If you are wondering which is better between these two iPhone models, you are in luck. Reading this iPhone 6S vs iPhone 7 comparison review will help you decide the better option.
This review is a comprehensive breakdown of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. Therefore, I will compare the design, display, camera, battery, storage, and sensors of both iPhone models.
After each section’s comparison, I will rate each of the iPhone models on a scale of 10 based on their performance. Also, in sections where one model performs better than the other, I will make the best performer my top pick.
For a quick inspection of how the iPhone 6S and 7 compare in those categories, watch out for the ‘our rating summary section’. The objective of this review is to recommend the best model for you; hence, you should not miss the ‘my final verdict’ section.
My Initial Thoughts
The iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are some of the oldest iPhone models. The iPhone 6S was released in 2015, while the iPhone 7 was released in 2016.
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Although they lack the bells and whistles you will find in new and expensive iPhones, they will serve their purpose perfectly.
Therefore, if you don’t want to shell out so much money on newer iPhone models, the iPhone 7 and 6S are great options. I recommend them mostly because of how inexpensive they are.
Speaking of which, at the time this review was written (January 2022), the iPhone 6S cost $106.91 on Amazon. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 costs $149.00.
Another reason I recommended these models is that, despite being old models, they are still supported by Apple.
Having said all that, let us proceed to the design comparison of the iPhone 6S vs iPhone 7.
IPhone 6S vs IPhone 7 Design, Dimension, and Weight Comparison
Being a latter model, the iPhone 7 came with a few design changes from the iPhone 6S. To discuss these design differences, we will start from the front view of the iPhone 6S and 7.
There are not many design changes in the front view. The iPhone 6S and 7 still share the same 4.7-inch display with sizable top and bottom bezels.
On both models, the top bezel houses the front camera, earpiece, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. On the iPhone 7, a loudspeaker has also been included in the earpiece to deliver louder stereo output.
Meanwhile, the bottom bezel of both models houses the home button. However, there is now a slight difference in the home button of the iPhone 7 design.
While the iPhone 6S has an actual clickable home button, the iPhone 7’s home button is fixed and not clickable. However, it has haptic feedback that imitates a click effect.
Consequently, the home button on the iPhone 7 is not tactile, but since it does its job nicely, there are no complaints. Moreover, the fixed home button makes the iPhone 7 more resistant to dust and water penetration.
Meanwhile, when you flip the phones to the back and compare the view, you will notice more design changes. One of these design changes between the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 is the antenna lines placement.
The antenna lines on the iPhone 6S are more prominent; they run across the backplates. However, on the iPhone 7, the antenna lines have been concealed which gives it a cleaner look.
You will hardly notice the antenna lines along the top and bottom edges where they follow the outline of the phone. Other than the antenna lines, almost every other feature on the backplates of the iPhone 6S and 7 is similar.
Now, let’s compare the materials used to make both iPhones.
The backplate of both the iPhone 6S and 7 is built with a series 7000 aluminum which makes them tough. Also, they both have a single circular camera module in the top-left corner.
The camera is flanked to the right by a rear-facing microphone and an LED flash. Also, close to the middle of the backplate, there is the Apple logo.
The second feature that is different on the iPhone 7 and 6S backplate is the branding. The branding is located at the bottom of both models.
However, the iPhone 6S is branded as ‘iPhone 6S’ while the iPhone 7 is branded as ‘iPhone.’
That brings us to the end of the back-view features. Now, let us proceed to the edges.
Similar to the backplate, the edges of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are also made of aluminum. The top edge of both models is blank, but the bottom edge is not.
The bottom edge of the iPhone 6S houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker grilles, microphones, and a lightning connector. Meanwhile, on the iPhone 7, the headphone jack has been removed.
Therefore, Apple is urging users to go wireless for their audio solutions. Impressively, Apple has included lightning EarPods in the box with the iPhone 7.
More impressively, Apple was thoughtful enough to consider users who own 3.5mm headphones already. Therefore, it also included a lightning to 3.5 mm adapter.
Therefore, you can still use your 3.5 mm headphones but not directly connected to the phone. However, these Apple’s audio solutions make it impossible to charge your phone and plug in the headphone at the same time.
As a solution to this, you can buy lightning audio and charging adapters. Hence, you will be able to charge your phone and use your wired headphones at the same time.
