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Is The New iPhone 6s Worth It?

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    The iPhone 6s doesn't go on sale until Friday, but Refinery29 got the chance to test drive the new iPhone a little early. If you've been wondering whether it's worth upgrading this time around, wonder no further. We took Apple's latest from the streets of California to the beaches of Hawaii to answer: What's it really like to use the iPhone 6s?

    In short: terrific. The iPhone 6s builds and improves upon its predecessor in just about every way. Both cameras are vastly improved, Touch ID is significantly faster, battery life is superb. Sure, Apple has reinvented the wheel a bit here, but additions such as the iPhone’s new 3D Touch capability — which lets you press the phone’s screen to pull up shortcut menus for apps like Messages, Camera, and Calendar, or “peek” at a website link without actually opening the page — feel like a fresh way to navigate your handset rather than a rusty rehashing of the trusty old right-click.

    Related: How To Use The iPhone 6s

    While it looks the same as an iPhone 6 (save for the handsome new rose-gold color option), the iPhone 6s is a big step forward. Thanks to a speedier processor, 3D Touch, and a number of other iPhone 6s and iOS 9 features, you can get things done on your phone more efficiently than ever before. This means less time spent tapping, swiping, and waiting on its 4.7-inch display, and more time spent doing whatever else you love to do — and taking photos and videos of those moments.

    Related: 24 Things You Can Only Do On The iPhone 6s



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    Apple introduced a new camera feature for the 6s to help capture such moments: Live Photos. Live Photos records the second or so before and after you hit your camera’s shutter, resulting in something between a video and a GIF. It can capture the happy chatter before a group photo, the crashing of waves on sand, or the way a flower flutters in the breeze. Perfecting the Live Photo requires a slight change in behavior — instead of snapping a picture and lowering your phone immediately afterward, you need to hold the phone still before and after you tap the shutter (a Live Photo update is on the way to correct for this, ending the Live Photo if you raise or drop the camera suddenly).

    While a pre-planned Live Photo glamour shot turns out feeling like a well-manicured Instagram, I actually found the more impromptu and accidental Live Photos more entertaining: one of my boyfriend where he says “I think these sunglasses make me look fat,” and another of a hen pecking at someone’s leftover breakfast biscuit on the ground. These are the things that make you smile and chuckle and really remember what an experience was like — the things you may have forgotten if you’d only snapped the photo you were planning to take. If social media platforms start letting you post Live Photos to networks soon (and Facebook does plan to), I think Live Photos could take off in a big way. I certainly had fun taking them — lots of them.

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