Apple Watch Series 7 GPS vs Cellular – What’s the Difference?

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The Watch Series 7 is the latest smartwatch to join the Apple watch family. It succeeds the Watch 6 – now discontinued. The Watch 7 comes with a larger and brighter display with a larger screen-to-body ratio. It also has fast charging plus runs on Watch OS 8 out of the box which brings new workout modes, respiratory rate while sleeping, and a new contact app. It comes in two sizes; 41mm and 45mm. Each of these two sizes also comes in two models, Cellular and GPS only models. In this post, you will learn the difference between the two models and we will help you decide which is a better choice for you.

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS vs Cellular: Full Specifications Compared

 
 
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Apple Watch Series 7 GPS full specifications

Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm) (GPS) Full Specifications, Features and Price

Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm) (Cellular) Full Specifications

Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm) (Cellular) (Aluminum) - Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $479.00 $579.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (GPS), Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm) (Aluminum), (Cellular), Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm)
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date October, 2021 October, 2021
Predecessor Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch Series 6
Successor
Versions Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+ Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 45mm x 38mm x 10.7mm 45mm x 38mm x 10.7mm
Weight 38.8g (Aluminum) 38.8g (Aluminum)
Shape Rectangular Rectangular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Leather, Silicone Leather, Silicone
Bezel material Bezeless (Ion-X glass -aluminum), Bezeless
Strap size 24mm 24mm
Screen protection Ion-X glass (aluminum) Ion-X glass (aluminum)
Water resistance IPX7, Yes, 5ATM IPX7, Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Color (Aluminum: blue, green, red, starlight, and midnight) (Aluminum: blue, green, red, starlight, and midnight)
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size N/A N/A
Display type 1000nit, LTPO OLED 1000nit, LTPO OLED
Display resolution 396 x 484 pixels 396 x 484 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 1GB
ROM 32GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type None e-SIM
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer Via App App
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: up to 18hrs Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type (Fast charging), Charging dock (Fast charging), Charging dock
Charging time 30min-1hr 30min-1hr
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Apple S7 (64-bit) Apple S7 (64-bit)
CPU Dual core Dual core
GPU
Operating system WatchOS 8 WatchOS 8
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Apple Watch App Apple Watch App
Compatibility iOS 15.0+, iPhone 6s+ iOS 15.0+, iPhone 6s+
Payment system Apple Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap 24mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Siri Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Apple Watch Series 7, Charger, Manual, Straps Apple Watch Series 7, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $479.00 $579.00

Apple Watch Series 7 Cellular vs GPS – What’s the Difference

  1. The cellular model is a standalone smartwatch
  2. The difference between the cellular and GPS models of the Apple Watch Series 7 is the presence of an eSIM in the cellular model. As a result, the cellular model is a standalone smartwatch. It can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone. It will also allow you receive messages as well as install apps independent of your phone. Again, the cellular model can call emergency contacts independent of a smartphone.

    The GPS model can do all these, but it requires your phone to be nearby.

    Both models have WiFi, Bluetooth and inbuilt GPS. Your Apple Watch connects to your phone primarily via Bluetooth and WiFi, while with the built-in GPS, you don’t need to carry your iPhone along to track your routes, locations, and pace during your outdoor workout activities.

    So, in fewer words, the cellular model is a standalone smartwatch that allows you to receive messages and make and receive calls independent of your iPhone.

  3. Cellular model is priced higher and will cost you more
  4. Apple Watch Series 7 cellular vs gps prices
    The cellular mode is a standalone smartwatch, but will cost you more

    Because the cellular model is a standalone smartwatch, it’s priced higher than the GPS model. Moreover, you have to factor in the cost of a cellular service subscription for the watch.

  5. GPS model is only available in aluminium

The GPS model only comes in aluminum material. If you want a different material from aluminum, then you will have to upgrade to the cellular model which is available in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium materials. In this regard, aluminum material comes in blue, green, red, starlight, and midnight colors. Stainless steel material is available in graphite, space gray, and gold colors while titanium material is available in titanium and space black colors.

