Which is better for you: the Apple Watch Series 8 or the Apple Watch Series 7?

When Apple announced the Series 8 smartwatch, it was all about the sensors. Even though the outside of the watch looks almost the same as its predecessors, the inside could very well save your life. The Apple Watch Series 8 is made to help you stay safe and healthy. For example, the new body temperature sensor can help you track fevers and ovulation, and the new crash detection technology can automatically call the police if you’re in a car accident. Still, its improved specs might not be enough to convince everyone to switch. So, let’s look at what’s new to help you decide between the main-line Apple Watch from this year and the one from last year.

Specifications

  Apple Watch Series 8 Apple Watch Series 7
Display 45mm: 396 x 484 pixel Always-on Retina LTPO OLED | | 41mm: 352 x 430 pixel Always-on Retina LTPO OLED 45mm: 396 x 484 pixel Always-on Retina LTPO OLED | 41mm: 352 x 430 pixel Always-on Retina LTPO OLED
Weight 45mm: aluminum (38.8g), stainless steel (51.5g) | 41mm: aluminum (32g), stainless steel (42.3g) 45mm: aluminum (38.8g), stainless steel (51.5g), titanium (45.1g) | 41mm: aluminum (32g), stainless steel (42.3g), titanium (37g)
Processor Apple S8 chip Apple S7chip
Storage 32GB 32GB
Battery 18-hour lithium-ion battery (36 hours in Low Power mode) 18-hour lithium-ion battery
Sensors GPS, altimeter, blood oxygen, optical heart sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, body temperature sensor, high-G accelerometer GPS, altimeter, blood oxygen, optical heart sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE (GPS + cellular model only) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE (GPS + cellular model only)
Case materials and colors Aluminum: Midnight, Starlight, Silver, (PRODUCT)RED | stainless steel: Graphite, Silver, Gold Aluminum: Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, (PRODUCT)RED | stainless steel: Graphite, Silver, Gold | titanium: Space black, Titanium
IP rating IP6X dust-resistant, water-resistant to 50 meters IP6X dust-resistant, water-resistant to 50 meters
Price Starting at $399 Starting at $299

You should buy the Series 8 Apple Watch if…

1. The new temperature sensor is good for your health.

During its presentation, Apple made it clear that the new temperature sensor was the most important part of this year’s update to the Apple Watch. It can not only tell you your basic body temperature, but it can also combine its readings with those of other sensors to give you a more complete picture of your health. This makes it easier to keep track of your cycle and ovulation and gives you new health tracking alerts that may help you catch health problems before they get worse.

2. You want the best way to keep your family safe.

Apple’s new Crash Detection feature, which is also found on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, is built into the Apple Watch Series 8. This safety feature records 3,000 samples per second using an improved three-axis gyroscope and a brand-new accelerometer. When used with the other sensors in the Apple Watch, the new hardware is meant to make it possible for the device to almost immediately detect crashes. When it detects a crash, it should automatically call emergency services and send messages to the user’s emergency contacts. If you have family members who wear the new Apple Watch, this gives you even more peace of mind.

3. You’re often not near a charger.

The Apple Watch Series 8 has a new Low Power mode that lets it run for up to 36 hours on a single charge. This is twice as long as the device’s normal 18-hour run time. To do this, the Apple Watch turns off some services while trying to keep things as close as possible to how they work in normal mode. It doesn’t really double the battery life of the Apple Watch, but if you often forget your charger or take short trips without it, this could save your life.

You should buy the Series 7 Apple Watch if…

1. You want an Apple Watch from the main line with a Titanium finish.

With the release of the Apple Watch Ultra, it looks like Apple is saving the Titanium finish for its newest, most expensive model. Because of this, people who want an Apple smartwatch with a Titanium finish at a lower price (relatively speaking) will have to wait for the Series 7 in 2021. Now, the Apple Watch Series 8 only comes in aluminium and stainless steel, which aren’t as colourful as they used to be.

2. You won’t gain anything from any of the new technologies for tracking your health.

Almost all of us could use the Series 8’s new Crash Detection feature in an emergency, but we hope we never will. But because this is a “what-if” situation, shoppers may not find that alone to be a good enough reason to buy a Series 8. Apple hopes that the new body temperature sensor will be enough to convince those who are still not sure. It’s important to remember that most of the more complicated ways to use the Series 8’s new temperature sensor have to do with tracking cycles and fertility. People who aren’t interested in those things can still use it, like to check for fever, but in fewer ways.

3. You want a less expensive main line The Apple Watch

Apple also updated the Apple Watch SE (2nd generation) and released it at this year’s event. Even though this latest update to the cheaper line brings it close to the performance of the new Apple Watch Series 8, it still has larger bezels and doesn’t have the always-on display technology of the Series 7 and 8. This means that if you want an Apple Watch that won’t hurt your wallet as much, but you still want the new display features, the Series 7 is still probably your best bet. Its price is already much lower than the Series 8’s launch price, and it’s likely to keep going down.

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