iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7: Which to Buy?

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If you are in the market for a new iPhone, this iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 performance comparison guide will help you make a decision.

The guide starts with a full, side by side specifications comparison of both smartphones.

Then, it offers a detailed performance comparison of both iPhones.

Finally, based on the performance, and price, the last section recommends one of the phones as the best.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7: Full Specs Comparison

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7: Full Specs Comparison

The table below compares the full specifications of iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7.

To display just the difference between the 2 phones, on the top left of the comparison table, check the “Show only differences” checkbox.


  • Overview
  • Description
  • Brand/Store
  • Availability
  • User Rating
  • Review
  • SUMMARY
  • Release Date
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Display
  • CAMERA
  • Megapixel
  • Aperture (ƒ.stop)
  • DISPLAY
  • Display Type
  • Display Size
  • Resolution
  • CELLUMAR SUPPORT
  • Mobile Generation Support
  • Mobile Network Frequencies
  • DESIGN
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)
  • Weight
  • Available Colors
  • IP Rating
  • IP Rating Details
  • HARDWARE
  • CPU
  • GPU
  • RAM
  • Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Expansion (Max)
  • SIM Support
  • CONNECTIVITY
  • Wi‑Fi Technology
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • USB Technology
  • Location Services
  • NFC Support
  • BATTERY
  • Capacity (mAh)
  • User Replaceable?
  • Fast Charging
  • Wireless Charging
  • Average Battery Talk Time (3G)
  • OTHERS
  • Operating System
  • Sensors
  • 3.5mm jack

The sections below compare the performance of iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7.

The section compares the features of the design, display, camera, battery, and storage of the 2 iPhones.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Design

iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are relatively small phones. With a height of 138.3 mm, a width of 67.1 mm, and depth (thickness) of 7.1 mm, both phones comfortably fit into your pam.

Unlike, the dimensions that is the same for both phones, iPhone 6s weighs 5 g more than iPhone 7. iPhone 6s weighs 143 g, compared to iPhone 7 that weighs 138 g.

Apart from their weight, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 designs are similar in so many ways. The phones have fingerprint unlock, with a similar home button.

Finally, iPhone 7b comes with a faster processor (CPU) – 4-core CPU vs the 2-core CPU in iPhone 6. More CPU cores translate to a faster iPhone 7.

Based on design, I recommend iPhone 7 for its smaller weight and faster processor.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Display Features & Performance

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Display Features & Performance

The first feature that determines the performance of a phone is the quality of its display.

To compare the display of iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7, I will review the display design technology. I will also compare another important display feature – the resolutions.

You may be disappointed or delighted to learn that both iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are designed with IPS LCD. Moreover, both phones also have exactly the same display resolution – Retina HD (1334 x 750 pixels).

The good news is that as far as display performance is concerned it doesn’t matter whether you buy iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 – they both offer the same experience.

However, do not be too quick to make a decision as there are 3 more performance features to compare!

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Camera Features & Performance

The next important performance feature of a phone is the phone’s camera. To compare the camera’s in iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7, I will compare the cameras megapixels, and aperture.

Unlike the display features, which are exactly the same in both iPhones, iPhone 7 has a better rear camera with an aperture of ƒ/1.8 compared to ƒ/2.2 in the iPhone 6s’s camera.

However, both phones have a single 12 MP Wide rear camera. Having said that, the smaller aperture offered by iPhone 7 means that it will take relatively better pictures.

Comparing the cameras offered iPhone 6s to iPhone 7, my final verdict is that iPhone 7 offers a slightly better camera.


iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Battery Life & Performance

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Battery Life & Performance

Most smartphone users agree that the performance of a phone’s battery is influences their buying decision.

To compare the battery performance of iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7, I will review the battery’s mAh, talk time, and whether it supports fast and/or wireless charging.

iPhone 6s comes with a 1715 mAh non-removable battery. On the contrary, iPhone 7 has a 1960 mAh non-removable battery.

The bigger battery capacity offered by iPhone 7 translates to more talk time. According to a battery test carried out by GSMArena.com, iPhone 6s lasted an average of 9 hours 41 minutes 3G voice call while iPhone 7 lasted up to 11 hours 25 minutes on 3G voice call.

Unfortunately, none of the phones support fast or wireless charging.

Comparing the 3G talk time offered by both phones, iPhone 7 has a stronger battery.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Comparison: Storage Features & Performance

The final feature that determines how great a phone is is the storage options offered.

To compare the storage options for iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7, I will evaluate the internal memory (RAM) and internal storage on each phone.

Both iPhones have an internal memory (RAM) of 2 GB. Moreover, they both offer exactly the same internal storage options. You can buy either phone with an internal storage of 32 GB or 128 GB.

Therefore, for storage, there is no difference between iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 Frequently Asked Questions

iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 Frequently Asked Questions

This section answers commonly asked questions about iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

1. Which is Better iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s?

iPhone 7 is better.

Our comprehensive comparison of iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 confirms that iPhone 7 offers a better design – it is about 5 gram lighter. iPhone 7 also offers a faster CPU (processor).

Moreover, iPhone 7 has a better camera – although both phones have a single 12 MP camera, iPhone 7 has a camera with a better aperture – translates to finer photos.

Finally, the battery capacity in iPhone 7 is bigger – translates to 1 hour 25 minutes more 3G talk time.

2. How Much Faster is the iPhone 7 vs 6s?

Relatively faster, I would say. Here is why –

The features that determine how fast a phone is are the CPU (processor), RAM, and internal storage.

When we compared iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, it turns out that both phones offer exactly the same RAM (2 GB) and internal storage options (32 GB or 128 GB).

The only difference that affects the performance of the phones is in their CPU (processor) – iPhone 6s has a 2-core CPU while iPhone 7 has a 4-core CPU.

3. Is iPhone 6s Bigger than iPhone 7?

No, iPhone 6s is not bigger than iPhone 7.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 have the same dimensions (H x W x D) of 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm. Moreover, both phones have the same display size of 4.7″.

The only difference is in their weight – iPhone 6s weighs 143 g while iPhone 7 weighs 138 g.

4. Is iPhone 7 Battery Life Better than 6s?

Yes, iPhone 7 delivers a better battery life than iPhone 6s.

That is not surprising since iPhone 7 has a bigger battery capacity – 1960 mAh, compared to 1715 mAh battery in iPhone 6s.

The bigger battery capacity in iPhone 7 delivers about 1 hour 25 minutes more 3G talk time.

5. Does iPhone 7 have Face ID?

No, iPhone 7 does not have Face ID.

The only security lock available in iPhone 7 are Touch ID – fingerprint sensor built into the iPhone 7 Home button – and Pass Code (PIN).

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7: Final Verdict

This iPhone buying guide compared 5 performance features of iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

Out of the 5 features compared, iPhone 7 is better in design, camera, and battery life.

Therefore, I recommend:

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Victor Ashiedu is the Managing Editor of Itechguides.com. Before he started Itechguides.com, he worked in IT for close to 20 years. Having done all things tech all his career, he now focuses on making tech easier for others. Victor writes "How to" guides, "Fix it" guides, reviews and buying guides.

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