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84 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

Not content to sit on their laurels and simply improve on the stellar iOS 6, or to let the hardware changes to the iPhone 5s do all the speaking this year for them, Apple went back to the drawing board and rethought the user interface on their aging operating system.

iOS 7 tosses out the old ornamental, object-based design in favor of a a flatter interface that is "much more intuitive," according to PC Mag, and IGN says that "navigating menus and making selections is more streamlined." With the new Control Center, users can now "swipe up from the bottom of the screen, no matter what app you are in, and get easy access to specific settings," says ABC News, and TechCrunch calls it "incredibly useful." There have also been changes to how iOS 7 handles multitasking, and core apps have been redesigned to match the new aesthetic, but overall, it "isn’t a big change functionally from what we’re all used to with iOS 6," according to the Loop. Users who pick up an iPhone 5s (or 5c) will get iOS 7 automatically with their device, and Forbes feels that "iOS 7 is, in many ways, an advertisement for the iPhone 5S."

But, the decision to upgrade is not so simple for users of older devices, with Forbes also noting that "animated transitions sometimes stutter on the iPhone 4" and AnandTech finds "performance however on the iPhone 4 and iPad 3 leaves a lot to be desired." If you upgrade to iOS 7, you'll be trading speed for convenience, which is worth it for some users but, for others, may be a reason "not to upgrade immediately," says Macworld. However, the tradeoff is also not a reason "not to upgrade ever," since Macworld also notes that "as third-party apps start to be built around its new capabilities and embrace its new design, I think there will be even more to recommend it to users." Gizmodo says, "if you like your iPhone just fine the way it is, you might want to wait." Just don't wait too long.
84 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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80
Jakelegofilms
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
BambooSandwich
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
100
45lol
I's the best OS ever. It's very easy to use, it's flat, simple and very colourful....read more
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Average Critic Score
 
90
GSM Arena
Of course, the new design and features will inevitably be compared to competing platforms but ... it looks like the hardware (read iPhone 5S and 5C) has more to worry about the comparisons than the software, which at this point seems a job really well done.
 
90
USA Today
In my view, iOS is still simpler to use than Android, and made even simpler in iOS 7. Apple releases the new operating system for all of its phones at one time, while Android updates come to devices in a more scattered fashion. And Apple still claims the most apps.
 
90
TechCrunch
There’s no question that iOS 7 will be a dramatic change from the iOS many users already know and love, but on balance it’s an update packed with plenty of new features that make using Apple’s mobile devices easier and more enjoyable.
 
80
CNET
Much like the iPhone 5 was to iPhone hardware last year, iOS 7 is a soup-to-nuts graphical and design overhaul: familiar apps have new layouts, Siri has been greatly enhanced to do more and show more, and there are even new ringtones and alert sounds to play with.
 
100
The Loop
Nobody likes change, but sometimes change is for the best. iOS 7 is one of those changes.
 
90
AllThingsD
There are too many new features in iOS 7 to list here, but it’s a big improvement. The icons have been redesigned to be flatter and simpler, but they appear to float over your wallpaper, giving the effect of depth. Many elements are translucent, subtly changing shades to match the wallpaper color.
 
90
New York Times
I think you should install it. The structure, layout and features represent some of Apple’s best work. The look of iOS 7 — well, that judgment is up to you.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
Ive hasn't re-invented the wheel though, and there are no groundbreaking moments that will make you bolt upright in the middle of the night and wonder why a certain feature didn't exist before. But you will enjoy the new crisper, cleaner look.
 
80
Associated Press
Although I dismissed many of the changes as cosmetic, a few of them improve functionality ... These are all nice touches that make upgrading well worth it, especially for something free. You don't necessarily need a new phone.
 
80
Ars Technica
What I’m much more qualified to do is paraphrase The Simpsons, which as usual has a quote that sums up just about everything I think about iOS 7 in one succinct swoop: “I’m no [design] critic, but I know what I hate. And I don’t hate this.”
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