Apple Watch Series 7 review: Still the best smartwatch you can buy

Apple Watch Series 7 review (Image: APPLE)

We’re massive followers of the Apple Watch and all the time have been. Ever since the first mannequin launched again in 2014, we’ve had one strapped tightly on our wrists and regardless of a swathe of rivals – from the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and Fitbit – making an attempt to steal its spot on our arm, this has remained our go-to wearable. Now a brand-new Apple Watch mannequin is launching later this week, which will get plenty of upgrades geared toward boosting the total expertise, however has Apple achieved sufficient to maintain this tech-laden timepiece firmly in the high spot? Here’s our full Apple Watch Series 7 review.

Apple Watch Series 7 review

The new Apple Watch Series 7 is available in inexperienced (Image: APPLE)

First up, we have to deal with the design of this new Apple Watch. In the months forward of launch, there have been limitless rumours and leaked photographs purporting to indicate a radical new look being examined by Apple for its subsequent wearable. The rumoured redesign appeared to take inspiration from the newest iPhone, iPad Pro, and iMac – with sharper edges, flat sides, and a extra industrial look. This design language has virtually utterly changed the comfortable curved edges that characterised all gadgets from Apple’s legendary design division a number of years earlier …besides with regards to the Apple Watch.

Despite dozens of rumours from often dependable sources, when you raise the Apple Watch Series 7 out of the field for the first time, you will not discover a futuristic new look. Instead, the case is similar to all of the fashions which have come earlier than it, together with that first model from 2014.

Yes, there are some new colors to freshen issues up just a little bit, together with a placing new Starlight possibility that replaces Silver and a tasteful Green. But that is about it and we can’t assist really feel a tiny bit dissatisfied.

The flat edges and sharper corners on the newest iPhone designs look fashionable and have breathed life again into the flagship smartphone collection. Even if the rumoured design was incorrect – certainly, it is time for one thing totally different?

After seven years on cabinets, it actually feels prefer it’s about time the Apple Watch collection obtained a makeover from the design geniuses in Cupertino.

That’s to not say that nothing has modified about the look of the Apple Watch Series 7. Apple says it has refined the form of Series 7 with each the case and the show getting softer and extra rounded corners. That is true, nevertheless it’s all very delicate and you’re not going to note an enormous distinction inserting previous and new side-by-side.

Although the styling is acquainted, issues do get a lot better when you hit the energy button for the first time. That’s as a result of Apple has managed to squeeze an even bigger display screen into the wrist-worn gadget.

The intelligent half about this improve is that the total dimension of the system hasn’t elevated with the further show being made doable due to smaller bezels. That means you’ll now have a alternative between a 41mm or 45mm touchscreen dimension, in comparison with 40 and 44mm on the Series 6. The Series 3 – which Apple nonetheless sells – arrives with both a 38mm or 42mm display screen.

(*7*) Apple Watch Series 7 review

There’s a brand new vary of colors to select from (Image: APPLE)

In different phrases, the smallest Apple Watch Series 7 virtually has the identical display screen dimension as the greatest mannequin accessible in the Series 3 – regardless of the total dimension staying fairly comparable between the two.

You actually discover the new greater display screen dimension when taking a look at Apple Maps on the watch or checking your emails. There is one other massive benefit as Apple has now managed to squeeze a digital keyboard inside this system. This makes replying to messages a lot simpler and may imply fewer moments when you want to achieve on your telephone to speak with family and friends.

Those shopping for the Series 7 additionally get some unique watch faces, together with Contour, Modular and DuoWorld Time with these designs all taking full benefit of the further display screen actual property.

One remaining factor to factor to notice about this display screen is that it is 70 % brighter when utilizing the good always-on function. That makes it a lot simpler to see the time with out elevating your wrist and this has all been achieved with affecting the battery life.

Apple Watch Series 7 review

When positioned alongside older fashions the display screen dimension actually stands out (Image: APPLE)

Apple Watch Series 7 review

Apple Watch Series 7 review (Image: APPLE)

Speaking of energy, you’ll get round the identical utilization as earlier than with the watch simply lasting all day and one full night time. That’s nice information because it means you can take full benefit of the sleep monitoring options which now consists of your nightly respiratory rate.

Although the Series 6 lasted round the identical period of time, the Series 7 does have one benefit because it now ships with a cable that can refill the battery just a little quicker than earlier than.

In reality, in our checks, we have been capable of go from 15 % to 50 % in round quarter-hour and we had 80 % in the tank inside half-hour.

That’s an important improve as you can wake in the morning, pop the system onto to cost and it ought to be full earlier than you head into the office.

It’s price noting that this quicker charging solely works with the new cable. You additionally will not get a fast refill if you place an older watch, corresponding to the Series 6, on this new adapter.

Apple Watch Series 7 review

Apple Watch Series 7 review (Image: APPLE)

The remaining improve that arrives on the Series 7 is a extra sturdy case that’s now sand and dirt resistant. Of course, it is nonetheless waterproof – like earlier Apple Watch fashions – and can be taken for a dip in your native pool, scorching tub, and even an open-water swim in the sea.

Apple is boasting that the Series 7 is the most sturdy Apple Watch that it has ever constructed and likewise options its most crack-resistant display screen. We have not dropped our review unit so we’ll must take Apple’s phrase on that declare for now, nevertheless it seems this system ought to actually survive a number of years strapped to your physique with out getting smothered with scratches.

Of course, that is nonetheless an Apple Watch, which implies it hyperlinks seamless to your iPhone permitting calls to be made, messages checked and emails replied to straight out of your wrist. It may also observe your every day train, monitor your coronary heart rate and blood oxygen ranges plus you can even carry out an ECG coronary heart hint with out going close to Accident and Emergency.

Fall Detection continues to function and can alert members of the family if you’ve taken a tumble and as we talked about earlier it can preserve a verify over you at night time to see how effectively you sleep.

You get all of this for the identical value as final year’s mannequin with issues ranging from £369.

Apple Watch Series 7 review

The Apple Watch continues to be waterproof (Image: APPLE)

Apple Watch Series 7 review: Final Verdict

PROS • Stunning new display screen • Faster charging • Striking new colors • Same value as earlier than • Old straps nonetheless match
CONS • No massive design improve • Battery life could possibly be higher

This is one other nice wearable from Apple that now options some good enhancements, corresponding to an even bigger and brighter show, extra sturdy case design, and quicker charging. The new colors look nice and the addition of the new digital keyboard makes responding to messages out of your wrist an absolute breeze.

Despite all of these helpful upgrades in the Series 7, we can’t assist feeling that this could have been the year when the Apple Watch obtained a completely new look.

There’s nothing unsuitable with the rounded-square design, however issues have not modified in over six years and that is a large disgrace. Not solely that, however the Apple Watch is beginning to look fairly dated subsequent to the newest iPhone, iPad and different Apple devices – fairly than apiece with them.

If you have not joined the smartwatch revolution or nonetheless have an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 in your wrist, belief us, you’re going to utterly love the Series 7. It will really feel like a humongous improve.

But, for anybody who has a Series 5 or Series 6 strapped to their wrists, it may be price ready till subsequent year to see what Apple reveals subsequent.

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