We Tested The Apple Watch Series 7 For A Week. Here’s Who Should Upgrade

We Tested The Apple Watch Series 7 For A Week. Here’s Who Should Upgrade

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The Apple Watch Series 7 is coming later this fall, with new features like a larger screen and a more durable build. But unlike the iPhone 13 or iPad Mini 6, Apple hasn’t yet released a whole lot about it or even made it available for preorder.

While we all wait for more details about the Series 7 launch, let’s take a look at the differences and similarities between the currently available Apple Watch Series 6 and the brand-new Apple Watch Series 7.

And spoiler: If you’re in the market for an Apple Watch right now, we’d recommend opting for the Series 6, especially if you don’t need a larger display.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 isn’t just the best smartwatch for the iPhone; it’s the best smartwatch period. It’s the fastest smartwatch we’ve ever tested and it not only tracks countless activities but can also take a bevy of health measurements.

Looking at just the pictures on Apple’s website, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the Series 6 and Series 7. There’s really only one major design change in the Series 7, and that’s a larger screen. Instead of the Series 6’s 40mm and 44mm size options, the Series 7 is listed at 41mm and 44mm. That single millimeter increase in size may not sound like a lot, but Apple did more than just increase the size of the new Apple Watch’s case.

The bezels that outline the screen of the Series 7 have shrunk, while the size of the display itself has grown. Apple touts the increase in size at roughly 20% bigger than the Series 6. The benefit of a bigger screen will be most noticeable when you’re reading text messages or using the new watch faces Apple developed for the Series 7 that include spots for bigger complications to show more information.

Another fun fact about the Series 7: The always-on display should be about 70% brighter when indoors. It’s a welcome addition in our book — that’s one area of the always-on display that we’ve always wanted a little more from.

The Series 7 has a thicker crystal display that promises to increase the watch’s ability to survive accidental bumps and, perhaps, drops.

The Apple Watch Series 6 already had a WR50 water resistance rating for swimming at up to 50 meters, and that continues with the Series 7. However, Apple has added IP6X dust resistance certification to the new watch.

We’ve never experienced any issues with dust getting into the speaker ports or causing issues with an Apple Watch, but the added protection is something we’re here for.

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The aluminum Apple Watch Series 7 will come in five different colors, up from four different colors for the Series 6. More specifically, the Series 7 will be available in Midnight, Starlight, green, blue and Product Red.

For the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7, Apple estimates you’ll get roughly 18 hours of use out of a single charge. That’s a number that seems to be Apple’s goal for battery life with every Apple Watch — more or less equating to all-day battery life.

While the battery life should be the same, the Series 7 will charge about 33% faster than the Series 6, according to Apple. Apple reengineered the wireless charging feature for the new watch, along with moving away from a standard USB connection for the Apple Watch charger to a USB-C connection, to boost charging speed.

Apple has said that charging the Apple Watch Series 7 for eight minutes will give it enough power to tra

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