Apple Watch SE overview: Prepared for the enjoyable!


The Apple Watch SE in a nutshell

To place it bluntly, the very first thing it’s essential know in regards to the Watch SE 2022 is, in contrast to the first fashions within the sequence, probably the most reasonably priced model doesn’t provide options similar to At all times-on Show (AoD), dust-resistance certification, a blood oxygen meter, ECG, or temperature sensor. It additionally lacks the flexibility to offer the estimated time for ovulation despite the fact that it accommodates the cycle monitoring choice.

So, if any of those options are important for you, then I extremely advocate you learn our Apple Watch Sequence 8 overview. Now, when you can dwell with out these choices, Apple provides as much as 4 variants of this mannequin, all of them arriving in aluminum. Verify them out:

By buying the second-generation Watch SE immediately from the Apple Retailer, you may obtain as much as $155 in credit score utilizing the Apple Commerce-In program. As well as, you can too use the Apple Watch Studio platform to assemble the mannequin that most closely fits you.

That stated, you should buy completely different wristbands in your Apple Watch SE beginning at $49 each on Apple’s official web site and from e-commerce and different companions.

A terrific design on the wrist

The Watch SE is the smallest mannequin in Apple’s present sequence of smartwatches: with case sizes measuring 40mm or 44mm. For its building, we see using 100% recycled aluminum with the brand new technology having been redesigned to supply the identical coloration because the watch case on the again, which consists of nylon and sapphire crystals.

What I appreciated:

  • Comfy and feels nice on the wrist.
  • Makes use of the identical visible language as the first fashions.
  • Vibrant, high-contrast display.
  • Display screen responds shortly to the touch.

What I disliked:

  • No dust-resistant score.
  • No At all times-on Show (AoD).

Apple Watch SE review
The second technology Watch SE makes use of the identical visible language because the Sequence 8. / © NextPit

The Midnight coloration mannequin may be very elegant, with the Fluoroelastomer strap that includes the identical coloration because the case in an amazing mixture. Nevertheless, additionally it is attainable to seek out the Watch SE in Starlight and Silver colours. I confess that I discovered the scale to be slightly unusual at first as I used to be carrying the 40mm variant earlier than. Nevertheless, the 44mm mannequin is tremendous mild (33g) and the quantity of knowledge seen on the display made me rethink my earlier desire.

The crown and motion buttons on the facet are simple to entry and the touchscreen response may be very quick. Additionally, the truth that we have now the identical design as the first fashions regardless of having a decrease display utilization (20% much less), is a optimistic level in my eyes, because it reveals that regardless of being probably the most reasonably priced Apple Watch accessible, Apple continues to keep up the standard of the 8 Sequence within the SE variant.

Nevertheless, even with a water resistance score of fifty meters, the Watch SE doesn’t provide any mud resistance. This stays the unique area of the costlier fashions.

Apple Watch SE review
Even in direct daylight you may simply view the content material on the Apple Watch SE display / © NextPit

Lastly, the Watch SE display makes use of Retina LTPO OLED show expertise, with a decision of 368 x 448 pixels (44mm) and 324 x 394 pixels (40mm) and a most brightness of 1,000 nits. Sadly, we do not have the AoD choice on the low-cost variant of Apple’s smartphones.

Total, the Apple Watch SE feels very safe on the wrist. that is particularly necessary when performing several types of bodily actions, as a result of it immediately influences the accuracy of the sensors similar to for the creation of knowledge reviews together with coronary heart fee monitoring.

Core Apple Watch capabilities arefully current

Just like the Apple Watch Sequence 8 and Watch Extremely fashions, the Watch SE runs on the most recent model of Apple’s software program for smartwatches: watchOS 9. Which means that, given the exceptions,
the core capabilities of the road are current within the low-cost mannequin

What I appreciated:

  • Seamless integration with the iPhone.
  • Affords core Apple Watch options.
  • A variety of health options.
  • 3 months Health+ are included.

