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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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60
anothergreattec
11.22.13
Apple can do way better , just allow the users to be free in personalizing everything on the phone and tablet. This is android will continue to be number one.
 
60
drkokandy
11.18.13
I should probably mention as a disclaimer that I only use iOS 7 on the iPad, since my iPod Touch (4th Gen) does not have an upgrade path available.The first day after I upgraded to iOS 7 on my iPad (4th Gen, Retina), I had to put it down and walk away. The swooshing, blurring, candy colors, and moving wallpaper made me dizzy.After a few weeks, I've gotten more used to it, but still I'm really ambivalent about iOS 7. In a lot of ways, it's still the same old easy-to-use system, just with a different look and feel. At the same time, you the user have just as few options to configure it as you ever have. Don't like the new look? Too bad. Wish you could adjust the swooshing or wallpaper tilt? You can turn it on or off, no configuration in between.Some things are better: The control panel is great. It's very nice to have those controls available with just a swipe. (Although I often bring it up accidentally). Airdrop is nice to have (although why call it the same name as an incompatible Mac feature?). And enabling apps to actually run in the background is great (although several of my apps don't do this correctly or well yet).There were a few changes for the worse: several older apps will no longer function on the new system. The easy swipe up for the control panel means I often bring it up by accident. I mentioned earlier incompatibilities between Airdrop and Airdrop.All in all, iOS 7 is better at a few things, worse at a few things, but still not much improved since the grid of static app icons we had years ago.
 
20
arunanto
11.17.13
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
90
clsaito
11.15.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
alderete
11.14.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
Beka
11.10.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
crlslvn
11.10.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
pachm
11.08.13
despite the negativity i have heard i love the new format.
 
80
amudyfir
11.06.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
agami
11.05.13
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.
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