on Rose Gold and Apple Watch

I was the unlucky one, my new iPhone 6S Plus did not arrive until the end of the day on Friday. And as I write this it is still no way near setup fully.

My plan is to remove Google from the iPhone and use all of Apple’s cloud services. This is not going as smoothly as I hoped yet. I have iCloud Photo enabled and and iTunes Match. All my photos are in the iCloud but not yet on my iPhone. That part of the sync has not finished. iTunes Match. My music has been matched successfully for 40% of my collection and is still trying to upload the rest. Except I have cloud error messages next to 50% of my music that failed to upload. Once the process has finished I will go into the settings and run an option to sort of repair the music library to see if that helps.

The main issue is the demand on the internet. I have uploads and downloads galore and without fibre speeds I am suffering. I might have to visit an Apple store one weekend and complete iTunes Match with a fast upload. My Apple Watch got turned on for the first time, but that needed a 515mb download. The Apple Watch is a complex beast compared to android wear but so far ahead of the curve.

Apple Pay. Both my Apple Watch and iPhone have been setup. This was the fastest part of everything.

I have already been asked how good is the camera. I do know the answer but I want to test it more across a number of situations. The main part to note is the rear camera has a f/2.2 versus say the LG G4 at f/1.8. The extra light the G4 allows at f/1.8 does make a difference for starters. However, the camera on the 6S Plus is lightning fast and the image processing is phenomenal. The front selfie camera is much better too. I have tested the front retina screen flash in different lighting and it really does adjust its tones dependant on the subject. Needless to say the 6S Plus camera is very good. Now is it better than the S6 or Note 5 or LG G4? I will answer that soon.
After this post goes live, I will upload some photos from the iPhone 6S Plus so do head back if you cannot see any snaps.

So far due to the late arrival on my iPhone and Apple Watch I have only added 3 home screens worth of apps. These are the ones that all needed passwords and or 2 step authentication so took longer to setup. I now have to go through my 2,000 or so apps and decide which ones to add to the phone. A lot of these are games and I have realised what great games I have missed playing while I have been stuck on android.

3D Touch. I have used it or I should say tried to use it but need more time to pass judgement.

So I am still in a setting up stage / discovery. I need to see what new apps have arrived both for the iPhone and Watch that I have not got and start to fine tune everything.

However, my overall takeaway despite being at an early stage is the user experience. OMG the screens and swiping down long lists just glide beautifully in any app. Even the official twitter app is leagues better on iOS because of this smoothness. Apps have integrated Touch ID and therefore offer a better experience and features. Touch ID is super fast now. And finally the 6S Plus battery is fantastic.

Rose Gold – my wife got a 6S in rose gold. It is a lovely colour and under different lighting looks beige sometimes, pinkish and shades of rose gold. However, I prefer the silver finish of my 6S Plus. In terms of size the 6S is a really good phone size phone but I wanted the 6S Plus for the better screen and optical image stabilization in the camera.

11 thoughts on “The Apple iPhone 6S Plus – Day 1 experience – Photos and views on Rose Gold and Apple Watch

    1. It is now but wasn’t at release which was over £500. But taking the £315 price now is it worth the difference? Ask me in a few weeks when I’ve had more time with the iPhone. I think it is tbh. It’s like driving a Ferrari. Still gets you from A to B but the experience is more exhilarating.


  1. Hey Gavin…welcome back to Apple!! For the photos you should use Google photos as well. I find it better than the iCloud, and it is has seamless integration on the 6Plus. It really is a great multi platform tool. Then when you get your next Android phone (we all know this will happen) you will be all set for that as well!


    1. That has crossed my mind. I will keep a copy on google just in case probably. But I can’t see myself moving from this iPhone. It really is a lovely piece of kit and the photos and video I took today were breathtaking.


      1. That’s good to hear!! I have been using my new 6s Plus for just a few hours. Unfortunately with the inside pictures I have been a bit disappointed. On several occasions it seems like the regular 6Plus handles indoor photos better. I have not tested outside yet, but will be doing that later today. Thanks Gavin, so looking forward to your 6s Plus posts!


      2. For the stills is it close , or did the 6sPlus get trounced? You mentioning they were just “Ok” has me nervous!


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