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5 simple reasons why the Apple Watch Series 7 stays on my wrist

I have owned Apple Watch Series 7 for over six months. During that time, I’ve worn it on its own, with other smartwatches and fitness trackers, and even with traditional watches on the other wrist. I tracked workouts, used its health monitoring features, tried several different bands, used it to pay for things in stores, and enjoyed the seamless connection with my phone.

However, for all its technical capabilities, there are essential, simple and useful everyday features and design elements that allow me to wear it. Here’s what I find that makes the Apple Watch so easy to live with on a daily basis.

Rich notifications on a big screen

The main hardware upgrade on the Series 7 on Series 6 was the screen. I quickly got used to the 20% extra screen area, smaller bezels, and incredible brightness. It’s still visible at home from almost any angle, and I had no problem seeing it in direct sunlight either.

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It’s crisp and detailed, and that means everything I read about the watch benefits from it. I get a lot of notifications and the Apple Watch system is miles ahead of competing smartwatches. I can do things with notifications – reply, delete, archive, like or ignore, for starters – that I can’t with any other smartwatch/iPhone pairing. And while that’s helpful, it’s second to Apple Watch’s reliability and ease of use.

I never wonder if I missed a notification, because so far the Apple Watch hasn’t missed delivering one. It might seem like a basic feature, but so many other smartwatches don’t give me the same peace of mind. The wonderful haptic feedback, which is so precise and recognizable, tells me one has arrived and even the smallest of wrist movements bring up the on-screen notification every time. I didn’t have to raise my wrist significantly, check my phone, or switch windows on my computer to check what happened, because the Apple Watch made it clear whether I should pay attention to the notification or not. It currently makes up for the iPhone’s lack of an always-on screen.

WatchOS 8 plays a big part in the success of the notification system, and another aspect of the Watch and its tightly integrated software that I like is that when I enter Work Mode in Focus on my Mac Mini, the Watch and my iPhone immediately do the same. I’m not interrupted by these notifications when I don’t want them. On the Apple Watch, notifications not only reliably arrive, but they also reliably remain silent. Few smartwatches get absolutely correct notifications, and all of them could learn from the Apple Watch Series 7.

Headphones and audio controls

It might sound like such a basic thing, but I wear a lot of headphones and use my iPhone for music and podcasts. Having all the controls I need on my wrist means my phone is kept out of the way. You can control everything on Apple Watch, from selecting a track and adjusting the volume to interacting with Apple Music. The processing power of the Apple Watch is evident here, as the interface is smooth and seamless, even when it comes to cloud-based Apple Music features.

While the Apple Music app and iTunes Store can be very frustrating, especially when mixing purchased music, locally downloaded podcasts, and Apple Music like me, it all stays on the iPhone. You also don’t need to use Apple headphones for it to be effective. All features still work as usual when I use my Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, which means I don’t have to remember or fiddle with the touch controls to quickly lower the volume.

When is it useful, you might be wondering? When I wear headphones to do things, from cleaning the house to washing the car, I often keep my phone out of reach, and the Apple Watch means I can always control what’s playing and its volume. It’s a simple feature, but I find it incredibly useful.

The braided solo buckle is the best watch strap

Choose the the right strap for your Apple Watch is crucial to really enjoying it, but knowing which is right for you is the hardest part. Here’s how I wear my Apple Watch and why the Braided Solo Loop fits perfectly. I want the Apple Watch to fit comfortably on either wrist, and I need it to make good contact when I’m in a workout, but then be comfortable and unrestricted at other times . I don’t wear it “smart” often, so there’s no need to have a bracelet suitable for formal or elegant attire.

The back of a braided blue Solo Loop band on Apple Watch Series 7.
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The braided solo loop is just fine. The amount of stretch and suppleness in the band means it’s never too tight and never awkward, I can happily fit on my right wrist without it feeling weird or annoying, and I only have pushing it slightly up my wrist to ensure heart rate tracking is accurate.

But more than that, I love the style. It’s pretty much unique in the smartwatch market, and while the Sport Loop band has been emulated by others, the Braided Sport Loop is still only associated with Apple and the Apple Watch. It is versatile, available in different colors and has also proven to be very durable. I’ve been using it as my main watch band since the beginning of the year and it still looks brand new. It’s expensive, but worth it.

Apple Watch Series 7 on the wrist from the back.
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One thing to note is that if you can try one on before you buy, it will help you get the right size. I first used Apple’s online sizing system and the recommended length turned out to be too big. I then ordered the size below the suggestion from Apple’s online tool. Although you can get cheaper versions, they are nowhere near as good as the original.

Closing the rings is motivating

Move, exercise and stand up. These are the three sections that the Apple Watch prioritizes to give you insight into your daily activity. It’s simple but instructive, and I find it motivating. I’m not an athlete and I don’t regularly play sports worth following. So Apple’s rings are a great way for me to see how inactive I’ve been, which prompted me to do something about it.

Daily progress can be seen on the watch itself, but to see historical data you need to visit the Apple Health app on your phone. It makes sense because it keeps the watch focused on it and now. When I reach a goal, I like the animation and the haptic vibration. When I want to track activity, it’s really simple – I just use the recent apps menu (accessible using the button on the watch) and with a few swipes, the activity tracker is underway.

The Apple Health activity page shown on the iPhone 13 Pro.
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Again, this all sounds so basic, but it’s not that all wearables or smartwatches make starting and tracking a workout so simple. Whether it’s pressing illogical buttons to find the right menu, turning down the volume of annoying voice assistants telling you your stats, or waiting for it to pick up a GPS signal, it’s no problem. encountered by the Apple Watch. A few taps and you’re gone and running. Or walking, cycling or one of dozens of different exercises. It may be simple, but it’s definitely not. basic.

You only get the health features of a smartwatch when you’re wearing it, and you’ll never worry about using its functions until they’re intuitive and quick. The Apple Watch Series 7 delivers on both of these fronts.

Reliable battery

The overall reliability of the Apple Watch is a theme of this article, and it continues with battery performance. I don’t wear it to track my sleep — I use the Oura Ring for this – but I wear it all day from about 8am until nearly midnight, and without fail when I turn it off at that time, at least 50% of the battery even with tracked training.

That means the Apple Watch Series 7 is more than capable of lasting two business days. I wore it for a weekend and didn’t take the charger with me, and it only went into low power mode when I got home the second day. While it can’t match battery winners like the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, it still performs well as there are no changes to health tracking or always-on screen.

What’s wrong with the Apple Watch Series 7?

Looking back my review posted in October 2021, I wanted to see the negatives I mentioned and if Apple had fixed any over the last few months through software updates. However, the only downside I mention is that the Apple Watch only works with the iPhone, and to no one’s surprise, it still does. Does that mean the Apple Watch Series 7 is flawless?

No, but that’s not really an issue just with the Apple Watch. You don’t need a smartwatch the way you probably need a smartphone. It’s still an accessory that will undoubtedly improve your smartphone and increase convenience, but many highly beneficial health tracking features can be found on fitness tracker wristbands sold for a fraction of the price. If your phone is not essential to your daily life, I would advise you to buy a very nice traditional watch instead of a smartwatch.

I’ve worn the Apple Watch Series 7 since its release, and despite my best efforts, I can’t find any major downsides aside from it being a little frivolous, which is true of all smartwatches. If you watched the Apple Watch Series 7 after you’ve seen how it will fit into your life, but haven’t taken the plunge yet, take it. You will not be disappointed.

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