Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
It’s been six months since the iPhone 6S Plus broke cover and about five months since we gave it our first look in Pocketnow’s iPhone 6S Plus review. I’ve spent the intervening time on a variety of Android- and Windows 10-powered smartphones (and even an Android-running BlackBerry) so returning to the stark simplicity of iOS was jarring at first. But then I remembered that this was no ordinary iPhone; this was an S-model running iOS 9. That means that behind every bezel hides a slide-out panel packing a load of toggles and features; that the crazy new taptic feedback has replaced the boring old vibration motor of yore; that accessing another layer of the software is sometimes as simple as pressing a little harder on the screen.
On today’s episode of After The Buzz, we take a longer look at the ups and downs of owning an iPhone in 2016 – Plus model or otherwise. Join us for the re-review below, and then be sure to check out our initial review from 2015 (or its companion video at bottom)!