Now that the Apple Watch Series 8 has been released, it’s time to compare it to the Apple Watch Series 7 that came before it. Now, I’ll say without a doubt that if you currently own an Apple Watch Series 7, don’t even consider updating because there is practically no reason to do so.
If you’re coming from an older Apple Watch, such as a series 2 or series 3, I do want to tell you that, yes, going from a series 3 to a series 8 is a huge upgrade, but going from a series 3 to a series 7 is also a huge upgrade because you’re getting a lot.
If you think back a few years, you’ll see that the Series 5 wasn’t all that much of an upgrade, which is pretty much the same.
|Apple Watch Series 8||Apple Watch Series 7|
|BUY NOW||BUY NOW|
|+Beautiful look, premium feel|
+Tons of bands available – 1st and 3rd party
+Huge amount of fitness tracking options, plus custom programs (available with watchOS 9)
+Sleep stages (available with watchOS
|+Bigger display for an overall +Improved experience|
+Brighter display indoors
+Reliable and hiccup-free performance
|–Temperature sensor is underused|
–Some may be getting tired with the design
–Only pairs and activates with iPhone (sorry, iPad users)
|–Sleep Monitoring still doesn’t track deep sleep cycles|
Apple Watch Series 8 Vs Apple Watch Series 7: Specs
|Categories||Apple Watch Series 8||Apple Watch Series 7|
|SiP/Processor||S8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor||S7 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor|
|U1 (ultra wideband)||✅||✅|
|Display size||396 x 484 pixels, 1143 sq mm (45mm model)||396 x 484 pixels, 1143 sq mm (45mm model)|
|Brightness||1,000 nits||1,000 nits|
|Sapphire crystal front||Yes with steel models, no with aluminum||Yes with steel models, no with aluminum|
|Battery life – standard||18 hours||18 hours|
|Extended battery with Low Power mode||36 hours||36 hours|
|Charging||0-80% in 45 minutes||0-80% in 45 minutes|
Apple Watch Series 8 Vs Apple Watch Series 7: Design
- Both the watches look the same from the outside.
- Both the watches support any Apple watche’s band.
As far as I can tell, there isn’t much difference between the exteriors of these two watches. You could have an Apple Watch Series 7 or an Apple Watch Series 8, and you wouldn’t be able to tell the slightest difference at all, which is pretty insane.
The Apple Watch Series 8 looks the same outside as the Series 7; you couldn’t tell the difference. Series 6 to 7 was significant upgrade in the body, but the internal changes weren’t that significant. These two watches are nearly identical to one another. Sizes of 41 millimetres and 45 millimetres are equivalent.
Now, I’ll tell you the cool thing about these two: You can switch the bands between them. That means that on any Apple watch, you can go and buy any band, and they’ll be supported on any Apple watch, which is fantastic.
I think that Apple makes excellent bands for its watches, which is one massive advantage of these watches.
Apple Watch Series 8 Vs Apple Watch Series 7: Features
- Both the watches have the same capacity of 32 GB.
- They both come in those cellular and GPS models.
Now, as far as I can tell, they both have the exact charging mechanism. They also, as far as I can tell, have the same storage capacities at 32 GB, fast charge times, and, as far as we can tell, the same built-in speaker.
The cheapest model is the standard GPS one, which I think is fine, but if you want to step it up a notch, you have that cellular option, which I think is cool. They both still came in those cellular and GPS models.
Suppose you want to go on runs but don’t want to bring your phone. If you want to take advantage of features like making phone calls and even streaming a few songs here and there, you can go ahead and utilize that with that type of watch if you want this other one, but many watches now also have that type of capability.
Apple Watch Series 8 Vs Apple Watch Series 7: Health Features & Durability
- They both have high and low heart rate sensitivity, heart rate notifications, and the ability to perform ECG applications.
- They have a water resistance of up to 50 meters.
Additionally, they both have high and low heart rate sensitivity, heart rate notifications, and the ability to perform ECG applications. This is another significant benefit for both of these; they have a water resistance of up to 50 meters.
Now that there is so much exciting overlap, what are the main differences between the two? There are a number of them, like the Apple Watch Series 8 now has the S8 chip, which I think is incredibly cool and gives you a slight advantage over the series 7 models.
You now have a little more capability by moving up to that particular watch, which is incredible, in my opinion.
Additionally, there are some newer interior features, such as the fact that the Apple Watch Series 8 appears to be a more resilient device that is swim-proof and crack-resistant than the Apple Watch Series 7, which was still a competent and resilient watch. However, I can tell this one appears to be a little more resilient.
- The Apple Watch Series 8 has a new temperature sensor built in.
- The Apple Watch Series 8 has the new S8 chip.
- The Apple Watch Series 8 also has crash detection.
Additionally, the Apple Watch Series 8 has a new temperature sensor built in, which I think is excellent for people who want to take advantage of it. If there are any features or updates about that, the series 8 will be able to have that type of capability. That kind of capability is not available with the Series 7.
Although I believe it could have been honest, the Apple Watch series 7 is lacking in that regard.
As technology advances, I believe the new S8 chip will improve readings and accuracy when taking an ECG and other similar measurements. As a result, that could benefit Series 8 in the future.
The Apple Watch Series 8 also has crash detection, which the series 7 does not. It can detect if you are in an accident and call the police and emergency services for you, which is another significant advantage you have over the series 7.
Even though the series 8 has a few features that may seem to make a difference, I still believe that if I were to purchase an Apple Watch, I would probably still opt for the 7 because it is significantly less expensive than the alternatives. And I believe this is how things will continue to be for me.
I can buy a series 7 for about $250, which is a significant advantage for this kind of device. As a result, I always keep that in mind when I buy any device because, as I’ve already mentioned, I want the best price without feeling like I’m overspending on it.
Although Series 8 adds a few cool features here and there, it still seems that Series 7 comprises nearly 90% of what Series 8 is.
You’ll get those cool features with the series 8, and you might get a bit better battery life, but I don’t see them talking about that too much. The other significant benefit is that it will last longer than the series 7, so you’ll be able to get a more durable watch from the series 8 than you would from the series 7. but that’s still, in my opinion, not a very good reason to upgrade from a Series 7 to a Series 8 Apple Watch.
If you want to use some of the features I mentioned for schools, I believe series 8 is best for you. However, if you’re upgrading from a series 2 or series 3 and have unlimited funds, the price tag shouldn’t be a concern for you; then, by all means, choose the series 8.
Though I firmly believe that upgrading to this Series 7 is probably the better course of action in this situation if you’re coming from a Series 7 or a Series 2 or 3 and want to find the best value for your money.