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Galaxy Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 9: Expectations

The official unveiling of the Galaxy Watch 7 is just around the corner! With just a few hours left until this year's Unpacked event on July 10th, the excitement is high among all smartwatch fans and the anticipation is growing with each passing day.

Will the Galaxy Watch 7 good enough to compete with the Apple Watch 9? That is the question some of you may be asking, and we will try to answer it today. Of course, since the Galaxy Watch 7 is not official yet, this comparison is preliminary and based on leaked information, but you know how it is these days: we know pretty much everything about a device long before it hits the shelves.

So, without further ado, let’s get started. This is our Galaxy Watch 7 Comparison with the Apple Watch 9.

There is a conceptual difference between the Galaxy Watch 7 and the Apple Watch 9. The former is based on the circular design we all know and love, while the Apple Watch 9 features a more square design.

The Apple Watch is also available in two sizes: 41 mm and 45 mm, while the Galaxy Watch 7 is expected to mimic its predecessor with two size options: 40 mm and 44 mm. However, there are other models in the portfolio, namely the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra and possibly also the Classic and FE models to meet the demand for a larger or smaller size.

The Apple Watch 9 is also available in two material options: an aluminum case or a stainless steel case. We are not sure which material options will be available for the Galaxy Watch 7but we assume it will be aluminum, since other materials are usually reserved for the Pro, Ultra or Classic models (Samsung, please decide on a model scheme!).

The Apple Watch 9 features Ion-X glass for the aluminum models and sapphire glass for the stainless steel option. The Galaxy Watch 7will probably only have sapphire crystal glass and will therefore have a slight advantage in this respect.

The Apple Watch 9 display has a peak brightness of 2,000 nits and a minimum brightness of 1 nit and is indeed one of the best smartwatch displays in the industry. The display of the Galaxy Watch 7 remains a secret for now, all we know is that we'll get two sizes: 1.3 and 1.5 inches. However, we expect good brightness levels since Samsung manufactures and supplies OLED displays for a variety of other companies, including Apple.

Music

Lots of loops
The Apple Watch 9 offers a wide range of optional straps to suit every style and taste. There are silicone sport straps, stylish Milanese straps, braided straps, fabric straps with buckle design, metal straps and much more.

But despite this abundance, the Galaxy Watch 7 is said to offer something even cooler. We don't yet know what mechanism this model will use, but judging by the previous generation, Samsung will most likely use the same quick release mechanism as the Galaxy Watch 6 series.

This allows users to attach a regular third-party 20mm or 22mm strap to the Galaxy Watch, in addition to Samsung-branded straps (of which there are also plenty). This is cool because you can usually use, for example, your favorite leather strap on your newly acquired smartwatch.

The traditional watch lugs offer more freedom in choosing the strap and also look classic. However, there is no right or wrong here, it just depends on what you like better.

In summary, it can be said that the Galaxy Watch 7 has a potential advantage in that it will likely accept standard 20mm and 22mm watch straps, while the Apple Watch 9 uses a proprietary mechanism for its straps.

Software features

WatchOS vs. WearOS?
The Galaxy Watch 7 will come with Google's Wear OS 5. We expect the software experience to build on the extensive range of health monitoring and wellness features found in previous generations of Galaxy watches and add even more advanced features.

We expect that metrics such as sleep index, sleep consistency and body composition analysis will return to the Galaxy Watch 7along with hundreds of workouts, skin temperature measurements, and safety features like fall detection and irregular heart rhythm notifications.

There may be an integration with the Galaxy Ring baked in Galaxy Watch 7taking advantage of the power and accuracy of the combined sensors in different places on the hand. We also expect an LTE version that can work more or less independently. Of course, there will be a full overview of all the features once we have the device on our wrist.

The Apple Watch 9, on the other hand, currently runs on WatchOS 10 and has a number of really cool features. The new double-tap gesture is available and can be a very useful way to quickly answer a call or take a photo.

The Apple Watch 9 offers amazing integration with iPhone devices but doesn't work with Android phones, so that's the trade-off. Other than that, it has sleep tracking, fitness tracking, fall and accident detection, and women's health features like menstrual cycle tracking.

Heart rate accuracy, sleep tracking and GPS will be evaluated after we put both models against each other in our rigorous testing. The Apple Watch 9 is famous for its heart rate sensor, one of the most accurate in the industry on a non-medical device, so it will be interesting to see if the Galaxy Watch 7 will be able to challenge that.

Battery and charging

Advantage Samsung… possibly

As for battery life, the Apple Watch 9 is, as usual, rated at 18 hours of battery life. Despite all the complaints voiced over the past generations, Apple seems to believe that 18 hours is more than enough for everyone.

The Galaxy Watch 7is still an unknown variable, but there is a chance that we will get very similar battery capacities as the previous generation, namely 300 and 425 mAh for the two models respectively.

We can't judge the actual battery life without doing some testing, but we can give an educated guess based on what we've seen on previous Galaxy Watch models. With that in mind, we expect the Galaxy Watch 7 to provide at least more than 18 hours on a single charge, possibly a full 24-hour cycle.

When charging, the Apple Watch 9 reaches 50% in 30 minutes, which is a normal value for Apple devices. For the Galaxy Watch 7we expect similar results to its predecessor: 30 minutes will give you about 40% charge, and a full charge will take 80 minutes. Of course, we'll update this section with real, hard numbers once we've done our testing.

Here is a quick overview of all Apple Watch 9 models and prices:

  • Apple Watch Series 9 Aluminum 41mm: starting at $399 for GPS, $499 for cellular
  • Apple Watch Series 9 Aluminum 45 mm: from $429 for GPS, $529 for mobile
  • Apple Watch Series 9 Stainless steel 41 mm: from $699
  • Apple Watch Series 9 Stainless steel 45 mm: from $749
The situation with the Galaxy Watch 7 is still a bit uncertain, as there are several models that are bubbling up from the rumor mill. We may get a Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra model this year, along with a possible FE version. We can't say if there will be a Classic or Pro model. Pricing is also a mystery, but Samsung probably won't deviate too much from the Galaxy Watch 6 Prices which are as follows:

  • 40mm model: $300 for Wi-Fi model, $350 for Cellular
  • 44mm model: $330 for Wi-Fi model, $450 for Cellular

Voice calls and haptics

When it comes to voice calls, both the Apple Watch 9 and the Galaxy Watch 7 supports calls from the watch. Even if the Galaxy Watch 7 is not official yet, but we are sure that it will be equipped with a microphone and a speaker.

In terms of haptics, the Apple Watch 9 surprised us positively in our test. It offers a firm and strong vibration and is therefore almost an industry standard in this respect. Galaxy Watch 7 not yet, but Samsung needs to upgrade the vibration motor inside, as the Galaxy Watch 6 felt a bit weaker and not as precise compared to the Apple Watch 9.

Technical data

Here is a quick comparison of the specifications for the number of Nurds out there. Keep in mind that the Galaxy Watch 7 The technical data is still based on leaks and rumors.

*- rumored specifications

Summary

A final verdict is practically impossible at the moment, as we are still waiting for the official unveiling of the Galaxy Watch 7 Series on July 10. However, we can say a few things in advance. The usual peculiarities when it comes to Galaxy smartwatches versus Apple Watch devices also come into play here.

If you own an iPhone, the Apple Watch 9 is usually the obvious choice. Android users, on the other hand, are probably better off getting the new Galaxy Watch 7If you are both Android and iOS user, things get more complicated, in which case you will have to wait for our full review to get the final verdict.