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Apple Watch 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: which is the best smartwatch?

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We’ve seen two big new smartwatches in the last few weeks, but which is the best for you?
It’s that time of year again: endless speculation, renders and rumors before Apple finally drops a brand new Apple Watch. This year’s Apple Watch Series 7 isn’t a huge upgrade over the Apple Watch Series 6, but there are some important improvements – not least a bigger display and tougher crystal. It’s important to note that Samsung’s watch only works with Android handsets, while Apple’s is just exclusive to iPhone models. This will likely have made your decision for you. So how does the Apple Watch 7 compare with Samsung’s flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4? Let’s take a look. There are two Galaxy Watch 4 models, the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The non-Classic one is smaller, lighter and has a capacitive touch-sensing band rather than the rotating bezel of the Classic. We’ll focus on the standard Watch 4 here. We think the Galaxy Watch 4 is a very good-looking device, and the streamlined Armour Aluminum frame is particularly good looking in Pink Gold, although unfortunately that option isn’t available in the 44mm model. Like the Apple Watch you have a choice of sizes – 40mm and 44mm here – and colors: Black and Silver in any size, Green in 44mm only and Pink Gold in the 40mm. There’s a decent selection of bands too, including Hybrid Leather and Sport options. The Super AMOLED screen is 1.4” in the 44mm and 1.19” in the 40mm. The Samsung is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance. Rumors suggested a radical redesign for the Apple Watch Series 7 but this is an evolution, not a revolution: thinner borders make for a bigger screen without a noticeably bigger case (the Series 7 is 1mm bigger than the Series 6 and compatible with existing Apple Watch straps and bands), and the crystal cover has been redesigned to make it stronger. It now has IP6X dust resistance as well as WR50 water resistance. The display is 20% bigger than before (and 50% bigger than a Series 3) and enables you to view more data and have more on-screen complications. There are new colors too: midnight, starlight, green, blue and PRODUCT(RED) for the aluminum models.

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