I was one with an S6 who did rush over to the Apple Store app on my iPad 2 weeks after it became available. FYI, I got 235$ for my S6 on trade in. The S7 larger screen is a big difference for me and my far sightedness. The buttons are bigger too so entering the passcode, which we’ll all do a lot, I’d now done with more precision. The keyboard is actually usable now IF I swipe. S6 it just was too small for the keyboard app I used. The surprise plus feature was the fast charging. I was in a good charging rhythm on S6 (coffee, shower breakfast while it charged). But i did need to take it not fully charged sometimes. The fast charge has eliminated that and allowed in those odd circumstances to get a quick jolt of juice when needed.
It has a bit of a different look, curved is a bit noticeable, but not huge. Your band choice is much much more of a aesthetic. The added toughness to the Watch glass is fortunately something I can’t tell you if it has made a difference. That’s the specs on it.
If none of this seems applicable to you, I’d recommend keep S6 and wait to see what S8 brings. S6 was my first AW and I loved it. But I can say many tech channels said ‘meh’ to S7 so I was concerned I’d wasted a buy. Imho it is much more of an upgrade than it was given credit for.
I'd say nothing. I bought my watch SE when the 7 came out. Only thing I'm missing is 2 health sensors I don't need and always on display which I never use on any smartwatch. The SE is still fast and responsive. I mean, I'm sure I'd notice a difference in the UI if I had the 6 or 7 but the SE runs great. I may upgrade later in the year depending on what the 8(if they change design to something I like almost definitely) and the new SE look like. I suspect the new SE will keep the old form factor if the 8 is a redesign.
I am still using a stainless steel Watch Series 5 and I have no intentions of upgrading it anytime soon. For my usage, it is more than enough, it is still fast and it still runs the newest developer beta (watchOS 8.5) with ease. With that being said, does your current watch usage justify an upgrade in your own opinion?
For me the biggest upgrades (coming from the series 5) are the noticeably larger screen (actually only 1mm but combined with the flatter screen makes a noticeable difference). A full keyboard now available for typing or preferably swiping is a nice addition. And lastly the fast charging which is awesome.
There is one other thing I really like but this is just a personal preference: the new watch face which I believe like the keyboard was designed for the flatter screen.
If none of those are anything that appeals to you then you’d be wise to stay with your series 6. My wife had a series 6 which she adored, but since we’re older I suggested she try a 7 for the larger screen. She was adamant that she loved her watch and didn’t want a new one. I finally convinced her to just try it out and she fell in love with the 7 the minute she got it. Her 6 was sold a few days later
Yes, I do opt for the new S7 face too. It’s a unique, tightly colorful pleasing aesthetic that sets out the curved edge visual. It is almost without complications — on S6 I’d use the multi complications face exclusively — but it ends up less can be better. It does have the last app used micro button between 12 and 1 which can be handy (though it’s so small I don’t always get it pressed right).
Great write up Turbochgd, well said. It’s Pretty much my S7 positive experience as well. I think some tend to see these changes/upgrades as few and occurring on such a small level that they’re not impactful. The brighter screen is a plus too. For me these were surprisingly impactful - I suspect much more so than a better SOC and square edge design would be.
I own a series 6 and 7. The biggest difference that I notice is the Qwerty keyboard for texts. I read somewhere about a 3rd part workaround for older models. In all honesty, I haven't noticed any changes in my Apple watches since the Series 4 due to the addition of AOD. I get a new Apple watch every year alternating between Space gray and silver(Changed colors with series 7) Due to their low cost, they're basically disposable watches.As for the stainless versions, they;re basically a rip off. SS is not a premium upgrade in the watch world.
I will offer this. The AW7's keyboard allows me to type texts silently on my cellular AW7. For me, that is huge. That discretion is quite a feature to me. Is it worth $750 (stainless steel)? Maybe not but it is very very useful and nice.
Totally agree with Tadpoles -- it was an unforeseen benefit too. The S6 keyboard app just wasn't usable for me so using the keyboard had no longer even factored into my thinking (Siri or bust on texting). The S7 actually makes the keyboard useable and functional (though I swipe).
I love my 44mm graphite stainless 6 but, for the first time ever, fell in love with an aluminum color… starlight. Trade in wasn’t worth it and I wasn’t sure if I would love it in person so I opted for a refurb 45mm in starlight. Welp, I now have two watches and feel like there’s no need for anything else so I’ll just swap between these two for many years.
I'd say "noticeable difference" is a bit subjective. My good friend raves about the HUGE screen of his 7. I haven't told him that I can't tell the difference vs. my 6. For some users, e.g. Up_And_Away, the difference is noticeable and a valued improvement. For me, I wouldn't consider a 7 now instead of waiting 4 months for an 8 (which I probably won't buy then either).
And by the way, I am VERY much guilty of falling for Apple hype. I actually believed my titanium would be "noticeably" different from stainless steel. It's not and I won't make that mistake again.
Well - one extra year of warranty coverage perhaps is worth the cost difference? (Stainless get the same 1 year warranty as Aluminum watches, while Titanium and Hermes are considered "Edition" watches and get a second year, or three years with AC+ vs. two years with AC+ for Aluminum/Stainless non-Hermes.)
I'm considering Titanium Series 8 (if they are available) to avoid the scratches on the stainless case that I have on my S5.