What I disliked:

Apple Watch SE review
The Watch Faces catalog provides every thing from art work to detailed moon phases. / © NextPit

The seamless integration with the iPhone makes the Watch SE an especially enticing machine for individuals who need an uncomplicated smartwatch expertise. Past a shortcut to notifications and cellular distant management, the Apple Watch SE is very customizable and provides an in depth view of Well being app reviews proper on the watch’s display.

Relating to customization of the Watch SE, we have now numerous Watch faces accessible, with a variety of customization choices to select from. Modifying the Watch face is similar to what we have now within the new Lock Display screen in iOS 16, and for probably the most half, they provide shortcuts to related actions accessible in watchOS 9, similar to fast entry to the Timer app or Apple Music/YouTube Music.

Among the many options supplied by Watch SE, capabilities similar to Energy Saving mode and Crash Detection shall be detailed within the battery and efficiency sections, respectively. Nevertheless, I’ll spotlight 5 options right here that I think about actually to be enticing for individuals who are fascinated by investing on this machine.

Apple Watch SE review
The Low Energy mode characteristic was added with the watchOS 9 replace. / © NextPit

Cycle Monitoring

Smartwatches generally are wonderful instruments for quantified self-awareness, that’s, instruments that permit us to higher perceive our personal well being (exercise/routine) by means of the information we generate day by day. And that is what attracted me to such gadgets.

Apple Watch SE review
Carrying the Apple Watch SE on the wrist makes accumulating information far more environment friendly. / © NextPit

That stated, menstrual cycle monitoring is a superb instance of a characteristic utilized to the well being of those that ovulate, and Apple excels at providing pretty complete choices. I am referring to the retrospective ovulation estimates through the temperature sensing characteristic discovered on the Watch Sequence 8 and Watch Extremely. What we have now within the Watch SE, nevertheless, is simply an extension of what the Well being app provides on the iPhone. So in case you are on the lookout for one thing extra full on this regard, maybe the extra superior fashions within the sequence are a greater choice.

Now, what actually optimized my menstrual cycle reviews utilizing the Watch SE is how the watch capabilities as a fast information entry level for my menstrual cycle, making the reviews far more correct because the information entry is carried out manually.

Apple Watch SE review: cycle tracking
The Well being app has a Cycle Monitoring choice, however utilizing it along with the Apple Watch makes information logging extra environment friendly. / © NextPit

Greater than that, Apple companions with extremely credible well being associations to supply help supplies on ladies’s well being and menstrual cycles that assist perceive what occurs to the physique throughout this time, in addition to info on attainable modifications by suggesting a go to to the gynecologist. By the best way, each iOS 16 and watchOS 9 ship notifications about deviations within the menstrual cycle based mostly on the information log. Once more, the Watch SE will be of nice assist in relation to accumulating such information.

Relating to the safety of this information, Apple ensures that it encrypts the knowledge proper on the machine, and stays accessible solely through passcode, Contact ID, or Face ID. Greater than that, the information from the Well being app goes up with end-to-end encryption to iCloud, Apple’s information cloud. Which means that Apple doesn’t have entry to the encryption key and due to this fact can not learn any info, even when requested to take action. Solely you’ve entry to this information and you’re the just one who can share it.

Sleep Levels

Nonetheless on the subject of quantified self-awareness, with watchOS 9 Apple has tremendously optimized sleep stage reporting. On this regard, the Watch SE is a protagonist. The truth that the battery life permits as much as 24 hours of watch use is extraordinarily related for this feature-even although Apple provides a slightly conservative prediction of 18 hours.

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Sure, it’s attainable to make use of the Apple Watch SE for sleep stage reviews. / © NextPit

Personally, I choose to make use of gadgets like Google Nest Show for sleep monitoring, as I am not used to sleeping whereas carrying a watch. Nevertheless, the accuracy of the knowledge makes that little discomfort price it.

What strikes me most is the truth that it is ready to present an approximate time for whenever you go to mattress and the period of time it takes for you to fall asleep. This provides you a really tough overview of the standard of your sleep. Utilizing solely your iPhone to carry out this type of evaluation based mostly on the time you go to mattress or get up won’t ever provide such a level of accuracy.

