Apple launched two new smartwatches this yr for the primary time. While the Apple Watch Series 6 is the very best that the corporate has to supply, the Apple Watch SE is the one focused on the plenty. Apple has positioned the Watch SE as a contemporary but reasonably priced possibility, reasonably than persevering with to promote final yr’s mannequin at a lower cost. If you might be an Apple iPhone consumer, the Watch SE gives acquainted performance at a beginning value of Rs. 29,900. So is that this a smartwatch that it’s best to contemplate? Here’s my assessment of the Apple Watch SE.
Apple Watch SE design
The design of the Apple Watch has kind of remained the identical because the very first mannequin. You get bigger screens, beginning with the Apple Watch Series 4 (Review), however the general design could be very simple to recognise. If you do not just like the sq. form, you do not actually have a lot selection. The casing is product of aluminium and there are three color choices – Space Grey, Silver, and Gold – however no different supplies or finishes. The smaller 40mm variant of the Apple Watch SE is priced at Rs. 29,900 with a typical Sport Band, whereas the larger variant is priced beginning at Rs. 32,900. These costs are for the GPS-only variations; if you would like LTE connectivity, the identical variants will set you again by Rs. 33,900 and Rs. 36,900 respectively.
I discovered the show to be large enough, and the borders are fairly skinny. The OLED show can produce implausible blacks which make it very exhausting to differentiate the bezels from the show whereas utilizing the Apple Watch SE. There are a variety of strap choices you can purchase individually, together with Apple’s new Solo Loop. I had an LTE-enabled 44mm Space Gray Apple Watch SE with a Charcoal Sport Loop for this assessment. Most different producers do not provide so many choices.
The aluminum case feels premium. It has the digital crown and a button on the precise aspect. The ‘taptic engine’ vibration simulates mechanical suggestions when the crown is rotated, which is satisfying. The button beneath the digital crown wakes the display screen and allows you to launch apps. On the left you may discover cutouts for the speaker, whereas the heart-rate sensor is on the underside.
While the Apple Watch SE doesn’t have lugs like a standard watch, you will not actually have to go searching a lot to search out suitable bands. These straps are simple to take away and change with none particular instruments. You get a magnetic charging cradle within the field that clamps onto the again of the Apple Watch SE to cost it.
The Apple Watch SE makes use of Apple’s S5 SiP (System-in-Package), the identical as final yr’s Apple Watch Series 5 which has now been discontinued. It has a Retina LTPO OLED show with a peak brightness of 1000nits which makes content material seen even in direct daylight. There is Ion-X strengthened glass on high which ought to preserve the show from selecting up scratches. You get Bluetooth 5 in addition to WiFi n for connectivity. There is GPS and GNSS for positioning, and on the mobile fashions you get LTE connectivity. Currently in India, Vi, Airtel, and Jio are the one three carriers that assist the Apple Watch SE.
Apple retains its wearables updated similar to the iPhones. The Apple Watch SE comes working WatchOS 7 and has many of the software program options that you’re going to discover on the brand new Apple Watch Series 6 (Review). The Apple Watch SE is able to several types of exercise monitoring together with swimming, and is water-proof upto 50m. It is not able to blood oxygen monitoring just like the Series 6, and likewise misses out on the ECG sensor that the Series four and Series 5 had.
Apple Watch SE efficiency and battery life
Apple Watches can solely be paired with iPhones and no different Apple units, neglect Android smartphones. The Apple Watch SE is tremendous simple to arrange and solely requires you to scan a code on its show utilizing the Watch app on any latest iPhone. Similarly, organising LTE connectivity on the Watch SE was additionally very simple and solely wanted just a few faucets.
The UI on the Apple Watch SE is a bit completely different from WearOS however could be very simple to navigate. You can swipe down from the house display screen to see your notifications, and swipe as much as entry the short toggles. You’ll must press the digital crown to point out the apps you could have put in. The button beneath the digital crown can be utilized for multitasking. You can set up a variety of apps and retailer music on the Watch SE because it has 32GB of storage. When organising the Apple Watch SE, all out there equivalents of apps in your telephone are downloaded onto it.
I discovered the UI to be polished and the expertise lag-free. Haptic alerts for an incoming name or message have been robust sufficient to seize my consideration. Apple additionally makes use of the taptic engine for its Breathe and Workout apps.
The Apple Watch SE is fast to wake if you elevate your wrist. You can summon Siri by the same old “Hey Siri” phrase, or elevate the Watch SE to your face and converse the command. This didn’t work as supposed on a regular basis, and I wanted to attempt once more. You can reply to incoming notifications utilizing dictation or by scribbling one character at a time on the display screen. You can reply to incoming SMS and WhatsApp messages, however I could not reply to emails utilizing the Outlook app. This is also a limitation of the app not having assist for the Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch is understood for its health monitoring talents. It can detect if you start figuring out and suggests monitoring the train for you. I put its accuracy to the check by counting 1,000 steps I took manually, and the Apple Watch SE reported 1,002 steps which is a really small deviation. Distance monitoring was additionally greater than correct sufficient, logging 1.01km for a distance I’ve measured to be 1km.
Heart price monitoring was correct on the Apple Watch SE. It might detect modifications in coronary heart price in a short time whereas I used to be figuring out. The Watch SE might additionally detect once I went to sleep and once I awoke. The Bedtime function suggests when it is time to go to mattress. The Health App on the iPhone reveals you the length of sleep, your coronary heart price whilst you have been asleep, and the typical quantities of sleep you’ve got gotten over the week and the month. You do not get a breakdown of the state of sleep although, such as you do on WearOS wearables in addition to health trackers.
The Watch SE doesn’t swap to LTE fairly often, and often stays linked to your smartphone. It is just if you transfer away out of your iPhone and a Wi-Fi connection that it depends on LTE. The swap is instant and you may take calls on the watch even with out the iPhone. I did take just a few calls of the Apple Watch SE, which required me to maintain the watch near my face to have the ability to hear the caller. The speaker quantity is satisfactory however there have been instances once I needed to ask my callers to repeat what that they had simply mentioned. The mic on the Watch SE works decently however my callers might recognise that I wasn’t speaking to them utilizing an everyday telephone, and talked about that I sounded a bit distant.
I discovered the battery lifetime of the Apple Watch SE to be respectable. It lasted a few day and a half on a single cost with my utilization. With LTE enabled I did discover a barely decrease runtime, with the watch managing simply over a day earlier than needing to be plugged in. It takes over two hours to cost the Apple Watch SE fully, which is slower than the Apple Watch Series 6. I often left the Apple Watch SE on the charger and solely got here again when my iPhone notified me that it was absolutely charged.
The Apple Watch SE is lots just like the Apple Watch Series 5, with no few options and with a a lot decrease beginning value. I feel the lower cost is what makes the Apple Watch SE interesting, because it gives higher worth to your cash. If you could have been utilizing an Apple Watch Series four or a Series 5 (Review), there is not a lot for you right here and it’s best to have a look at the Apple Watch Series 6 as an improve as a substitute. However for those who’re a first-time consumer or are utilizing an Apple Watch Series 3 (Review) or older, the Apple Watch SE would possibly simply be proper match. For anybody questioning if it is price paying the premium over the Apple Watch Series 3, it completely is.