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Captain America

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So I've got a 6 Plus right now, and I'm on the fence about where I want to head as far as my next phone goes. I've been quite disappointed with the poor performance of the 6 Plus with regards to how damn often it felt the need to reload tabs/apps if I switched between like 3 of them.

So my question is, how much better is it? Any specific examples? If it's not that much better, then I'm pretty sure I'm going to switch teams and go to the S6 Edge+.

I'm not eligible for an upgrade for a couple months which sucks, so bonus question: Does the Verizon payment plan thing seem like a waste of money? With my credit score of ~620, I don't think I could be approved for the Apple upgrade program.

Thanks :)


Edit: Also forgot I generally don't like the battery life on the 6 Plus much either, and an S6 is better in that regard too. I know it's a bit early, but how does it compare?
 
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So I've got a 6 Plus right now, and I'm on the fence about where I want to head as far as my next phone goes. I've been quite disappointed with the poor performance of the 6 Plus with regards to how damn often it felt the need to reload tabs/apps if I switched between like 3 of them.

So my question is, how much better is it? Any specific examples? If it's not that much better, then I'm pretty sure I'm going to switch teams and go to the S6 Edge+.

I'm not eligible for an upgrade for a couple months which sucks, so bonus question: Does the Verizon payment plan thing seem like a waste of money? With my credit score of ~620, I don't think I could be approved for the Apple upgrade program.

Thanks :)

Seems like no one can get approved for the Apple Upgrade program!

The phone is quicker. Safari tabs don't reload. And for that reason alone the RAM thing is worth it. Other than that though I'm not sure I'm discerning enough to notice such a difference. Maybe my favorite thing though is not having to press the home button to get to the app switcher. It feels more like real multitasking now.
 

Surf Monkey

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You mean for the upgrade thing? How does your credit compare to my crap score?

Well, mine is actually REALLY hard to beat. It's 740 last time I checked. The scale doesn't go much higher than that. Additionally, the Apple employee looked kind of surprised when I qualified. They must have exceptionally tight standards for the credit line. Weird.
 

sunking101

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So I've got a 6 Plus right now, and I'm on the fence about where I want to head as far as my next phone goes. I've been quite disappointed with the poor performance of the 6 Plus with regards to how damn often it felt the need to reload tabs/apps if I switched between like 3 of them.

So my question is, how much better is it? Any specific examples? If it's not that much better, then I'm pretty sure I'm going to switch teams and go to the S6 Edge+.

I'm not eligible for an upgrade for a couple months which sucks, so bonus question: Does the Verizon payment plan thing seem like a waste of money? With my credit score of ~620, I don't think I could be approved for the Apple upgrade program.

Thanks :)


Edit: Also forgot I generally don't like the battery life on the 6 Plus much either, and an S6 is better in that regard too. I know it's a bit early, but how does it compare?

You'll seriously struggle to beat the 6+ battery life. An S6 Edge Plus might have a longer time when browsing or watching a video in airplane mode but with so many background activities going on in Android they won't touch an iPhone in day to day real life use
 

Knowlege Bomb

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Well, mine is actually REALLY hard to beat. It's 740 last time I checked. The scale doesn't go much higher than that. Additionally, the Apple employee looked kind of surprised when I qualified. They must have exceptionally tight standards for the credit line. Weird.

Do you mean an 840? Because the scale ranges from 450 to 850. I had an 810 the last time I checked but I couldn't sign up for the program because my driver's license isn't current with my address.
 

Captain America

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I don't want to start a new thread about this, but I also haven't received any real responses about the performance yet, so hoping this bump gets me some. I feel like it's a legitimate one.
 

Whtchdr

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The performance is much improved over the 6 Plus. You can switch between apps a lot quicker and they do not reload as often. Apps also load faster in general. I haven't experienced any dropped frames in the UI, and overall responsiveness is terrific. I had the 6 Plus as a near daily driver for the past year and the difference is night and day.
 

bpeeps

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I don't want to start a new thread about this, but I also haven't received any real responses about the performance yet, so hoping this bump gets me some. I feel like it's a legitimate one.
I broke two of my fingers from all of the hardcore multitasking opening 95 Safari tabs, streaming Beats 1, and typing a poem for my baby momma on my 6S. How's that work for you?
 

Captain America

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Im definitely seeing a difference from the Plus to the S Plus. Apps no longer instantly refresh every time you switch between them. I've had more than ten open and they go right back to where I left off.

The performance is much improved over the 6 Plus. You can switch between apps a lot quicker and they do not reload as often. Apps also load faster in general. I haven't experienced any dropped frames in the UI, and overall responsiveness is terrific. I had the 6 Plus as a near daily driver for the past year and the difference is night and day.

