Apple Watch Sequence 7 Evaluate

The Apple Watch Sequence 7 (beginning at $399) is Cupertino’s newest flagship smartwatch. It affords all of the well being, security, and life-style options of its extremely rated predecessor, however with a bigger show that is simpler to learn, improved mud safety and crack resistance, and a redesigned charging system that takes much less time to juice up. Although a minor replace from the Sequence 6, the seventh technology’s refinements make an already excellent smartwatch extra sensible for on a regular basis duties like studying and responding to texts, checking the time when your wrist is down, monitoring your outside actions, and monitoring your sleep. The Sequence 7 is Apple’s most tasty and sturdy wearable but, and an Editors’ Alternative award winner. 

Simpler on the Eyes 

At first look, the Sequence 7 does not look drastically completely different than earlier fashions. It nonetheless has an oblong case with rounded corners, a aspect button, and a Digital Crown/Residence button. Maintain the Sequence 7 as much as the Sequence 6 and its extra reasonably priced however almost similar sibling, the Watch SE, nevertheless, and you may discover the bodily modifications: The Sequence 7 has a barely bigger case and far narrower bezels than different fashions, permitting for considerably extra display screen space. 

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Left to right: Apple Watch Series 7, Series 6

Left to proper: Apple Watch Sequence 7, Sequence 6
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

The Sequence 7’s massive, brilliant, and colourful show is its standout function. At simply 1.7mm extensive, the show border is 40% thinner than that of the Sequence 6 and Watch SE, in addition to 60% thinner than than on the Sequence 3.

With a decision of 420 by 352 pixels on the 41mm mannequin and 484 by 396 pixels on the 45mm model, the Sequence 7 affords 20% extra display screen actual property than the Sequence 6 and 50% greater than the Sequence 3. It suits 59% extra textual content on display screen than the Sequence 6, which implies much less scrolling if you’re studying messages, emails, and articles. 

The always-on OLED Retina show nonetheless contains a most brightness degree of 1,000 nits when lively, and is simple to learn indoors and outdoors. However it’s now 70% brighter indoors when your wrist is down, making it simpler to verify the time.

Left to right: Apple Watch Series 7, Series 6

Left to proper: Apple Watch Sequence 7, Sequence 6
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

Apple additionally up to date the watch’s consumer interface to reap the benefits of the larger show. Buttons are actually bigger and simpler to faucet, which turns out to be useful if you’re getting into your Passcode to unlock the watch, utilizing the Calculator app, or enabling Do Not Disturb mode from the Management Middle, as an example. 

The corporate additionally added three new textual content sizes, for a complete of 9. When you have imaginative and prescient issues, you can also make the textual content dimension fairly massive: To alter the default setting, navigate to Settings > Show & Brightness > Textual content Measurement. And for the primary time, the Apple Watch has a full QWERTY keyboard. It is accessible wherever it’s worthwhile to enter textual content, helps each faucets and swipes, and makes use of machine studying to foretell the phrase you are typing.  

Assessing Your Choices

The Sequence 7 is available in 41mm and 45mm case sizes (up from 40mm and 44mm), in 100% recycled aluminum, polished stainless-steel, or brushed titanium supplies. The 41mm mannequin measures 1.61 by 1.37 by 0.42 inches (HWD). The 45mm mannequin is a contact taller and wider, however the identical thickness, at 1.77 by 1.50 by 0.42 inches. 

The aluminum variant, which begins at $399, is available in 5 shade choices: Midnight (black with a deep blue undertone), Starlight (a mix of silver and gold), Inexperienced (new to the Apple Watch line), Blue (a brighter tone than final 12 months’s Blue), and Product Crimson (a extra jewel-toned ruby than final 12 months’s mannequin). Fashions with mobile connectivity begin at $499.

The stainless-steel variant, which is shinier and extra sturdy than the aluminum one, begins at $699 and is available in Silver, Graphite (darkish grey), or Gold tones. The titanium variant, which affords the sturdiness of stainless-steel however is lighter, begins at $799 and is available in Pure (a silver hue) or House Black (darkish grey). 

My unit came with matching small/medium and medium/large size Sport Band straps in the box

My Apple Watch got here with matching small/medium and medium/massive Sport Band straps within the field
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

Apple despatched me the 41mm aluminum Sequence 7 in Starlight with mobile connectivity ($499). My unit got here with matching small/medium and medium/massive Sport Band straps within the field. Apple additionally despatched a Pink Pomelo/Tan Sport Loop band(Opens in a brand new window) ($49). For extra on Apple Watch equipment, try our listing of favorites.

