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Apple Watch 6 vs Apple Watch 7: Detailed Comparison

The Apple Watch Series 7 is the new flagship smartwatch of the American firm, and, as expected, it comes with some important news in terms of features and technical specifications. Due to its new features and shares several qualities with its predecessor, we compare it with the Apple Watch Series 6, a smartwatch that was recently Apple’s most advanced.

The presentation and launch event of the iPhone 13 had as a member the Apple Watch Series 7. This smartwatch was unveiled without any important aesthetic change, except for one that makes a huge difference and has to be seen with the screen size. 

We have the same rectangular format in both cases, as well as interchangeable straps. In both, we also find the typical crown and the entrance for the eSIM card. So, in addition to the Series above 7 screen, which is visibly larger since it is now not supported by such thick frames, there are no other notable differences in the aesthetic section.

In terms of screens, we have the same OLED retina screen that, in the case of the Apple Watch Series 7, although Apple does not specify it, the size is approximately 2.1 inches, since it is 20% larger than that of the Apple Watch Series 6, which is 1.78 inches. Of the rest, they are the same, so they both produce a resolution of 326 dpi (dots per inch), are tactile, in full colour and have a sapphire crystal coating for protection. Of course, the brightness of the Series 7 is 70% higher than that of the Series 6.

Display

The case size had adjusted slightly to accommodate a large screen. It goes from 40 to 41 mm diagonal for the miniature model of the Apple Watch and from 44 to 45 mm for the large model. Therefore, this change in size remains very modest, thanks in particular to the space-saving obtained by nibbling the edges of the screen.

A more robust and dust-resistant watch (IP6X standard)

To make its elegant watch even more suitable for sports, Apple has reinforced its robustness. Glass, first of all, has been redesigned to be stronger. Its base has flattened, and its thickness increased by 50% on average (it measures double in places!), All without impacting its transparency. The watch has been made dust-proof, meeting the IP6X standard.

These improvements allow the Apple Watch to be used on the beach, the desert or even mountain biking trails. The watch should also resist drops better. In its Key Note, Apple also shows a mountain biker falling to the ground and whose Apple Watch comes out unscathed despite the impact against the ground and total immersion in the dust. We understand that the watch was designed for this kind of situation!

70% brighter screen indoors

To make the watch easier to use, Apple has increased the screen’s brightness inside by 70% when the watch is in sleep mode. You can read the time without having to raise your wrist.

New colours and bracelets

Apple Watch 7 comes in 5 new aluminium case colours (Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, and (PRODUCT) RED). The titanium models are offered in 2 colours (titanium and space black), and the stainless steel models in 3 colours (silver, graphite and gold).

Apple is offering new bracelets, including the luxury Hermès and Nike models, extending its already wide range. These are compatible with older Apple Watch models.

Specification

Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch Series 7
ModelWatch Series 6 Watch Series 7
ReleasedSep 18, 2020Sep 18, 2021
Screen typeRetina OLED Retina OLED
ShapeSquareSquare
Display1.78 inches1.78 inches
Resolution448 x 368 pixels448 x 368 pixels
RAM1 GB1 GB
Storage32 GB32 GB
TouchscreenYesYes
ProtectionIon-X strengthened glassIon-X strengthened glass
OSwatchOS 7.6watchOS 8.0
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi, 4G optionalBluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi, 4G optional
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2maxAccelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max
Water resistanceIPX8IP68
MaterialsCase: aluminium, stainless steel, titanium
Screen: synthetic sapphire
Back: sapphire and ceramic
Case: aluminium, stainless steel, titanium
Screen: synthetic sapphire
Back: sapphire and ceramic
Dimensions44 x 38 x 10.4 mm44 x 38 x 10.4 mm
Weight36.5 g (1.31 oz)32/38.8 g (1.13 oz)
Battery303.8 mAh304 mAh
ChargingWireless Wireless 
Stand-byUp to 18 hUp to 18 h

The performance section is differentiated by two processor chipsets capable of running any application and task smoothly. Both, respectively, have the Apple S7 and S6, which are dual-core, are based on a 64-bit architecture and make use of the PowerVR GPU. At the same time, Apple does not detail anything about the RAM of its smartwatches, but it does detail the internal storage space of the Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 6, which is 32 GB and is used to store music, apps, files and more.