Aluminum material is available in both GPS-only and cellular models. It comes in 5 colors.
Stainless steel material is only available in the cellular model. It comes in three colors
The Titanium model is only available in cellular model. And it comes in two colors.

Apple Watch Series 7 Supported Carriers

Before you choose to buy the cellular model of the Watch 7, you want to make sure your network provider supports the Apple watch. The cellular model of the Apple Watch works with the same service provider as your iPhone. You want to check the supported model and supported carriers in your region to ensure you can enjoy the features of the cellular model.

And for family members who don’t own an iPhone, Family setup is a feature that will allow you setup multiple Apple watches from a single iPhone. The Apple Watch can function with its own number. This way you can manage multiple Apple watches from a single iPhone. This feature is supported with only cellular models. You should also confirm supported carriers for Family setup.

Apple Watch Series 7 – What is New?

Nothing much has changed with the new Watch 7. In fact, we don’t recommend upgrading unless you want to experience everything new. Although there are slight additions that are focused on ease of accessibility and convenience. On this note, the Watch 7 has a larger and brighter display, fast charging, and more.

  1. There is a new QWERTY keyboard
  2. Before now, third-party apps like FlickType and WatchKey allow you type directly on your Apple Watch. However, Apple has added a native QWERTY keyboard on the Watch 7 that makes it extremely easy to reply to messages. This in addition to scribble, dictate and voice reply as well as a larger display give you more control in replying or sending messages.

  3. Apple Watch 7 is available in 41 and 45mm
  4. Unlike the Watch 6 down to Watch 4 which are all available in 44mm and 40mm, the Watch 7 is available in 41 and 45mm. This signifies a drift from the norm that gives you a bigger size in a yet somewhat compact size.

  5. Apple Watch 7 has a larger display
  6. Apple claims the Watch 7 has a 20% larger viewing area than Watch 6 and a 50% larger viewing area than Watch 3. It also has a 40% slimmer border that indicates a very high screen-to-body ratio that allows you to see more at a glance. It’s all about accessibility.

  7. Watch 7 has a brighter display
  8. Apple also claims that the Watch 7 has a brighter display than the Watch 6. In addition to the always-on display, mode makes the watch easy to read even in low light conditions.

  9. Watch 7 is dustproof and more durable
  10. The Watch 7 is rated IP6X which means that it’s dustproof. Its also coated in a crystal cover that Apple claims is 50% thicker than that of the Apple Watch Series 6. In other words, the Watch 7 is a more durably built device.

  11. Watch 7 welcomes fast charging

The Watch 7 has fast charging technology which Apple claims is 33% faster than Apple Watch 6. It should take 45 minutes to charge from zero to 80%, and 8 minutes of charging should enable 8 hours of sleep tracking.

WATCH OS 8 – WHAT’S NEW?

The WatchOS 8 is the newest operating system for Apple watches. The new OS succeeds the WatchOS 7 that was released alongside the Watch Series 6. Similarly, the Watch Series 7 runs on WatchOS 8 out of the box. Don’t worry, Apple says the WatchOS 8 will also be supported on older Apple watches down to Apple Watch Series 3. What this means is that most of the new features thaT come with the new OS will be available on older Apple Watches.

  1. Stay focused
  2. This feature can help you concentrate when you need to. You can choose from preset focus suggestions or sync customs ones you created on your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple devices.

  3. Explore new watch faces
  4. Apple has added new watch faces to its ecosystem. Apps like stopwatch and timer will have a bigger button that makes it easier to access these basic apps.

  5. Enjoy a mindful moment
  6. There is a new Reflect feature in the Mindfulness app that helps you establish a meditation practice by focusing on a short and thought-provoking theme.

  7. Try new workouts
  8. New workouts have been added. You can now choose from the new Pilates and Tai Chi workouts.

  9. Respiratory rate while sleeping
  10. The new OS also adds the ability to track your respiratory rate as you sleep. Knowing your respiratory rate while sleeping can give you greater insight into your sleep quality and overall health.

