The Useful Apple Watch Series 7 Is A Must Have
- Always-on Retina display has nearly 20% more screen area than Series 6, making everything easier to see and use
- The most crack-resistant front crystal yet on an Apple Watch, IP6X dust resistance, and swim-proof design
- Measure your blood oxygen with a powerful sensor and app
- Take an ECG anytime, anywhere
- Get high and low heart rate and irregular heart rhythm notifications
- Stay in the moment with the new Mindfulness app, and reach your sleep goals with the Sleep app
- Track new tai chi and pilates workouts, in addition to favorites like running, yoga, swimming, and dance
- Track your daily activity on Apple Watch, and see your trends in the Fitness app on iPhone
- Sync your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks
- Pay instantly and securely from your wrist with Apple Pay
In this Apple Watch Series 7 review, we’re looking at the new high-end model in Apple’s smartwatch line-up replacing the Series 6. With a bigger and better screen, plus new fast-charging capabilities, there isn’t a huge amount of change from its predecessor, but the new changes make the Apple Watch more convenient and easier to use for even more people.
Combined with all the smart features and health/fitness options the Apple Watch already has, the Series 7 holds Apple’s place at the top of our list of the best smartwatches. No surprise, it’s also the best Apple Watch the company has made so far – and it’s thanks to the usability improvements I referenced above.
I’ll go into lots more detail about these in the coming sections, but the short version is that the Apple Watch Series 7’s bigger screen gives you more flexibility for which size you might choose, and makes it easier to read and accurately tap buttons on-screen. Naturally, there are areas it could still improve – in battery life and more nerdy activity tracking in particular – but for those looking at upgrading from an older Apple Watch (especially Series 4 or earlier), it comes with T3’s highest recommendation.
there aren’t lots of flashy new features here. By far the most notable change is the new screen, which is 20% larger by area than the screen on the Apple Watch Series 6. To accommodate it, the bezels have been shrunk to just 1.7mm, so it looks more than ever as if the pixels reach right to the metal frame.
With the larger screen, and Apple has slightly changed watchOS so that it fits even more on the display in one go, and has added a QWERTY keyboard for the first time so that it’s a bit easier to respond to messages from the watch directly. I’ll talk more about the effect of this later in the review, but it’s actually a bigger deal than it appears at first and may affect what size of watch you choose to buy, and may make the Apple Watch more useful for more people in a really meaningful way. The screen also has a second notable trick, which is that it’s now much brighter when in ‘Always-On’ mode – ie when you don’t have your wrist raised. Apple says it’s up to 70% brighter than Apple Watch Series 6, and this is genuinely useful. Again, we’ll cover it more in the next section. The other change you’ll notice most is the new faster-charging puck it comes with, which features a USB-C connector on the other end. Apple says that it’s 33% faster for charging, and that just about tracks with our usage – again, we’ll explore everything to do with the battery in a later section. The more subtle changes are that the case is now dust-proof and is rated to IP6X and that there’s a newly redesigned chip powering inside, known as the S7, though don’t expect drastic changes in performance.