Battery Life

The battery of these smartwatches offers the same autonomy, which can last a day with average use. Of course, the fast charging of the Apple Watch Series 7 is 33% faster, and the charging port is now USB-C, unlike the Apple Watch Series 6.

The Apple Watch Series 7 offers the same 18-hour battery life. A very relative value since the autonomy depends on the use made of the watch. It runs if you use it to make a phone call (the battery lasts about 1 hour!), Listen to music or play sports with the activation of the GPS.

The battery of the Apple Watch remains constant over time. In that case, the watch consumes a little more each year, forcing Apple engineers to find solutions to reduce the consumption of components and increase the battery capacity.

The watch must indeed power an increasingly powerful processor to offer a fluid interface, ensure operation at night for sleep analysis and blood oxygen level measurement (new in Series 6) and assume the screen brighter and permanently on (in Series 6 and 7).

Since the Series 6, the Apple Watch analyzes sleep and can be worn 24 hours a day. It does not leave many opportunities to recharge it. To overcome this drawback, Apple had worked to speed up the charging of the Apple Watch 6. It only takes 90 minutes to charge it fully. The Apple Watch 7 does even better with up to 33% faster charging. In addition, 8 minutes of charge is enough for night use, with sleep analysis, for 8 hours. The induction charger had to be redesigned for this. It now connects to a USB-C port.

Smart Features

Smartphone notificationsYesYes
Wireless paymentsYesYes
Music storage and playbackYes Yes
Phone music controlYesYes
Virtual assistantSiriSiri
MeteorologyYesYes

In terms of monitoring activity, sports and health status, we achieve the same in both watches, so the ECG sensor and a blood oxygen level monitor are not absent in neither. The two also boast multiple functions such as a sleep quality monitor, fall detection function, the detection of numerous sports and activities such as cycling, running and swimming, and women’s health. They are complete in this department; it is worth noting.

Regarding other sensors, both also come with a barometric altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor and thermometer, and an integrated GPS sensor with A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS. That is why they can calculate the distance travelled, the steps taken, calories consumed and other status metrics.

They also support 4G LTE and UMTS networks, which is why they can access the Internet and make emergency calls. In turn, in terms of other characteristics and technical specifications, they come with water resistance of 5 ATM (50 meters), slots for eSIM, Apple Music, Siri assistant, NFC for making contactless payments through Apple Pay. And SOS calls.

New features by WatchOS 8

WatchOS 8, the new Apple Watch operating system, brings some new features that benefit older models from Series 3. In the table below, we also recall the key functions of the Apple Watch Series 6 and 7.

  • With an iPhone turned on nearby for the GPS model (without 4G)
  • Via Wi-Fi (GPS model) or cellular connection (Cellular model)

User interface optimized for the larger screen

WatchOS 8 also considers the new screen size of the Apple Watch 7 to offer a bespoke display and new adapted watch faces. The size of the menus and buttons has been revised to provide a more comfortable display.

A new keyboard and QuickPath for easier text entry

The watch offers a full AZERTY keyboard and the QuickPath function allowing you to write words with a simple finger gesture, as on current smartphones.

New sports activities

New sports activities have been added: Pilates, Tai Chi and Electrically assisted bicycle (VAE). For the latter, the watch measures the calories expended more precisely by taking into account data from the Apple Watch sensors to distinguish between the pedalling force and the traction of the electric assistance.

The fall detection algorithm has been improved and extended to more activities.

The watch can now recognize the Cycling activity for cyclists and offers to start recording if you forgot to do so. It can automatically pause during stops (pause, red light, etc.).

Activity monitoring

Step counterYesYes
Calories burnedYes Yes
Distance travelledYes Yes
Raised floorsYes Yes
Sleep monitoringNoNo
Stress levelsNoNo
Heart rateYesYes
Calorie intakeYesYes
Hydration levelsYesYes
RunningAutomatic race detection Automatic race detection
CyclingRecord various metricsRecord various metrics
SwimmingSuitable for swimming in pools and open water.
Records heart rate, calories burned, laps and distance travelled.
Possibility to set the length of the pool.
Automatically records and detects various swimming styles.
Suitable for swimming in pools and open water.
Records heart rate, calories burned, laps and distance travelled.
Possibility to set the length of the pool.
Automatically records and detects various swimming styles.
OutdoorRecord various metricsRecord various metrics

Conclusion!