Apple is holding the Watch SE and Sequence 3 in its lineup as extra reasonably priced alternate options, beginning at $279 and $199, respectively. Take a look at our comparability information for an in depth take a look at what every mannequin affords.

A lot of the Sequence 7’s inner specs stay unchanged from the Sequence 6; it nonetheless affords 32GB of storage and help for two.5GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. Its dual-core S7 System in Bundle (SiP) offers the identical pace because the S6 within the Sequence 6, each of that are 20% sooner than the Watch SE’s S5 chip.

The Series 7 retains its predecessors' side button and Digital Crown/Home button

The Sequence 7 retains its predecessors’ aspect button and Digital Crown/Residence button
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

Just like the Sequence 6, the Sequence 7 contains a blood oxygen sensor for SpO2 measurements, electrical and optical coronary heart sensors to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) and monitor your coronary heart, an accelerometer and gyroscope to detect in the event you’ve taken a fall, an always-on altimeter for real-time elevation readings, GPS and GNSS to measure operating and different exercises, a compass for wrist-based navigation, and an ambient mild sensor to regulate the display screen brightness. 

On the security entrance, the watch can warn you if it detects a excessive or low coronary heart price, irregular coronary heart rhythm, and loud sounds that may injury your listening to. It additionally helps Emergency SOS, worldwide emergency calling, and may routinely name for assist in the event you’re unable to after a tough fall. 

The Sequence 7 arrives with the most recent technology of Apple’s smartwatch working system, watchOS 8, which delivers a number of latest options together with digital home key help, in a single day respiration monitoring, exercise monitoring choices for Pilates and Tai Chi, Portraits and World Time watch faces, contemporary mindfulness instruments, a redesigned Photographs app, and extra. 

In testing, the new automatic cycling detection feature worked

In testing, the brand new computerized biking detection function labored as anticipated
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

WatchOS 8 additionally provides a number of new options for cyclists, together with the power to routinely detect bike rides and remind you to begin an Out of doors Cycle exercise. As well as, Apple up to date its biking exercise algorithm to extra precisely measure calorie burn if you’re driving an electrical bike. And in the event you fall if you’re driving, the Apple Watch can name for assist. Apple says it improved its fall-detection algorithms to higher detect tumbles throughout exercises, together with biking. If the watch detects a tough fall adopted by a minute of inactivity, it would routinely name emergency companies, although you’ll be able to disable this function in the event you desire.

Whereas WatchOS 8 is free to obtain on the Sequence 3 and later, some options are unsupported on older watches. For instance, the Portraits watch face does not work on the Sequence 3, and the brand new computerized biking detection function, which requires Apple’s latest-generation movement sensors, solely works on Watch SE, Sequence 6, and Sequence 7. 

Easy to Set Up

Much like how the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 solely works with Android units, the Sequence 7 is unique to Apple’s smartphones. It requires an iPhone 6s or later that runs iOS 15 or larger. In testing, I had no downside connecting it with an iPhone 12 Professional Max. 

I did have a momentary panic assault after I unboxed my assessment unit and seen that the included charging twine now not makes use of USB-A. It comes with a brand new Magnetic Quick Cost USB-C cable, however you want your individual energy adapter as a result of you do not get one within the field. Happily, the brand new charging cable works with any USB-C appropriate adapter, so I used to be in a position to plug it into my laptop computer to juice up the watch. 

If you do not have a USB-C-compatible adapter, the Sequence 7 can even work with earlier Apple Watch charging cables, docks, and equipment. When you use an older charging cable or accent, nevertheless, it would cost at slower speeds. 

The setup process was seamless, as expected

The setup course of stays seamless

The setup course of was seamless, as anticipated. After you place the watch on the charging puck, the show activates and tells you to convey your iPhone close to. Then, you get a pop-up in your iPhone asking if you wish to use that machine to arrange the watch. Press Proceed, then choose Set Up for Myself or Set Up for a Household Member(Opens in a brand new window). The latter possibility enables you to arrange the watch for somebody who does not have their very own iPhone. That individual will then be capable of use the watch to make calls, ship messages, and share their location with you. 

Subsequent, the cellphone instructs you to align the Apple Watch face with a viewfinder in your cellphone’s display screen to pair them. As soon as efficiently paired, the watch will ask if you wish to Restore from Backup or Set Up as New Apple Watch; I’ve used a number of Apple Watch fashions prior to now, however I went with the contemporary begin possibility. It’ll then ask whether or not you intend to put on it in your left or proper wrist, a standard query when establishing most wearables. 

