With the arrival of the cheaper Apple Watch SE, things have become more difficult this year: which new Apple Watch is the best one to choose? We put the two opposite each other.
Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch has become a lot more versatile from now on. To replace the now somewhat outdated Series 3 in its stores, Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch SE. This is the new entry-level model, which has many similarities with the latest (and most expensive) Apple Watch Series 6. We list the differences and similarities in this comparison.
We’ll start with the main difference that puts everything else we discuss below into perspective. The Apple Watch SE is a lot cheaper than the Series 6. Both watches are available in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. The starting prices are as follows.
- Apple Watch SE 40mm: from 299 euros
- Apple Watch SE 44mm: from 329 euros
- Apple Watch Series 6 40mm: from 429 euros
- Apple Watch Series 6 44mm: from 459 euros
A significant price difference and something to keep in mind when you look at the bottom differences and similarities.
The Apple Watch Series 6 runs on the brand new S6 dual-core processor. The new chip is a lot faster than its predecessor, making apps run smoother, have fewer loading times and you can switch between different apps more easily.
The Apple Watch SE runs on the S5 chip, the exact same processor as that of last year’s Apple Watch Series 5. As a result, the SE will be slightly slower than the Series 6, but a year later, the Series 5 is still very fast. In our experience, apps load fast enough and you will have a smooth smartwatch for years to come with the S5 chip in your watch.
3. Display and design
Both the Series 6 and the SE have an OLED screen that extends to the edges. That is also the reason that the two watches look almost identical in design. The big difference in the screen is the Always-on display. The Series 6’s screen is always on, just like the Series 5, dimming the screen when you turn your wrist away.
Even then you can still read the time. The Apple Watch SE has the same screen as the Series 4: an OLED screen that extends to the edges, but no Always On technology. As a result, the screen goes completely black when you turn your wrist away.
The Series 6 is available in three different materials, which also affect the price. With the SE it is easier to choose, there you only have the option to go for an aluminum Watch.
- Apple Watch Series 6: Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium
- Apple Watch SE: Aluminum
5. Water tightness
Good news for the swimmers among us (or people who cycle in the rain for a long time), both the Series 6 and the SE are waterproof to 50 meters. You can use the special water function for this, which switches off the touchscreen. By turning the Digital Crown, the water in the watch is vibrated out by playing sound.
One of the main functions of the Apple Watch is registering and mapping your health. That’s why the watch is packed with sensors that can do this. The full list of sensors per Watch is as follows:
- Apple Watch SE: Fall Detection, Emergency SOS, Sound Measurement, Heart Rate Notifications, Heart Rate Monitor.
- Apple Watch Series 6: Fall detection, SOS emergency notification, Sound measurement, Heart rate notifications, Heart rate monitor, Making heart movies, Measuring saturation.
The latest feature of the Series 6 is the option to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood. This way you can see how good your oxygen intake is and how much oxygen is available in your body. Apple calls it “a good measure of your overall fitness.”
The Apple Watch Series 6 is said to have the same battery life as the Series 5, with about 18 hours. That’s pretty impressive considering the Series 6’s Always On screen is a lot brighter and therefore uses more energy. In addition, the Series 6 would support fast charging, so that the battery is charged at a faster rate.
Apple has not yet announced anything about the Apple Watch SE. So we assume a similar battery life, but without the option to fast charge.
Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE conclusion
With the considerable price difference of more than a hundred euros, the Apple Watch SE seems to be the new ‘standard’ Apple Watch that does more than enough for most people. We therefore expect that the SE will be more than sufficient for the vast majority of users and therefore the best choice. Do you want an Always On screen and additional ways to monitor your health? Then with the Series 6 you get an even better version, for which you have to pay a considerable extra amount.