Apart from its larger screen, which significantly improves the watch’s comfort, the Apple Watch 7 has difficulty convincing us. We would have liked to find a new sensor, an improvement in autonomy or another innovation that distinguishes it slightly more from the previous model.

If you already have the Apple Watch 6, this new model is only interested in its larger screen and improved user experience. Text input with the virtual keyboard, more readable menus, easier reading of messages (50% more text or, on the contrary, more notable characters for people with a bit of presbyopia) are a real asset. For athletes, the dust tightness and the greater strength of the glass are also to be taken into account. If these elements are not essential for you, you might as well stay with your Apple Watch 6 and wait for the Apple Watch 8, which will be released in 2022.

Apple Watch 7: The design changes little apart from the thinner edges, smoother angles and a more spacious screen. The domed screen reflects the display as on some recent smartphones.

If you don’t have an Apple Watch and wish to acquire one, we strongly recommend the Apple Watch 7. It is the most complete, robust, and practical to use for the same reasons as we quote above. Otherwise, you will be able to take advantage, while stocks are empty, of the Apple Watch 6, the price of which should drop. Please note, you must have an iPhone to use an Apple Watch!

Finally, if your budget is tight, you can still acquire the Apple Watch Series 3. It dates all the same from 2017 and is starting to lag compared to the latest models! Its screen is much smaller (almost 25% less surface area than the Apple Watch 6). Otherwise, the Apple Watch SE is a good compromise: this model mixes the Apple Watch 5 and the Apple Watch 6, offering less efficient components than those of the Apple Watch 6 and fewer features.

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Best Smartwatches for Seniors

Smartwatches and bracelets are convenient, and most importantly, handy gadgets that allow you to monitor your health effectively. They can be used to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, and even sleep quality. The best models detect deviations from the norm and can also offer a solution to the problem. All this is very important for the elderly, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manufacturers are trying to add as many useful functions as possible to smartwatches and bracelets, making it difficult to manage them. Savvy users can grasp new technologies quickly, but for older people, it can be not easy. We have selected several models that, in my opinion, are suitable for older people both in terms of capabilities and ease of operation.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6

The main advantages of these smart bracelets are their effortless operation, have good screen brightness, and relatively low cost. At the same time, it helps to keep track of health and tracks the overall level of physical activity. With moderate use, the bracelet can last up to 14 days on a single charge.

The sixth version of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band has a larger screen compared to the fifth version and, thanks to the increased size, the font is better to read. The updated version of the alarm clock can now be configured directly on the bracelet itself without using the application, which is also very convenient.

By default, the bracelet comes with several convenient dials that are very easy to switch and customize. There are customizable widgets on modular watch faces and the main part of the screen, where the time is usually displayed. With the help of widgets, it is easy to display a variety of indicators on display yourself, for example, heart rate, number of steps, weather, or oxygen level in the blood. In addition, the bracelet can track stress levels and monitor sleep quality. During a street walk, the system will inform you about the level of humidity, UV intensity, and air quality.

The measurement of the personal activity index deserves a separate mention. The bracelet tracks the user’s actions for several days and converts all the information received into one standard indicator. Such information helps to adhere to a certain rhythm of life and always stay in good shape, which is always very important for an older person.

Check out detailed review here: Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6

HONOR Band 6

The HONOR Band 6 is a direct competitor to the Xiaomi Band 6, which we reviewed above. Both bracelets have a very similar feature set and similar tracking capabilities for health and activity levels. However, there is also a difference between gadgets.

If the model from Xiaomi, due to its narrow screen, completely follows the canons of the classic architecture of bracelets, then the HONOR Band 6 can be called a transitional option. It has a wider display, due to which the gadget looks larger, and there is a mechanical button on the body that helps to control some functions. In this design, the tracker is even more familiar to the elderly.

The HONOR Band 6 is equipped with sensors that measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. The system records estimated calorie consumption, monitors stress levels and sleep quality, counts steps, and collects weather information. The bracelet allows you to control music, set the alarm, and send messages about incoming calls.

Nevertheless, there is no way to answer voice calls, and there is no GPS tracker that allows you to control the user’s movement without using a smartphone. Another disadvantage of the HONOR Band 6 compared to the Xiaomi model is the smaller choice of installed watch faces. Some versions of the dials are paid at all.