Notwithstanding, if the use of adapters does not sit well with you, wireless headphones and AirPods are better alternatives. In light of this, the bottom edge of the iPhone 7 houses the speaker grilles, microphones, and lightning connector.
Moving on, the left edges of the iPhone 6S and 7 house the mute switch and volume buttons. Speaking of the mute switch, it is used to toggle between silent and ring modes.
For the right edge, it is home to the side button and SIM slot. With a light press on the side button, you will be able to put the phone to sleep or wake it from sleep.
Meanwhile, a long press of the side button will switch the phone on or off. For the SIM slots, you can eject them with a pin-like ejector tool and insert a single Nano SIM card.
Having discussed the hardware features of the iPhone 6S and 7, let us talk about their size and weight.
Surprisingly, the iPhone 6S and 7 are identical in size.
They both measure 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (H x W x D). However, when it comes to their weights, they are different.
Speaking of weight, the iPhone 6S weighs 147 g while the iPhone 7 weighs 138 g. Comparatively, the iPhone 6S is significantly heavier than the iPhone 7.
Nonetheless, the iPhone 7 falls outside the ideal weight of smartphones, while the iPhone 6S conforms to this standard. According to research, most smartphone users say that their ideal smartphone weight ranges between 140 to 170 g.
When it comes to color options, the iPhone 6S is available in four colors. In this regard, you will find the iPhone 6S in gold, rose gold, silver, and space gray.
On the other hand, the iPhone 7 is available in six colors. It retained three colors from the iPhone 6S except for the space gray, which was replaced by black and jet black.
If you need a guide selecting a color, you should choose the gold, silver, or rose gold options of the iPhone 6S or 7 if you want white-colored bezels. The white bezels create great contrast from the screen which makes them quite distracting and very noticeable.
Meanwhile, if you want black bezels, you should go for the space gray options on the iPhone 6S. Likewise, if you want black bezels on the iPhone 7, go for the silver, black, or jet-black options.
These colors have black bezels that blend perfectly with the rest of the screen. They make watching videos and playing games more immersive without distractions from contrasting bezels.
For clarification, the difference between the black and jet-black models of the iPhone 7 is the texture of their backplates. The black models have a matte black aluminum backplate, while the jet black models have a glossy black aluminum backplate.
Meanwhile, the jet-black models are more susceptible to smudges and fingerprints.
Moving on to the water-resistance ratings, the iPhone 6S has none, which puts it at great risk of water damage. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance.
Hence, dropping your iPhone 7 in 1 meter of water for as long as 30 minutes should cause no damage. However, do not try that with the iPhone 6S.
Finally, from this iPhone 6S vs iPhone 7 design features comparison, we have put both models in a head-to-head analysis. From our analysis, we can see that the iPhone 6S does well by keeping the headphone jack.
Meanwhile, the absence of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 might be disappointing to most people. However, the iPhone 7 excels in other aspects, like being more durable than the iPhone 6S, thanks to its water-resistance ability.
Also, iPhone 7 has more color options, and its backplate design is cleaner, with no unsightly antenna lines to worry about. Hence, the iPhone 7 wins this round which brings me to rate it an 8 in this section.
Meanwhile, I will rate the iPhone 6S a 7 in this section.
IPhone 6S vs IPhone 7 Display Features Comparison
For this iPhone 6S vs iPhone 7 display features comparison section, we will discuss the screen sizes, technology, resolution, brightness, etc. Firstly, the iPhone 6S and 7 both have a screen size of 4.7 inches made with Ion-strengthened gorilla glass.
Sadly, the screen sizes fall outside the range of ideal screen sizes. According to research, the ideal screen size smartphone users prefer is between 5 to 5.5 inches.
Therefore, with less-than-ideal screen sizes, the iPhone 6S and 7 will have a limited area for watching media content. Another display factor that contributes to how media contents are displayed is the aspect ratio.
In regards to that, the iPhone 6S and 7 both have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Aspect ratio refers to the vertical viewing area and the horizontal viewing area of the screen.
If you require more clarification, 16:9 is the standard aspect ratio, and it is referred to as widescreen.
Moving on to the screen technology, the iPhone 6S uses IPS LCD.