One other related level is the variation in coronary heart fee throughout sleep, in addition to modifications in a single’s respiration. It’s spectacular to appreciate that in levels similar to REM—extraordinarily related for reminiscence and studying—modifications within the coronary heart fee and respiration are frequent.

Apple Watch SE review: sleep stages
The sleep stage reviews are very thorough in Watch SE and every stage will be remoted within the app. / © NextPit

The reviews supplied by Apple from the Well being app are nonetheless fairly primary, nevertheless, it’s attainable to make an evaluation not solely of the quantity of hours slept, but in addition the sleep high quality based mostly on the time one stays in every stage. These reviews are damaged down by Day, Week, Month, and Yr, so in the long run it’s attainable to grasp the affect of sleep high quality on different areas of well being similar to urge for food enhance or lower in addition to stress ranges.

If you’re fascinated by understanding a bit of extra in regards to the accuracy of the Sleep Levels characteristic on Apple’s smartwatches, The Quantified Scientis YouTube channel has printed a video analyzing the characteristic and provides a comparability with different smartwatches additionally examined by our crew, such because the Whoop 4, Galaxy Watch 5 Professional, and Huawei GT 3 Professional. The results of the Apple Watch is great.

Exercise app

Apple provides a reasonably full vary of Exercises to select from, even providing the customized addition of bodily actions proper within the app. When beginning an exercise, the Watch SE acknowledges the motion and provides to document the train information retroactively. This operate has confirmed to be very environment friendly.

Apple Watch SE review
With a three-month trial subscription of Apple Health+ you may select to stay with the service for $9.99 a month. / © NextPit

What modifications within the Exercise app with watchOS 9 is the extra correct recognition of actions when doing bodily exercise by combining software program and the watch’s sensors. Chief amongst these are maybe operating metrics, with evaluation of stride size and floor contact time, in addition to coronary heart fee zones. On the finish of the day, this information offers us not solely extra details about the game, however extra correct information.

Given the limitation of utilizing wrist sensors for bodily exercise monitoring —extra about this on this article—the Watch SE provides a reasonably shut overview of what extra superior devices provide. As my sports activities regiment shouldn’t be so intense, I seek advice from the Desfit channel on YouTube that in contrast the Watch SE metrics utilization with different gadgets to point out the accuracy supplied per mannequin.

Relating to my weekly runs, nevertheless, the Apple Watch SE proved to be a superb companion. The truth that we have now indicated Break up tempo, for instance, in actual–time on the display makes it attainable for us to calculate the time of every kilometer run and, after all, optimize each.

Apple Watch SE review: workouts
The true-time information supplied by the Watch SE throughout a run is kind of complete and actually makes you need to enhance your self. / © NextPit

Final however not least, the Apple Watch SE provides a three-month trial of the Apple’s Health+ service. We do not have a overview of this service right here at NextPit but, however what it’s essential know is that it caters to each indoor and out of doors operating and different bodily actions. This implies in case you are on the lookout for motivation whereas mountain climbing within the woods, operating within the park, or paddling within the lake, you may depend on the audio and even multimedia immediately on the watch itself.

After the trial interval, you may select to maintain the service for $9.99 per 30 days or accept an annual subscription of $79.99. Utilizing Apple Health+, you may share the service with as much as 5 relations.

Compass app

In case you’re additionally the type of one that likes to be immersed in nature and go mountain climbing within the woods through the weekends, watchOS 9 launched an amazing revamp of the Compass app.

Along with location and orientation, Apple’s compass service permits you to do location tagging, in addition to document the variety of steps you’re taking to backtrack utilizing GPS information to stop you from getting misplaced. The latter has confirmed far more environment friendly on longer routes.

Apple Watch SE review
The Watch SE compass app may be very complete, together with the Backtrack characteristic. / © NextPit


Lastly, Apple’s safety and privateness insurance policies stand out when in comparison with different producers. Apple ensures that it doesn’t share consumer information with third events for business or advertising and marketing functions. The whole lot is processed on the machine stage, together with requests to the Siri voice assistant that haven’t been despatched to the corporate’s servers since 2021.

