May 1st 2013 9:59 am

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ease of use For many, and for me, it will just take time to get used to, but it's familiar enough to be easy to use good
  • Speed Don't get me wrong the OS is fast, but there are some animations and transitions that take time to complete and get in the way of quick actions. so-so
  • Configurability It's as configurable as it needs to be, iOS is not for you if you want widgets good
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.) No comments great!
  • Openness Not as open as other operating systems, but I actually prefer that it isn't. With AirDrop and background refresh, this version is a step in the right direction. good
Detailed review
I installed the first beta of iOS 7 and found the change a bit of a shock to the system. I also found it to be very very buggy so it wasn't the best experience. Of course, that was the beta.

As you'd expect, the full release has the finish you'd expect from Apple and while some of the changes are more radical than others, they've largely been for the better.

The depth introduced through things like the transparent keyboard are very nice touches and you only realise how nice when apps still not updated show you the old blue/grey keyboard.

The notification centre isn't doing what it's promised for me yet, namely showing traffic details, but I hope that will come with a bit more time. Automatic background updates are a welcome feature but out of habit, I check the App Store anyway, something I need to remember is not necessary.

I find the system-wide gestures a bit annoying. They were highlighted in the iOS 7 keynote, but they are definitely not system wide, but I prefer clicking on a button anyway so for now, it's not that much of a bother to me.

A lot of people will find the change difficult from iOS 6 to 7, but over time I'm sure they'll grow to love it.
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Edited comment on Openness