For the first time ever, Apple has a new mid-range Apple Watch consideration for potential buyers. The Apple Watch SE sits between the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 6 in Apple’s lineup, and it provides an interesting hybrid of features. Here’s how the differences between the Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Apple Watch SE stack up.
Design and Display
One of the most striking differences between the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple Watch SE is the design. The Apple Watch Series 3 features a boxier design with a smaller display and larger bezels. It’s the same design that the very first Apple Watch model used and it’s available in 38mm and 42mm sizing.
On the flip side, the Apple Watch SE features the same physical design as the Series 4, Series 5, and Series 6. This means you get slimmer bezels with rounded display corners. In practice, this difference makes for a notable increase in display area with the Apple Watch SE compared to the last-generation design of the Apple Watch Series 3:
38mm Apple Watch Series 3 display area: 563 sq mm
40mm Apple Watch SE display area: 759 sq mm
42mm Apple Watch Series 3 display area: 740 sq mm
44mm Apple Watch SE display area: 977 sq mm
If you’re looking for the always-on display, you’re out of luck with both the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE; instead, this feature is only available on the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 6.
The Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE both feature Retina OLED displays with 1000 nits max brightness, though the Apple Watch SE also includes the power-preserving LTPO display technology that could help battery life.
Performance and battery life
Another major difference between the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple Watch SE is performance. The Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by Apple’s dual-core S3 processor, while the Apple Watch SE features Apple’s S5 processor. In terms of real-world performance, Apple says the Apple Watch SE is up to two times faster than the Series 3.
This means you can expect performance of apps, Siri, Maps, and other features to run notably faster with the Apple Watch SE than with the Apple Watch Series 3. The Apple Watch SE is also more likely to receive additional software features in the future, while the Series 3 could be excluded because of performance concerns.
As for battery life, Apple says that the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE can both run for up to 18 hours on a single charge. Actual battery life will always vary, but this 18-hour benchmark is a good way to shape your expectations.
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Both the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE miss out on Apple’s newest health features, including electrocardiogram support and blood oxygen level detection. If you’re looking for the best Apple Watch in terms of overall health features, the Apple Watch Series 6 is your best choice.
But with that having been said, the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE both support high and low heart rate notifications as well as irregular heart rhythm notifications. Both models also feature Apple’s Emergency SOS feature, but only Apple Watch SE features international emergency calling support, noise monitoring, and fall detection.
The Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3 both feature support for Apple’s Fitness app and looming Fitness+ service, ensuring you’ll be able to close your rings, track fitness progress, compete with friends, and more.
Cellular vs GPS
One of the key differences between the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple Watch SE is the available connectivity options. The Apple Watch SE is available in two configurations: GPS and GPS + Cellular. The latter configuration allows your Apple Watch to connect to cellular networks and work independently of your iPhone.
This also has implications for the new Family Setup feature in watchOS 7, which allows you to set up an Apple Watch for a family member without an iPhone, such as a kid or elderly relative. Because the Apple Watch operates completely on its own in this arrangement, however, a cellular connection is required. The Apple Watch Series 3 is not available with cellular connectivity and therefore is not supported by Family Setup.
Note: Even if you have a cellular Apple Watch Series 3, which Apple used to sell, it does not work with the Family Setup feature.
Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch SE: Pricing
The Apple Watch Series 3 is available in Apple’s lineup in 38mm and 42mm sizes. The former will cost you $199, while the latter will cost you $229. These are the only two configuration options available, aside from your choice of silver or space gray casing.
The Apple Watch SE is available in 40mm and 44mm configurations, with the former going for $279 and the latter going for $309. If you opt for cellular, you’re looking at $329 for the 40mm size and $359 for the 44mm size.
Something to consider here is that if you plan on choosing the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 for $229, you could consider the 40mm Apple Watch SE. There’s a $50 price difference, but the 40mm Apple Watch SE actually gives you more display area (759 sq mm) than the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 (740 sq mm).
Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Apple Watch SE: The verdict
For someone looking to enter the Apple Watch ecosystem at the most affordable price point possible, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a great option. Even though it’s several years old, it’s one of the best smartwatches on the market and one of the best fitness trackers on the market.
If you can justify the additional price jump to the Apple Watch SE, however, that is the best choice for most people. You’ll get significantly better performance, a more modern design, quadruple the internal storage, Family Setup integration, and much more.
What do you think of the differences between the Apple Watch Series 3 vs. the Apple Watch SE? Which are you planning to buy? Let us know down in the comments!
“I’m not sure that I can reassure a small group of people, and I would emphasize that,” she says, referring to the actual number of conspiracy theorists in the general population.
“Though they may be quite visible, we know that the vast majority of people in B.C. are doing the right thing, and they’ve done that continuously from the beginning.”
Henry believes many anti-mask activists have taken strategies used by anti-vaccine activists and applied them to the concept of masks.
She says there are some people who label COVID-19 a hoax as a way of coping with the unfamiliar, and pointed to American politics as an influencing factor.
“Sometimes when there’s challenges that you don’t understand, some people’s reaction is to go along with the conspiracy theories that are out there, and we know this happens with anti-vaccine activists. I know a lot of it reflects some of the political rhetoric, unfortunately, from our neighbours to the South.”
British Columbians are in a position to understand the virus lives in communities, and that the province has the means to deal with it, says Henry.
She encourages B.C. residents to continue following safety guidelines and interact with one another respectfully and graciously during this time.
“Remember what we’ve been talking about all along – that we don’t always know where another person is coming from, and we need to remain calm. We need to accept they may have a view that we don’t agree with and we need to step away from the conflict.”
Over the weekend, we got what are likely our first looks at the Galaxy S30 and Galaxy S30 Ultra when prominent leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer shared renders of the two phones. The images suggest Samsung has gone with a new camera bump design that makes it look like the component is recessed into the back of the phone. In the case of the S30 Ultra, Samsung has also gone back to a slight screen curve.
Now that you’ve had a chance to see the images, what do you think about Samsung’s new design? Does the tweaked camera bump make for a better-looking phone? As always, let us know what you think by voting in the attached poll and sharing your thoughts in the comment section. We’ll feature the best comments in a subsequent article.
We’ll likely see more of the S30 and S30 Ultra sooner than you might think. There have been reports from various publications suggesting Samsung will announce the S30 series either in late January or early February.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that demand for the iPhone 12 series is twice as high as last year’s iPhone 11.
Kuo says that roughly 1.7 to two million people pre-ordered the new iPhones within the first 24 hours this year. Last year it was estimated that only 500,000 to 800,000 iPhone 11 models were ordered in the same timespan.
There is speculation that the addition of 5G is driving iPhone sales in general, but it’s going to be hard to beat the last iPhone sales explosion. According to Kuo, when the iPhone 6 series launched as Apple’s first large-screen device, there were four million pre-orders.
If Apple managed to capture two million pre-orders last week, it could potentially garner another two million when it launches the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Max on November 6th, resulting in a huge sales boost for the Cupertino, California-based company.
Kuo is also predicting a pretty even split between iPhone models this year, with the iPhone 12 mini being the only model to receive substantially less market share.
The estimated sales breakdown is:
iPhone 12 mini: 10-15 percent
iPhone 12: 30-35 percent
iPhone 12 Pro: 30-35 percent
iPhone 12 Pro Max: 15-20 percent
Overall, a lot is going for the new iPhones ranging from a new design to a more comprehensive lineup of products and 5G.
While I’m not completely sold on this range of phones being as popular as the iPhone 6 series, simply because of 5G, I do think these are going make a much larger splash than the iPhone 11.
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