Now, you are undoubtedly going to wish to anticipate our full Apple Watch SE overview, however so far as first impressions go, the SE leaves a reasonably robust one. I’ve spent the final 12 months or so sporting the Sequence 5 and actually having fun with it — it is solely been up to now few years that the Apple Watch’s processing energy meant you did not actually have to fret about stops and begins and stutters. The entire expertise feels fairly persistently clean now, which you simply could not say within the early days.
To date, the Apple Watch SE has felt simply as quick, which after all is sensible because it shares its mind with the Sequence 5. In different phrases, you may anticipate efficiency that is in keeping with what was — up till only recently — Apple’s flagship wearable. I have never had the SE lengthy sufficient to completely check its battery life, however I simply acquired a full day of use from the Sequence 5 when it launched, and the SE may final somewhat longer because it does not have an always-on show to fret about.
That is not dangerous for $280, although it is value noting that final 12 months’s Sequence 5 often goes on sale for as little as $300. In case you see a type of offers, you may wish to soar on that as an alternative. I might personally go for the Sequence 5 myself, however I am maybe somewhat biased: Earlier this 12 months, earlier than 2020 began taking place the drain, I had an atrial flutter strike out of nowhere, and it was solely due to the Sequence 5’s delicate concern through the ECG app that I went to an emergency room and acquired the all-clear. Since then, I’ve been glad to see new wearables like Samsung’s newest Galaxy Watch embrace comparable options, and may’t assist however be somewhat upset Apple needed to minimize it right here.
In case you’re already dutifully protecting tabs in your coronary heart (or simply aren’t notably fussed about it), then it is arduous not to suggest the SE. It nonetheless has a lot of the health-focused options Apple has rolled out up to now few years, like fall detection, alerts for extreme ambient noise, and non-ECG-based coronary heart fee monitoring. And if nothing else, the Watch SE is a superb entry level for all the new options accessible in watchOS 7.
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