If you have vision problems, you can make the text size quite large

When you have imaginative and prescient issues, you can also make the textual content dimension fairly massive

The following steps take a few minutes, as your cellphone connects to the watch and indicators into your account. After agreeing to Apple’s Phrases and Situations, you’ve gotten the choice to enter your iTunes Retailer password to make use of Apple Music from the watch (you’ll be able to skip this step in the event you desire). It then offers you the choice to pick a font dimension and arrange a Passcode, each of which you’ll change by way of the Settings app on the watch. Subsequent, it asks if you wish to set up all obtainable apps out of your cellphone or select which of them you need to add later. You can too choose whether or not you need apps to look within the conventional grid view (a bunch of round icons) or a listing view (which is extra organized however requires extra scrolling) if you press the Digital Crown. From there, simply await it to complete syncing together with your cellphone, and you ought to be good to go. 

New Watch Faces

When you’re like me, the very first thing you will do after establishing your Apple Watch is spend approach an excessive amount of time looking, choosing, and customizing watch faces. The Sequence 7’s massive display screen affords a really perfect canvas for the brand new Portraits watch face. I already detailed the way it works in my watchOS 8 palms on, so I will not reiterate it right here. 

The Sequence 7 offers you entry to 2 unique watch face choices, each of which spotlight the advantages of its bigger show: Contour and Modular Duo. 

The Contour and Modular Duo watch faces are only available on the Series 7

The Contour and Modular Duo watch faces are solely obtainable on the Sequence 7

Contour (pictured on the prime of this assessment) is a mid-century-inspired analog watch face with groovy trying numerals, set in a customized font on the sting of the show, emphasizing its dimension and super-thin borders. The face barely modifications to focus on the present hour, making it a bit simpler to learn. You may customise the dial shade and add two issues (such because the date and climate) to the Contour watch face. 

The Modular Duo watch face

The Modular Duo options two massive issues, together with the time and a smaller complication on the prime
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

Modular Duo options two massive issues, together with the time and a smaller complication on the prime. You may choose no matter you need for the three issues, in addition to an accent shade. The massive issues show additional element; if you choose Exercise, as an example, it exhibits a graphical illustration, hour by hour, as a substitute of simply your rings. The massive World Clock complication exhibits the time in your chosen metropolis together with a map of the world indicating which components are in daylight and nighttime hours. The massive Climate complication exhibits a five-day forecast, Calendar exhibits your subsequent appointment, and Coronary heart Price exhibits a graph of your coronary heart’s beats per minute that day.  

Similar Battery Life, However Costs Sooner

Apple says the Sequence 7 lasts for 18 hours on a cost, similar to the Sequence 6, Watch SE, and Sequence 3. In my testing, it beat Apple’s estimate, as did the Sequence 6 final 12 months.

With the always-on show enabled, the Sequence 7 lasted 29 hours earlier than I obtained a notification that the battery was right down to 10%. I had Do Not Disturb on more often than not, which prevents notifications from lighting up the show, extending battery life. 

Naturally, battery life will differ based mostly on use. Monitoring a exercise with GPS, disabling Bluetooth in your iPhone, and even simply elevating your wrist to take a look at the show quite a bit will trigger battery drain. 

The Series 7 comes with a new Magnetic Fast Charge USB-C cable, but you'll need your own power adapter

The Sequence 7 comes with a brand new Magnetic Quick Cost USB-C cable, however you want your individual energy adapter
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

Although it does not win any longevity awards, the Sequence 7 affords about the identical battery life as its important rivals. The Galaxy Watch4 lasted nearly 24 hours with the always-on show enabled in my testing. When you’re seeking a longer-lasting smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa 3 guarantees greater than six days of battery life on a cost, however it’s additionally far much less superior when it comes to what it could actually do.

On a extra constructive notice, due to its new charging structure, the Sequence 7 juices up rapidly. With its new USB-C compatibility, the watch expenses 33% sooner than the Sequence 6. Simply 45 minutes on its fast-charging puck takes it from useless to 80% battery life. When you’re operating low on battery life on the finish of the day, popping it on the charger for simply eight minutes offers you adequate juice for eight hours of sleep monitoring. 

Higher for Seashore Journeys and Baking

Apart from the bigger show, the Sequence 7’s largest improve is its improved sturdiness. It is the primary Apple Watch with an IP6X certification, that means it’s very dustproof. That is the very best certifiable degree of mud safety, so that you should not have to fret about sand, mud particles, or flour stepping into the watch and breaking it. In different phrases, the subsequent time you head out to the seaside, hop on the mountain bike trails, and even bake a cake, you’ll be able to hold the Sequence 7 in your wrist with out fear. 

This new certification gave me peace of thoughts throughout a latest journey to the nail salon. Because the technician filed my nails with a drill, I did not have to fret when particulate matter flew in every single place. Furthermore, as somebody who lives close to the shore, dustproofing is a very welcome improve, as I’ve shied away from sporting my earlier Apple Watches to the seaside. 