In terms of cost, the HONOR Band 6 is comparable to the model from Xiaomi, but in terms of usability, it slightly outperforms its main competitor due to the more comprehensive screen.

Check out detailed review here: HONOR Band 6

Canyon Lemongrass Smartwatch SW-70

The Lemongrass CNS-SW70 model is recommended if you need a spectacular and, at the same time, inexpensive gadget with good functionality. The cost of this smartwatch is comparable to the cost of the Band 6 fitness bracelets from Xiaomi and HONOR.

The main advantage of the Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 is its stylish design. The slim round dial is secured on a beautiful metal strap with a magnetic buckle. The IPS screen in sunlight is not as bright as the AMOLED displays on the Band 6 fitness trackers, but the values ​​are quite distinguishable. Even though the clock’s shape is round, the display area on the screen is square. Users often criticize this decision; however, the design of the dials takes this feature into account, and watches with the screen turned on do not lose their presentability.

In terms of the set of functions, the Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 watch resembles a classic fitness tracker: it measures the heart rate, counts the number of steps, the number of calories burned, and tracks the overall level of physical activity. They have a smart alarm and sleep monitoring mode. As for the quality of measurements, it, like in many inexpensive models, has some errors that should take into account. With moderate use, the watch can last up to four days on a single charge.

The Canyon Lemongrass CNS-SW70 watch is well suited for seniors who value design. In addition, this model is an inexpensive chronometer that helps the user effectively monitor their health, which is why it enjoys a certain popularity.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro smartwatch is one of the best Android models in the premium segment. The main advantages of this gadget are its spectacular design, excellent screen, and case protection, long battery life, and the ability to answer phone calls. In addition, it contains all the most essential functions to keep track of your health and physical activity. It is also easy to operate the watch, thanks to which it may well become a suitable replacement for ordinary wristwatches.

It’s hard to find fault with the appearance of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro. They not only look beautiful but, in all respects, fully correspond to a premium smart chronometer. The case is made of durable titanium alloy. The part where the watch touches the hand has a ceramic insert. The strap is made of genuine leather. The display is covered with a sapphire crystal, which is well protected from scratches.

Good battery life is another important plus of this model. With moderate use, the watch can last up to 14 days, but one charge is often enough for about 11-12 days.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro can measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, count steps, and monitor sleep quality. They have a barometer and an intelligent alarm clock; the watch synchronizes with a wireless Bluetooth headset and allows you to listen to music while walking, even if the phone is left at home. And most importantly, this watch has a compass and a GPS tracker. Older people on tourist trips and during out-of-town walks come in handy with the function of moving on the return route. To find your way home, you need to move in the direction indicated by the clock.

Check out detailed review here: HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro

Apple watch series 6

Smartwatches Apple watch series 6 can be recommended to happy iPhone owners. Compared to the fifth, the sixth version slightly added to the set of functions, so owners of Apple watch series 5 or even Apple watch series 4 do not need to change their gadget. Of the exciting innovations, we can only note the emerging sensor for measuring the oxygen level in the blood and a reduction in the charging time by about 20 percent. The design of the sixth version has hardly undergone any changes, except that models in blue and red have been added.

Nevertheless, suppose we compare the Apple watch series 6 with any other smartwatch in terms of convenience and the number of valuable functions. In that case, they leave far behind all their closest competitors. Suffice it to say that in order to operate this chronometer, an older person does not need to figure out how to turn on or off one mode or another. The watch supports the voice assistant Siri, which means that you can control all functions just with your voice.

In Apple watch series 6, heart rate and blood oxygen levels are measured not by pressing buttons but in a continuous mode, which allows you to build a full ECG throughout the day and monitor breathing without interruption. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of such features. The system monitors physical activity, sleep quality, and calories burned. The watch has a light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and altimeter.

The only drawback of Apple technology is its high cost, which fully applies to the Apple watch series 6. However, we can confidently say that this watch will last for many years with careful handling, and its benefits for an older person will be invaluable.

Check out detailed review here: Apple watch series 6

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Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Charge 4: Which is Better

After a series of leaks, Fitbit has announced a new generation of Fitbit Charge 5 fitness bracelets. This is the first wristband made by Fitbit since Google acquired it. Due to the relatively high cost and low availability of Fitbit fitness bracelets, devices from this line are not very popular in our market. Nevertheless, we decided to compare Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Charge 4, find out how they differ, and it is worth selling your Charge 4 and ordering a fifth-generation tracker. Let’s start with the comparison with the main technical characteristics.

