The smarter selection on your pockets

(Pocket-lint) – Apple launched two Apple Watch fashions again in 2020, splitting the vary into what many might see as a “professional” providing – now within the type of the Apple Watch Sequence 7 – and a extra price-friendly providing within the new Apple Watch SE.

The SE loses a few of the extra superior and premium options in favour of delivering a way more wallet-friendly worth. However has Apple reduce too many corners to enchantment, or has the smartwatch maker bought the steadiness good?

Our fast take

The Watch SE is an enormous improve over the Sequence 3, and “SE” does not stand for “tremendous costly” – fairly the other, it is a sensibly priced entry level, and stays so even a few years after its launch.

Apple pulled collectively most of the greatest bits from its now-discontinued Watch Sequence 4 and Sequence 5, serving to to separate the vary into a way more distinctive entry-level and pro-spec strategy.

Certain, in comparison with the Sequence 7 mannequin there are a variety of variations within the SE, however the extra we have been utilizing this extra inexpensive watch the extra we have come to see that such variations aren’t going to be deal-breakers for many informal customers.

The Apple Watch SE is the right center floor for these customers who aren’t fussed about a number of well being sensors or the added expense of luxe supplies comparable to chrome steel or titanium.  

So if you would like an Apple Watch since you’re taken with health, or like the thought of unlocking your Mac with out typing a password, or paying for issues with Apple Pay if you go to the retailers, then the Watch SE is a perfect wearable for almost all.

Apple Watch SE review: The smarter choice for your wallet

Apple Watch SE

4.5 stars – Pocket-lint really useful


  • Reasonably priced worth
  • Ease of use
  • Apple Pay
  • Coronary heart-rate sensor
  • Interchangeable straps

  • No always-on show
  • Lacking a few of the sensors present in newer fashions


Watch SE: What options are lacking?

  • Similar design because the older S6
  • Lacks always-on show
  • No blood oxygen or ECG sensor

The massive query you are most likely asking your self is whether or not it’s best to go for the SE over the Watch S7?

The aluminium fashions, when seen side-by-side, look very related. Each can be found in 40mm and 44mm measurement variants to fit your wrist measurement, sport related screens (though the Sequence 7 is ready to use extra of that floor space due to its new show), and have a number of strap choices to fit your type.

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Extra importantly in addition they each run WatchOS 8, so the software program expertise is identical, with the one variations based mostly on the tech that’s built-in.

The Watch SE does not have an always-on show and has greater bezels, does not include the ECG (electrocardiogram) performance, nor the newer blood oxygen sensor. It additionally sports activities a slower processor (not that you’re going to discover) and does not sport the Apple U1 chip – which can ultimately be used for opening automobile doorways and discovering your different Apple gadgets.

Watch SE: Design

  • Finishes: Gold, Silver, House Gray
  • All the time-on altimeter & compass
  • Greater display than Watch S3
  • 5 hour cost time
  • All-day battery life

The Watch SE delivers a way more wallet-friendly worth than the top-end S7, the identical processor because the Sequence 5 from 2019, plus a heart-rate sensor, compass, always-on altimeter, waterproof design, louder speaker than the Apple Watch 3, GPS and Mobile help.

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In brief: if you happen to have been to pitch the SE in opposition to earlier Apple Watch fashions it could most likely sit someplace between the now-discontinued Sequence 4 and Sequence 5 fashions.

Glossy and trendy, the SE is available in three colors – Gold, Silver, and House Gray – with quite a few choices on which swappable band you should buy. There is a new “loop” possibility that stretches to suit, with 9 totally different sizes so you’ll be able to order the appropriate measurement on your wrist.

All the pieces is managed through a mixture of utilizing the touchscreen, the digital crown, and facet button. The mixture of the three offers you entry to all the pieces you want.

Charging is wi-fi through a puck within the field (bear in mind you may want to provide your individual energy charger although, as that is not included) and the Apple Watch SE can cost from zero to full inside two-and-a-half hours (that is an hour and a half slower than the S7, however nonetheless fairly quick).

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The Watch SE can be waterproof, making it nice for swimming, or these moments you leap within the bathe and neglect to take it off.

Chances are high you will not have skilled the Apple Watch at all times on-display – if you happen to’ve already bought an Apple Watch Sequence 5 this watch is not geared toward you – and so not having it actually will not be a difficulty. It is a good to have, and if you happen to do need it then look to the S6 or S7 fashions as an alternative.

What sensors does the Watch SE have?

  • All the time-on altimeter and compass
  • Coronary heart fee sensor

On the sensor entrance, you do not get a few of the snazzy sensors discovered within the S7 mannequin, however for most individuals that should not be a difficulty. Within the two years we have had the ECG function on our Apple Watch (each Sequence 4 and Sequence 5 fashions) we have actually solely used it for exhibiting off, and whereas it is a invaluable piece of equipment for the appropriate individuals, if you happen to’re wholesome then we do not suppose it’s a deal-breaker.

Likewise, we suspect will probably be the identical for the brand new blood oxygen sensor, as launched within the Sequence 6 mannequin. It is a doubtlessly nice new addition for Apple Watch, however most likely one thing the overwhelming majority of individuals will not want or be fearful about measuring. Are you aware what it means to have a 98 per cent rating and the way you could possibly enhance that? Yeah, we do not both.

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What you do get by way of sensors is the heart-rate monitor – which is unbelievable for measuring health in a significant means – a compass, and an always-on altimeter.

When you’re planning on utilizing the Watch SE to maintain match and monitor your train – which, let’s face it, might be why you are eager about getting one – then that heart-rate monitor will do the trick. The compass not a lot, however no less than the altimeter will let you already know the analysis on that epic hike or run when GPS is not being dependable.

To recap

By pulling collectively most of the greatest bits from the now-discontinued Sequence 4 and Sequence 5, the SE is an inexpensive entry into the Apple Watch expertise that may go well with a majority of customers. It is the right center floor for these customers who aren’t fussed about having a number of high-end well being sensors and the extra expense that brings within the S7 mannequin.

Writing by Stuart Miles. Enhancing by Max Freeman-Mills.