This is very good to hear. Now if I can get my hands on one without waiting weeks (or buying from scalpers)...
 

sunking101

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Im definitely seeing a difference from the Plus to the S Plus. Apps no longer instantly refresh every time you switch between them. I've had more than ten open and they go right back to where I left off.
Can you open say the Amazon app, dial in a search and look at a few items. Then go to YouTube and watch a clip. Then go to Safari and load up a data-heavy site such as a non-mobile site newspaper & spend some time in it.
Now go back to Amazon, does it reload? How about YouTube, and finally back to Safari? Thanks in advance.
 
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Whtchdr

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Can you open say the Amazon app, dial in a search and look at a few items. Then go to YouTube and watch a clip. Then go to Safari and load up a data-heavy site such as a non-mobile site newspaper & spend some time in it.
Now go back to Amazon, does it reload? How about YouTube, and finally back to Safari? Thanks in advance.
I just tried the example you asked for, and there was no reloading of any of the apps. I was able to switch back and forth between them in any order and they all picked up exactly where I left off.
 

Lobwedgephil

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I'm seeing a pretty huge difference. Tweetbot on my 6 would crash all of the time, hasn't crashed once on 6s+, guessing the ram.
 

Cnasty

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I got an iPad Air 2 a couple days ago and it feels just as fast if not faster with how damn quick it is and the non issue of refreshing. It's so....refreshing ;)
 

11bE5

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It's stupid fast for me compared to my og iPhone 6+ I love it it feels very fluid, I have read a few posters state they had lag, but it seemed to be an ios9 problem due to them restoring their phones from a back up. Free I updated to 9.0.1 set up as a new phone and started from scratch it's been fluid as heck.
 

Captain America

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Can you open say the Amazon app, dial in a search and look at a few items. Then go to YouTube and watch a clip. Then go to Safari and load up a data-heavy site such as a non-mobile site newspaper & spend some time in it.
Now go back to Amazon, does it reload? How about YouTube, and finally back to Safari? Thanks in advance.

I just tried the example you asked for, and there was no reloading of any of the apps. I was able to switch back and forth between them in any order and they all picked up exactly where I left off.

I take back my jizz (ew).

Just did the above on my OG 6 Plus, and there was no reloading. I guess the test wasn't hardcore enough lol.
 

Smtevo

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Seems like no one can get approved for the Apple Upgrade program!

The phone is quicker. Safari tabs don't reload. And for that reason alone the RAM thing is worth it. Other than that though I'm not sure I'm discerning enough to notice such a difference. Maybe my favorite thing though is not having to press the home button to get to the app switcher. It feels more like real multitasking now.

How can you not hit the home button now to switch apps? Force touch somehow?
 

sunking101

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I take back my jizz (ew).

Just did the above on my OG 6 Plus, and there was no reloading. I guess the test wasn't hardcore enough lol.
Did you really spend a good 10 mins in each app/browser tab? I could quickly flick between them all on my 6+ but any longer and it would reload. Perhaps I didn't set a stringent enough test...

This would definitely cause my old 6+ to reload. Open up the Ebay app and dial in a seach. Look at a few items, then go and see the price of that item on the Amazon app. Then go and find a retailer's website on safari to check prices. Then open another browser tab and find a review of the item you've been looking at. Now go back to Ebay and see if it reloads, then check Amazon again, and finally Safari.
 

Whtchdr

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Did you really spend a good 10 mins in each app/browser tab? I could quickly flick between them all on my 6+ but any longer and it would reload. Perhaps I didn't set a stringent enough test...

This would definitely cause my old 6+ to reload. Open up the Ebay app and dial in a seach. Look at a few items, then go and see the price of that item on the Amazon app. Then go and find a retailer's website on safari to check prices. Then open another browser tab and find a review of the item you've been looking at. Now go back to Ebay and see if it reloads, then check Amazon again, and finally Safari.
I just went back and accessed those same apps through the task switcher and they were still where I left them. I've used the phone all day just like I did my old 6 Plus, and I havent seen reloading on any apps other than the two games I played, Boom Beach and Star Wars Commander. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to script a situation that causes the phone to eject apps from memory, but I will only be impressed if it performs well running the tasks that I find important on a daily basis. So far, so good.
 

justinf77

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I went from a 6+ to a 6s+ and the speed improvement is dramatic. Everything on this phone is lightning fast now, whereas before I was getting a ton of lag and frequent hiccups.

Absolutely thrilled with the performance, it's exactly the type of improvement I was hoping for.
 
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