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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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User Reviews

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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81
Average user Score
 
80
Jakelegofilms
07.11.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
BambooSandwich
08.13.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
45lol
07.06.14
I's the best OS ever. It's very easy to use, it's flat, simple and very colourful. I really like the new UI. It's also very stable, but still not as stable as iOS 6, so I can't wait for iOS 8. So much better than Android !!!!!
 
80
bl4k3r
06.01.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
60
Danielle
05.28.14
The flattening of the GUI is a bad idea, and their is no differentiation between feel in distinguishing app from content when working on it, which has made it harder to use. Howver the way it processes and works, and it hardly freezes and stalls when awakened from sleep when you have to access it quickly.
 
100
Aidan888
05.25.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
arcraig
05.18.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
20
MahmedElgahwagi
04.01.14
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
90
winterjoey
03.31.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
50
Sigil
03.27.14
iOS 7 is still buggy. Moreover, it underperforms to some degree on all compatible iDevices, but more so on the older generations. Apple should allow downgrading, especially for older devices. iOS 7 has some welcome tweaks, but it simply wasn't ready. The latest update introduced a new bug. If you have more than than x amount of apps, the device will crash and restart often.
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