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We’re big fans of the Apple Watch and always have been. We’ve had one tightly strapped around our wrists since the first model hit the market in 2014, and although a number of competitors – from Samsung, Huawei, and Fitbit – have tried to steal its place on our arm, this has remained ours Favorite wearable. Now a brand new Apple Watch model is coming out later this week that is receiving a number of upgrades designed to improve the overall experience, but has Apple done enough to keep this tech-packed watch firmly on the cutting edge? Here is our full review of the Apple Watch Series 7.
The new Apple Watch Series 7 comes in green
First of all, we need to look at the design of this new Apple Watch. In the months leading up to the launch, there have been endless rumors and leaked images allegedly showing off a radically new look that Apple is testing for its next wearable. The rumored redesign appeared to be inspired by the latest iPhone, iPad Pro, and iMac – with sharper edges, flat sides, and a more industrial look. This design language has almost completely replaced the soft, curved edges that characterized all devices from Apple’s legendary design department a few years ago … except for the Apple Watch.
Despite dozens of rumors from mostly reliable sources, when you lift the Apple Watch Series 7 out of the box for the first time, you won’t find a futuristic new look. Instead, the case is identical to all previous models, including the first version from 2014.
Yes, there are some new colors to freshen things up a bit, including a striking new Starlight option that replaces silver and a tasteful green. But that’s about it and we can’t help but be a little bit disappointed.
The flat edges and sharper corners of the latest iPhone designs look modern and have breathed life into the flagship smartphone series. Even if the rumored design was wrong – isn’t it time for something else?
After seven years on the shelves, it really seems about time that the Apple Watch series was given a makeover by the design geniuses in Cupertino.
That’s not to say that the Apple Watch Series 7’s look hasn’t changed. Apple says it has refined the Series 7’s shape by making both the case and display softer and more rounded. That’s true, but it’s all very subtle and you won’t notice much of a difference if you juxtapose old and new.
Although the styling is familiar, it gets a lot better the first time you hit the power button. That’s because Apple managed to squeeze a larger screen into the wrist-worn device.
The highlight of this upgrade is that the overall size of the device has not increased, as the additional display is made possible thanks to smaller bezels. That means you now have a choice between a 41mm or 45mm touchscreen size, compared to 40 and 44mm on the Series 6. The Series 3 – which Apple still sells – comes with either a 38mm – or 42 mm screen.
There is a new color palette to choose from
In other words, the smallest Apple Watch Series 7 has almost the same screen size as the largest Series 3 model – although the overall size remains pretty similar between the two.
You really notice the new bigger screen size when you look at Apple Maps on the watch or check your email. There is another major benefit as Apple has now managed to squeeze a digital keyboard into this device. This makes replying to messages so much easier and should mean fewer moments when you have to reach for your phone to chat with friends and family.
Series 7 buyers also get some exclusive watch faces, including Contour, Modular, and DuoWorld Time, with these designs all taking full advantage of the extra screen real estate.
One final thing to note about this screen is that it is 70 percent brighter when the brilliant always-on feature is used. That makes it a lot easier to see the time without lifting your wrist, and all of this has been achieved with an impact on battery life.
Along with older models, the screen size really stands out
Apple Watch Series 7 test
Speaking of performance, you’ll get the same level of usage as before, with the watch going through the day and night with no problems. This is great news as it allows you to take full advantage of the sleep tracking features that now include your nightly breathing rate.
Although the Series 6 lasted about the same length of time, the Series 7 has an advantage in that it now comes with a cable that allows the battery to charge a little faster than before.
In fact, in our tests, we were able to go from 15 percent to 50 percent in about 15 minutes and had 80 percent in the tank within 30 minutes.
This is an important upgrade as you wake up in the morning, put the device on to charge, and it should be full before heading to the office.
It’s worth noting that this faster charging only works with the new cable. You also don’t get a quick refill if you put an older watch like the Series 6 on this new adapter.
Apple Watch Series 7 test
The final upgrade to the 7 Series is a tougher case that is now sand and dust resistant. Of course, it’s still waterproof – like previous Apple Watch models – and can be taken with you for a dip in your local pool, hot tub, or even a swim in the ocean.
Apple boasts that the Series 7 is the longest-lasting Apple Watch it has ever built, and it also has the most shatterproof screen. We didn’t drop our review unit so we will have to rely on Apple’s word for now, but it seems that this unit should surely survive for a few years without being choked by scratches.
Of course, this is still an Apple Watch, which means it seamlessly connects to your iPhone so calls can be made, messages checked, and emails answered right from your wrist. It also records your daily exercise, monitors your heart rate and blood oxygen levels, and you can even get an EKG heart record without approaching an accident or emergency.
Fall detection is still available, notifying family members when you’ve taken a fall, and as mentioned earlier, it can monitor you at night to see how well you are sleeping.
All of this is available for the same price as last year’s model starting at £ 369.
The Apple Watch is still waterproof
Apple Watch Series 7 in the test: final verdict
ADVANTAGES • Stunning new screen • Faster charging • Striking new colors • Same price as before • Old straps still fit
DISADVANTAGE • Not a major design upgrade • Battery life could be better
This is another great wearable from Apple that now has some nice improvements, like a bigger and brighter display, a more rugged case design, and faster charging. The new colors look great and the new digital keyboard makes responding to messages from your wrist a breeze.
Despite all of these useful upgrades to the Series 7, we can’t help feeling that this should have been the year the Apple Watch got a completely new look.
There’s nothing wrong with the rounded square design, but things haven’t changed in over six years and that’s a huge shame. In addition, the Apple Watch looks pretty dated – instead of with the latest iPhone, iPad, and other Apple gadgets – alongside the latest iPhone, iPad, and other Apple gadgets.
If you haven’t joined the smartwatch revolution or still have an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 on your wrist, trust us, you will absolutely love the Series 7. It’s going to feel like a huge upgrade.
But for anyone with a Series 5 or Series 6 on their wrists, it may be worth waiting until next year to see what Apple reveals next.