Meanwhile, the screen technology of the iPhone 7 is dubbed Retina IPS LCD. IPS LCDs are cheaper than the competing screen technology OLED.
IPS LCDs are also well known for better color accuracy and lesser possibilities of image burn-in.
For display resolution, the iPhone 6S and 7 both share a 750 x 1334 pixels resolution. They also have a pixel density of 326 PPI which is denser than the 300 PPI standard pixel density.
Hence, images are sufficiently sharp on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7.
When it comes to the black value and contrast ratio, the iPhone 6S records 0.39 cd/m² and 1415:1, respectively. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 records a contrast ratio of 1635:1 and a black value of 0.34 cd/m².
The contrast ratio and black value determine how black colors are displayed on the screen. The perfect contrast ratio is ∞:1, while a perfect black value is 0 cd/m².
Hence, a higher contrast ratio and lower black value are better. From the above figures, the iPhone 7 has a better contrast ratio and black value.
The better contrast ratio and black value of the iPhone 7 make it display deeper blacks than the iPhone 6S.
Next up is the display brightness comparison; the iPhone 6S has maximum screen brightness of 586 nits. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has maximum screen brightness of 556 nits.
This is contrary to Apple’s claim that the iPhone 7 is 25% brighter than the iPhone 6S. However, the iPhone 7 can truly get brighter than the 6S, but only when automatic brightness is turned on.
In auto-brightness settings and in bright lighting conditions, the iPhone 7 can reach a peak brightness of 705 nits. This is a very impressive feat, thanks to the ambient light sensor.
Hence, you should have no trouble reading the screens of the iPhone 6S and 7, even in direct sunlight. However, there is still an issue with reflection, as the sun’s reflection on the screen can significantly affect sunlight use.
Meanwhile, for minimum brightness, the iPhone 6S can only go as low as 6 nits. Whereas the iPhone 7 can go as low as 2.44 nits.
These minimum brightness values make both the iPhone 6S and 7 convenient to use in dark conditions. However, the iPhone 7 is even more convenient to read in the dark than the iPhone 6S.
Moving on to color reproduction and color accuracy. Color reproduction is used to check how colors are rendered in color space and the range of colors that can be produced.
On the other hand, color accuracy determines how well these colors are displayed. With a delta E score, we can see how much deviation is between the displayed color and the original color standard.
Consequently, the iPhone 6S covers 95.93% (higher is better) of the standard sRGB color space and has a delta E score of 3.4 (lower is better).
Meanwhile, it was stated that the iPhone 7 supports wide color reproduction. Hence, it is not surprising that it covers 100% of the sRGB color space and has a delta E score of 1.3.
Comparatively, the iPhone 7 has better color coverage and accuracy than the iPhone 6S. However, the color difference is not visible to the naked eye.
Furthermore, the iPhone 6S and 7 support a feature known as Night Shift mode. The Night Shift mode adjusts the temperature of the display at night to help you get better sleep by reducing blue lights.
Also, the iPhone 6S and 7 have another feature known as Apple’s True Tone. With the help of the ambient light sensor, True Tone will detect the color and brightness of the surrounding light.
Consequently, True Tone will adjust the display’s temperature to reflect that color and brightness. Both the Night Shift mode and True Tone helps to make the screen temperature easier on the eyes.
Another feature that is common to the iPhone 6S and 7 is 3D Touch. 3D Touch is a pressure sensitivity function that detects the level of force exerted on the screen which enables more menu options.
Now, let us talk about viewing angles. The viewing angles stability on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 is very good.
When viewing the screens from acute angles, there are only slight color distortions and contrast loss. Thankfully, these distortions and losses are not visible to the naked eye.
Finally, the screens of the iPhone 6s and 7 are oleophobic coated, which makes them resistant to fingerprints and easier to clean.
In conclusion, the iPhone 6S and 7 have decent display performances though not the best in class. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6S and 7 have few differences in the display features specifications.
However, you will not notice any significant differences in the performance of both models when viewed by the naked eye.
Nonetheless, when it comes to screen brightness, the iPhone 7 is significantly brighter, which is obvious to the eyes. Therefore, the iPhone 7 wins this category.
As a result of that, I will rate the iPhone 7 an 8. Meanwhile, I will rate the iPhone 6S a 7.5.
