Apple Watch SE Review | NDTV Gadgets 360



Apple launched two new smartwatches this year for the first time. While the Apple Watch Series 6 is the most efficient that the company has to offer, the Apple Watch SE is the one targeted at the masses. Apple has positioned the Watch SE as a contemporary yet affordable option, reasonably than continuing to sell final year’s mannequin at a lower price. If you’re an Apple iPhone user, the Watch SE offers familiar functionality at a starting price of Rs. 29,900. So is this a smartwatch that you must believe? Here’s my review of the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch SE design

The design of the Apple Watch has roughly remained the same since the first actual mannequin. You get larger screens, starting with the Apple Watch Series 4 (Review), but the overall design is so easy to recognise. Whether you do not like the square shape, you do not in reality have much choice. The casing is made of aluminium and there are three colour options – Space Grey, Silver, and Gold – but no other materials or finishes. The smaller 40mm variant of the Apple Watch SE is priced at Rs. 29,900 with a standard Sport Band, while the bigger variant is priced starting at Rs. 32,900. These prices are for the GPS-only versions; whether you wish to have LTE connectivity, the same variants will set you back by Rs. 33,900 and Rs. 36,900 respectively.

The bands can easily be swapped on the Apple Watch SE


I found the display to be big enough, and the borders are somewhat thin. The OLED display can produce implausible blacks which make it very tough to differentiate the bezels from the display while the usage of the Apple Watch SE. There are numerous strap options that you’ll be able to buy one after the other, including Apple’s new Solo Loop. I had an LTE-enabled 44mm Space Gray Apple Watch SE with a Charcoal Sport Loop for this review. Most other manufacturers don’t offer such a lot of options.

The aluminum case feels premium. It has the digital crown and a button on the correct side. The ‘taptic engine’ vibration simulates mechanical feedback when the crown is rotated, which is satisfying. The button below the digital crown wakes the screen and allows you to launch apps. On the left you can find cutouts for the speaker, while the heart-rate sensor is on the underside.

While the Apple Watch SE does not have lugs like a traditional watch, you will not in reality have to go searching much to find compatible bands. These straps are easy to take away and replace without any special tools. You get a magnetic charging cradle in the box that clamps onto the back of the Apple Watch SE to charge it.

The Apple Watch SE uses Apple’s S5 SiP (System-in-Package), the same as final year’s Apple Watch Series 5 which has now been discontinued. It has a Retina LTPO OLED display with a peak brightness of 1000nits which makes satisfied visible even in direct sunlight. There is Ion-X strengthened glass on top which must retain the display from picking up scratches. You get Bluetooth 5 in addition to WiFi n for connectivity. There is GPS and GNSS for positioning, and on the cellular models you get LTE connectivity. Currently in India, Vi, Airtel, and Jio are the only three carriers that beef up the Apple Watch SE.

The digital crown works with the taptic engine to supply physical feedback

Apple assists in keeping its wearables up-to-the-minute just like the iPhones. The Apple Watch SE comes running WatchOS 7 and has lots of the software features that you can find on the new Apple Watch Series 6 (Review). The Apple Watch SE is capable of various kinds of workout tracking including swimming, and is water resistant upto 50m. It is not capable of blood oxygen monitoring like the Series 6, and also misses out on the ECG sensor that the Series 4 and Series 5 had.

Apple Watch SE performance and battery life

Apple Watches can only be paired with iPhones and no other Apple devices, disregard Android smartphones. The Apple Watch SE is super easy to establish and only requires you to scan a code on its display the usage of the Watch app on any recent iPhone. In a similar way, setting up LTE connectivity on the Watch SE was once also very easy and only needed a couple of taps.

The UI on the Apple Watch SE is a little different from WearOS but is so easy to navigate. You’ll be able to swipe down from the home screen to see your notifications, and swipe up to access the quick toggles. You can want to press the digital crown to show the apps you have installed. The button below the digital crown can be utilized for multitasking. You’ll be able to install numerous apps and store music on the Watch SE since it has 32GB of storage. When setting up the Apple Watch SE, all to be had equivalents of apps on your phone are downloaded onto it.

The heart rate sensor on the behind of the Apple Watch SE


I found the UI to be polished and the experience lag-free. Haptic alerts for an incoming call or message were strong enough to seize my attention. Apple also uses the taptic engine for its Breathe and Workout apps.

The Apple Watch SE is quick to wake when you raise your wrist. You’ll be able to summon Siri by the standard “Hey Siri” phrase, or raise the Watch SE to your face and speak the command. This did not work as intended at all times, and I needed to take a look at again. You’ll be able to reply to incoming notifications the usage of dictation or by scribbling one character at a time on the screen. You’ll be able to reply to incoming SMS and WhatsApp messages, but I couldn’t reply to emails the usage of the Outlook app. This may be a limitation of the app not having beef up for the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch is known for its fitness tracking abilities. It can detect when you begin working out and suggests tracking the exercise for you. I put its accuracy to the test by counting 1,000 steps I took manually, and the Apple Watch SE reported 1,002 steps which is a very small deviation. Distance tracking was once also more than accurate enough, logging 1.01km for a distance I have measured to be 1km.

Heart rate tracking is accurate on the Apple Watch SE


Heart rate tracking was once accurate on the Apple Watch SE. It could detect changes in heart rate in no time while I used to be working out. The Watch SE could also detect when I went to sleep and when I woke up. The Bedtime feature suggests when it is time to go to bed. The Health App on the iPhone shows you the duration of sleep, your heart rate while you were asleep, and the average amounts of sleep you’ve gotten over the week and the month. You aren’t getting a breakdown of the state of sleep though, like you do on WearOS wearables in addition to fitness trackers.

The Watch SE does not switch to LTE very regularly, and normally stays connected to your smartphone. It’s only when you move absent from your iPhone and a Wi-Fi connection that it relies on LTE. The switch is instant and you’ll be able to take calls on the watch even without the iPhone. I did take a couple of calls of the Apple Watch SE, which required me to retain the watch near to my face as a way to hear the caller. The speaker volume is adequate but there were times when I had to ask my callers to repeat what they had just said. The mic on the Watch SE works decently but my callers could recognise that I wasn’t talking to them the usage of a steady phone, and mentioned that I sounded a little distant.

I found the battery life of the Apple Watch SE to be decent. It lasted approximately a day and a half on a unmarried charge with my usage. With LTE enabled I did notice a moderately lower runtime, with the watch managing just over a day before needing to be plugged in. It takes over two hours to charge the Apple Watch SE totally, which is slower than the Apple Watch Series 6. I normally left the Apple Watch SE on the charger and only came back when my iPhone notified me that it was once fully charged.


The Apple Watch SE is a lot like the Apple Watch Series 5, without a couple of features and with a much lower starting price. I think the lower price is what makes the Apple Watch SE attractive, since it offers better value for your money. If in case you have been the usage of an Apple Watch Series 4 or a Series 5 (Review), there is not much for you here and you must look at the Apple Watch Series 6 as an upgrade instead. Then again if you are a first-time user or are the usage of an Apple Watch Series 3 (Review) or older, the Apple Watch SE might just be correct fit. For anyone wondering whether it’s worth paying the premium over the Apple Watch Series 3, it completely is.


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