Apple Watch Series 7

MSRP $399.00

“Stylish, personalizable, powerful, reliable, and with a bigger viewing area, smaller bezels, and faster charging than before, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the best smartwatch you can buy.”

Pros

  • Large display screen, small bezels
  • Easily customized
  • Choice of fashions and sizes
  • Comprehensive well being monitoring
  • Reliable software program and notifications
  • Fast charging
  • Stronger and harder than earlier than

Cons

  • Only works with the iPhone

The Apple Watch Series 7 would possibly simply be the proper smartwatch. Sorry to provide the sport away this early, however there aren’t any secrets and techniques or surprises right here — and that’s a great factor. A smartwatch must be an extension of your smartphone, but additionally wants to have the ability to perform reliably and usefully by itself. It ought to present intensive, motivational, and informative well being and exercise monitoring with out alienating those that aren’t athletes. It ought to look nice, and be simply personalized to match your temper, type, and setting. It shouldn’t require fixed supervision or have advanced or gimmicky options that overshadow primary on a regular basis usefulness. New fashions have to additionally enhance over the earlier model, so everybody can take into account upgrading if they need.

The Apple Watch Series 7 delivers all this and extra. Let’s discuss it.

Design

It’s just about not possible to inform the distinction between the Series 7 and the Series 6 simply by glancing at them. The 1mm enhance in case dimension — 45mm and 41mm for the Series 7 versus 44mm and 40mm for the Series 6 — is simply clear should you get a tape measure out, and the marginally better curve at every edge is simply evident should you put the 2 watches subsequent to one another and look actually carefully. The speaker on the left-hand facet of the case is a single slit reasonably than the twin slit on the Series 6, however that’s about as apparent because the visible alterations get.

Apple Watch Series 7 on the wrist.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

What you do discover are the a lot smaller 1.7mm bezels, down from 3mm on the Series 6, and the rise in viewing space. Apple says there’s 20% extra display screen space seen in comparison with the Series 6 and the Watch SE, and 50% greater than the Apple Watch Series 3. The Ion-X glass over the display screen has a contoured edge, so the display screen seems to curve towards the case, identical to a curved display screen on a smartphone.

The model in our images is an aluminum mannequin in Midnight, which is black in shade with a touch of blue, and I selected it because it’s simpler to match with extra strap choices, not like the blue or inexperienced variations. If you’ve got a strap assortment from an present Apple Watch, they are going to all match with the Series 7 completely, simply in case you might be frightened the 1mm dimension enhance would make them look odd.

Apple Watch Series 7 from the side.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

It can be straightforward to chastise Apple for not altering the design a lot, nevertheless it hasn’t accomplished so as a result of it doesn’t have to. The Series 7 appears improbable, and the Apple Watch has turn into a method icon, in my view. The light curve of the case makes it very comfy to put on, no matter which strap you select, and it’s actually gentle at 38.8 grams with out the strap, that means you possibly can put on it day and night time.

While that is additionally true for some health bands, the distinction is that the Apple Watch appears good, and it’s extremely straightforward to vary the entire look of it should you get bored. Apple’s watch faces have developed so much, particularly in WatchOS 7 and WatchOS 8, changing into classier and extra visually thrilling, reasonably than simply including issues. Build a small assortment of straps and bracelets, and the Apple Watch is able to go along with something you’re carrying, and suited to any time of the day.

Apple Watch Series 7 on wrist from the back.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

It’s this versatility that makes the Apple Watch such a pleasure to personal. It turns it from a bit of expertise to one thing that’s really yours. No different smartwatch gives the benefit of customization in the identical manner. You may even simply select the wear-and-forget Sport Loop strap, which is without doubt one of the greatest primary straps you will get, and be set during your possession.

The Apple Watch Series 7 doesn’t put on any in another way from the Series 5 or Series 6 Watch, and that’s high-quality. It’s nonetheless probably the most comfy, most customized, best to dwell with smartwatch you should buy.

