Engadget reviews Apple Watch SE (2nd gen.): ‘The best smartwatch $250 can buy’

The new Apple Watch SE delivers the core Apple Watch experience, including Activity tracking, high and low heart rate notifications, and Emergency SOS, as well as the new Crash Detection feature and a completely redesigned back case that perfectly matches the three classic case finishes, all at a more affordable price of $249.

Powered by watchOS 9, the new Apple Watch SE features more customizable watch faces, an enhanced Workout app, and more.
Powered by watchOS 9, the new Apple Watch SE features more customizable watch faces, an enhanced Workout app, and more.

The new Apple Watch SE is powered by watchOS 9 which introduces new and more customizable watch faces like Lunar and Metropolitan, an enhanced Workout app, sleep stages, a first-of-its-kind AFib History feature, and an all-new Medications app.

C. Low for Engadget:

I wasn’t expecting Apple, of all companies, to deliver the most competitively priced smartwatch you can buy in 2022. But with Apple shaving $30 off the cost, the new Watch SE is arguably the most compelling wearable on the market. For $150 less than the new Series 8, this year’s Watch SE delivers a comprehensive suite of health and fitness tools, emergency features and surprisingly few tradeoffs. It even uses the same new chip as the Series 8, and it looks indistinguishable to boot.

For the price, it’s impressive that the Watch SE uses the same S8 SiP as the Series 8 and Watch Ultra. In general, this meant the $250 watch was just as snappy as its pricier counterparts at setting new watch faces, measuring my heart rate, starting workouts and more…

Apple sacrificed surprisingly few features on the second-gen Watch SE. As a starter smartwatch, it offers plenty of health and fitness-tracking functions, while providing peace of mind via emergency features like crash detection and compass trackback… At $250, the new Watch SE is the best smartwatch for the money.

MacDailyNews Take: The SE is the perfect starter smartwatch.

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1 Comment

  1. Perfect replacement for the “Series 3 does everything I need” people (like me). But I have to upgrade my 2016 iPhone SE first (because it needs to run iOS 16). 2022 iPhone SE will likely be a “Black Friday” purchase.

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