IPhone 6S vs IPhone 7 Camera Features Comparison
For the camera features comparison of the iPhone 6S and 7, we will start with their front cameras. The iPhone 6S has a 5 MP front camera with an aperture size of f/2.2.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has a 7MP front camera with an aperture size of f/2.2 as well. The front cameras of both models support auto HDR and manual exposure control.
The iPhone 6S and 7 front cameras also support live photos, which bring motion to pictures as against the regular still photos. Live photos are short clips of what happens before you press the shutter and shortly after taking the picture.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has even added more spice to its live photos with its wide color capture. The wide color capture is not only available for live photos but still photos as well.
On the contrary, the iPhone 6S does not support wide color capture.
Performance-wise, the iPhone 6S’ front camera produces good selfies. You will only notice the loss of details and blurry edges when you zoom in on the picture.
On the other hand, the iPhone 7 front camera produces better selfies thanks to its higher front camera resolution.
For night photos, the iPhone 6S and 7 use a Retina flash which helps to brighten the face and reduce shadows.
When it comes to video support, the iPhone 6S’s front camera will record 720p resolution videos at 30 fps. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has placed the bar even higher by recording 1080p resolution videos at 30 fps.
Moreover, the iPhone 7 has an auto stabilization feature that helps to stabilize its pictures and videos. On the contrary, the iPhone 6S does not support image stabilization for its front camera.
Hence, you should keep your hands steady when taking selfie photos and videos on the iPhone 6S.
Moving on to the rear cameras, both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 rear cameras have a resolution of 12 MP. However, where the difference lies is in the aperture size.
The iPhone 6S rear camera maintains the same f/2.2 aperture size as its front camera. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has an aperture size of f/1.8 which will let in more light than that of the iPhone 6S.
If my last sentence sounds a bit confusing, in photography, the lower the aperture size of a lens, the better.
Similar to the front cameras, the rear cameras of the iPhone 6S and 7 support Live photos. Thankfully, the live photos are now stabilized which will make them more smooth.
Also, the main cameras of both models support manual exposure control like their front cameras. This gives you more control over the outcome of your photos.
Additionally, the iPhone 6S and 7 both support auto HDR which helps to improve the dynamic range. Thereby resulting in more natural and realistic photos with increased details.
For picture zoom, the main cameras of the iPhone 6S and 7 support 5x optical zoom.
Furthermore, both the iPhone 6S and 7 main cameras support autofocus with focus pixels. This ensures that the subject is always in focus which results in sharp output.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 also adds a ‘tap to focus with focus pixel’ functionality to its front camera features. This allows you to manually set the focus points on the iPhone 7.
However, this ‘tap to focus with focus pixel’ feature is absent on the iPhone 6S.
Additionally, the iPhone 6S’s rear camera has a five-element lens, while the iPhone 7 has a six-element lens. The six-element lens of the iPhone 7 lets in more light than the 5-element lens of the iPhone 6S.
Thereby, images taken by the iPhone 7 rear camera are sharper and more vibrant than that of the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 6S and 7 rear cameras support auto image stabilization, which helps to prevent blurry pictures by stabilizing the camera. In addition to the auto image stabilization supported by both models, the iPhone 7 also supports optical image stabilization (OIS).
Performance-wise, the front cameras in iPhone 6S and 7 produce images with enough resolved details in good lighting conditions. You will not readily notice the image quality difference until you zoom in.
When you eventually zoom in, you will appreciate the better noise reduction on the iPhone 7 as well as its improved sharpness.
In low lights, the quality of pictures produced by the iPhone 6S is also decent. Meanwhile, the quality of low-light images on the iPhone 7 is even more impressive thanks to its optical image stabilization (OIS).
On the contrary, the iPhone 6S has a higher tendency to produce blurred pictures in low light due to its lack of OIS.
OIS helps to reduce the shutter speed when shooting in low light to let in more light into the lens. It also helps to steady the pictures in low light in other to prevent blurs.
Furthermore, the iPhone 6S has a dual-LED True Tone flash for improving the brightness of bright photos. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 uses a quad-LED True Tone flash which is two times brighter than that of the iPhone 6S.
For videos, the iPhone 6S and 7 rear cameras are capable of recording 4K resolution videos at 30fps. Additionally, there is also support for 1080p resolution videos at 30, 60, or 120fps and 720p resolution videos at 240fps.
