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Which Apple Watch to get: How the cheaper Series 3 and SE compare to the new Series 6
The key health features like blood oxygen and ECG are on the top of the line Series 6, not the SE or Series 3.A lot.
Apple's two latest smartwatches includes the $279 (£269, AU$429) and is a more affordable version of the flagship $399 (£379, AU$599). Both wearables run and ship out Sept. 18, but the Watch SE has fewer features than the Series 6, including a less advanced S5 chipset.
Despite its lower price, however, the Watch SE isn't the cheapest wearable you can buy new from Apple. Its own Apple , which launched in 2017, currently goes for $199 (£199, AU$399).
Apple Watch SE vs Apple Watch Series 3: Which cheap Apple Watch should you buy?
We compare Apple's latest Watch SE with 2017's Watch Series 3.Despite its lower price, however, the Watch SE isn't the cheapest wearable you can buy new from Apple. Its own Apple Watch Series 3, which launched in 2017, currently goes for $199 (£199, AU$399).
Because the Watch Series 3 is three years older, it obviously isn't as high-powered and robust as the Watch SE. But it still packs a lot of features and you may prefer it over the Watch SE if you take in account how much money you'll save. Read on to learn more about their differences and see which one is right for you.
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Design: Watch SE is bigger and sharper
From afar, the Watch SE and Watch Series 3 look similar. They each come in two different sizes, are made of aluminum and are water resistant. But the former has a screen that's sharper and 30% bigger, or by a little less than an inch (0.079 inches or 2mm) in both of its size variants. Apple's two new watchbands, the , accommodate the larger sizes, so they won't fit the Series 3. The Watch SE's digital crown provides haptic feedback as well, and it comes in one more gold color option in addition to the standard silver and grey.
The Apple One subscription bundle's best feature is actually the iCloud storage
Commentary: The oft-ignored iCloud storage took center stage and may be the reason people will give the Apple One bundle a shot.Apple One bundles together a number of the key services the company has rolled out over the last two years, including Apple Music , Apple TV Plus , Apple Arcade and, for the highest tier, Apple News Plus and the newly announced Fitness Plus. Surprisingly, iCloud storage, which barely gets a mention at these kinds of events, served as the anchor for these bundles.
Note that neither watches have an always-on display. Originally , it means that the screen is constantly on and you don't need to raise your wrist or tap the screen to look at the time or check for notifications. Of Apple's new watches, only the Watch Series 6 has this feature.
Hardware: Watch SE is twice as fast
When it first launched, Apple sold a model of the Watch Series 3 that had cellular connectivity. But the company doesn't sell those variants anymore and if you want one, you'll have to get it refurbished and from a third-party seller. As the newer device, Apple stocks both versions of the Watch SE. Cellular models are more expensive than the base Wi-Fi only watches, but having LTE allows you to use the device without tethering to a phone or a Wi-Fi network. This is useful when you want to leave your handset behind during a workout, but don't want to lose key functions like making calls (including international emergency calls) or connecting to apps.
Apple's new spatial audio feature is a headphone game-changer
Commentary: With the arrival of iOS 14, the AirPods Pro get virtual surround sound that's surprisingly impressive. The small-screen video-watching experience just entered another dimension.That made all the difference. After I turned the phone back on and reinserted the buds in my ears (after returning them briefly to their charging case), I launched a movie on Apple TV again and was greeted by a completely different audio experience.
The Watch SE is faster too. Apple said its S5 dual-core processor is twice as fast than the Watch Series 3's S3 chipset. For wirelessly connecting to devices, like the iPhone, the Watch SE uses the newer W3 chip and Bluetooth 5.0. The Series 3, on the other hand, uses the preceding W2 chip and Bluetooth 4.2. That means connecting to other phones on the Watch SE should be smoother and more stable.
Both phones have altimeters, which measure your altitude and elevation. Because the Watch SE's altimeter is always on, however, its elevation readings are done in real-time. The newer watch also has a compass and four times more memory (32GB compared to the Watch Series 3's 8GB).
As for the battery, we weren't able to test the Watch SE's battery life yet. But back when we were reviewing the Watch Series 3, battery life was unimpressive and mediocre. Because Apple said that both devices have the same battery life and can last about 18 hours, we expect more of the same underwhelming performance. But again, we'll have to get our hands on the watch to know for sure.
Software features: Watch SE monitors for falls and loud noises
The Watch SE runs right out of the box. Though the Watch Series 3 can , not all of Watch OS 7's features will be available on the older wearable. That includes , which lets users pair their iPhone to someone else's Apple Watch, be it a family member like a young child or an elderly adult. You can then apply controls, like limiting contacts and app downloads, or automatic location tracking.
Voice control for Disney Plus comes to Google Assistant smart displays
Starting today, you can ask Google to play your favorite Disney Plus shows and movies on your smart display.You'll need a Disney Plus subscription linked to your Google account in the Home or Assistant app. Once setup, you can play shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic and Star Wars on your smart display. To get started, say, "Hey Google, play The Mandalorian on Disney Plus.
The Watch SE also has other features that aren't new to Watch OS 7, but were available after the launch of the Watch Series 3. That includes fall detection and noise level monitoring, so if those are important to you, go with the Watch SE.
Lastly, if you're a runner, Apple will sell a Nike version of the Watch SE, which has the Nike Run Club app preloaded and comes with customizable watch complications to gather, analyze and share data from your runs.
Apple Watch Blood Oxygen app: How it works and how to use it .
How to use the Apple Watch's newest health sensor, available with the Series 6.Low blood oxygen levels, or hypoxemia, have been linked to COVID-19 because the disease affects your ability to get enough oxygen. Doctors have used SpO2 levels to determine the severity of COVID-19 cases and treat those patients accordingly.