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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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Score Breakdown

 
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Average user Score
 
70
Amlbeats
02.10.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
80
joshdayf1
01.26.14
I am very impressed with iOS 7. I have it on my iPhone 4 and iPad mini. It performs very well on the iPad but it on and off when using the iPhone 4. Probably because it is the oldest supported iOS 7 device. Love the new colours on it, and how it has remained so easy to use.
 
100
yfabian
01.15.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
alaap
01.15.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
AD11AMJ
01.09.14
It's a great iOS, some parts are better than the last but other parts aren't as good, I have an iPad 2 and it is still just as fast as it was with the original iOS that came on it. Some parts are slow but I can live with that for the amount I use it.
 
10
iDontInnovate
12.29.13
Its buggy, it's ugly. cannot wait for tweaks and fixes in Cydia, to help me live with this OS a bit longer :(
 
90
leguis
12.09.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
tperlmutter
12.03.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
frenchbrit
11.27.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
SunGm
11.25.13
I ve been useing ios from 2007 and i love it !
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