In response to the Mozilla Basis’s safety and privateness report concerning the Apple Watch—and up to date in August of this 12 months—”total, Apple does a reasonably good job of defending their customers’ privateness and safety.”

Premium efficiency

The Watch SE makes use of the identical processor that powers the Watch Sequence 8 and Watch Extremely fashions.
The S8 SiP chip with 64-bit dual-core processor provides as much as 20% extra pace in comparison with the earlier technology
. The machine provides 32 GB of inside storage and two variants: GPS + Mobile or GPS solely.

What I appreciated:

  • Premium smartwatch efficiency.
  • Built-in GPS (you may depart the iPhone at residence).
  • Fall Detection and Crash Detection are current.

What I disliked:

  • No U1 chip (Extremely Wideband).

Apple Watch SE review
The Apple Watch SE makes use of the second-generation optical coronary heart sensor. / © NextPit

Listed here are extra similarities: the Watch SE provides the identical movement sensors because the 8 sequence, guaranteeing that the Crash Detection characteristic can be accessible on this mannequin. In fact, we have now not been in a position to take a look at this characteristic out and I sincerely hope this by no means occurs, so we should make do with the outcomes of the producer’s exams that assure the effectiveness of this operate.

As well as, the Watch SE additionally options the second-generation optical coronary heart sensor, making this low-cost variant long-term choice. Do not forget that the Sequence 8 makes use of a third-generation optical coronary heart sensor.

Apple Watch SE review
The speaker is positioned on the left facet of the Watch SE. / © NextPit

In relation to efficiency, what I think about actually optimistic is the truth that we have now built-in GPS, so you may depart residence with out having to hold your iPhone round. One other optimistic characteristic that I’d think about is the low latency of the wi-fi connection of the headphones. By the best way, the Watch SE makes use of the Apple wi-fi chip W3, however doesn’t provide UWB. So, if unlocking your automotive together with your Apple Watch is one thing related to you in the long term, I like to recommend shopping for the Sequence 8 or Extremely that comes with the built-in U1 chip.

Beneath, you may see a comparability desk exhibiting the principle capabilities and sensors constructed into the Watch SE, Watch Sequence 8, and Watch Extremely:

Apple Watch SE (2022) Apple Watch Sequence 8 Apple Watch Extremely
Apple Watch SE (2022)
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple Watch Ultra
L1 GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS L1 GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou L1 and L5 GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou
At all times-on altimeter
Blood oxygen sensor
Electrical coronary heart sensor
Second-generation optical coronary heart sensor Third-generation optical coronary heart sensor
Worldwide emergency calling
Emergency SOS
Worldwide roaming
Excessive-g accelerometer
As much as 256 g-forces with Fall Detection and Crash Detection
Excessive dynamic vary gyroscope
Ambient mild sensor
Water temperature sensor
Depth gauge
Dive able to 40m / 130 ft.
Speaker Three-microphone array with beamforming and wind noise mitigation
Apple Pay

Lastly, the Watch SE provides help for the Household Setup operate (GPS + Mobile fashions) that permits you to arrange the smartwatch for relations who haven’t got an iPhone.

Higher than anticipated battery life… for an Apple Watch

On paper, the Watch SE provides as much as 18 hours of battery life. Nevertheless, this may rely so much on how you employ the machine’s options. With none bodily exercise, I used to be ready to make use of the smartwatch for 48 hours, which is absolutely spectacular for an Apple Watch. From Wednesday to Friday (first screenshot beneath), the machine was nonetheless energetic after a three-hour bowling session, a live performance, and two nights of sleep evaluation… amongst different issues.

What I appreciated:

  • Battery life is surprisingly lengthy (for an Apple Watch).
  • Low Energy mode is a superb addition to WatchOS 9.
  • GPS and coronary heart fee work precisely even with Low Energy mode energetic.

What I disliked:

  • 90 minutes to cost from 0 to 100%.
  • Energy adapter shouldn’t be included within the field.