Screen

If the slimmer bezel hasn’t modified the design a lot, has it modified the display screen? Yes, it has, however don’t count on coming from the Series 6 to really feel like choosing up a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The enhance is rather more delicate, however Apple has emphasised the distinction by way of WatchOS 8 through the use of new watch faces like Contour, providing bigger fonts, and making higher use of the extra area.

App menu on the Apple Watch Series 7.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Buttons are bigger and simpler to shortly find, wider notification playing cards embrace simply that little bit extra info, extra textual content suits on display screen directly, and you may see extra at one time. Swipe as much as present the short settings, and activating a Focus mode takes a much less exact motion, making it sooner than earlier than. But maybe the most effective indication of how a lot display screen the Series 7 has gained comes from the three extra font sizes accessible on it in comparison with older fashions.

Apple says the display screen is brighter indoors, however I haven’t seen any distinction. However, this can be as a result of I by no means have any subject studying what’s on it, no matter whether or not I’m in daylight or darkness, or whether or not it’s exhibiting the primary display screen or the wonderful always-on watch faces. It’s sharp and colourful, and isn’t absurdly reflective both. The Ion-X glass excessive can be harder and extra immune to cracks than earlier than, however to get the reportedly extra sturdy sapphire glass shows, it’s important to purchase the stainless-steel or titanium fashions.

Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 6 from the top.

Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 6 from the side.

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    Apple Watch Series 7 (left) and Series 6 (proper)
  • 2.
    Contoured display screen on the Apple Watch Series 7 (purple, prime) towards the Series 6

The smaller bezels make the Series 7 look extra fashionable, too, even when put subsequent to the Series 6, a smartwatch that may hardly be described as outdated. If you’re coming from a Series 3 watch, the Series 7’s smaller bezels and bigger viewing space will rework the expertise for you. In this case, the Series 7 is a large improve. I’ve used a Series 6 for the final yr, and the extra display screen actual property was apparent the second I began utilizing the Series 7.

Health and exercise monitoring

The Apple Watch Series 7 takes your coronary heart price and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, measures blood oxygen ranges, warns of coronary heart price irregularities, sends out an emergency alert should you fall down, reminds you to begin a exercise if it notices you’re not transferring or biking, tracks your swimming exercise, and mechanically begins a timer whenever you wash your arms. I’m solely scratching the floor right here, as I haven’t talked about sleep monitoring, dozens of exercise plans, Apple’s Fitness+ service, noise alerts, and the mindfulness app but.

Heart rate on the Apple Watch Series 7.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The well being and health monitoring is complete, detailed, correct, and in my case, complete overkill for my wants — and that’s a great factor. It means ought to I determine to do extra, the Watch can be prepared with out the necessity to improve. The Series 7 tracks my walks, sleep, and exercises at house and not using a drawback, and it’s so quick and easy to set it in movement I don’t even have to go to the exercise app generally, because the Watch acknowledges I’m doing greater than normal and suggests a monitoring mode. Or I take advantage of the app choice mode by urgent the decrease button on the Watch to leap straight into the exercise app. It takes seconds, which as an informal exerciser, is what I would like.

I additionally respect the “silent” options. Heart price, blood oxygen, and even noise are all monitored within the background, so ought to one thing change, it should let me know. I don’t need to do something even at setup, as most of those options are energetic by default. Apple’s Activity Rings give me a transparent indicator of my each day exercise, and are suitably motivational, with reminders to maneuver round and animated screens once I obtain a objective.

Daily activity on the Apple Health app.

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Apple Health summary view.

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Apple Health respiratory data.

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All Health Data in the Apple Health app.

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Data is introduced in Apple’s Health app. It reveals useful tendencies that inform about whether or not you’re doing kind of than normal, overviews of your most up-to-date exercises (together with GPS maps), and provides the choice to dig deeper. I like the All Health Data checklist view, which immediately tells you probably the most up-to-date info, and combines it with historic information, too. Tap every part to see a extra detailed breakdown of the info. It’s beautifully laid out, very informative, and very simple to digest.