  11. Keep keys on Apple Watch
  12. You can now store your home key and car key in the Wallet app on your Apple watch. This ensures you’re never without it.

  13. Edit on the fly
  14. The new OS will make it easier to correct errors in the text. You can use the rotating digital crown to scroll precisely to the spot you want to edit. This makes it easy to reply to notifications. And with the new QWERTY keyboard on Watch 7, it is even easier to reply and send messages.

  15. Control your home better in watchOS 8
  16. The home app has been redesigned to make it easier than ever to control the smart devices in your home.

  17. Portrait photos as watch face
  18. In addition to new watch faces, watchOS 8 introduces the ability to set Portrait mode photos as your watch face.

  19. Check volume on the go
  20. watchOS 8 will also allow you see real‑time headphone audio levels in Control Center when you’re listening to media.

  21. Find Devices and Find Items app
  22. In addition to the find my people app that was introduced last year, Apple has added a new Find device and Find items app that makes it easy to locate your misplaced Apple devices.

  23. New hand gestures control
  24. This feature allows you to use the built‑in motion sensors in your Apple watch to answer calls, control an onscreen pointer. A similar feature has been in Galaxy watches.

  25. New Contacts app
  26. Just like Galaxy Watch 4, there’s now a contact app on your Apple Watch. This feature will allow your watch to sync contacts on your iPhone which can be accessed from the watch. Thus, making it easy for you to easily access contacts for calling or texting purposes.

  27. Create Multiple Timers with new Timer app
  28. With the new OS, you can now create multiple timers for different purposes. You can setup multiple timers with the Timer app. You can also use Siri to give each timer a label. This feature comes in handy when you want to time multiple activities at once.

  29. Easily Rediscover significant people, places, and events

Photo highlights from your memories and featured photos on your iPhone now automatically sync to your watch, making it easy to keep in touch with memorable moments.

Apple Watch Series 7 Features

  • It is equipped with an LTPO OLED powered always-on display. Navigation is via touchscreen, 1 physical button and digital rotating crown with hepatic feedback.
  • Ion-X glass covers the display of the aluminum model, while Sapphire crystal glass covers the display of the stainless steel and titanium models.
  • Clock features include time/date, alarm, timer and stopwatch.
  • You can customize the watch face from available watch faces or download watch faces from the pool of many watch faces available on the app store. New watch faces have been added.
  • Available in three materials; aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium with ceramic and sapphire crystal back. GPS/Cellular model comes in all three materials, while GPS only model is available in only aluminum material. The straps are interchangeable and come in 22mm for (41mm) and 24mm for (45mm).
  • Aluminum model is available in blue, green, red, starlight, and midnight colors. The stainless steel model is available in silver, graphite, and gold colors, while the Titanium model is available in titanium and Space black colors.
  • Find my phone, control music on smartphone, and remote camera control.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you such as emails, SMS, and calls, so you never get to miss important updates.
  • Rated 5ATM (swim-proof), its waterproof up to 50 meters. It is also rated IPX7 dust resistant.
  • Compatible with iPhone 6s+ and iOS 15.0+ devices.
  • Inbuilt microphone supports Apple Siri with a 50% louder loudspeaker that lets you play media files anywhere.
  • 32GB (GPS + Cellular)/(GPS only) onboard storage capacity lets you take your music with you.
  • Get access to Apple Music with over 75 million tracks of musical motivation on your wrist. You can also catch up on the latest podcasts or listen to an audiobook. Subscription maybe required.
  • Make payments on the go with Apple Pay (Not supported in all countries) .
  • GPS + Cellular model is a standalone smartwatch that allows you to call, text, and stream Apple music without needing your phone.
  • Apps can be accessed directly from your wrist.
  • International calling that lets you call respective emergency contacts in almost anywhere in the world.
  • Features watch face sharing that allows you to create and share watch faces from the Apple Watch.
  • Features emoji app that allows you to send emojis as stickers through messages and links or use the emoji as a watch face.
  • Family setup allows family members who own an Apple Watch but don’t own an iPhone to still enjoy all the benefits of an Apple Watch by connecting multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone.
  • Find People app lets you share your locations. It comes in handy in alerting you when a family member gets home as well as allows you to monitor the exact location of a family member.
  • Smart money allows you to send money through the Apple cash family app.
  • Siri can translate spoken words to a different language (10 languages supported). It also allows you to do simple tasks with your voice.
Apple Watch Series 7 Fitness Tracking Features
  • Comes with preloaded sport modes include yoga, cycling, indoor and outdoor running and swimming. New workout modes like Tai Chi and pilates added.
  • Tracks your swimming activities which includes laps count, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
  • Can pair wirelessly with compatible gym equipment.
  • Features a Breath App that can help you return back to calm by encouraging you to take a moment in your day, to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction.
  • New Added a new reflect feature in the mindfulness app that allows you set an intention and center yourself with a beautiful animation.
  • With inbuilt GPS, you can track outdoor activities, so that you can see your pace in real-time, location and routes.
  • Equipped with a third-generation Heart rate sensor that tracks your heart rate so you can manage the intensity of your training effortlessly. It can also alert you of irregular heart rhytms….

