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Raj

RajMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

Too soft plastic glass. Expect scratches.

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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.

Features:

  • 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?

Apple SE vs. Apple Series 6

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.

Apple SE vs. Apple Series 3:

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.

Compare all 4 Apple Watch SE
CategorySmart Watches / Fitness TrackersSmart Watches / Fitness TrackersSmart Watches / Fitness TrackersSmart Watches / Fitness Trackers
Price (RRP) A$429.00A$499.00A$549.00A$479.00
ConnectivityBluetooth and Wi-Fi4G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Construction MaterialAluminiumAluminiumAluminiumAluminium
Colour / FinishSilver, Space Grey, GoldSilver, Space Grey, GoldSilver, Space Grey, GoldSilver, Space Grey, Gold
Display TechnologyOLEDOLEDOLEDOLED
SensorsAccelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level SensorAccelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level SensorAccelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level SensorAccelerometer, Altimeter, Compass, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Noise Level Sensor
InterfaceTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchscreen
LoudspeakerYesYesYesYes
WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water ResistantSwim-proof and Water ResistantSwim-proof and Water ResistantSwim-proof and Water Resistant
Internal Storage 32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB
Release dateOct 2020Oct 2020Oct 2020Oct 2020
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