The optical image stabilization of the iPhone 7 helps to create steady pictures with no jitters. On the contrary, when shooting videos on the iPhone 6S, you need to keep a steady hand to prevent jitters in the videos.
Finally, the iPhone 6S allows images to be saved in JPEG format and videos saved in H.264. However, the iPhone 7 supports JPEG and HEIF for images and H.264 and HEVC for videos.
The HEIF and HEVC formats allow double compression in sizes of images and videos than the conventional JPEG and H.264. Hence, the iPhone 7 allow you to store twice as many images and videos in HEIF and HEVC formats as you would in JPEG and H.264.
In conclusion, the iPhone 7 has a higher resolution front camera than the iPhone 6S, which translates to better selfies. The rear camera of the iPhone 7 also shows more improvements than the iPhone 6S.
It supports optical image stabilization that prevents blurs and stabilizes videos. It also has a brighter flash and supports double-compression photos and video formats.
Considering these factors, I will make the iPhone 7 my top pick for this category. Therefore, I will rate it a 9.
On the other hand, I will rate the iPhone 7, an 8 in this iPhone 6S vs iPhone 7 camera features comparison section.
IPhone 6S vs IPhone 7 Battery Life and Talk Time Comparison
We will start this battery comparison section with the battery capacities of the iPhone 6S and 7. The iPhone 6S has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1,715 mAh.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1,960 mAh. For their endurance ratings, Apple claimed that the iPhone 6S would last as long as 11 hours when surfing the internet on WiFi.
Apple also claimed that the iPhone 6S would last as long as 11 hours on HD video playback. For the iPhone 7, Apple promised it would deliver up to 14 hours of internet use and 13 hours of video playback.
To confirm Apple’s claim, we will check out similar tests carried out by notebookcheck.com.
The first test we will consider is the web surfing test. The conditions for this test are 150 nits screen brightness, and WiFi turned on while new websites are opened every 30 seconds.
From the WiFi web surfing test, the iPhone 6S battery drained out in 8 hours and 12 minutes. Meanwhile, the battery of the iPhone 7 drained out at 8 hours 37 minutes in the WiFi web surfing test.
In comparison, the iPhone 7 delivered a 5% increase over its predecessor in the WiFi web surfing test.
The second test from Notebookcheck that we will look at is the HD video playback test. The conditions for this test also have screen brightness set to 150 nits, but this time, WiFi is turned off.
Consequently, the iPhone 6S lasted for 11 hours and 39 minutes in the video playback test. Whereas the iPhone 7 lasted for 12 hours and 2 minutes.
For comparison, the iPhone 7 delivered a 3% increase over its predecessor in the video loop test. Performance-wise, these runtimes are quite impressive, and not many competitors in the same category will exceed these run times.
Meanwhile, the battery runtimes from Notebookcheck’s battery test are quite in line with Apple’s claims, especially for the video playback tests. However, we can forgive the small disparities in performances based on the different testing conditions.
When it comes to charging the iPhone 6S and 7, Apple did not state that there is a fast charging technology in play. Hence, with the 5W equipped charger, it takes the iPhone 6S and 7 about 2 hours and 40 minutes to get completely charged.
Meanwhile, you can increase the charging speed by using faster chargers like 10W and above.
In conclusion, the iPhone 7 has a bigger battery capacity and a longer battery life. Hence, it is the winner once again.
Therefore, I will rate iPhone 7 a 9 in this battery life and talk time comparison section. On the other hand, I will rate the iPhone 6S an 8.
IPhone 6S vs IPhone 7 Storage Options and Performance Comparison
When it comes to storage, the iPhone 6S is available in four storage configurations. The entry-level configuration comes with a storage space of 16 GB which does not take a blink to get filled up.
In addition to the 16 GB configuration, the iPhone 6S also comes in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 comes in three storage configurations.
The baseline configuration comes with 32 GB of storage space. Meanwhile, the midrange and high-end configurations come with 128 GB and 256 GB of storage space respectively.
It is nice to see that the storage capacities from the iPhone 6S have now been doubled in iPhone 7. However, there is no 64 GB model on the iPhone 7.
Meanwhile, you won’t get access to the entire storage space that is because the operating system takes some allocation as well. For instance, on a 32 GB iPhone 7, you will have about 22.43 GB to store your apps, photos, videos, etc.
