New features and a bigger screen make the Apple Watch Series 7(see the lowest price) a step forward from its predecessors, but it isn’t revolutionary. It performed well in most of the tests, so you can be certain that it will correctly and efficiently monitor your data. But much like previous generations, the battery life is disappointing.
Operating system: WatchOS
Removable strap: Yes
iOS compatible: Yes
Android compatible: No
Built-in GPS: Yes
Built-in heart rate monitor: Yes
Sleep tracking: Yes
Notifications for texts: Yes
Notifications for phone calls: Yes
In terms of design, it’s a somewhat bigger version of the Series 6 Apple Watch. It has two different screen sizes (41mm and 45mm). The 45mm variant was put through its paces.
It has a recycled aluminium body and Apple’s classic square screen with rounded edges remain.
It comes with a pin-and-tuck clasp that secures the silicone strap. Colour options include blue, purple, bright orange, and dark green for the strap. Using a waterproof strap gets you to a water depth of up to 50 metres.
An iPhone 6s or later running iOS 15 is required to use the new Apple Watch Series 7. It is not compatible with any other operating system. You can leave your phone at home as long as you’re linked to wi-fi or mobile data.
Resolutions are 396 by 484 pixels for the 45mm version. And 352 by 430 for the 41mm version, respectively, with this OLED display. The screen is always on by default, like it was with the Series 6 and predecessors.
All the bells and whistles you’d expect from the newest Apple Watch are there. When you go for a run or a bike ride, you don’t need to have your phone with you because it has built-in GPS.
The new Apple Watch features a SpO2 (pulse oximetry) sensor, just like prior models. The quantity of oxygen in your blood is estimated using light sensors on your wrist that take measurements during the day and night and also when you want to.
Heart-rate monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements are
available as well. These are functions that are included in previous generations. You shouldn’t take the results too seriously and if you have any doubts or worries then you should consult with your doctor.
Smart alerts and phone calls are all possible with this watch, and the app store offers lots of apps including Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify. It’s also compatible with Apple Pay’s contactless payments.
With a single button press, you can keep track of dozens of various types of exercises, such as running, cycling, swimming, rowing, pilates, and many more. When you’re out and about, you can keep an eye on your elevation with the altimeter, which is constantly on.
All the iOS devices come pre-loaded with the apps needed for a smooth setup. Your iPhone will immediately recognise the watch whenever you turn it on. To begin the pairing procedure, take a picture of the QR code from your watch using your phone’s camera.
Configuration options include sharing analytics data, font size, a password lockout option, and an Always On display.
By default, the watch face displays the time, date, activity progress, and shortcuts to music and exercise management programmes. You have the option of picking a new watch face or only the features you want to see displayed differently on your device. If you want to change the mode or adjust the brightness you may do so by using the watch face.
In order to sync your health and fitness data from your iPhone, watch, and any other third-party applications, you’ll need to utilise three distinct apps in combination with the watch: the Watch app, Fitness, and Health.
Even though the display is bigger, it is still small and discreet. Designed to blend in with a shirt’s cuff, this watch won’t draw undue attention to itself.
You may use the responsive touchscreen or the crown to navigate menus and settings if you like. You also have a number of shortcuts to memorise if you want to.
While working out, you may keep an eye on up to five distinct metrics at once, each with a separate set of default settings. You can see on one screen all the relevant information for the majority of activities.
With an error margin of fewer than one percent, it was very accurate in measuring the number of steps taken when running. Also, unlike many smartwatches tested, this one is really excellent at picking up the steps you take when you’re doing chores around the home as well as while you’re out on a stroll.
It has one of the most accurate heart rate monitors tested. It was accurate regardless of whether it was tested when resting or while doing any physical activity.
If you opt to go for a jog or a stroll, the GPS will be able to accurately track your path. Even though altimeter accuracy is an area where many models fail, we are pleased with the altimeter’s performance of the Apple Watch series 7.
The battery is recharged to 54 percent in half an hour, and it takes an hour and a half to get to 100 percent. The magnetic charger is among the best you can charge the watch with.
Fall-detection systems Fall-detection systems are also available and can detect if you fall and phone for help. However, this is a more expensive option when purchasing one for an older family member or friend. You can get a dedicated fall alarm that’s cheaper.
Although it weighs 68g, the silicone band is flexible and comfortable to wear. While the buckle facing inward isn’t ideal, for the most part, it won’t be a deal breaker.
When light strikes the glass directly, you may notice some glare, but the backlight is bright enough that you can still see the screen comfortably in all lighting circumstances.
It’s necessary to first set up the sleep tracking feature on your phone or watch if you want to use it. For the most part it’s a difficult procedure, and also the sleep monitoring is not the best we’ve seen. There is no option to set an alarm for a sleep cycle, and it doesn’t track sleep stages.
The battery life of this Apple Watch, like every other model tested, is its biggest shortcoming. It beats Apple’s claim of 18 hours between charges, but you’ll have to charge it most days since you’ll get less than a day and a half before it runs out of energy.
If you’re searching for a high-quality smartwatch, go no further than this one. There are those who may find the battery life a dealbreaker, but for die-hard Apple devotees, it may be worth the trade-off.
For information on how to choose a SmartWatch, check out our SmartWatch buying guide (coming soon).