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The differences between the Apple Watch models

The Apple Watch is available in different series and in various models. With so many options, it's hard to know which Apple Watch suits you best. We're happy to help you make your choice, so we've listed all models for you.

Compare Apple Watch Series 6 to the SE, Series 5, 4, and 3

Apple Watch Series 6 (Nike) Apple Watch SE (Nike) Apple Watch Series 5 (Nike) Apple Watch Series 4 (Nike+) Apple Watch Series 3 (Nike+)
Display Always On OLED Retina display OLED Retina display Always On OLED Retina display OLED Retina display OLED Retina display
Thickness watch case 10.4mm thin 10.4mm thin 10.7mm thin 10.7mm thin 11.4mm thin
Processor S6 SiP with 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 S5 SiP with 64-bit Dual-Core processor: up to 2x faster than S3 S5 SiP with 64-bit Dual-Core processor: up to 2x faster than S3 Dual-core S3 processor
Heart rate sensor ECG+ optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation Optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation ECG+ optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation Optical heart rate sensor 2nd generation Optical heart rate sensor
Fall detection Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Water resistance Up to 50 meters Up to 50 meters Up to 50 meters Up to 50 meters Up to 50 meters
Battery life Up to 18 hours Up to 18 hours Up to 18 hours Up to 18 hours Up to 18 hours
Compass Integrated Integrated Integrated - -
Size 324x394 (40mm) and 368x448 (44mm) 324x394 (40mm) and 368x448 (44mm) 324x394 (40mm) and 368x448 (44mm) 324x394 (40mm) and 368x448 (44mm) 272 x 340 (38mm) and 312x390 (42mm)

Compare current assortment Apple Watch models

The Apple Watch Series 5 and the Apple Watch Series 4 aren't available anymore. They've been replaced by the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch Series 3 is still produced and sold by Apple. In this article, you can read more about the differences and similarities between the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and the Apple Watch Series 4.

Usage

Apple Watch Series 5: sports

Apple Watch Series 5: sports

You can use the Apple Watch Series 5 throughout the whole day. The Always On display shows you the time at any moment of the day. The fact the screen doesn't turn black is mainly useful when you're doing sports. That way, you can still see the time while you're running and you can easily keep track of how long you've been running. With the Workout app, you can keep track of your workouts and check your heartrate.

Apple Watch Series 4: healthy lifestyle

Apple Watch Series 4: healthy lifestyle

The Apple Watch Series 4 puts your health first, just like the Series 3 and 5. The Apple Watch 4 notifies you when it's time to stand up and move. Women can also track their menstrual cycle via the Health app from Apple, thanks to watchOS 6. The 4th generation Apple Watch also has the Workout app, so you can also keep track of you running times with this watch. You do need to lift your wrist to be able to see the time.

Apple Watch Series 3 everyday use

Apple Watch Series 3: everyday use

You can use the Apple Watch Series 3 for your daily activities. For example, reading WhatsApp messages on your Apple Watch 3 and check your calendar. You can also use the Apple Watch as a remote when you're listening to music or watching a movie via Apple TV. Whisper secret messages to another Apple Watch user via the Walkie-Talkie function, or keep track of how much water you drink in a day. You can also do sports with the Apple Watch 3.

Functionalities

Apple Watch Series 5 compass

Apple Watch Series 5: compass

The Apple Watch Series 5 also shows you your walking direction, thanks to the built-in compass. This is also useful if you like to go off the beaten path, but still want to be able to find your way home. In addition to the compass, the Apple Watch Series 5 also has a cardiogram function (ECG), fall detection, and an altimeter.

Apple Watch Series 4 fall detection

Apple Watch Series 4: fall detection

The Apple Watch 4 and the Apple Watch 5 have fall detection. So when you fall hard while you're wearing the Apple Watch Series 4 or 5, the smartwatch registers this. The Watch Series 4 sets off an alarm and asks if you're ok. If I don't respond to the notification within a minute, the Apple Watch automatically calls the emergency services.

Apple Watch Series 3 altimeter

Apple Watch Series 3: altimeter

All three Apple Watch models have a barometric altitude meter built-in. That way, you can see exactly how many stairs you've climbed in a day or how high the mountain you've just climbed is.

Watch case size

Apple Watch Series 5: 40 and 44mm

Apple Watch Series 5: 40 and 44mm

When choosing your Apple Watch, you can choose from watch cases in different sizes. The watches from the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Apple Watch Series 5 come in different sizes, namely 40mm and 44mm high. The 40mm watch case is suitable for a wrist circumference of 130 to 200mm. The larger watch fits a wrist circumference of 140 to 210mm.

Apple Watch Series 4: 40 and 44mm

Apple Watch Series 4: also 40 and 44mm

The sizes of the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Series 5 are the same. This means that the straps of the Apple Watch Series 4 also fit on the Apple Watch Series 5 and the other way around. This way, you have more than enough choice and there's always a suitable Watch strap for any occasion.

Apple Watch Series 3: 38 and 42mm

Apple Watch Series 3: 38 and 42mm

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the only model with different dimensions, namely 38mm and 42mm. You can use many 38mm straps on a 40mm watch case and the other way around. But not all 40mm watch straps fit on the Apple Watch Series 3 38mm. So keep that in mind when choosing your watch strap. The 38mm case is suitable for a wrist circumference of 130 to 200mm. The 42mm watch is a better fit for a wrist circumference of 140 to 210mm.



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