Check out detailed review here: Fitbit Charge 5

Pros and Cons

Fitbit Charge 5 Fitbit Charge 4
AMOLED color touchscreenBuilt-in GPS
SpO2, ECG, EDA sensorsSleep tracking is fantastic
GPS, HRM, NFCGPS, HRM, NFC
Bright color screenSlim, lightweight case
No physical buttonsLacks a color display
$30 more than the Charge 4Low visibility in direct sunlight

 

Specification

Fitbit Charge 5Fitbit Charge 4
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BrandFitbitFitbit
ReleasedSeptember 2021April 2020
Display1.0 inch 1.0 inch
Screen typeAMOLED (color)OLED (monochrome)
Resolution260 x 170 pixels160 x 100 pixels
Case materialStainless steelPlastic
ConnectivityBluetooth, NFC, GPSBluetooth, NFC, GPS
SensorsOptical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, SpO2 sensor, ECG sensor, temperature sensor, electrodermal activity sensor, ambient light sensorOptical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, SpO2 sensor, temperature sensor, altimeter
Water resistance5ATM5ATM
Dimensions36.78 x 22.79 x 11.2mm35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5mm
Weight30g28g
BatteryUp to 7 daysUp to 7 days
AppFitbit PayFitbit Pay

Design

Over the years, since the first tracker in the Charge family came out, Fitbit has followed the same design. So, to find the external difference between the Charge 4 and its predecessor Charge 3 is quite difficult. The new Fitbit Charge 5 has received the most noticeable design change since the first generation.

Fitbit Charge 5 received smoother lines and rounded design, became a little thinner and more comfortable than its predecessors. Charge 4 measures 35.8 mm x 22.7 mm x 12.5 mm, while Charge 5 measures 36.78 mm x 22.79 mm x 11.2 mm. That is, Charge 5 is slightly larger, but thinner by almost 10%

Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 4 lack a mechanical button on the case. But, instead of the usual control, the fourth generation tracker has small notches on the sides; when pressed, the tracker is activated (capacitive button). The metal inserts on the sides of the Charge 5 can also be mistaken for a capacitive button, but they are ECG sensor electrodes. All control is carried out using the touch screen.

Both fitness trackers are water-resistant to 50 meters and come with large and small straps. The Charge 4 is available in black, blue, Rosewood, and a particular version with a black case and fabric strap. The Charge 5 is available in black, silver, and gold.

The hook Type of the strap has changed. Now it is not a classic clasp but a “tip-in” pin clasp.

Display

The display is the second major update after the design. The new generation, unlike the Charge 4, which has a monochrome OLED grayscale screen, has a color AMOLED display with higher resolution and brightness. The Charge 5’s 1.04-inch screen with a maximum brightness of 450 nits is 10% more than its predecessor (Charge 4’s brightness is 200 nits). Its resolution is 260 x 170 pixels, versus 160 x 100 pixels for the previous model.

Fitbit Charge 5 has an Always-on Display feature and an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness automatically.

In terms of sensors, the Charge 4 features a 3-axis accelerometer, PPG optical heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, altimeter, skin temperature sensor, and built-in GPS for more accurate tracking of outdoor activities like running and cycling.

The Charge 5 has all of the above equipment except the altimeter. Perhaps they abandoned it because users often complained about its accuracy. But this is just our guess.

The new 5 series comes with electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors and an electrodermal activity sensor. The latter allows you to assess the body’s response to stress. Also, both models are equipped with an NFC module for contactless payment (Fitbit Pay payment system).

