The planet’s most popular wearable tech device received a mild upgrade in the form of the Apple Watch Series 7. A series of seemingly minor changes, however, add up to a far more usable device, which is saying something given how popular the Series 6 proved to be. The Series 7 gets a larger screen, a tougher shell, new color options, while retaining the design and the slick user interface of the previous version. What hasn’t changed is the fact that this is still, by a mile, the best smartwatch in the business.
The display of the new Series 7 is 20% bigger than that of the Series 6. Apple has done so without changing the overall dimensions of the case, reducing the size of the bezel to accommodate a larger front crystal, adding another millimeter to the overall size of the display (41mm and 45mm). On paper this doesn’t seem like a particularly big deal. But it makes for a vastly improved user experience. In fact, given how much easier it feels to navigate the screen with larger font sizes and buttons, I can’t help but feel like this is how big the Apple Watch should’ve been all along. One of the highlights of the new watch is the addition of a QWERTY keyboard, which, in addition to accepting Siri-operated voice commands, goes a long way in untethering the Apple Watch from the iPhone.