Thoughts After About a Month and a Half with the 6s Plus

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by IphoneIssues, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    Well, it's been about a month and a half.

    I made a little review about 24 hours after I got the phone, and I realize that was a bit premature, but I had to express my satisfaction with this device. For anybody who wants to see what I said there, here:

    I still feel much the same. The battery is fantastic. Charging it about once every 24 hours. Far fewer bugs. I might need to kill an app once or twice a week. Updates are much more frequent than on the Samsung device I came from, where I might get an update like every 5 months.

    Now, for some more significant stuff I didn't mention.

    Siri has been pretty useful. I've been using it to ask random things, set alarms and play music. There's a few issues with it though. I notice, sometimes, I'll be driving, and I'll tell it to play something, and it will say that I need to be connected to wifi (I have cellular data off for Music), but I have the songs downloaded to my phone. I'm able to solve this by saying, "Play SongName by ArtistName", followed by, "In my library". Though, sometimes I forget I need to say that, and so I need to turn on Siri again. Just wish I didn't have to do that, but it sounds like a bug that will get fixed soon. Also, I recently discovered that I can activate Siri, while the controltalk headphones are in, by holding down on the center button, so this is a nice feature.

    "Hey Siri" activation can be spotty. Sometimes I'll sit there, and say it several times, with the phone right in front of my face, but I won't be able to activate it. Then, I'll be having a conversation with somebody, and my phone will be sitting in front of my, I notice "Hey Siri" will randomly be activated by something I said. It seems to always be activated perfectly when I try to trigger it in my car though, so who knows what's going on there.

    I still find myself trying to remember to use 3D Touch somewhat. It's completely unnecessary, but it's a really cool, useful feature. I use it to peek and pop, most of the time.

    I've been using Apple Music since about late October. Switched over from Spotify. Basically, I did it for the Siri integration. I was able to find everything on Apple Music except for one album, but I also then found two albums that weren't on Spotify. Only issue I have is some stuff is on iTunes, but not on Apple Music, and I see they'll make only certain songs on certain albums available on Apple Music. All in all though, for me, it's been an alright experience. I like that I can put stuff in iTunes, then be able to get it on my phone, without having to plug it up to the computer.

    Also, a couple strange things with the Music App. About a week ago, I noticed a couple of darkened areas near the top when I had the music app opened. I got a little concerned that something had happened to cause the screen to be damaged, but those darkened areas aren't there, at all, when I have other things open. Even when I turn the phone off and on, and there's the black apple on the completely white screen, those smudge-looking marks are not there. They only appear when the Music app is open.


    Also, I'll notice that the music app will randomly stop playing sometimes. I started to notice that it seems to be doing that repeatedly, but only on certain songs. I'll see if I can re-download those songs and it will resolve things.

    Been getting some nice us out of the camera. It's funny. I didn't really think I would need front-facing flash, but I needed to take a picture of something yesterday, and I was about to have to go into another room, but then I realized I had flash on the front. Already mentioned the picture quality was nice. I still need to learn how to use all of the settings, so I can fully take advantage of this.

    Another noteworthy thing is the gaming experience. If you don't play games, you might not be interested in this though.

    In the Play store, for my Note 3, there weren't many choices. And most of the games were based off of the same thing (variations of controlling a constantly accelerating object in a two-dimensional space, and role playing/tower defense games). That stuff didn't really appeal to me, but there are far more choices on iOS. Still, I was reluctant to use these games as anything but time wasters (I've got an Xbox One and a PS4, so I had the mindset to keep the serious gaming on those). The quality of games is impressive, though, and then I had a realization. The 6s Plus screen is bigger than the PSP Slim's screen:


    Between the size and the quality of the available games, I can really take this seriously as a handheld gaming device now.

    And, not just games, but as far as regular apps go, there's a much larger selection. Even the same ones I used on Android seem to have more features available on the iOS versions.

    So, to sum it all up, still very satisfied.
  2. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Aren't the "smudges" in the music app just the background blurred to match album art?
  3. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    If you are not on it already the 9.2 beta latest update is nice but should be out very soon.

    Yeah I was sitting on 5S 64 gb waiting for this update it's pretty awesome. The 2 gb of RAM is a significant improvement along with being able to get 128 gb storage.
  4. IphoneIssues thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    They could be. I just saw all those threads about darker areas on the screen and then I noticed those spots last week, so I might be a little paranoid.

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