The new Apple Watch SE has joined the Series 6, and is the first of a new line of Apple’s smartwatches since Series 1 – and it might just be our favorite.
It’s more affordable for sure, but don’t think of it as a cheap Apple Watch. It still costs $279.99 for the 40mm version, which makes it on the pricey side given the competition out there from Huawei and Amazfit.
The Series 3 is still available at $199.99, but now seems a poor compromise given the old shape and ageing internals.
But the Apple Watch SE only makes a few compromises over the Series 6, which means it’s easy to recommend to the majority of people.
It’s easier to start with the features you don’t get: the always-on display, ECG and SpO2 tracking are all missing on the Apple Watch SE. And it only comes with aluminum case options.
But you still get the same screen tech, sizes, GPS, sports and fitness tracking, swim-proof design, LTE options, Apple Pay… all the stuff that makes the Apple Watch our favorite smartwatch to use day-to-day.
However, the single day battery life (we got up to around 36 hours) is still a major downside compared to rivals.
If you’re not bothered about the high-end health features, then the Apple Watch SE comes very highly recommended.