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Compare the Apple Watch SE to the Apple Watch Series 3

With the Apple Watch SE, Apple is launching a smartwatch that fits right between the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 3. This SE model is similar to the Apple Watch Series 3 in many ways but with some essential extra functions, such as fall detection and the Sound app. We'll compared both models for you and we'll tell you more about the differences and similarities.

Apple Watch SE 40mm Space Gray

Optical heart rate sensor | Measures distance, calories burned, heart rate, speed, steps, stairs, and swimming strokes | 32GB storage
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  • The integrated heart rate sensor measures your heart rate via your wrist.
  • Thanks to the GPS sensor, the smartwatch shows your speed, distance traveled, and route.
  • The smartwatch is waterproof, so you can also wear it while swimming.
  • To set up the Apple Watch, you need an Apple iPhone. After the first setup, you can use some functions of the Apple Watch without your iPhone.

Apple Watch Series 3 38mm Space Gray

Optical heart rate sensor | Measures distance, calories burned, heart rate, speed, steps, stairs, and swimming strokes | 8GB storage
219,-
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  • Thanks to the integrated speaker and microphone, you can make calls via your smartwatch.
  • The integrated heart rate sensor measures your heart rate via your wrist.
  • Thanks to the GPS sensor, the smartwatch shows your speed, distance traveled, and route.
  • To set up the Apple Watch, you need the Apple iPhone. After that, you can also use some functions of the Apple Watch without your iPhone.

Comparison Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch SE Apple Watch Series 3
Screen Retina, 368x448 pixels (44mm) Retina, 312x390 pixels (42mm)
Always On altimeter Yes No
Fall detection Yes No
Storage capacity 32GB 8GB
Size 40 and 44 millimeters 38 and 42 millimeters
Colors Space Gray, Silver, Gold Space Gray, Silver

Appearance

Apple Watch SE colors

Apple Watch SE: 30% larger screen, 2 sizes, 3 colors

The new Apple Watch SE line has the same screen as the newer Apple Watch Series 6. That Retina display matches the shape of the watch case, so it's 30% larger than the screen of the Apple Watch Series 3. The Apple Watch SE is available in 2 sizes, namely 40mm and 44mm. You can choose from 3 colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The Apple Watch SE is made from 100% recycled aluminum.

Apple Watch Series 3 colors

Apple Watch Series 3: 2 sizes, 2 colors

The Apple Watch Series 3 also has a Retina display, but it's a bit smaller than the screen of the Apple Watch SE. The black border around the screen is larger on the Series 3. This Apple Watch is available in 2 sizes as well: 38mm and 42mm. The watch straps of this watch also fit the Apple Watch SE 40mm and 44mm. With the Apple Watch Series 3, you can choose from 2 colors: Space Gray or Silver. The Apple Watch Series 3 is made from 100% recycled aluminum.

Technology

Apple Watch SE technology

Apple Watch SE: faster and more useful functions

The Apple Watch SE has a dual-core S5 SiP system and a processor that is up to 2 times faster than that of Series 3. Thanks to the processor, apps load faster and switch between apps more easily. In addition to a compass, the Apple Watch SE also has the Always On altimeter of the Apple Watch Series 6. You can see exactly how high you are or how fast you're descending or ascending when climbing. The SE also has an integrated GPS receiver.

Apple Watch Series 3 technology

Apple Watch Series 3: GPS, altimeter

The Apple Watch Series 3 has a slower processor, so the Apple Watch responds to your requests less quickly. It does have an integrated GPS receiver, so you can leave your smartphone at home when you go for a run. The Apple Watch Series 3 also tracks your route for you. You can find the altimeter on this Apple Watch model as well, but it doesn't provide a continuous and up-to-date indication of how high you are.

Safety functions

Apple Watch SE fall detection

Apple Watch SE: fall detection, Sound App

Thanks to fall detection on the Apple Watch SE, you're safer if you fall down when you're alone. Once the Apple Watch SE registers a fall, you're asked if you're OK or if the emergency services need to be called. If you don't respond on time, the Apple Watch sends your most important contacts a message and calls the emergency services for you. With the Sound app, your hearing is also protected. The Apple Watch SE lets you know if the sounds in your environment are too loud.

Apple Watch Series 3 Emergency SOS

Apple Watch Series 3: Emergency SOS

The Apple Watch Series 3 doesn't have fall detection or the Sound app, but it does have another important safety function. If you're having an emergency, you can use the Apple Watch Series 3 call the emergency services and your most important contacts. You can also find this function on the Apple Watch SE.

Storage capacity

Apple Watch SE 32GB

Apple Watch SE: 32GB

You can store all your apps, playlists, and photos on the Apple Watch SE, since this smartwatch has a 32GB storage capacity. This is enough storage to download your favorite Apple Music playlists. You can just leave your smartphone at home while running and listen to your workout music from the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch Series 3 8GB

Apple Watch Series 3: 8GB

The Apple Watch Series 3 has a lot less storage. With the 8GB storage capacity, you have enough space for your most important apps and playlists. If you want to try all the apps in the App Store, 8GB might not be enough.

Conclusion

The Apple Watch SE has slightly more functions than Apple Watch Series 3. You can easily read all your data from screen, which is 30% larger. With 32GB, all your apps and playlists fit on the Apple Watch. And fall detection and the Sound app protect you against injuries and hearing damage. Want an Apple Watch with the most important functions and a large screen? The Apple Watch SE is the right choice for you.

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