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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ease of use Improvement over iOS 6 great!
  • Speed Good on iPhone 5 good
  • Configurability The usual iOS fare good
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.) Apple's App Store is still #1 great!
  • Openness Improvement in available APIs for 3rd party developers. good
Detailed review
Is iOS 7 everything it could have been? No. Is iOS 7 everything it should have been? Not quite. But nonetheless iOS 7 is a decent step forward in the right direction. And despite the criticism over a choice of colours of the behaviour of the folders, the version as a whole is worthwhile.

I suspect the foundation has been laid for a new set of UI/UX elements that have been deliberately omitted from this release, partially because some at Apple measure them to be 'not ready' and partially because yet others at Apple believe there is such a thing as 'too much innovation'.

Be that as it may, I am enjoying my iPhone 5 with iOS 7 more so than with iOS 6. My colleagues using Android based phones know I never make apologies for Apple, they are still behind the contenders in terms of UI/UX, and their ecosystem lead and brand will guard them only so much.