Apple today unveiled its new generation of smartwatches, Apple Watch Series 6, and its cheap smartwatch, the Apple Watch SE. We are going to compare them with the current Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 3, to see what they contribute.
It is important to know that with the departure of Series 6 Apple stops selling Series 5, although we will still see it in stores for a while, until the stock runs out. That is why we have included it in the comparison.
It should also be clarified that The Apple Watch SE is Apple’s new cheap watch, but as a new generation model. In price still more expensive than Apple Watch Series 3, as we are going to see.
To put things in focus, let’s start by taking a look at the comparison table, which allows us to discover the main differences at a glance.
Features Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch Series 5 Apple Watch SE Apple Watch Series 3 Case 40 or 44 mm 40 or 44 mm 40 or 44 mm 38 or 42 mm Always-on LTPO Retina OLED display (1,000 nit brightness) 30% larger Retina OLED LTPO always on (1,000 nits brightness) 30% larger Retina OLED LTPO (1,000 nits brightness) 30% larger Retina OLED 2nd generation GPS models with and without Cellular GPS with and without Cellular GPS with and without Cellular GPS Processor
Dual-core 64-bit S6, W3 wireless chip, U1 chip (ultra-wideband)
Dual-core 64-bit S5, Dual-core 64-bit W3 S5 wireless chip, Dual-core 64-bit W3 S3 wireless chip, W2 wireless chip Storage 32GB 32GB 32GB 8GB Interface Digital Crown with Haptic Feedback Digital Crown with haptic response Digital crown with haptic response Digital crown Sensors Blood oxygen, electrical and optical heart rate sensor (2nd generation), electrocardiogram (ECG) Electrical and optical heart rate sensor (2nd generation), electrocardiogram (ECG) Rate meter basic cardiac (high, low, irregular)
Basic heart rate meter (high, low, irregular)
Protection Water resistance up to 50 meters Water resistance up to 50 meters Water resistance up to 50 meters Water resistance up to 50 meters 4G LTE and UMTS connections, WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 4G LTE and UMTS, WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 4G LTE and UMTS, WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 Measurements
GPS / GNSS, compass and altimeter always active
GPS / GNSS, compass and altimeter always active
GPS / GNSS, compass and barometric altimeter
GPS / GNSS, compass and barometric altimeter Sound Speaker and microphone Speaker and microphone Speaker and microphone Speaker and microphone Solo Loop Bracelet Yes No Yes No Price From 419 euros From 465 euros From 299 euros From 219 euros
If there is something in which Apple stands out, it is precisely in the design of its devices, so this is not an element that helps us to decide. All Apple Watches are extremely beautiful, made from 100% recycled aluminum and dozens of different straps.
The Apple Watch SE has the same design as the new Apple Watch Series 6, very similar to the Series 5. The Series 3 has a 30% smaller screen, which is something to consider, especially those who have poor eyesight, or like more or less small watches.
On an aesthetic level the main difference is the new bracelet-like one-piece strap, called the Solo Loop, used by the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE:
All models are water resistant up to 50 meters, so you can swim and dive with them both in the pool and in the sea. And of course, record sports such as swimming.
Power and performance
The Apple Watch Series 6, 5 and SE have a 30% larger screen than the Series 3, as we mentioned. Also new Series 6 and SE displays are brighter in broad daylight. And the series 6 and 5 are always active.
If the screen is important, the Series 6 is the best. The one on the Apple Watch Series 5 still beats the Watch SE because it is always active.
The new compact Apple mobile has A13 as a processor and NFC for mobile payments, among other leading features, although its price is much lower than that of other iPhones.
In the performance section, the new Apple Watch Series 6 debuts the S6 processor, which is 20% more powerful than the S5 that the Series 5 and SE mount. At the same time, the S5 is twice as powerful as the S3 in the Series 3.
This is a fact to take into account when choosing a smartwatch, and is largely to blame for the price. Apple Watch Series 6 is 20% more powerful, so the use of apps is more fluid, both when using them and when loading them. The new Apple Watch SE has the same processor as the Series 5, so they are just as powerful, at a lower price. The Series 3 is far behind.
In relation to quality / price, the Apple Watch SE is unbeatable, when it comes to performance.
All of them have 32 GB of storage except the Apple Watch Series 3, which only has 8 GB. If you use a lot of apps and data, you should discard this watch.
Another key element for choosing a watch is the sensors it incorporates. They all have GPS, altimeter, compass, heart rate meter and fall detector and sleep measurement.
The Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 5 also have a second-generation heart rate meter with an electrocardiogram. The Series 6, blood oxygen meter.
For the basic functions of sports activity, steps, heart rate, or sleep, any Apple Watch works perfectly.
If you also want advanced monitoring of the heart (electrocardiogram), you should opt for Series 5 or 6. If you need blood oxygen measurement and its associated analyzes, the only option is Series 6.
The same software for everyone (or almost)
All models, including the old Apple Watch Series 3, will receive the new version of the watchOS 7 operating system, so theory everyone can enjoy novelties such as Family Settings so that children and the elderly can use it, new Sleep app, new spheres and the possibility of creating and sharing them, etc.
So in principle there are no differences, except in the specific functions of each model, associated with its sensors.
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Which one to buy?
If you are only looking for an Apple Watch that records your sports activity and offers notifications, use of apps, etc., the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a valid purchase, starting at 219 euros.
Even so we recommend you make the leap to the Apple Watch SE, if you can pay that extra 80 euros. It is twice as powerful, has a screen 30% larger, and brighter. And four times more storage space.
The Apple Watch Series 5 is already a bit off the game Because Apple has discontinued it, it is 20% less powerful than the new Series 6, it does not have a blood oxygen meter, and in stores it is still quite expensive. It is only worth it if you find it cheap in price.
The new Apple Watch Series 6 It is for those who want everything, with the mentioned oxygen meter as the star element, but you know: prices start at 419 euros.