Advance Features

GPSYesYes
NotificationsYes Yes
NFCYes Yes
EDA sensorYes No
ECG sensorYes No
Heart rate monitorYes Yes
Step counterYes Yes
Swim-proofYes Yes
Stress level trackerYes No

Both generations of a fitness bracelet can perform the following functions:

  • Sleep Score;
  • Smart alarm clock (Smart Wake);
  • Monitoring of multiple sports modes (indoor and outdoor);
  • 24/7 heart rate measurement (PurePulse); Determination of the level of blood oxygen saturation (SpO2);
  • Call and message notifications with support for fast message reply;
  • Control of menstrual cycles; Activity reminders; Spotify Music Play Control Connect & Control;
  • Heatmaps of workouts (after a run, a route map with heart rate zones for each leg of the route will be available)

The Charge 5 has several new features:

  • Daily Readiness Score. This functionality is only available with the purchase of a paid Fitbit Premium subscription ($ 10 per month). Depending on the user’s activity, sleep duration, and heart rate, the bracelet will offer a more intense or light workout.
  • ECG recording function to evaluate the work of the heart and detect signs of atrial fibrillation. To take readings, you need to touch the conductive inserts on the ends of the case with your fingers.
  • Determination of stress levels with electrodermal activity sensors (EDA)

The rest of the functionality of this pair of trackers is almost identical.

Battery

For Charge 5 and Charge 4, the manufacturer claims the same autonomy. The battery charges to 100% in about 2 hours, and one charge will last up to 7 days of use. With GPS always on, the charge lasts for 5 hours.

When you enable the Always-on Display function, the Charge 5 will work without charging for about 2 days

Price

The Charge 5 was priced at $ 179.95, which is $ 30 more than the Charge 4 was priced at when it was announced. Usually, soon after a new version is released, Fitbit and most retailers will drop the price of the previous generation. That is, you can expect that the difference in cost will soon be $ 40 – 50.

Conclusion!

The main improvements to the Charge 5 are a more modern design, color AMOLED display, ECG, and electrodermal activity sensors. If you can come to terms with the lack of all of the above, selling your Charge 4 is probably not worth it.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Apple Watch Series 7: Which is Better

The Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, two advanced smartwatches with much to offer, now face each other in this comparison to measure forces. The first is the newest, a few weeks after being announced, while the other arrived in August of this year. Both are among the complete today, both in terms of features and technical specifications and functions. That is why now faces are seen, to demonstrate which is better and why. We analyze them!

To begin with, the Apple Watch Series 7, recently, is the new smartwatch from the Cupertino firm and, therefore, the most advanced in its catalog. This smartwatch comes with several improvements over the Apple Watch Series 6 that we make clear in this article, and that is why it is one of the best options in the current market.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, for its part, is also the best Samsung smartwatch. By far, it is also equipped with qualities that make it another of the best and most complete alternatives today, both for having a design very well worked and elegant as for being a watch that competes directly with the Apple as mentioned earlier Watch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4Apple Watch Series 7
Crisp, vibrant OLED displayBig screen is more user-friendly
Touch-sensitive rotating bezelwatchOS 8 is powerful
Good fitness/sleep trackerQWERTY keyboard
Concerns with BIA sensorNo Qi charging
One-day battery life One-day battery life

The first thing to highlight about both wearables is the design section. The Apple Watch Series 7, as in past generations, has the same rectangular format as always, which is what we are used to. Of course, this watch comes with fewer screen frames than before, so its full-screen design is now more striking, having quite reduced edges. From the rest, we get practically identical:

  • Interchangeable straps.
  • The usual crown.
  • The slot for the eSIM.
  • An aspect that is generally the same, both elegant and sophisticated and casual and sporty.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, has a circular format, like other previous models of the South Korean firm. Of course, this smartwatch changes in several aspects. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 3, is more stylish and elegant, but without leaving the sporty aside, with a watch face with reduced frames and well-polished sides. With various buttons.

Moving on to the issue of screens, we find several differences between the two smartwatches. And it is that the Apple Watch Series 7 has a screen that consists of a diagonal of about 2.1 inches approximately-This data has not been specified by Apple-, being more prominent than that of the Galaxy Watch 4, which is 1.4 inches in the 46 mm version and 1.2 inches in the 42 mm version. At the same time, the panel of the former is of retina OLED technology. It has a resolution of 448 x 360 pixels, while that of the Samsung watch is of Super AMOLED technology and consists of a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels. In addition, in both cases, we have color screens, touch screens, and 2.5D borders. The other thing is that both are protected with resistant glasses that stand up to scratches, bumps, falls, and all kinds of abuse.