The Series 7 is the first totally dust-proof Apple Watch

The Sequence 7 is the primary completely dustproof Apple Watch
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

The Sequence 7 additionally contains a extra crack resistant entrance crystal than any of its predecessors, that means it is more durable to shatter the display screen. At its tallest level, the Sequence 7’s Ion-X glass is over 50% thicker than that of the Sequence 6. Apple additionally offers the crystal right here a flat base, which helps to extend sturdiness. 

The watch retains its predecessor’s WR50 ranking, that means it is water-resistant to 164 ft. Apple says it is secure for shallow-water actions like swimming in a pool or the ocean; the Exercise app affords monitoring choices for each. You can too put on it within the bathe or a scorching tub. Make sure to take it off earlier than scuba diving, waterskiing, or some other actions that contain “high-velocity water or submersion under shallow depth,” Apple warns(Opens in a brand new window)

No New Well being Revolutions

The Sequence 7 does not supply any new well being or health options you’ll be able to’t get on the Sequence 6. Nonetheless, it offers a strong suite of wellness instruments, together with Apple’s motivating Exercise, Train, and Stand rings, in addition to integration with the corporate’s Health+ exercise streaming service. I additionally like that it could actually provide help to observe your interval and fertility home windows, and hold you sincere when washing your palms with an computerized 20-second countdown timer. 

Tracking an early-morning NordicTrack Vault core workout on the Series 7

Monitoring an early-morning NordicTrack Vault core exercise on the Sequence 7
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

In relation to well being monitoring, Samsung’s newest flagship smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Basic, have a slight higher hand for his or her new physique composition and snore monitoring options, which are not obtainable on the Sequence 7. Whenever you put on certainly one of Samsung’s watches to mattress and place your smartphone in your nightstand, they work collectively to pay attention for loud night breathing and may even document it. The Apple Watch can already monitor your sleep and in a single day respiration, so I hope Cupertino provides snore monitoring sooner or later. 

The Watch4 sequence additionally contains a BioActive Sensor, which may assess your physique composition utilizing a course of generally employed by sensible scales known as bioelectric impedance evaluation (BIA). After a 15-second scan, the watch shows your skeletal muscle mass, fats mass, physique fats proportion, physique mass index (BMI), physique water mass, and basal metabolic price (BMR). It additionally exhibits whether or not you fall inside the low, regular, or excessive vary for every metric. 

The Apple Watch offers no shortage of pre-installed and third-party apps. Left to right: Apple Watch Series 7, Series 6

The Apple Watch affords no scarcity of preinstalled and third-party apps (Left to proper: Apple Watch Sequence 7, Sequence 6)
(Photograph: Angela Moscaritolo)

Whereas the Watch4 sequence affords extra well being improvements, the Sequence 7 has a significant benefit with regards to third-party apps. Even with a latest change to Put on OS, Samsung’s watches are lacking many well-liked apps obtainable on the Apple Watch, together with Audible, CNN, Fb Messenger, ESPN, Runkeeper, Starbucks, The Climate Channel, and Uber. At this level, Apple’s watchOS nonetheless has the widest choice of third-party apps by far.

Fortunate Quantity 7

The Apple Watch Sequence 7 builds upon its class-leading predecessor with a bigger display screen, sooner charging, and improved sturdiness. Between the {hardware} updates, ample well being and security options, and unequalled third-party app choice, it affords the very best smartwatch expertise you may get at the moment, incomes it our Editors’ Alternative award.

When you already personal an Apple Watch Sequence 6, nevertheless, you need not rush out and purchase the Sequence 7. Whereas the bigger display screen makes it simpler to learn textual content and faucet buttons and offers a extra lovely canvas on your watch face of selection, that is actually essentially the most vital change from the earlier mannequin. In any other case, they provide the identical wonderful consumer expertise.

The one comparable non-Apple smartwatches we have examined are the $249.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and $349.99 Watch4 Basic. As a result of these watches work solely with Android telephones and the Sequence 7 and different Apple Watches work solely with iPhones, the very best smartwatch for you depends upon what cellphone you personal.

Lastly, understand that for all their spectacular options, Apple’s and Samsung’s smartwatches supply solely one-day battery life. If that is certainly one of your important considerations, we propose the Editors’ Alternative-winning $229.95 Fitbit Versa 3, which affords much less in the best way of third-party apps and feels a bit much less refined, however lasts for days on a cost. 

The Backside Line

With extra display screen actual property, improved sturdiness, and sooner charging, the Apple Watch Sequence 7 retains its crown as the very best smartwatch in the marketplace.

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