Although it’s all very attractively introduced with vibrant colours and neat graphs, the app can really feel dense and complex. But it highlights simply how a lot capability the Watch has and the way it can profit those that are way more targeted on health than I’m. I’d fairly just like the Health and the Fitness app to be included into one, as I usually overlook concerning the Fitness app, which incorporates additional info on each day actions.

ECG on the Apple Watch Series 7.

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Blood oxygen reading on the Apple Watch Series 7.

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Apple Watch Series 7 case back.

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The Apple Watch Series 7 is as a lot of a health accomplice as you need it to be, and it performs simply as properly whatever the quantity of effort you set into train. It has all the power, information, and motivation you need — or as little as you need — all with out irritating messages about pushing your self to the restrict both on the Watch or within the advertising. This ties in with the design and customization, too, because it does all this whereas trying as sporty or not sporty as you need. It’s glorious.

Software and efficiency

Apple’s WatchOS 8 software program, which was launched in September, comes put in and is appropriate with all Apple Watch fashions because the Series 3. It operates in the identical manner right here because it did on the Series 6, and I summed up my expertise with the software program in an earlier article.

It’s quick, responsive, and feature-packed. I obtain notifications from my iPhone 13 Pro and not using a drawback, and I can reply to most of them straight from the Watch. Most messages will be replied to utilizing the keyboard, which has a brand new QuickType swipe-typing function. It’s surprisingly correct and makes it a lot faster to kind on the Watch’s small display screen. I additionally like how a pop-up will seem on the iPhone, letting you enter textual content on the cellphone reasonably than on the Watch, all with out discovering the related message. Not all messages have such deep interplay. For instance, tweets can solely be appreciated or retweeted, and Outlook emails can’t be replied to in your wrist, solely flagged or marked as learn.

It’s nonetheless probably the most comfy, most customized, best to dwell with smartwatch you should buy.

The Watch Series 7’s processor could also be known as the S7, nevertheless it’s solely a reputation change, and it has the identical efficiency because the S6 contained in the Series 6. What this does imply is it provides 20% extra efficiency than the S5 chip contained in the Apple Watch SE, which Apple nonetheless sells alongside the brand new Series 7. You can purchase the Series 7 with a mobile connection, and supplied you pay additional in your month-to-month provider plan, the Watch will make and obtain calls and obtain messages even when not related to your cellphone.

Twitter notification on the Apple Watch Series 7.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Using WatchOS 8 on the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7, I’ve not had any issues with responsiveness or apps in any respect. During the setup of the Series 7, I did have bother utilizing the Set up as a brand new watch choice, nevertheless it activated with out subject once I selected the Restore from a backup choice. It’s the primary time I’ve encountered this, and suspect it could have been to do with establishing the Series 7 on launch day and the related server delays.

Battery

I’ve worn the Apple Watch Series 7  for twenty-four hours a day for the final week, and once I get up within the morning after monitoring my sleep, the Watch has constantly nonetheless had between 20% and 30% energy remaining, relying on whether or not I tracked a exercise the day earlier than. This means a single, full day’s use is not any subject. With 30% remaining, it has continued on till the tip of a workday if I didn’t observe a exercise. Alternatively, should you don’t activate sleep monitoring and also you flip it off in a single day, two days or much more can be achievable.

Apple Watch Series 7 on charge.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Watch Series 7 has a brand new charger, full with quick charging, and is definitely recognizable in comparison with the older variations as a result of silver case. It gives an 80% cost in 45 minutes based on Apple, however when plugged into the Apple quick charger, it exceeds this, attending to about 88% in that point. It reaches 100% in an hour. There can be has a helpful function the place an eight-minute cost will return eight hours of sleep monitoring.