Whereas on a 128 GB iPhone 7 model, you will have about 115.53 GB for your use. For the 256 GB iPhone 7 model, you will have 243.41 GB for your personal use.
The 128 GB and 256 GB iPhone 7 models are most recommended because they leave sufficient storage space for your needs. However, do not forget that more storage capacity means more money!
Another thing to note is that iPhones do not offer external storage expansion. Hence, it is important to buy a storage configuration that will meet your storage needs sufficiently.
Meanwhile, iPhones are reputable for their storage backup, known as iCloud. With iCloud, you can be rest assured knowing your data are secured.
With iCloud, you do not have to worry about losing data even when you change your phone. iPhone users get 5 GB of iCloud space for free.
However, when the 5 GB gets filled up, you can subscribe for more spaces for a fee.
In conclusion, the iPhone 7 doubles the storage capacities provided by the iPhone 6S. Hence, the iPhone 7 gets the upper hand by delivering more storage space for your apps, movies, photos, and music.
Therefore, I will rate the iPhone 7 a 9 while I rate the iPhone 6S an 8.
IPhone 6S vs IPhone 7 Security Features and Sensors Comparison
When it comes to sensors, both the iPhone 6S and 7 are packed with six useful sensors. Speaking of these sensors, there is a fingerprint sensor, barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, and ambient light sensor.
The fingerprint sensor is located on the home button. It secures the phone by requiring your fingerprint authentication to perform some sensitive actions like unlocking your phone or making payments.
The next sensor up for discussion in this section is the barometer. A barometer sensor measures atmospheric pressure.
The barometer detects changes in air pressure caused by the weather. Impressively, barometers are the major player that enables smartphones to forecast weather conditions.
Barometers are also helpful in altitude detection; hence, with the help of the barometer, your phone can tell what floor you are on. It can also provide information about the number of floors you have climbed.
Moving on to the gyroscope, it measures the changes in rotational angles and directions along three axes. The importance of gyroscope in smartphones are numerous.
One of its importance is camera stabilization, which it helps to detect shakes and ensures stability in photos and videos. Another importance of the gyroscope is motion-sensing in video games and orientation changes.
Another sensor that contributes to changes in orientation is the accelerometer. An accelerometer, just like its name suggests, is used to measure the force of acceleration.
Unlike a gyroscope that measures rotational motion, the accelerometer measures linear motion. Meanwhile, the gyroscope and accelerometer work hand in hand when it comes to changing the orientation of a smartphone.
The accelerometer is not only important in changing the orientation, it can also count your steps in fitness and health apps. Additionally, the accelerometer provides information about your speed to driving apps.
Next up is the proximity sensor, which measures the proximity of the device’s screen to an external object. Its application is mostly seen when you pick up a call and move the phone to the ears.
The proximity sensor is located at the top of the screen, where it can easily detect the closeness of the screen to your ear. In response to the proximity detection, it switches off the screen.
Thankfully, switching off the screen helps to conserve battery power and prevent unintended screen touches.
The last sensor we will discuss in this section is the ambient light sensor. It measures the intensity of light around the phone and adjusts the phone’s brightness and temperature accordingly.
Features like Apple True Tone that we discussed in the display features section make use of the ambient light sensor. If you recall, I mentioned that the ambient light sensor is responsible for changing the screen brightness when auto-brightness is on.
If you are in a dark room, the ambient sensor will detect low light intensity. In response to that, it will automatically set the screen brightness to a minimum.
This will help the user to read better in the dark and also to protect the eyes.
In other instances where you are outdoors, the proximity sensor will detect high light intensity. In response to that, it will increase the screen brightness to its maximum.
Thereby improving screen legibility and readability.
In conclusion, the iPhone 6S and 7 pack an equal number of important sensors. Hence, they both get a draw in this category.
Therefore, I will rate the iPhone 6S and 7 an 8 in this security feature and sensors review section.