Apple Watch SE review: battery
Apple provides a spread of choices to maintain the Watch SE battery up and operating! / © NextPit

The primary spotlight goes to Low Energy mode, launched with the WatchOS 9 replace. By enabling this characteristic, the machine’s sensors are restricted, in addition to web connectivity and capabilities similar to coronary heart monitoring within the background, coronary heart fee notifications, and coronary heart fee irregularities. Nevertheless, throughout sports activities apply, the center fee and GPS information are calculated exactly.

What actually jumps out whereas in Low Energy mode is that seconds should not proven throughout some exercise. As well as, we have now a marker subsequent to the watch that identifies that Low Energy mode is activated, as proven within the picture beneath:

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Right here we see that the seconds disappear when Low Energy mode is energetic. The marker is a yellow circle subsequent to the time. / © NextPit

Regardless of the battery life being above the worth said by Apple, the usual charging time of the Apple Watch nonetheless stays a related difficulty, particularly due to the battery life. A full cost on 15W energy takes as much as 100 minutes to achieve 97%. Nevertheless, the machine can stick with you for a whole day with 50% of the battery cost. You’ll then do properly to cost it in a single day in order that it may be able to be worn proper earlier than you allow the home within the morning.

Lastly, it must also be stated that, as with the iPhone, Apple provides the battery charging optimization operate. That’s, to keep up the life cycle of this part, the battery costs extra slowly upon reaching 80% of the entire cost worth.

Charging Sort/Time 5 minutes 10 minutes half-hour 60 minutes 80 minutes 100 minutes
15W charger 5% 11% 37% 71% 91% 97%
Thunderbolt Port MacBook Professional Remained Unplugged 8% 31% 66% 84% 97%

Lastly, the ability adapter shouldn’t be included within the field, solely the USB-C magnetic charging cable will accompany the Apple Watch SE. On this sense, you may cost the Watch SE immediately in your pc through the Thunderbolt port.

Apple Watch SE review
The Watch SE solely comes with a USB-C magnetic charging cable. / © NextPit

Backside line: the uncomplicated Apple Watch

In response to Apple, for over 80% of people that purchased the primary technology SE sequence, that is their first Apple Watch. Which is kind of comprehensible, on condition that providing the core capabilities of the Apple Watch sequence at an reasonably priced value.

But when something about this Apple Watch SE overview stood out for me, it is the truth that this smartwatch exceeds even probably the most optimistic expectations. The brand new technology retains the visible language of the principle line and provides just about the identical energy. In fact, we have now the absence of key capabilities which are necessary for some folks, similar to blood oxygen meters, ECG, or temperature sensor. That is the fantastic thing about simplicity for this line.

I consider that purchasing this mannequin could also be choice for individuals who have older variants of the Apple Watch, similar to Sequence 4 and Sequence 5, as they’re already within the last years of working system updates—assuming the ECG operate shouldn’t be related to them.

In relation to the Watch Sequence 8 fashions, the $150 distinction for the GPS variant is important. In spite of everything, we’re speaking about 37.5% of the worth. In case the unique options of the principle line should not of utmost significance to you, shopping for the Apple Watch SE is a robust advice if you wish to save a couple of bucks and, above all, have an uncomplicated smartwatch in your wrist.

And when you’re simply on the lookout for a shortcut for notifications and for distant management of your iPhone, know that the Apple Watch SE is pure enjoyable… and a number of that comes from the seamless and safe integration with Apple’s gadgets.

Now, when you’re on the lookout for a smartwatch exterior the Apple ecosystem that is reasonably priced and has superior exercise choices, our crew recommends the Garmin Venu sequence fashions for sports activities, such because the Venu 2S which might already be discovered for $299 on Amazon. On this case, if you wish to use cellular cost options, make sure you examine first if Garmin Pay helps your financial institution.

One other really useful mannequin for exercise options is the Amazfit GTR4. Nevertheless, the mannequin doesn’t have the ecosystem of help for third-party equipment like Garmin fashions (e.g. chest-straps). Additionally, remember the fact that the Amazfit GTR4 lags far behind in relation to sensible options.