I know I'm late to this but iOS 5/6 was way faster and easy to use than 7

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
Anyone else agree? The animations are aesthetically pleasing but slow the phone down significantly, specifically opening and closing apps and navigating Safari. It's laggy and choppy/strobey like older droids.

Another thing is does anyone notice it's a lot less responsive? The keyboard, clicking "buttons" and links. I find myself hitting things multiple times to get a response.
 
Last edited:

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,086
2,055
Oregon
Anyone else agree? The animations are aesthetically pleasing but slow the phone down significantly, specifically opening and closing apps and navigating Safari. It's laggy and choppy/strobey like older droids.

Another thing is does anyone notice it's a lot less responsive? The keyboard, clicking "buttons" and links. I find myself hitting things multiple times to get a response.
I don't find iOS 7 laggy or choppy, but I don't feel that vanilla Android is either.

To which version of Android are you making this comparison? What Android hardware?
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
I don't find iOS 7 laggy or choppy, but I don't feel that vanilla Android is either.

To which version of Android are you making this comparison? What Android hardware?
Idk, I just remember the early droids weren't as smooth.

Are you using a 4S or a 5/5S?
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,086
2,055
Oregon
Idk, I just remember the early droids weren't as smooth.
Up until a few months ago I was running a HTC One with the Google Play Edition ROM, basically vanilla Android. It was fast and buttery smooth. Most of the new phones are VERY capable.

Are you using a 4S or a 5/5S?
I'm using a 5s. My wife had a 4s running iOS 7 for a few months and she didn't have any complaints. I didn't spend a lot of time using it, so there may have been some lag there that she just didn't notice. It seems to run pretty well on my iPad mini, but it just seems unfinished on the iPad.
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
Up until a few months ago I was running a HTC One with the Google Play Edition ROM, basically vanilla Android. It was fast and buttery smooth. Most of the new phones are VERY capable.

I'm using a 5s. My wife had a 4s running iOS 7 for a few months and she didn't have any complaints. I didn't spend a lot of time using it, so there may have been some lag there that she just didn't notice. It seems to run pretty well on my iPad mini, but it just seems unfinished on the iPad.
That's cool. Ya I'm gonna try to sell my 4S on eBay and get a 5/5S.
 

MattMJB0188

macrumors 68000
Dec 28, 2009
1,919
340
iOS 5 and 6 were much, much faster on their respectable devices, but iOS 7.1 runs fine on the 5S.
 

MattMJB0188

macrumors 68000
Dec 28, 2009
1,919
340
Yeah. Should I have stuck w my 4S w 5.01?
5.1 was the OS to run on the 4.S. Battery life sucked on 5.0.1. Only bad thing I can think of on 5.1 is that stupid AT&T called their 3G "4G". I remember everyone thought their then 6 month old iPhone 4S was magically 4G capable. I laughed a lot when they did that.
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
5.1 was the OS to run on the 4.S. Battery life sucked on 5.0.1. Only bad thing I can think of on 5.1 is that stupid AT&T called their 3G "4G". I remember everyone thought their then 6 month old iPhone 4S was magically 4G capable. I laughed a lot when they did that.
Oh I thought 5.1 worsened battery life
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
5.1 was the OS to run on the 4.S. Battery life sucked on 5.0.1. Only bad thing I can think of on 5.1 is that stupid AT&T called their 3G "4G". I remember everyone thought their then 6 month old iPhone 4S was magically 4G capable. I laughed a lot when they did that.
Have you noticed how off the responsiveness is?
 

mKTank

macrumors 68000
Jul 2, 2010
1,537
3
I maintain that the best phone on the planet would be an iPhone 5S running iOS 6.1.x. iOS 7 is way too ugly and clunky compared to the 6+ years of engineering and design that went into iOS 6.
 

lordofthereef

macrumors G5
Nov 29, 2011
12,871
3,408
Boston, MA
Slower? Not in my experience (although I only have/had an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.x to compare to and iPhone 5S running 7.x)

Easier to use? I guess that is more subjective than speed, but I had no issues transitioning. Neither has my mom, who is nearing 70 and made a huge deal when I gave her my old 4S (was on 6.x at the time) and since upgraded to 7 (yes, there is definite slowdown on that device).

I think they may have been a little... aggressive with the animations (such as that pointless 3D effect with the accelerometer), but whatever. I ma pretty happy with it.

My biggest gripe is crashes due to the music app (specifically when playing radio for me). Loading the app when something else was loaded often causes the entire OS to crash. I have read of similar issues with the calendar app, though I have not run into them myself.
 

ElectronGuru

macrumors 65816
Sep 5, 2013
1,492
361
Oregon, USA
It's the same thing that's been happening for 100 [computer] years. New hardware comes out, new software comes out to take advantage of the new hardware, old hardware doesn't feel as crisp and eventually becomes obsolete.

It's not a big deal and it certainly isn't new. You have old hardware you want it to run it's best, get software closer to when it debuted. Apple's in a the death match with Google and Samsung and can't not add features. New features take a tax on the systems.

If you need to upgrade, turn off as many features as you can, starting in Accesability.
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
47,538
16,044
Anyone else agree? The animations are aesthetically pleasing but slow the phone down significantly, specifically opening and closing apps and navigating Safari. It's laggy and choppy/strobey like older droids.

Another thing is does anyone notice it's a lot less responsive? The keyboard, clicking "buttons" and links. I find myself hitting things multiple times to get a response.
It seems like you participated in and even started enough threads relating to this kind of thing to pretty much know for a while now that that's the case for a lot of people.
 

Wolfpup

macrumors 68030
Sep 7, 2006
2,714
62
I have some issues with 7, but it runs fine in terms of performance on both my iPhone 5s and my iPad 2. My iPad's maybe not quite as smooth as my 5s (having half the RAM, much less CPU and GPU) but still it runs fine.
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
It seems like you participated in and even started enough threads relating to this kind of thing to pretty much know for a while now that that's the case for a lot of people.
Yeah have you noticed the Safari search bar also changed 2 other aspects for the worse?

1. They no longer show you your recent search history below the bar when you click on the bar to enter your search, I used that all the time.

2. The search text is highlighted when you click the bar and in order to add text at the end you have to click it twice to unhighlight it. Very annoying.
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
47,538
16,044
Yeah have you noticed the Safari search bar also changed 2 other aspects for the worse?

1. They no longer show you your recent search history below the bar when you click on the bar to enter your search, I used that all the time.

2. The search text is highlighted when you click the bar and in order to add text at the end you have to click it twice to unhighlight it. Very annoying.
It also doesn't show you the full URL, or even partial URL beyond the main domain, until you actually select it.
 

Rampant.A.I.

macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2009
579
9
Have any of the folks experiencing lag on their 5s tried a backup and reinstall of their phone, or turning off some of the GPS features?

I have no noticeable lag on a 5s.
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
It also doesn't show you the full URL, or even partial URL beyond the main domain, until you actually select it.
Yeah, please tell me there is some explanation for these downgrades?
 

TH55

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
3,023
107
Design differences. As for any particular reasoning for the changes, you'd have to ask Apple.
Did they get rid of tap the status bar to scroll to the top?? Now I'm just getting angry.