Apple Watch Series 7 review: the flagship watch

Since switching from my Pebble to the Apple Watch, it’s the one thing I never leave home without. Yes, I often go out without my smartphone, but never without the Apple Watch. It has become an integral part of my personality and the connected life I lead. But more importantly, it’s the only ally I need in my fight against diabetes.

I’ve been using the Apple Watch Series 7 for a few weeks now and here’s what I thought of the latest version of the Cupertino smartwatch.

The Apple Watch Series 7 can be seen in this photo. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

Apple Watch Series 7 review

As soon as you take the Apple Watch Series 7 out of the box, the design change hits you. The design itself is the same, but the watch face looks almost gigantic compared to the previous version. In addition, the glass curves on the sides and folds back into the aluminum casing almost seamlessly. The new Apple Watch tries to use that space a bit with some of the watch faces.

The design itself is the same, but the watch face is gigantic compared to the previous version. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

With sports buckle, the bigger watch looks different when you workout or run on the beach. Additionally, I got the impression that so much glass also makes this one a bit more vulnerable to damage, especially when your writing hits hard metal like on a door. Fortunately, Apple uses a front crystal which it claims is better than before. Nevertheless, be careful when using this Apple Watch or get one of these screen protectors.

The Apple Watch Series 7 full-size QWERTY keyboard. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

The extra screen size has its benefits as well, especially a full QWERTY keyboard for those who like to type a full response to a message using the watch. This is handy for those who have had difficulty with voice responses or gestures before. I’m just not that type, no pun intended. In addition, all notifications can now be easily viewed on a single screen and alerts with pictures make a lot more sense.

Apple Watch Series 7 notifications. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

I am not a swimmer. But now, working from home in Kerala, I had the opportunity to wear the Series 7 to the pool and was more than happy with how it performed. In fact, I also used the touchscreen when the watch face was wet. Even when not in a swimming pool, the WR50 water resistance means the Apple Watch is highly relevant to users in places like Kerala, which is humid for most of the year.

Apple Watch Series 7 during a pool session. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

The use of the watch as such hasn’t changed much with the Series 7 as Apple hasn’t released a lot of new features this time around. However, it is still the most charged smartwatch. Everything I need for my daily quantified existence is always there, from steps and calorie counts to workouts and playing music. There is also a measurement of ECG and oxygen in the blood, while women can also monitor their menstrual cycles.

Out for a ride with the Apple Watch Series 7. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

Now the Apple Watch shows more fitness goal trends so you know how you are doing over a period of time. In workouts, it’s hard to think of a diet that isn’t included in the watch. There is fall detection for cycling, but it will be an upgrade later in the year.

However, there are a few new software features that are useful. The Mindfulness app now goes beyond breathing. I have used Reflect mode to de-stress after long days when all you do is switch between Zoom calls.

Apple Watch Series 7 supports the ability to find other Apple devices. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

There’s also the Find Devices and Find Items app now on the watch, which is great for those who have a lot of Apple devices and need help finding where they are. I was able to use the Find Items app to locate my bag that I had thrown away somewhere in the house after a tiring flight with red eyes using the play sound feature.

Battery life still lasts all day, but I feel like it’s a bit stressed compared to the 6 series. It could be because I was out of Wi-Fi range. during most of the testing period and the watch used more of the battery to find a network or stay connected to the phone, which was also having network issues at the time. But with Apple now getting around 18 hours of battery life on a full charge, that’s still no compromise.

Overall, the Apple Watch Series 7 offers better usability thanks to the larger screen size, but doesn’t offer a compelling reason for those in the Series 5 or 6 to upgrade. For those who used the previous modes, the Series 7 will impress you in several ways.

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