  • Tracks your steps, distance, calories and sedentary reminder.
  • Activity rings; stand, move and exercise help monitor your daily activities, and can tell when you’re sitting, standing or exercising more often than required. You can as also compete with friends.
  • Features ECG tracking that lets you take instant ECG test directly from your wrist which can help you detect atrial fibrillation – a form of irregular heart rhythm.
  • Features incidental fall detection that can help you seek and get immediate help when a fall has occurred by auto dialling preset emergency contacts if the watch detects a fall and you’re unresponsive for a given time.
  • Menstrual cycle tracking that allow you log your cycle which can help you monitor and detect changes.
  • Noise App that alerts you when decibels rise to levels that can impact your hearing.
  • Handwashing app guides you to wash your hand for up to 20 seconds inline with WHO recommendations as well as reminds you to wash your hands when you get home which can help prevent Covid-19.
  • Cycling map app can help you find the perfect lane to follow as well as allows you to search nearby places.
  • Hearing protection has been improved to be able to alert you when you reach the weekly listening dose as recommended by health authorities.
  • Sleep tracking feature tracks your sleep comprehensively and shows your sleep stages and how long you slept. Also added a respiratory rate tracking during sleep that allows you to see how well you slept. New
  • Features blood oxygen tracking that tracks your blood oxygen levels to determine how well your blood utilizes oxygen.
  • Equipped with an always-on altimeter that lets you see your elevation changes in real time as you climb up or down.
  • Get access to Apple Fitness+ – a premium fitness service powered by Apple Watch that gives you access to world-class workouts by world’s best trainers. Workout metrics can also be synced to your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
  • Equipped with a built-in compass that lets you easily navigate and find your bearing.

Pros

  • Premium, stylish and lightweight design.
  • Larger and brighter display.
  • A comprehensive activity tracker.
  • Onboard 32GB storage capacity.
  • You can make and receive calls with the GPS models.
  • The cellular model is a standalone smartwatch.
  • Make payments on the go with Apple Pay.
  • Incidental fall detection, emergency SOS and international calling.
  • ECG and blood oxygen measurement onboard.
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t so impressive.
  • Quite expensive.
  • Not compartible with Android devices.

Apple Watch Series 7 Compatible Devices

Apple Watch Series 7 requires an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later, while Apple Watch Series 6, 5, 4, 3, and Apple Watch SE require an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or later.

Cellular or GPS Model – Which Should You Buy?

The cellular model is a better investment. It’s a more comprehensive smartwatch that gives you more freedom. It’s a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make calls, receive messages, stream Apple music, and more independent of your iPhone. It’s also available in more materials other than just aluminum. However, it will cost you more money both upfront and recurring costs on a subscription.

Nevertheless, the GPS is a popular choice. It’s cheaper, yet can do everything the cellular model can do. Only that you must carry your iPhone along.

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