However, if the Series 7 is going to be your first Apple Watch, or you’re upgrading from an older model, you will definitely like this one. The Apple Watch Series 7’s bigger screen and comfortable size, as well as a multitude of useful health and fitness features and seamless integration with iOS, make it the best smartwatch for iPhone users.
The Apple Watch Series 7 offers reliable, hiccup-free performance, a variety of watch faces and complications for customization, and motivating reminders, which makes it overall a useful and fun addition to your Apple ecosystem.
In the box:
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Magnetic charging dock (NO power adapter)
- Wrist band – 2 sizes (S/M and M/L)
- Warranty information and quick start guide
Design & Style
The Apple Watch Series 7 keeps the recognizable rectangular form that many are used to, but it improves on the size of the display itself (more on the display later). The aluminum case of the watch is available in five colors: Blue, Green, Midnight, Starlight, and Product RED, while the stainless steel option comes in Silver, Gold, or Graphite. We have used the green option for our review – it is a dark green color that in some lighting conditions looks almost dark gray, with the green standing out in certain angles and light.
Apple has equipped the Series 7 with its strongest and most crack-resistant crystal on the front, so it is the most durable Apple Watch to date. It also has dust protection (IP6X certification) for the first time, while maintaining the WR50 swim-proof rating of its predecessor.
In terms of bands, Apple did not introduce any new watch bands with the Series 7, and the current ones are going to fit it despite the small difference in display sizes and case. Our review unit came with the standard Sport Band in Clover, which is a dark green color that looks great with the dark green Aluminum case. It is comfortable to take on and off, once you get used to it.
Display & Watch Faces
Apple has added four new watch face designs to the Apple Watch Series 7: Contour, Modular Duo, Portraits, and World Time. The Contour one makes use of the bigger display to align the hours on the outer edges, while the Modular Duo allows you to have two full-width complications instead of just one.
The Portraits watch face is also new, and it will take your favorite portrait shots to use as a watch face. This watch face has to be added and customized from your iPhone, instead of directly from your Series 7 as the other ones.
Software, Health and Performance
The Apple Watch Series 7 runs WatchOS 8 out of the box, and some of the operating system’s features are specific for the Series 7 because of its larger screen. One such feature is the small keyboard that you can type or swipe-to-write on, and it generally recognizes swiped words with few to no errors. Of course, you can also use Siri to dictate your message.
Additionally, apps like the Timer and Calculator now have bigger buttons to take advantage of the larger screen and are very comfortable to use.
All the information it stores is conveniently placed in your iPhone’s Health app, where you can monitor your health stats and identify areas that need improvement.
The Blood Oxygen measuring works perfectly once you’ve nailed the correct position of the watch on your wrist, and it takes background measurements throughout the day to keep on top of how well your body is absorbing oxygen and the amount of oxygen delivered to your body. I was constantly getting 95% and up readings, which is great. The Watch also keeps monitoring this metric while you sleep as well, so it’s a great way to keep an eye on your general health and wellness.
The ECG and heart rate monitor are also present here. The ECG app uses your finger and the sensors in the Apple Watch to take a reading similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram. It also has heart rate notifications which you need to enable from your iPhone > Health. Of course, the Apple Watch is not a medical device, so you need to take this into account, and if you have health issues, better not to count only on it to alert you.
There’s a notable improvement here with the Cycling workout, and the Apple Watch Series 7 detects you have started cycling to remind you to start a workout.
In terms of wellness, the Mindfulness app has a new feature called Reflect, alongside the Breathe feature. The app is designed to help improve your wellbeing by focusing your mind on an experience, happy memory, something to be grateful for, or on the surroundings around you. And for me, it actually works as my heart rate gets even calmer than it is during the rest of the day. With its reminders, it is a helpful thing if you are used to generally running around all day without taking a minute to relax and take some deep breaths.
Overall, the performance of the Watch is reliable and fast, as you would expect from a premium Apple Watch: there are no hiccups, it’s fast, responsive, and with its faster charging that almost eliminates battery anxiety, even more of a pleasure to use. But more on charging in the next section.
In terms of battery, Apple hasn’t made any improvements in the battery size of the Watch and still claims it should go for up to 18 hours. I was constantly getting a day and a half, with workouts and moderate usage. And now, with the Series 7’s faster charging (Apple claims that it is up to 33% faster charging than its predecessor) you can actually get a good amount of battery charge with a quick top-up. And chagrin is, indeed, improved compared to the Series 6.
However, faster charging means it’s now easier than ever to have your Apple Watch monitor your sleep and not to worry as much about battery life.