Apple Watch Series 7 first reviews roundup

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Apple Watch Series 7 first pre-orders are being shipped to customers. While announced a few months ago during the Apple keynote, The new Apple Watch features a larger display offering 41mm and 45mm case sizes, up to 33% faster charging with the USB-C cable, new colors option, and more

The Verge says that while the Series 7’s features are unnecessary, not enough for an upgrade for those who own the previous model:

If you have one of those older Apple Watches, I don’t think there’s anything here that should compel an upgrade. All the new features are very nice but not necessary. If there is something that’s bothering you about your current watch, then by all means go for it if you can afford it. Also, while the Series 3 is still kicking around for cheap, I don’t think it’s a great buy anymore. The Apple Watch SE is a better value.

There’s no reason that we should have an expectation of major year-on-year updates for the Apple Watch. These smaller iterations might not be what we’ve been hoping for — a big redesign with much more battery — but that doesn’t make the Series 7 bad on its own merits.

TechCrunch writes there are minimal differences in display size that is noticeable between the two Apple Watch Series.

The biggest day to day change, however, is the addition of a full QWERTY keyboard for text input, either by tapping or sliding between letters with QuickPath. I’m surprised at how well both worked on the small screen. As soon as you open up the application, an “Apple Watch Keyboard Input” notification will pop up on your connected iPhone, asking if you’d like to input the text on iOS. In most instances, the answer is probably yes. But it’s nice to have the option if, you’re (gasp) going to be away from your phone for a bit.

It adds:

If, on the other hand, you’re a daily Apple Watch user, you’ll notice the difference on your wrist immediately. The upgrade from Series 6 to Series 7. 

Engadget intake the Series 7 focuses on the nice display and Watch faces

In addition to enlarging most of the elements across the UI, Apple also added new faces that can display more information at once, like the Modular Duo. There’s also a Contour style that pushes the clock’s digits all the way to the edge where they warp and “melt” over the sides like in Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. The remaining two are a Portrait face that we already saw in the watchOS 8 beta, and World Time, which is helpful for interacting with people in other countries. I used Modular Duo the most, though it’s not very attractive, and when I wanted something prettier I just switched to one with my face as the wallpaper instead. (Just kidding: I use the “Artist” design or a cute animal background.)

Many reviews agree that Apple did not provide a major upgrade to the Watch Series 7 from the previous model, however, it is worth upgrading if you own the Series 5 or earlier. Moreover, most agree that it is still recommended to buy the Apple Watch SE option instead of the Apple Watch Series 3.

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