Should You Update Your Apple Watch?

A bigger screen and faster charging are nice, but reviews don’t seem convinced

Apple Watch series 7 in aluminum Apple Watch series 7 in aluminum

The Apple Watch is back with the new Series 7, featuring a bigger screen, an even more vibrant display, faster charging and…. well, that's about it, according to most reviews.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Apple Watch. And if yours is older and in need of updating, now's the time. But Series 7 is only slightly better than its predecessor, reports the Wall Street Journal. There aren't any new health sensors. The price hasn't dropped. And at 18 hours, the watch's battery life is still relatively short.

The Verge says the Apple Watch is in a class entirely of its own right now. Nothing else is as good for iPhone users and nothing like it is available for Android users. And while they enjoy the slightly larger screen , they also say that's no reason to upgrade. Can you tell which is which above?

Then again, TechCrunch points out that while the improvements are the sort of thing you can walk around with undetected, daily Apple Watch users will notice the difference on your wrist immediately. “Along with the added real estate comes adjustments to the UI that allow for a surprising amount of additional content.” Including the addition of a full QWERTY keyboard for text input.

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Alternative

Tom’s Guide insists, skip buying the Apple Watch 7 and buy this $30 accessory instead.

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Apple Watch versus a Rolex

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