Great if you like gadgets, not great as a sports watch.
I bought the Apple watch SE to replace my (awesome but now pretty worn) Suunto ambit sport watch that I use mainly for running and occasionally for kayaking or paddle boarding. The main reasons I bought the Apple watch is that it can navigate (as we just moved to another state this is great for discovering new runs ) and it doesn’t need a strap for a heart rate monitor, it furthermore has some handy smart watch features that should be good when running.
After having used it for a number of months both for running and when not working out I no...te the following about the Apple Watch SE: 1) It helped me realise smart watches are not for me. While an Apple smartwatch is probably the best smartwatch around, I’m not a fan and I think the concept is flawed. I’m not sure what value a smartwatch has when you already have a smart phone. The watch doesn’t really do anything a phone doesn’t do and -other than when working out when you need your hands - you might just as well use your phone to surf the internet/check the weather/read text messages/etc. especially as your phone does it much better and clearer. 2) The watch is a bit like a swiss army knife..... it can do an awful lot but hardly any of it is very useful neither does it do it well. It really is impressive to see that Apple can determine when I need to stand up to be healthy and how it tracks my fitness goals that I didn’t even know I had. In every day life however it is plain annoying to get all sorts of messages when in a meeting/driving/doing something about something I’m not interested in in the first place. When running I prefer to see my current speed in km/h instead of minutes per km and in real time rather than in splits. I haven’t worked out how to do that yet, I don’t think its possible using Strava or the nike app. Furthermore the information I can show when running is limited and hardly customisable, with Suunto I could show all sorts of metrics in an order or combined exactly as I preferred which I think is the difference between using a sports watch or a (relatively) smart watch to track your performance. 3) I have serious concerns about the quality.
Must buy smart watch
This smart watch packs a lot for it’s price point. Simple and easy to use. I love that you can change the watch face accordingly to your moods and preferences. Only con was the buttons sometimes jammed or did not register my touch. Initially did not bother me so much but after a week I felt it was slightly inconvenient. Have taken back for an exchange as it seemed a little faulty.
Well priced full featured smart watch
Purchased for my daughter (I have a series 5) as it was well priced. Have found it to be very durable and comparable to the 5 in all aspects apart from the main function differences such as- display always on. She wears it most days to school and has been careful with it and it’s still like new. Would highly recommend the SE over the more expensive 6! Purchased from apple store online and arrived within days!!
- Watch SE GPS 44mm
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Too soft plastic glass. Expect scratches.
The front glass is too soft plastic. Got scratches in glass within 2 weeks under normal wearing conditions. Never dropped or rubbed against anything. Poor quality product for $480. May be ok as a dress watch.
Purchased in September 2020.
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Priced decently and packed with essential features, it looks like Apple may be trying to lure in those previously hesitant to splurge on an Apple Smart Watch. If you're okay with giving up the more advanced and complex features of the Series 6, then it looks like the SE may be a rather tempting option.
- Includes Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. There is also a cellular option so you can scroll through apps using data and send texts without your iPhone
- Swim proof and water-resistant up to 50 metres, making it safe to bring your smart watch along to water-based activities
- Up to 18 hours of battery life (takes 2.5 hours to charge to 100%)
- Compatible with all Apple Watch bands so you can mix and match
- Available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold
How does the Apple SE Series Smart Watch compare?
The Apple Watch SE comes at a more affordable price point than the Series 6 but lacks some of the updated features. This includes the blood oxygen sensor and the updated 6S SiP U1 chip Ultra WideBand by Apple, which is a feature that helps to improve accuracy between two Apple devices with U1. The SE also doesn’t have the Always-On Retina Display available in the Series 6 but has an updated Retina Display that is 30% larger than the Series 3.
Considering the price point of the SE, these are advanced features that you might not really expect to see in a budget model. So if you don’t specifically need a blood oxygen sensor for high altitude activities or the other extras included in the Series 6, then it might not be worth the expensive price point. An affordable alternative to the Series 6, the SE shares many of the same features to other Apple Smart Watches you might know and love, such as Apple Pay, Apple Music and Google Maps.
Another budget Apple Watch option is the Apple Series 3, which is cheaper than the SE but still in a similar price bracket. The main difference between the two is that the SE has updated features including a noise level sensor and compass, new gold colour option and double the storage with 32GB instead of 16GB. Even though the Series 3 lacks these new features, it still has some useful features such as a heart rate sensor and a 50-metre water resistance.
The Series 3 and SE are pretty similar, so if you don't need the SE’s updated features, the Series 3 could also be a good option. Keep in mind though that the Series 3 may soon begin to be phased out, so if you’ve got your eye on it it’s best to snap one up while you can.
|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||4G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi|
|Colour / Finish||Silver, Space Grey, Gold||Silver, Space Grey, Gold||Silver, Space Grey, Gold||Silver, Space Grey, Gold|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level Sensor|
|Waterproofing||Swim-proof and Water Resistant||Swim-proof and Water Resistant||Swim-proof and Water Resistant||Swim-proof and Water Resistant|
|Internal Storage||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Release date||Oct 2020||Oct 2020||Oct 2020||Oct 2020|
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