Second-Hand Apple Watch Series 7 Vs Refurbished Apple Watch Series 8

According to various analyst estimates, more than 100 million Apple watches across all models have been sold around the world. This makes it the best-selling smartwatch of all time—Apple even sells more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry.

If you don’t already have one of Apple’s smartwatches, it’s time to invest in one. It’s the ultimate smart device and fitness tracker combined into one device, wrapped around your wrist. 

It can provide meaningful health insights, track your daily fitness, and be used to take calls, messages, and more. On top of that, especially the later-model Apple watches are packed with innovative safety features that are, quite literally, life-saving. 

For example, newer Apple watches can detect if you’ve been in a severe car crash or taken a hard fall. It’ll also immediately connect you with emergency services, share your location, and notify emergency contacts. 

Getting an Apple Watch second-hand is a great opportunity to get the device at an amazing price. It’s also a good choice if you’re a responsible shopper, as refurbished products are better for the environment.

We understand it can be hard to decide what Apple Watch to go for, especially with so many options available. In this article, we’ll be discussing the Series 7 and Series 8 Apple Watches and the benefits of buying them second-hand. 

Apple Watch Series 7 Features

First launched in 2021, the Apple Watch 7 Series is a smartwatch that still holds up well today. It’s one of the most feature-filled watches available on the market, along with various finishes available. The watch is available in aluminium, stainless steel, and titanium in various colours, including (but not limited to) Green, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Product Red, Silver, and Space Black.

The Series 7 has fitness and health monitoring features, including electrical heart sensors (ECG) and blood oxygen sensors, and can track your activity. It also comes in various sizes, either 45mm or 41mm. The Apple Watch Series 7 has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with up to 18 hours of battery life. It’s also compatible with USB-C magnetic fast-charging cables. The device also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi over 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and GPS + Cellular models are available. 

The watch is also water-resistant, with a rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. The watch features an Always-On Retina LTPO OLED display, with 1000 nits brightness. On top of that, it includes a gyroscope, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone, and 32 GB capacity.

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Apple Watch Series 8 Features 

First revealed at the Apple Keynote 2022, the Apple Watch Series 8 is the successor to the 7. The Series 8 design shares many similarities with its predecessor and builds on all its features, too.

Similarly, the Series 8 watches are available in 41mm and 45mm sizes. They feature the same Always-On Retina LTPO OLED display with up to 1000 nits brightness. They also have a built-in gyroscope, ambient light sensor, speaker, and microphone.

Instead of Bluetooth 5.0, the Series 8 watch supports Bluetooth 5.3. It also has Wi-Fi functionality over 2.4GHz and 5GHz brands, and GPS + Cellular models are available. It also has a battery that lasts up to 18 hours, supporting fast charging via USB-C.

The processor used in the Series 8 is an improvement over the S7 model. The Series 8 watches are fitted with the S8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor. It also features 32 GB capacity.

Along with all the same health and fitness monitoring apps, the Series 8 also features a built-in high-g accelerometer. This allows it to accurately detect if the wearer has been in a hard fall or crash and immediately notify emergency services.

Unlike the Series 7, the Apple Watch Series 8 is only available in aluminium or stainless steel. It also features fewer colour options.

Similarities And Differences

As the Apple Watch Series 8 is a successor to the Series 7, it shares many similarities in design and features. The main differences between the two wearables are the skin temperature sensor and crash detection feature in the Series 8. Design-wise, Series 7 and 8 are almost exactly the same; however, they offer different colour selection options. Series 8 comes in Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and Product Red. The Blue and Green colour options from Series 7 are no longer available. 

The Series 7 and 8 watches also feature similar battery life—rated at 18 hours—with regular fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and the always-on display enabled. So, if battery life is important to you, both are similar. 

As stated earlier, the main differences lie within the Series 8's two new features: the skin temperature sensor and crash detection safety. The skin temperature sensor is being promoted as a tool for health and cycle/fertility tracking.

That’s because changes to wrist temperature have been proven accurate as an indicator of probable ovulation. As for crash detection, the new motion sensors within the Series 8 can precisely detect if the wearer is in a car crash and notify emergency services. 

Overall, the Series 8 is an incremental upgrade over the Series 7 watch. If you’re trying to decide which of the two models to buy refurbished, it’s important to consider the extra features the Series 8 offers, and if they’re worth paying slightly more for.

Is A Refurbished Apple Watch Series 7 or 8 Worth Buying 

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Buying a refurbished Apple Watch Series 7 or 8 is a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest wearable while getting it at a cheaper price. The devices will also be better supported as time goes by, so you won’t have to deal with any bugs or glitches.

At launch, both the Apple Watch Series 7 and 8 had a few software issues that have now been patched out. If you buy the devices refurbished, they’ll already be updated. Aside from saving money, buying refurbished is also a more responsible choice.

By purchasing a refurbished Apple Watch, whether it's a Series 7 or 8, you’re promoting sustainable and responsible consumption. You’re lowering electronic waste, and extending the life of the device.

The Apple ecosystem can also be costly to get into, especially if you’re coming over from Android or starting from scratch. Refurbished Apple devices are an affordable entry into the products, especially if you’re on a budget.

If you’ve decided to purchase a refurbished Apple Watch, it’s important to find a trusted and reputable seller. We also recommend doing research into the seller’s refurbishing process for the device.

Buy Refurbished Apple Watches at OzMobiles

For refurbished Apple Watches, including the latest models, OzMobiles offers a great price on second-hand smart wearables. We also offer a 30-day risk-free return policy and a 12-month warranty.

As part of the extensive refurbishment process at OzMobiles, we also ensure that every component of the Apple Watch is fully functional and the battery is in top condition. So you can rest assured that you’re getting quality and a wearable that’ll last you years to come.

If you have any questions about Apple Watches or which wearable would be best for you—feel free to contact the OzMobiles team today. We’d be happy to answer any questions and help you find the right watch. 

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