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Compare the Apple Watch Series 6 to the Apple Watch SE

Although the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE were launched during the same event, they're two different smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 6 is an extensive watch with lots of health and sports functions. The Apple Watch SE is a more affordable watch with the essential Apple Watch function, but without the Always On display. In this article, we'll tell you more about the difference and similarities between both watches.

Apple Watch Series 6

Optical heart rate sensor and ECG function | Blood oxygen sensor | 32GB storage
429,-
in stock
  • Gain insight into your fitness with the VO2 max measurement, which measures the maximum oxygen uptake of your blood.
  • Measure your heart rate with the electrical heart rate sensor and make cardiograms with the electrocardiogram function (ECG).
  • The Always On display is more energy-efficient and brighter, even when the sun is shining on it.
  • To set up the Apple Watch, you need an Apple iPhone. After that, you can also use various functions without an iPhone nearby.
  • No connector is included. Charge the watch with the charger adapter of your smartphone or order a charger adapter with it.

Apple Watch SE

Optical heart rate sensor | Measures distance, calories burned, heart rate, speed, steps, stairs, and swimming strokes | 32GB storage
299,-
in stock
  • 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 that, you can also use various functions without an iPhone nearby.
  • No connector is included. Charge the watch with the charger adapter of your smartphone or order a charger adapter with it.

Compare the Apple Watch Series 6 to the Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch SE
Display Always On OLED Retina display OLED Retina display
Processor S6 SiP 64-bit Dual-Core processor: up to 20% faster than S5 S5 SiP with 64-bit Dual Core processor: up to 2x faster than S3
Heart rate sensor ECG+ optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation Optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation
Blood oxygen sensor Yes No
Colors Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Blue, RED Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Screen

Apple Watch Series 6 extra bright

Apple Watch Series 6: Always On display

You can always see what time it is on the Apple Watch Series 6, thanks to the Always On display. This means you won't have to turn your wrist to light up the display. The screen of the Series 6 is brighter than that of the Series 5. So even when the sun shines on it, you can still read your messages clearly.

Apple Watch SE: no Always On

Apple Watch SE: OLED screen

Just like the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE has an OLED screen. This screen isn't Always On. So it turns black when you're not looking at it. To show the time, you just have to turn your wrist or turn the Digital Crown. In terms of size, the display of the SE is just as big as the display of the Series 6.

Blood oxygen sensor

Apple Watch Series 6 blood oxygen sensor

Apple Watch Series 6: measure your fitness

With a blood oxygen sensor, the Apple Watch Series 6 gives you an indication of how good or bad your fitness level is. The blood oxygen sensor measures the oxygen level in your blood. The more oxygen in your blood, the better your health is. A percentage between 95 and 100 is healthy.

Apple Watch SE: without blood oxygen sensor

Apple Watch SE: no blood oxygen sensor

The Apple Watch SE doesn't have a blood oxygen sensor, so it doesn't give you an indication of your health. Just like with the Series 6, you can train in heart rate zones, but the watch doesn't measure your oxygen level.

Heart rate monitor

Apple Watch Series 6: ECG and optical heart rate monitor

Apple Watch Series 6: ECG and optical heart rate monitor

In addition to the optical heart rate monitor, the Apple Watch Series 6 also has an ECG function. With that, you can make cardiograms from your wrist via the Digital Crown. With these cardiograms, you can detect atrial fibrillation. Those are irregular heartbeats. In addition to the ECG function, the Apple Watch Series 6 also has an optical heart rate monitor. This measures your heart rate at all times, during sports as well.

Apple Watch SE: optical heart rate monitor

Apple Watch SE: optical heart rate monitor

The Apple Watch SE only has an optical heart rate monitor. This measures your heart rate at all times, even when you're doing sports or sleeping. That way, you know exactly in what heart rate zone you're working out and whether you can push it a little more. The Apple Watch monitors your heart rate to determine how long and how well you've slept. You get a notification when your heartrate is unusually high or low.

Processor

Apple Watch Series 6 S6 processor

Apple Watch Series 6: S6 processor

The Apple Watch Series 6 has an S6 processor. This processor is more powerful than the S5 processor. This means your apps load a little faster with this chip than with an S5 chip. Switching between apps is smooth and the watch face won't stutter.

Apple Watch SE: S5 processor

Apple Watch SE: S5 processor

We know the S5 chip of the Apple Watch SE from the Apple Watch Series 5. This chip is slightly les fast than the S6 chip. You won't really notice that this chip is slightly slower than the S6 processor. With the S5 processor, your apps load fast and your watch face won't stutter.

Versions

Apple Watch Series 6: 5 colors

Apple Watch Series 6: 5 colors, 2 sizes

With the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple brought surprising colors to the Apple Watch for the first time. In addition to the well-known colors Space Gray, silver, and gold, Apple Watch is now also available in blue and Apple's red, PRODUCT(RED). You can style your Apple Watch for any occasion with the various matching watch straps. The Apple Watch Series 6 is available in 40 and 44 millimeters.

Apple Watch SE: 3 colors

Apple Watch SE: 3 colors, 2 sizes

With the Apple Watch SE, you have slightly less choice in colors. You can choose the Apple Watch SE in Space Gray, silver, and gold. This model is available in the same sizes as the Apple Watch Series 6, 5, and 4, namely 40 and 44 millimeters. So the straps of the other models also fit on the Apple Watch SE.

Conclusion

The Apple Watch SE lacks a number of features that the Apple Watch Series 6 does have. Are you used to an Always On display from the Apple Watch Series 5? You'll miss that function on the Apple Watch SE. With the blood oxygen monitor on the Apple Watch Series 6, you gain insight into your fitness level. With the ECG function on the Series 6, you can keep a close eye on your heart. If you don't need these extra features, the Apple Watch SE is probably good enough for you.

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