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Apple Watch 6 Vs Apple Watch SE Vs Apple Watch 3: Which Should You Buy?

Apple unveiled two watches in the Apple Event, the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE earlier this week. The watches come with several latest features such as Always on Altimeter, Fall Detection, SpO2 reader, to just name a few.

The Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE is the latest series of watches from the American tech giants after the Apple Watch 5 which was released in September 2019. But the Watch 5 was soon discontinued currently in the market being only Apple Watch 3 other than the new releases.

But how do they stack against other watches from the brand? And Which should you buy? Let’s find out here.


Display

Apple Watch Comparision Display

The Apple Watch Series 6 comes with a 1.78- (368 x 448p resolution) and 1.57-inch (324 x 394p resolution) Always-On Retina LTPO OLED display. This watch is the first having an Always-On display amongst Apple watches to date.

The Apple Watch SE comes with a 1.78- (368 x 448p resolution) and 1.57-inch (324 x 394p resolution) Retina LTPO OLED display. The display is exactly the same as in Series 6 other than the absence of Always-On display capability.

The Apple Watch Series 3 may be having 2016 tech, but the display in place is 1.65- (312 x 390p resolution) and 1.33-inch (272 x 340p resolution) Retina OLED display. The display may be still good but it does have huge bezels around the display along with lower resolution and smaller screen size.

The Apple Watch Series 6 and SE have very identical display other than Always-On making it a flip of a coin scenario here. All three have 1000 nits of brightness so even on using outside there isn’t a major difference between the three.


Design

Apple Watch Comparision Design

The Apple Watch Series 6 is available in three materials- Aluminium, Stainless Steel, and Titanium. The watch has 44mm and 40mm cases and having 10.74mm thickness. The watch comes in 5 colors for Aluminium material including the special Product RED. There are also 3 color options for Stainless Steel while 2 color options for Titanium. Apart from these, there are also special Nike+ and Hermès models.

The Apple Watch SE is made of Recycled Aluminum material and comes in 44mm and 40mm size options. The watch has a thickness of 10.74mm. The dimensions of the watch are exactly the same as for Series 6. There are three color options for the watch.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is also made of Recycled Aluminium material and has 42mm and 38mm size options. The watch despite the smaller size is the thickest of the three having a thickness of 11.4mm. There are two color options for the watch.

All the watches from Apple to date have every identical design. The Series 6 and SE are literally indistinguishable when placed adjacently. All three have a very similar build they all also come with a water resistance of up to 50 meters.


Hardware

Apple Watch Series 6 comes powered by the W3 Wireless chip along with the dual-core S6 chip coupled with 32 GB of onboard storage. The S6 chip is claimed to be 20% faster than the S5 chip used in its predecessors. The watch also makes use of U1 (Ultra-Wideband Support) in order to provide precise location and improved spatial awareness. The watch runs of WatchOS 7 and also has Bluetooth 5.0.

Apple Watch SE is also powered by the W3 Wireless chip with Dual-Core S5 Chip in place. The watch also has 32 GB of storage space with Bluetooth 5.0. The watch comes with WatchOS 7.

Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by the W2 Wireless chip along with the dual-core S3 chip. The watch has 8 GB of onboard space and has support for Bluetooth 4.2. The watch came with WatchOS 4 but has support for WatchOS 7. However, it is unlikely to receive any more updates.


Battery

All three watches have very identical battery life. The three watches have a built-in lithium-ion battery which is tipped to deliver about 18 hours of use time on one full charge. For charging, all the watches use Apple’s Magnetic charging cable.


Special Features

Apple Watch Series 6 has several latest features such as a Blood oxygen sensor, Optical heart sensor, ECG, Noise monitor, Digital Crown with haptic feedback, GPS, Compass, Always-on altimeter, and a second-gen speaker and microphone.

Apple Watch Series 6 SpO2

Apple Watch SE comes with almost identical features as for Series 6 including an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, GPS, altimeter, optical heart sensor, Noise monitor, Digital Crown with haptics, Always-on altimeter, and second-gen speakers, and microphone. The only difference between the two is the absence of the Blood O2 sensor and ECG is this watch.

Apple Watch Series 3 being a 2017 device lacks several key features as in the other two but it does have an Optical heart sensor, regular Digital Crown, GPS, and a standard Altimeter.


Pricing

Apple Watch Series 6 has been priced starting at ₹40,900 for the GPU variant and Rs. 49,900 for the GPS + Cellular model.

Apple Watch SE has been priced starting at Rs. 29,900 for GPS variant and Rs. 33,900 for GPS + Cellular variant.

Apple Watch Series 3 has been priced starting at Rs. 20,900 for the only GPS variant.


What To Buy?

The answer is simple. If money isn’t a worry for you then Apple Watch Series 6 is a no brainer. It’s by far the best watch from Apple and arguably the best in the market from any brand. From features to usability it has it all. And the latest addition of Always-on Display is just the icing on the cake. The usability optimizations for the watch with iPhones or iPad is brilliant.

But if you are concerned with the high pricing of Series 6 then Apple Watch SE which is launched as a budget watch from the company is the best option. It’s very similar to Series 6 and apart from a few features the two are exactly the same. The Watch SE is a much better option than the Apple Watch Series 3 as the technology in place is of 2017 despite it being a pretty good package.


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Jay Kapadia

A Wannabe Computer Science Engineer, Tech-savvy individual and a Sports Geek.

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