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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

Engadget Review

iOS 8 feels a bit like Apple playing catch-up; the update includes many features that Android users have been enjoying for years. Nonetheless, the upgrade goes a long way in giving the iPhone and iPad a better user experience.

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Pros
  • Apps can now interact with other apps
  • Support for third-party keyboards
  • Manual camera controls
  • Continuity lets you easily move between devices
  • Family Sharing
  • Actionable notifications
Cons
  • "Hey Siri" command only works when phone is plugged in
  • iCloud Drive files should be easier to access
  • Developers still can't touch Control Center
  • Few improvements to Apple Maps
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

50
Jakelegofilms
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
90
s3nnh3is3r
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
Benru
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average user Score
 
50
Jakelegofilms
07.11.15
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
 
90
s3nnh3is3r
12.31.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
Benru
11.23.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
70
LeslieBee
11.20.14
Seems to be fine from what I can tell using it on my old 4S as an iPod. Haven't noticed anything slow or stuff others have complained about.I like the predictive writing feature. But sometimes it changes what I've selected because it thinks it knows better. Noooo!!! When I select something, it's because I wanted that! Oh well, I guess Apple has to slowly roll out upgrades to keep us interested in them.Haven't yet upgraded my newer iPhone or iPad from 7.1. Waiting for the next iOS jb to do that. I just hope this time they delay until Apple has released updates for their watch and patched the inevitable bugs. I can wait until February, like the past two years. Pangu team, are you listening?!! 7.1 works quite nicely, especially with all my jb's installed on it. I'd rather wait to have stable software than have less than one month of a useable jb. UGH!
 
80
jedimasterjt
10.05.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
videek
09.26.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Brbarian
09.22.14
As many have already stated, this is a fantastic update to iOS but it is also largely a catch up to Android. My biggest gripe after making the switch to an iPhone from an Android phone has been the lack of Swype support. I'm a little bummed it cost me a buck - and that it doesn't always start when the keyboard does, but it's a million times better than the stock iOS keyboard. I still don't know why Apple doesn't bake this functionality in to their stock keyboard, but maybe there's hope now that they've at least added support for it. I'm running this latest iOS version on an old iPhone 4s. I don't know off the issues I've had are hardware or software related, or most likely a combination of the two, but I've had many more instances of programs stuttering/freezing or being slow to respond in general after updating. I had previously only had one freeze up with iOS 7, but with iOS 8 there have been a handful in the first week. My most common issue is just long delays in apps starting, loading contacts, or switching between apps. This even happens despite closing out applications when I'm not using them anymore - to keep resources freed up. As a whole, I'm frustrated with the lag my phone has when running the new iOS, but can bear it with the sorely needed support for Swype.
 
90
nutcase84
09.20.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
Miioff
06.03.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
SimonHenriksen
06.03.14
It's a great software, but there aren't the big difference between iOS 7 and 8. The new health app hasn't got any applications yet, so there really aren't any big differences. Although theres the new spotlight. Spotlight got a lot bette, and I can't wait to try it out on Mac. Little fun fact: The bug report app doesn't work... Is that a bug or just a bad joke?