Apple unveiled the new Apple Watch SE during its slickly-produced September press event. Joining Apple's lineup, the Apple Watch SE falls squarely between the flagship Apple Watch Series 6 and the entry-level Apple Watch Series 3. Despite its man-in-the-middle position, the Watch SE is a compelling product worth your attention. Continue reading to learn five reasons why we think you should put the Apple Watch SE on your "must buy" list.
At $279, the Apple Watch SE is priced to sell. It's only slightly more expensive than the now three-years-old Apple Watch Series 3, which retails for $199. For a bit more money, you get a higher resolution display, faster performance and few critical features like always-on elevation tracking and Fall Detection.
The Apple Watch SE has the classic Apple Watch design with a modern twist that is not seen in the bezel-heavy Apple Watch Series 3. You'll notice the difference the first time you look at the Watch SE.
The SE model has the same high-resolution display as the Apple Watch Series 5 without the always-on feature. The Watch SE display is not just a little bit larger than the Series 3. It is a whopping 30 percent larger than the Apple Watch Series 3. You'll appreciate the larger display if you plan to use your Watch to read messages or track your health metrics as you workout. Similar to the Apple Watch Series 6, the Watch SE also supports Apple's new Solo Loops, which wrap around your wrist and faster without a clasp.
All-Day Battery Life
The Apple Watch SE delivers up to 18 hours of battery life, almost a day's worth of checking emails and tracking steps. Unlike earlier Apple Watch models, you won't have to charge halfway through your day. Slap the Watch SE on a charging stand for a few hours and you can wear it overnight if you want to track your sleep.
The Apple Watch SE is equipped with the same S5 chipset found in the Apple Watch Series 5. Performance in the Watch SE is snappy with smooth transitions when opening and closing apps and when responding to notifications. For the vast majority, the Apple Watch SE will be fast enough for everything they want to do with their smartwatch (and then some).
Fast charging is a small feature, but super convenient. Thanks to its fast charging, the Apple Watch SE will go from zero to 100% in about 2.5 hours. It's not as fast as the 1.5 hours of the Apple Watch Series 6, but it is still fast enough that most people will appreciate how quickly it goes from "about to die" to "ready to track my next workout." Preorder the Apple Watch SE on Amazon, here.