Our Rating Summary
|Rating Areas||iPhone 6S||iPhone 7||Notes/Comments|
|Design||7||8||Despite the disappointing absence of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, it makes up for this in some cunning way. It also excels in other areas, such as water resistance, more color options, and a cleaner look. Therefore, the iPhone 7 wins this design comparison category.|
|Display||7.5||8||The iPhone 7 display delivers an improved performance than the iPhone 6S. However, most of these improvements are not visible to the naked eye. However, when it comes to screen brightness, there is a significant increase. Hence, the iPhone 7 also wins this round.|
|Camera||8||9||The iPhone 7 has a higher front camera resolution. The rear camera also delivers improvements such as OIS, quad-LED flash, HEIF, and HEVC formats support. Hence, it is once again the winner.|
|Battery||8||9||The iPhone 7 has a bigger battery capacity and a longer battery life. Hence, it is my top pick once again.|
|Storage||8||9||The iPhone 7 doubles the storage capacities of the iPhone 6S. Hence, it provides a more reliable storage option. Therefore, it is my top pick for this category.|
|Security/Sensors||8||8||The iPhone 7 and 6S packs equal sensors, which puts them in a tie in this category.|
|Our Average Rating||7.8||8.5||On average, the iPhone 7 is the better iPhone model.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Design-wise, the first difference between the iPhone 6S and 7 is in their backplates. The iPhone 6S has prominent antenna lines running across its back.
Meanwhile, the antenna lines have been tucked into the edges of the iPhone 7, giving it a cleaner look. The iPhone 6S and 7 also differ in color availability.
The iPhone 6S has 4 color options, while the iPhone 7 has 6. Also, the iPhone 7 has an IP67 rating for water resistance.
Additionally, the iPhone 6S and 7 differ in their storage options, battery capacity, display, and camera. Finally, the internal components of the iPhone 6S and 7, such as their processor and RAM, also differ.
Based on this iPhone 6S vs iPhone 7 comparison review, the iPhone 7 is the better iPhone. It has an IP67 rating, a better camera, display, storage, battery, etc.
Yes, the iPhone 7 has a better battery than the iPhone 6S. Starting with the capacity, the iPhone 7 has a battery capacity of 1,960 mAh.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 6S has a battery capacity of 1,715 mAh. Performance-wise, the iPhone 7 has a better battery life than the iPhone 6S.
Speaking of which, the iPhone 7 lasted 12 hours and 2 minutes in a video playback test. Whereas the iPhone 6S lasted 11 hours 39 minutes in the same test.
The iPhone 7 has a small footprint; it measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (H x W x D) and also has a diagonal screen size of 4.7 inches. Hence, the iPhone 7 is a portable phone that can be held with one hand and is easy to take around.
The iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are good old affordable iPhones. Although Apple has updated them with the recent iOS, we fear their continuous support.
This is because Apple ideally supports its phone for a minimum of 5 years. However, in 2022 when this review was written, the iPhone 6S was already in its 7th year.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 is in its 6th year. Hence, the iPhone 6S and 7 might stop getting support very soon.
In conclusion, if the lack of system and security support bothers you, then these phones are not worth buying in 2022. However, if you’re not bothered about updates and supports, the iPhone 6S and 7 are still worth buying.
The iPhone 6S has no water-resistant feature; meanwhile, the iPhone 7 is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. Hence, an iPhone 7 should survive submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
The iPhone 6S is available in four storage configurations. The entry-level configuration comes with a storage space of 16 GB which does not take a blink to get filled up.
In addition to the 16 GB configurations, the iPhone 6S also comes in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations.
At the time this article was written in January 2022, the iPhone 6S starts at $106.91 on Amazon. Meanwhile, iPhone 7 starts at $142.91.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 does not support portrait mode due to its lack of a telephoto camera. However, you can get a similar bokeh effect from third-party apps like FabFocus.
The iPhone 7 has a 7 MP front camera, while the iPhone 6S has a 5 MP front camera. Hence, the selfie performance of the iPhone 7 is better than that of the iPhone 6S.
For the rear cameras, although both models have a resolution of 12MP, the iPhone 7 camera has shown some improvements. One of the improvements is optical image stabilization (OIS).
OIS helps to stabilize pictures and videos and reduces blur in low-light images.
My Final Thoughts
If you are not bothered that the iPhone 6S and 7 might not get the next iOS update, then your main concern should be which of them to buy.
A major factor people consider when choosing a phone to buy is the price. That being said, at the time we published this review (January 2022), the iPhone 6S starts at $106.91.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 starts at $142.91. However, you should note that the prices are subject to change from time to time.
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