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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).

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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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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
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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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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
90
TechRadar
If you aren't desperate to get your hands on iOS 7, wait for the 7.0.1 that we're sure is imminent. That said, if you don't mind the odd teething problem iOS 7 will make your device feel brand new all over again. We think you'll like it a lot.
 
80
TrustedReviews
Yes, iOS 7 is a huge step forward for iOS, and it still trumps Android for simplicity and elegance, but it has nothing that Google or Microsoft urgently needs to copy, imitate or fear. It's a wonderfully competent, pure and seamless experience, but it's not a revolution.
 
80
ABC News
Yes, iOS 7 is a big change, but it is one that is worthwhile and finally pulls us away from the first iPhone that was introduced six years ago. Apple had to change and now so do we.
 
90
IGN
iOS 7 is a notable leap forward for the platform — not just in terms of form, but function. Even with the significant design and feature improvements, however, there's still room to grow.
 
80
Macworld
In my opinion, there’s a lot to love about iOS 7, even with its rough edges. 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.
 
90
iMore
I've been using iOS 7 since June, through all the betas, on all my main devices. I know from its messy. But it's also damn good. Excellent even.
 
80
Gizmodo
If you like your iPhone just fine the way it is, you might want to wait. The new features are neat and useful and all that. They are new, though. And sometimes new stuff is confusing. Sure, it's pretty. But just because something's pretty doesn't mean it's for you.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
Apple's iOS 7 software offers a sleek modern design, easier settings access, and better multitasking, but it still trails Android in some areas.
 
70
phoneArena
The result will surely not appeal to everyone, but if we give it some time, we believe it'll be quite easy to adjust to iOS 7. After all, it's still a great OS with tons of advanced functionality and the richest app ecosystem around.
 
90
PC Mag
iOS 7 marks a major turn for Apple's mobile operating system, both visually and in all it has to offer. Users will embrace the long list of new features with open arms, and the design is a breath of fresh air. There's still room for improvement, to be sure, but iOS has truly blossomed.
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