CNET reviews Apple Watch SE: ‘Editors’ Choice for 2020′

In September, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch SE, packing the essential features of Apple Watch into a modern design customers love — all at a more affordable price. The largest and most advanced Retina display allows customers to easily see more details and the information that matters most, right on their wrist. Apple Watch SE features the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as Apple Watch Series 6, and with the latest motion sensors and microphone, it offers robust health and safety capabilities including fall detection, Emergency SOS, international emergency calling, and the Noise app.

Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch SE

With watchOS 7, users can take advantage of powerful new features including Family Setup, which allows kids or older family members without an iPhone to enjoy Apple Watch, plus sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workouts. Apple Watch SE is available in three beautiful case finishes made of 100 percent recycled aluminum, and compatible with all Apple Watch bands.

Vanessa Hand Orellana for CNET:

The Apple Watch SE is the best value smartwatch you can buy and has been awarded CNET’s Editors’ Choice for 2020. It doesn’t have the advanced health sensors that the Series 6 offers, or the always-on display, but it has everything else we love about Apple Watch for a lot less.

The Apple Watch SE misses out on an always-on display and extra health sensors, but both of Apple’s new smartwatches give high and low heart-rate notifications, come in a cellular version and have safety features like fall detection.

If you’re an iPhone user and have been debating whether or not to get an Apple Watch, this is the one you should get. The Apple Watch SE has enough health, fitness and smart features to make it worth your while, but its lower price makes it much more accessible than the flagship Apple Watch. If you do need more advanced health features, or the always-on display, you can’t go wrong with the Apple Watch Series 6.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s very likely that Apple is already selling oodles of SE units with many millions more to come by the time Christmas Day arrives!

1 Comment

  1. I bought my Apple Watch SE over a month ago. It is my first smart watch. I am still getting used to it. Love the health app, notifications, Walkie Talkie, Apple pay and personalisation of the watch faces according to my choice. As its my 1st Apple watch, the SE is a good way to get used to it. Next year I will get the AW series 7 with the further functions. Only thing I would like on the AW SE is a permanently on screen like AW 5&6. Which Apple can do with a software upgrade, and hopefully does. Battery life is good for 2 days. However my 2016 iPhone does take battery hit due to blue tooth always on and paired to watch. Charge both the phone and watch every night so there is no low battery issues.

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