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Apple Watch Series 7 Smartwatch (2021)

MSRP 399 USDNEX score 85%

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Product Overview

Apple Watch Series 7 is the 2021 iteration of the world's most popular smartwatch. This year, Apple has reworked the always-on OLED display and, unsurprisingly, bumped up the dimensions of both sizes on the Watch 7. Other improvements in weather resistance, battery life, and health-related features round up the update.
The Apple Watch 7 comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes, both with higher resolution displays than the Watch 6. The new bezels measure just 1.7mm around the display; with the larger dimensions of the devices, they allow for close to 20% larger display areas. Apple also promises better display performance.
In terms of durability, Apple has finally included dust resistance for the Watch 7. It is also suggested that the new shape allows the sapphire crystal glass to be thicker and more robust.
The Watch 7 features the same 18 hour battery life, though it now charges faster.
Last but not least, the Series 7 Apple Watch offers a richer set of health features. It comes with a case in either aluminum or stainless steel.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • Always-on display
  • Good fitness tracking
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent health tracking
  • Great smartwatch features
  • Great fitness tracking
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Poor sleep tracking
  • No IP certification
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP6X certification
  • Battery life is still abysmal
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Specifications

Variants:
41 mm
45 mm
Aluminium
Stainless Steel

Connectivity

Ports
Magnetic Connector
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 4, NFC

Construction

Cable
1 m Magnetic charging cable
AluminiumColors
Green, Blue, Starlight, Midnight, (PRODUCT)RED
Stainless SteelColors
Silver, Gold, Starlight, Graphite
Material
Stainless steel or Aluminum case, Ceramic or Sapphire Crystal back, Sapphire Glass front
Speakers
Yes

Dimensions

Bezels
1.7 mm
Size | Depth
10.7 mm / 0.42"
41 mmSize | Height
41 mm / 1.61"
45 mmSize | Height
45 mm / 1.77"
41 mmSize | Width
35 mm / 1.38"
45 mmSize | Width
38 mm / 1.5"
41 mmWeight
32 g / 1.13 oz Aluminium | 42.3 g / 1.48 oz Stainless Steel
45 mmWeight
38.8 g / 1.38 oz Aluminium | 51.5 g / 1.83 oz Stainless Steel

Display

Brightness
1000 nits
Display Type
OLED
41 mmResolution
352 x 430
45 mmResolution
396 x 484

Function

Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, LE
Chipset
Apple S7
Fast Charging
Yes
GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
Graphics
PowerVR
Operating System
watchOS 8.0
Processor
Dual core
Sensor
Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max
SIM
eSIM
Touch Screen
3D Touch
Weather Resistance
IP6X dust + WR50 water

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 18 h
Charging Time
1.5 h
Memory | Capacity
1 GB
Storage
32 GB

Production

Availability
2021-10
Debut
2021-09-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from arstechnica have found the following***:
Despite a revamped Photos app for watchOS 8, you must use your phone to select photos for your parallax background. Apple Car Keys was introduced in 2020, but the growing list of compatible vehicles and the U1 chip within the Apple Watch enable proximity-based features. Right now, you can save at least $50 buying a Series 6 over a $400 Series 7.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • More advanced health features
  • Better battery life than the Series 7
  • Better-looking design
Cons
  • More expensive than Series 7

ndtv[2]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following***:
The Apple Watch Series 7 is capable of tracking blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) It takes around 15 seconds to measure your level, during which you need to be completely still. While SpO2 tracking is convenient, no wearable should be used as a replacement for a dedicated pulse oximeter. The watch primarily relies on Bluetooth to stay connected to your iPhone. You can take incoming calls directly on the watch and make outgoing calls.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decent battery life
  • Accurate heart rate tracking
  • Always-on display
Cons
  • Doesn’t track blood oxygen saturation (SpO2)
  • No ECG

gizmodo[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
Apple continues to refine Fitness+ with new classes, but it hasn't changed how it interacts with the Apple Watch itself. In the Health app, you can also now see your respiratory rate, but sleep tracking remains disappointingly basic. If you have a Series 3 or 4 and upgrade to the Series 7, you'll absolutely have a brand new experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Improved fitness tracking
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Poor sleep tracking
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Watch Series 7 has a new charger, complete with fast charging, and is easily recognizable compared to the older versions due to the silver case. It provides an 80% charge in 45 minutes according to Apple, but when plugged into the Apple fast charger, it exceeds this, getting to about 88% in that time. There is also has a handy feature where an eight-minute charge will return eight hours of sleep tracking.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast charging
  • Excellent health tracking
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No always-on display

