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iRun26.2

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I have rather small wrists but I currently own the larger (44mm) S6. I don’t think it is too big but I’m concerned about the 45mm S7 I have on order (I want the bigger screen).

Does the extra mm make it too big for some people?

(I just realized the spelling error in the title. Sorry, I’m bad at spelling but not that bad! I wonder if that can be fixed.)
 

wytwolf

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I have rather small wrists but I currently own the larger (44mm) S6. I don’t think it is too big but I’m concerned about the 45mm S7 I have in order (I want the bigger screen).

Does the extra mm make it too big for some people?

(I just realized the spelling error in the title…sorry, I’m bad at spelling but not that bad)

The reviews I’ve seen with series 6 next to the series 7 confirm only a VERY slight increase. I would doubt anyone would notice unless they were side by side.

The bigger screen that you want is mostly due to reduced bezels.
 
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yepp

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Comparing both watches with display off (not to be distracted by larger display), Series 7 45mm case does look bigger than series 6 44mm. I can absolutely tell. But the difference isn't substantial.

I have sport bands on both watches. Especially the parts where the bands connect to the watches from top and bottom look and feel different. On series 6, the width of the sport band and the watch case feel more similar. On series 7, this width difference is noticeable in the hand.

If you're concerned about discomfort on your wrist due to larger size, I wouldn't worry too much.

If you're concerned about how big the watch looks overall, I think that the increase in display size gives an illusion of a bigger watch much more so than the actual physical size increase of the watch case. And yes, the watch does look bigger because of the larger display area.
 

iRun26.2

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Comparing both watches with display off (not to be distracted by larger display), Series 7 45mm case does look bigger than series 6 44mm. I can absolutely tell. But the difference isn't substantial.

I have sport bands on both watches. Especially the parts where the bands connect to the watches from top and bottom look and feel different. On series 6, the width of the sport band and the watch case feel more similar. On series 7, this width difference is noticeable in the hand.

If you're concerned about discomfort on your wrist due to larger size, I wouldn't worry too much.

If you're concerned about how big the watch looks overall, I think that the increase in display size gives an illusion of a bigger watch much more so than the actual physical size increase of the watch case. And yes, the watch does look bigger because of the larger display area.
I think it is at least worth trying it on, then. I have one of the S7 on order and was wondering if I should cancel it. Since it is from Apple, I can return the new one if I think it is too big.

It will have to come down to whether or not I think the larger one looks silly enough on my wrist to overcome the joy of having a bigger screen.
 

Spudlicious

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I have today ordered a 41mm Series 7, my first Apple Watch. I chose the size by measuring my existing traditional watches, placing a rule on the flat of my wrist, and trying on my daughter’s 40mm Series 4. My wrist circumference is 200mm. I wound up thinking I would probably regret whichever size I chose, and I bet that turns out to be right!
 

petterihiisila

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I actually just decided to return my new 45 mm S7 and keep the 44 mm S5.
  • The new keyboard only works in English, which is not my primary language outside forums and work.
  • Most watch faces are unnecessarily stretched for the new screen, it’s almost wasting space.
  • Modular Duo doesn’t feel good with the widgets I use, too cramped and busy, despite the bigger screen.
  • Modular Uno allows adding more widgets into that same screen, so I ended up using that anyway.
  • I didn’t like the black color (the midnight blue tint is almost invisible, it’s black), the Gold S5 just looks better.
  • Red would look great, but it’d limit the band options, many of my old bands would become obsolete.
  • Starlight is not gold. I don’t like a sky blue or forest green watch.
For a while I considered switching it to the smaller, red S7 41 mm (?) version, because it would have approximately the same effective screen area and resolution as my old 44 mm S5. But what would I get as a benefit then? I’d have to replace my collection of watch bands.

So, with a #sadface this model wasn’t for me after all. Which is too bad, because I was really looking forward to a 2-year upgrade cycle.
 

iRun26.2

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I actually just decided to return my new 45 mm S7 and keep the 44 mm S5.
  • The new keyboard only works in English, which is not my primary language outside forums and work.
  • Most watch faces are unnecessarily stretched for the new screen, it’s almost wasting space.
  • Modular Duo doesn’t feel good with the widgets I use, too cramped and busy, despite the bigger screen.
  • Modular Uno allows adding more widgets into that same screen, so I ended up using that anyway.
  • I didn’t like the black color (the midnight blue tint is almost invisible, it’s black), the Gold S5 just looks better.
  • Red would look great, but it’d limit the band options, many of my old bands would become obsolete.
  • Starlight is not gold. I don’t like a sky blue or forest green watch.
For a while I considered switching it to the smaller, red S7 41 mm (?) version, because it would have approximately the same effective screen area and resolution as my old 44 mm S5. But what would I get as a benefit then? I’d have to replace my collection of watch bands.

So, with a #sadface this model wasn’t for me after all. Which is too bad, because I was really looking forward to a 2-year upgrade cycle.
Now you really gave me worried. :(

I’m afraid that I will feel the same. Thank goodness I will have a two week period to compare them before I must commit.

I’m now also concerned that the sides of the new watch will distort my favorite watch faces.

In the end, I must wait until I get it to really make an educated decision.
 