Specification

Galaxy Watch 4 Apple Watch Series 7
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ModelGalaxy Watch 4Watch Series 7
ReleasedAugust 2021Sep 18, 2021
Screen typeSuper AMOLED 2.5DRetina OLED
ShapeRoundSquare
Display1.4 inch1.78 inches
Resolution450 x 450 pixels448 x 368 pixels
TouchscreenYesYes
OSAndroid + iOSiOS
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS with A-GPS
GLONASS
GALILEO
BDS
NFC
Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi, 4G optional
SensorsBarometric altimeter
Optical ECG heart rate sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Ambient light sensor
Blood oxygen monitor (VO2 max)
Geomagnetic sensor
Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max
Water resistanceIP68 (5 meters)IP68 (5 meters)
Dimensions45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm44 x 38 x 10.4 mm
Weight52 grams32/38.8 g (1.13 oz)
Battery361 mAh304 mAh

In terms of performance, the Apple series 7 comes with 64-bit dual-core processor is a chip choice to live under the hood of the Apple Watch Series 6. The Exynos W920, on the other hand, is aimed at the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Both one and the other consist of dual cores and architecture. 64-bit, being quite solvent to run any app and task fluently. Of course, for storage, the Apple Watch is better, as it comes with an internal memory of 32 GB, which is double that offered by the Galaxy Watch 4 since the smartwatch has a ROM of 16 GB. They both support the storage of music, apps, pictures, and more.

In the connectivity section, there are no significant differences. They coincide the most, so much so that they share all the available options that we can find in an advanced and high-caliber smartwatch-like these, which leaves us with support for 4G LTE networks, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. 5.0, integrated GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and NFC for making contactless payments. Apple Pay is available on the Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Pay on the Galaxy Watch 4.

Now, something that these smartwatches do not lack, but, on the contrary, they have a lot to boast about, is their sensors and monitors. And it is that both one and the other come with an ECG monitor capable of detecting and monitoring the heart rate and abnormalities related to atrial fibrillation. Both also come with a blood oxygen level measurement sensor and features that allow recording the user’s sleep quality and more.

The two also boast a barometric altimeter, gyroscope, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor. For the rest, they come with numerous functions that allow you to know the distance traveled, calories burned, steps taken, and more. Both can also detect multiple sports and track cycling, swimming, running, and outdoor leisure activities.

As for the battery, the Apple Watch Series 7 loses, having autonomy of up to 1 day on average. The Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, is capable of reaching a battery life of up to 1 week, being the winner in this section.

Smart Features

Smartphone notificationsYes (calls, texts, and apps)Yes
Wireless paymentsYesYes
Music storage and playbackYes Yes
Phone music controlYesYes
Virtual assistantBixbySiri
MeteorologyWeather forecastWeather forecast
Other smart featuresFall detectionFall detection

Features of these smartwatches include water resistance, fall detection function, emergency calls, weather forecast function, notifications for both calls and messages and applications, and more. Of course, only the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has MIL-STD-810G military-grade resistance, so it has durability far superior to that of the Apple Watch Series 7. Of the rest, the first has Siri as a voice assistant, while the second has Samsung’s Bixby. You also have to acknowledge that the Apple Watch comes with watchOS 8 and the Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS powered by Samsung.

Activity monitoring

Step counterYesYes
Calories burnedYesYes
Distance traveledYesYes
Raised floorsNoYes
Sleep monitoringYesNo
Stress levelsYesNo
Heart rate measurementYesYes
Calorie intakeNoYes
Hydration levelsNoYes
RunningRecord various metricsAutomatic race detection 
Pace warnings
Last leg pace
Cadence
CyclingRecord various metricsRecord various metrics
SwimmingRecord various metricsSuitable for swimming in pools and open water
Records heart rate, calories burned, laps and distance traveled
Possibility to set the length of the pool
Automatically records and detects various swimming styles (freestyle, butterfly, backstroke )
OutdoorRecord various metricsRecord various metrics

Price

The price of the Apple Watch Series 7 starts at 420 USD officially. Samsung, for its part, launched the Galaxy Watch 4 from about 250 USD in the smallest variant and without 4G LTE connectivity.

Conclusion!

Finally, it is worth noting that we have two of the most complete and advanced smartwatches of the moment. It is difficult to determine which is better and why since each has its strengths and advantages. However, we rate the Apple Watch Series 7 as the winner of this comparison for having a larger screen and more storage space.

Of course, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a better option if you want a cheaper watch and with practically everything that the Apple Watch offers, with an addition that includes military-grade resistance, more battery, and more customization options.

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