Hands-On With the Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7 launches today, meaning that customers who ordered last Friday will be receiving their orders. We were able to pick up one of the Series 7 models, and we thought it would be a good idea to review the features and compare it with the Series 6 for those still waiting or considering purchasing.

The Series 7 isn't much different from the Series 6. The Series 7 doesn't offer any new features or design changes. However, the casing sizes are bigger at 41mm and 45mm respectively, and the display is noticeably larger.

Apple has reduced the size of its display bezels. This is a nice change. Plus, the larger size allows features such as new watch faces or a full keyboard.

Apple claims that the always-on display is brighter and uses more durable glass that's less susceptible to cracking. The IP6X dust resistance certification is also new and joins WR50's water resistance rating.

The larger display will be enjoyed by most people. However, it can pose a problem for those with smaller wrists who were happy with the previous sizing.

There aren't many changes other than the sizing and rounded bodies, tweaked colors, and minor adjustments to the color options. The Series 7 features the same features as the Series 6: blood oxygen monitoring, ECG and heart rate monitoring, along with fall detection. However, the Series 7's standout feature is the faster charging speed.

The Series 7 can be charged at 33 percent faster using the included charging puck. This is provided that you have an 18W+ USB C Apple charger or a 5W or greater USB C PD adapter.

If you are an Apple Watch Series 6 user, there is no compelling reason to upgrade. However, those with a Series 3, Series 4 or Series 5 will appreciate the upgrade. Have you upgraded to the Series 7? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.