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So it does seem noticeably bigger (the watch, not the screen?)
The screen does feel noticeably bigger which give an illusion that the watch itself is bigger, but the case itself is almost the same. Give yourself a few days to adapt to it, I think that smaller bezels and similar footprint on Apple Watch is the way to go. So far I love it even on the 45 mm, and I don’t have big wrists either
 

petterihiisila

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Now you really gave me worried. :(

I’m afraid that I will feel the same. Thank goodness I will have a two week period to compare them before I must commit.

I’m now also concerned that the sides of the new watch will distort my favorite watch faces.

In the end, I must wait until I get it to really make an educated decision.
It’s a fantastic watch for many I’m sure. I might get used to the new proportions. But I didn’t feel the added value and the wow from the new screen, my main motivation to upgrade.

Also, it was the cellular model, I’ve always had GPS only. The first time I left my phone home, I ended up needing the phone for online banking. Guess I’m not a person who can get away without a phone. That value too was “wasted” for me then.

Your mileage may vary!
 
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Howard2k

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It’s personal preference. You shouldn’t be taking advice from random strangers on the Internet to tell you how the watch feels.

If it feels too big maybe it is? Only you can make that decision.
 

iRun26.2

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It’s a fantastic watch for many I’m sure. I might get used to the new proportions. But I didn’t feel the added value and the wow from the new screen, my main motivation to upgrade.

Also, it was the cellular model, I’ve always had GPS only. The first time I left my phone home, I ended up needing the phone for online banking. Guess I’m not a person who can get away without a phone. That value too was “wasted” for me then.

Your mileage may vary!
You sound like you did a very thoughtful evaluation. I’m glad you commented about the GPS only vs GPS and cellular. That would definitely be a deal breaker for me as I must have cellular when I go out running (without my iPhone).
 
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iRun26.2

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No, not at all. I've had it on for 24hr. Actually a bit disappointed that I don't notice any increase in size at all.
I’m glad to hear that. I sure wish I had mine now. It took me too long to pick out a band and, thus, I won’t get mine for a couple of weeks.
 

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I’m glad to hear that. I sure wish I had mine now. It took me too long to pick out a band and, thus, I won’t get mine for a couple of weeks.
If you have an Apple Store around you, highly recommend stalking it. I too found delay when ordering, so I decided to just try launch day. Got there at 9:30, and at 10, the nice Apple person said, "Yes, we do have a 45 silver SS." Lovely words. Sometimes that little effort -- chatting with other people who are there early or in the store excited -- just adds to the experience. Maybe try it if you can. :)
 

alee

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I just went from an S6 44 to an S7 45. It does not feel any bigger. I wear a size 6 Apple Watch braided band. The screen is definitely noticeably bigger, but the S7 sits pretty much the same as the S6 did... I know some recent posts made it look gigantic but in practice, the only way for me to tell them apart sitting on the table is the single slot for the speaker on the S7 vs the 2 slots on the S6.
 

petterihiisila

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You sound like you did a very thoughtful evaluation. I’m glad you commented about the GPS only vs GPS and cellular. That would definitely be a deal breaker for me as I must have cellular when I go out running (without my iPhone).
Later today I went to a local store to buy something else. I can tell you it was really hard to bypass the 41 mm model they had there. Starlight was "gold enough" in my eyes.

The effective screen estate was indeed just the same size as the 44 mm S5 I was wearing, and I do prefer the S5 44 mm proportions for Watch faces. And without Cellular, the price wasn't too bad. I'm an iPhone Mini type of a person, so yeah, that was a close call. The current 44 mm is great, pixel-wise, and the new 41 mm provides the same content in a smaller watch. I think people should check it out in person before purchase.

If my old bands would work well with the 41 mm, it'd probably have been a deal. The screen is sweet, when it goes practically edge to edge. I had that wow moment with the 41 mm. But at 45 mm it was just TOO big of a screen for my taste. The watch hardware (screen-off) looks and feels just the same size in both sizes as S4...S6.

My buyer's remorse was a combination of factors. The 45 mm color options were limited at launch, Starlight gold-ness not clear, and the (turns out unnecessary for me) Cellular option hiked the price, and I learned that I just don't want so many (new) pixels for the OLED. So it wasn't good value, for me.

For anyone who needs Cellular and isn't as picky as me about how the screen estate is used, and whose bands fit the new size choice ... then the extra cost is probably justified.

The bottom line from that 41 mm experiment is that the edge-to-edge display is indeed awesome, as long as you get the screen size that feels right to you. Purely subjective. Both hardware options are now big enough to interact comfortably with. And the hardware sizes haven't changed in a recognizable way. As a result, I suspect that many 44 mm watch owners might find the new 41 mm a good choice. Depends on how thick your arms, fingers and eyeglasses are. ?
 
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iRun26.2

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If you have an Apple Store around you, highly recommend stalking it. I too found delay when ordering, so I decided to just try launch day. Got there at 9:30, and at 10, the nice Apple person said, "Yes, we do have a 45 silver SS." Lovely words. Sometimes that little effort -- chatting with other people who are there early or in the store excited -- just adds to the experience. Maybe try it if you can. :)
I have never waited at an Apple store on release day hoping to get something but I did pick up my new iPhone 13 Pro in person (rather than having it delivered to my residence). Just doing that (when the rest of the mall was closed) was kind of neat. I’m afraid I’d be so desperate waiting that I would compromise what I wanted just to walk away with something that day.
 
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