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The Apple Watch is once again available in different versions: aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. The aluminum variants are available this year in five different colors: Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, and (PRODUCT)RED. Apple is offering two special editions again this year. For sports enthusiasts, there is the Apple Watch Nike with special straps and Watch Faces. For those who prefer something that is much more exclusive (and obviously, expensive), the Applewatch Hermès is the right choice.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good battery life
  • Improved display
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No IP6X certification

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Apple Watch Series 7 is run by the inhouse Apple S7 SiP. It uses a dual-core processor that operates at up to 1.8 GHz and includes 1 GB of working memory and 32 GB internal storage. The watch is also supported by an integrated compass and altitude measurement that is constantly activated. Locating the watch succeeds very quickly outdoors and even indoors.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Integrated GPS
  • Accurate GPS
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP certification

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score 93%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Apple Watch Series 7 builds upon its class-leading predecessor with a larger screen, faster charging, and improved durability. The only comparable non-Apple smartwatches we've tested are the $249.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic. While the Watch4 series offers more health innovations, the Series 7 has a major advantage when it comes to third-party apps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Larger screen
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved health and safety features
  • Improved durability
Cons
  • No third-party apps

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
WatchOS 8 doesn't add a huge amount to the mix, but it does have a few little flicks and tricks to play with. The noise monitoring is excellent, providing daily feedback on your audio health and letting you know if you spend too long in a dangerous environment. You get handwashing notifications too - in this pandemic-y era, being'made' to wash your hands for 20 seconds is a great feature and one we'd buy the Watch for alone.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Great new Focus Modes
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Battery life isn’t great
  • Not the best for sleep tracking

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
WatchOS 8 has a redesigned photos app and lets you send photos directly from the watch. It has an updated “Mindfulness” app with a “Reflect” feature that gives you some kind of prompt to meditate on. There’s no reason that we should have an expectation of major year-on-year updates.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Great smartwatch features
  • Great fitness tracking
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • Only one year of warranty

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Apple Watch Series 7 battery life can last up to two days, but that’s if you pass on popular features. We'd like to see the Apple Watch introduce a rest mode or gives you an earned way to justify taking a day off. The Apple Watch is still a reliable fitness tracker and one of the best running watches.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • No new health features

wired[11]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The Apple Watch Series 7 has an updated display that's 20 percent bigger than the Series 6. The bigger display also has a full QWERTY keyboard with QuickPath, which allows you to type by sliding your finger instead of trying to peck at a tiny spot. The battery life is still abysmal, but it does make it through a full day.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Faster charging than the Series 6
  • Always-on display is great for workouts and sleep tracking
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Battery life is still abysmal

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 review: Time for a minor upgrade. [arstechnica]. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/11/apple-watch-series-7-review-its-a-series-6-with-a-slightly-bigger-screen/. 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
2. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 Review: Just Bigger?. [ndtv]. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/wearables/reviews/apple-watch-series-7-review-price-in-india-display-fast-charging-2604611. 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
3. ^ The Apple Watch Series 7 Is Easier on the Eyes, but That's About It. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/the-apple-watch-series-7-is-easier-on-the-eyes-but-tha-1847894871. 2021-10-21. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
4. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 Review: The best smartwatch you can buy, by far. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/apple-watch-series-7-review/. 2021-10-22. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
5. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 review: Small updates, big impact. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/apple-watch-series-7-review. 2021-10-26. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
6. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 review - More display area for Apple's smartwatch. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-Watch-Series-7-review-More-display-area-for-Apple-s-smartwatch.578700.0.html. 2021-11-12. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
7. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-watch-series-7. 2021-10-19. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Apple Watch 7 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/apple-watch-7. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
9. ^ Apple Watch Series 7 review: time and time again. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22722533/apple-watch-series-7-review-screen-watchos-features. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
10. ^ Apple Watch 7 review: The most usable smartwatch yet. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/apple-watch-7. 2021-11-11. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
11. ^ Review: Apple Watch Series 7. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/apple-watch-series-7/. 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2021-10-29.

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