If you utilize an outdated charger with the Series 7, then it expenses at regular pace, which is comprehensible however unlucky for anybody who has splurged on a stand just like the Belkin 3-in-1 MagSafe charger, as you received’t get the profit from the brand new charger’s pace enhance.

Price and availability

The Apple Watch Series 7 begins at $399 for the 41mm mannequin and $429 for the 45mm mannequin. Add $100 for the GPS + Cellular model, and much more relying on the strap you choose. For instance, in order for you the Product RED Braided Solo Loop strap in our images, costs begin at $449.

In the U.Ok., the 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 in aluminum begins at 369 kilos, and the 45mm mannequin from 399 kilos. Prices enhance relying on the strap you select, and you should add 100 kilos to the value in order for you the GPS + Cellular mannequin.

The Series 7 appears improbable, and the Apple Watch has turn into a method icon, in my view.

Outside of the usual Apple Watch fashions, you should buy particular Nike variations, which value the identical however include Nike-branded straps and unique watch faces. You may pay extra for the Apple Watch Series 7 to get a chrome steel case and sapphire crystal over the display screen. Prices begin at $699 or 649 kilos. The titanium Apple Watch Edition begins at $799 or 699 kilos, and the Apple Watch Hermés begins at $1,229 or 1,179 kilos. Functionality and specification is similar throughout the vary, so all these provide solely materials and strap variations.

Our take

Smaller bezels and a 1mm case dimension distinction have made a big effect on the Apple Watch Series 7, growing its attractiveness and total visible enchantment. Faster charging and that useful eight-minute zap for in a single day use means the comparatively brief battery life is far much less of a difficulty, and you should use and benefit from the Watch 24 hours a day. WatchOS 8 is dependable and straightforward to make use of, the well being monitoring stays second-to-none even with none {hardware} adjustments, and the large quantity of customization makes it enjoyable to personal.

It’s all the things you need a smartwatch to be, because it completely integrates with the iPhone, but has sufficient energy for use by itself should you select, and by no means feels superfluous because of an absence of options or poor app help. The Apple Watch Series 7 has improved over the Series 6, even managing to really feel like a worthwhile improve to final yr’s mannequin for individuals who don’t thoughts spending the cash. It’s additionally value mentioning that Apple has not modified the value both, maintaining it the identical for the previous couple of generations regardless of {hardware} and software program enhancements.

The Apple Watch Series 7 does all the things I would like, and I’m very conscious it might do an entire lot extra, making it really feel like a protected buy even for individuals who are simply starting with a smartwatch. The proven fact that it’s not tough to make use of additionally makes it nice for newcomers, and the 2 sizes and numerous variations means you’ll discover one which fits you. It’s actually excellent, and I wrestle to discover a cause to not suggest it wholeheartedly.

Is there a greater various?

It’s not usually I get to say this, however should you personal an iPhone and need a smartwatch, there isn’t any higher various to the Apple Watch. There’s normally some various, however on this case, by shopping for an Apple Watch Series 7, you’re getting the most effective accessible choice. This yr, the Apple Watch SE is much less of a great deal than it was in 2020 as a result of lack of always-on display screen, bigger bezel, customary charging pace, and fewer succesful well being monitoring.

If you personal an Android cellphone, you can not use the Apple Watch in any significant manner, so check out our suggestions for Android smartwatches.

How lengthy will it final?

The Apple Watch Series 7 has an IP6X dust-resistance score, water resistance as much as 50 meters, is swimproof, and has stronger, extra crack-resistant glass over the display screen. Straps are simply and cheaply changed, ought to they get damaged or soiled. Apple ought to help the Watch with new software program updates for as much as 5 years. Keeping the Apple Watch Series 7 for 5 years could also be a stretch should you’re wating to maintain up with tech tendencies, however for everybody else, it’s completely achievable given the Series 7’s capability, efficiency, and toughness.

Should you purchase one?

Yes. It’s not solely the most effective smartwatch on your iPhone, it’s the most effective smartwatch accessible right this moment.

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