Seven rea­sons to buy Ap­ple Watch SE in­stead of Se­ries 3 or Se­ries 6

The Ap­ple Watch SE isn’t just a cut-rate ver­sion of the Se­ries 6. It’s a fan­tas­tic wear­able in its own right.

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The Ap­ple Watch SE may be the new­est mem­ber of Ap­ple’s wear­able fam­ily, but like the iPhone SE, it’s not a new de­vice. Not ex­actly, any­way. The Ap­ple Watch SE is a lit­tle Se­ries 4, a lit­tle Se­ries 5, and a lit­tle Se­ries 6, all wrapped up in a lower-priced alu­minium body. Here are six sur­pris­ing things Ap­ple de­liv­ered in its new­est af­ford­able de­vice.

1. AP­PLE WATCH SE HAS THE SAME DIS­PLAY AS SE­RIES 6

With the £199 Se­ries 3 watch us­ing the older square watch face, we fully ex­pected the Ap­ple Watch SE to go retro as well to cut costs. That’s not the case. The Ap­ple Watch SE has the same 40mm and 44mm bod­ies and larger retina 448x368 dis­plays as the Se­ries 6, just with­out the al­wayson op­tion. That alone makes the SE a wor­thy up­grade over the Se­ries 3.

2. IT HAS THE SE­RIES 6’S AL­WAYS-ON ALTIMETER

While the Ap­ple Watch has had an altimeter for mea­sur­ing al­ti­tude since the Se­ries 3, you could only see it dur­ing work­outs. Oth­er­wise, you would only get a gen­eral pic­ture of how much you climbed through­out the day. On the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 6, Ap­ple has in­tro­duced an al­ways-on altimeter for track­ing el­e­va­tion in real time and Ap­ple Watch SE has the same fea­ture.

3. IT’S WAY FASTER THAN THE SE­RIES 3

The Ap­ple Watch SE doesn’t have the lat­est S6 chip, so it’s about 20 per cent slower than the Se­ries 6, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple. How­ever, it’s way faster than the S3 in the Se­ries 3. Ap­ple pre­vi­ously rated the S4 to be twice as fast as the S3 chip and the S5 is even faster, so the SE will be no­tice­ably quicker than the S3 in the Se­ries 3.

4. AP­PLE WATCH SE SUP­PORTS FAM­ILY SETUP

Ap­ple’s new­est Ap­ple Watch fea­ture is built with fam­i­lies in mind, let­ting you set up an in­de­pen­dent Ap­ple Watch for a kid or a par­ent who doesn’t have an iPhone. You’ll need a cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion to get it all work­ing so it’ll cost at least £319, but it’s not even an op­tion on the Se­ries 3, since it’s only avail­able with Blue­tooth and GPS.

5. IT HAS FALL DETECTION AND NOISE MON­I­TOR­ING

While Ap­ple cut some fea­tures from the Se­ries 5 in or­der to bring the price down so low, safety wasn’t one of them. The Ap­ple Watch SE fea­tures fall detection and noise mon­i­tor­ing, as well as Emer­gency SOS – po­ten­tially life­sav­ing fea­tures that were pre­vi­ously only avail­able on the flag­ship mod­els. Now more peo­ple will be able to en­joy these im­por­tant fea­tures.

6. AP­PLE WATCH SE HAS THE LAT­EST HEART-RATE SEN­SOR

While it doesn’t have the ECG sen­sor that’s built into the Dig­i­tal Crown on the Se­ries 6, the Ap­ple Watch SE has the same sec­ond­gen sen­sor that Ap­ple in­tro­duced with the Se­ries 4 watch to de­liver faster and more ac­cu­rate read­ings than the first-gen model. Ap­ple could have eas­ily got­ten away with a first-gen sen­sor in the SE and no one would have no­ticed, but it’s nice to get the lat­est and great­est hard­ware. It has the best new Se­ries 6 face

The Ap­ple Watch SE doesn’t have all of the same faces as the Se­ries 6, but it does in­clude the best one: Stripes. Sim­ple but ex­tremely fash­ion­able, the new face lets you cre­ate a com­bi­na­tion of colours that will add a touch of flair to your Ap­ple Watch to show off your pride or just match your out­fit. Even with­out any com­pli­ca­tions, it’s one of the Ap­ple Watch’s more cus­tom­iz­a­ble faces and is sure to be one of the most pop­u­lar op­tions.

7. AP­PLE WATCH SE CHEAPER THAN ITS LOOKS SUG­GEST

While we were hop­ing the Ap­ple Watch SE would start at £199, Ap­ple in­stead

priced it be­tween the Se­ries 3 and the Se­ries 6 at £269 for 40mm and £299 for 44mm. That’s still a great price for ev­ery­thing you get and if you want a cel­lu­lar model it gets even bet­ter. While the Se­ries 6 costs the usual £100 ex­tra for cel­lu­lar mod­els, the SE is just £50 more: £319 for the 40mm and £349 for the 44mm model.

The Ap­ple Watch SE has an al­ways-on altimeter for track­ing el­e­va­tion.

The Ap­ple Watch SE has the same Stripes face, dis­play, and Emer­gency SOS detection as the Se­ries 6.

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