Choosing an Apple Watch is now the obstacle course. Indeed, in 2020, Apple presented the Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Series 6 while keeping the Apple Watch Series 3 on the shelves. Suffice to say that the range of connected watches available from the Apple brand has what to suit everyone. And you, which model caught your eye?

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Design: no difference

For our part, it must be said that the two most recent versions are probably the most successful. But when you take a closer look, you realize that the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 are in fact based on the same chassis. And if it is not unknown to you, it is normal: it is in fact that of… Series 5! Yes, Apple has chosen to bet again on the recipe of its previous success. The result is a format very different from traditional round watches, recognizable among a thousand. The Series 6 and Watch SE are Apple wearables, without a doubt.

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 © Apple

Truth be told, there’s actually no difference between the Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Series 6 in terms of design. If not the case. So, although they are both edited in 40mm and 44mm, the Apple Watch Series 6 comes in blue and red while the Apple Watch SE has to settle for silver, space gray, and gold only. The materials used are not the same either. It will be aluminum, stainless steel or titanium for the Series 6 against only aluminum for Apple Watch SE.

An always-on screen or not?

The Apple Watch Series 6 has a serious advantage over the Apple Watch SE: its screen. Indeed, this one is able to remain lit permanently, hence its nickname always-on in English. Moreover, there is no great difference between the two tiles. Thus, the Apple Watch SE benefits from a diagonal of 1.78 inches for a border / display ratio of 60%, which is also the case of the Apple Watch Series 6.

The definition, meanwhile, is 326 ppi for 448 x 368 pixels. According to the manufacturer, the Retina display of the Apple Watch Series 6 is also brighter than that of the Apple Watch SE. This confirms once again that the high-end watch is therefore cut for outdoor expeditions.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE © Apple

Performance with one year difference

The Apple Watch SE runs on an Apple S5 processor. Once again, this is in fact the same chip that is also found in the Apple Watch Series 5. Conversely, the Apple Watch Series 6 is entitled to a brand new SoC, simply called Apple S6. Its performance would be, according to the manufacturer, 20% faster than Apple Watch SE. The amount of RAM does not change. Both the Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Series 6 are equipped with a gigabyte of RAM.

Such a datasheet will ensure without issue that your Apple Watch SE (or your Apple Watch Series 6) will be able to provide rock-solid velocity and responsiveness. Indeed, the apps for Watch are not greedy and watchOS 7 is optimized accordingly. Nevertheless, on paper, it is true that here the Apple Watch Series 6 does a little better than the Apple Watch SE.

Battery: Series 6 vs Watch SE

Now let’s move on to autonomy. So which of the Apple Watch SE or the Apple Watch Series 6 lasts the longest? In fact, there is also no significant difference between the two watches here. Thus, Apple indicates eighteen hours of autonomy for both models. But when you take a closer look at the batteries built into the tocantes, you quickly realize that there is a difference.

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Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 © Apple

Thus, the Apple Watch Series 6 has a slightly larger battery. But since the brand assures that endurance remains the same, there is probably no noticeable impact on the user side. Most tests also confirm that the Apple Watch SE holds as long as the Apple Watch Series 6. In any case, for normal use, even if the criteria change according to each.

watchOS 7, still excellent

The software that powers the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 is watchOS 7. Both come standard with this version, which brings some serious new features compared to the previous one. For example, a feature now makes it possible to automatically time the hand washing. But this is not the only advantage on the health side. Indeed, the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 are also capable of detect cardiac arrhythmias and alert you if necessary. It is then enough to go to a professional doctor to be taken care of in time: in this way, lives can be saved.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE © Apple

Unfortunately, unlike the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE cannot measure your oxygen level in the blood. She is also unable to record electrocardiograms. Good to know if these are the benefits you are looking for for your wearable. But those are pretty much the only things that can be found on the Apple Watch Series 6 and not on the Apple Watch SE. For the rest, watchOS 7 offers the same tools on both products. Thus, you can read and respond to your notifications, whether they come from your SMS or social networks. Many iPhone apps are also compatible with Watch SE and Series 6.

Finally, let’s talk about sport : With the Watch SE just like with the Watch Series 6, it is possible to follow activities such as dancing, boxing, swimming, cycling or even running. The data collected can then be viewed in graphical form via the watch’s mobile app, or directly on the watch screen. On a daily basis, we also notice that the statistics recorded by the Apple Watch SE are similar to those of the Apple Watch Series 6: each one seems to be doing it here with flying colors.

Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE: the sensors

Among the factors behind such results, we can in particular mention the multiple sensors that record the data then retransmitted via watchOS. We find there to start the GPS. This component is included in every model of Apple Watch. It can also be coupled to a modem 4G, but in doing so the price of the watch goes up, whether it is the Series 6 or the SE. Always for orientation, our two friends are entitled to a permanently activated altimeter and a compass allowing them to find their way even without having a network nearby.

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 © Apple

On the health side, as seen above, the blood oximeter is only found on the Apple Watch Series 6 but not on the SE. Moreover, if the optical heart rate sensor is indeed available on both watches, this is not the case with its electrical equivalent which is only found on the Series 6. As for the sound, it is recorded thanks to to a second-generation microphone, the same on the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE.

Regarding wireless, know that the Apple Watch Series 6 is entitled to Bluetooth 5.0 (essential to connect to the iPhone) as well as to the Wi ‑ Fi 802.11b / g / n clocked at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The Apple Watch SE, it is satisfied only with the Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz but not its frequency in 5 GHz. As you can see, there is therefore very little difference between the Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE on the sensor side.

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Accessories at will

With its Apple Watch SE and Series 6, Apple wanted to turn its connected watches into genuine customization. It is thus easy to customize them, thanks to dedicated official accessories, starting with the bracelets. These are already in the hundreds, and are all compatible with the Series 6 as well as with the Watch SE. There are recent Unique Buckles, but also silicone editions specially dedicated to sport or even more upscale versions in metal and leather.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE © Apple

Recently, Apple also unveiled the MagSafe dual charger. This allows you to power both an iPhone and an Apple Watch Series 6 or an Apple Watch SE, thanks to Qi wireless charging. It is also possible to opt for a classic cable, but beware: the latter is not supplied as standard with the Series 6. A gesture for the planet, according to Apple.

Apple Watch Series 6 and SE prices

Apple Watch Series 6 costs 429 euros (minimum). But its price can quickly climb, depending on the options chosen. Thus, with the largest box, its price already reaches 459 euros. The material chosen, too, has a lot to do with the amount to spend to afford the Series 6. Count 879 euros for the version in space black titanium, or 779 euros for graphite stainless steel. What qualifies the watch as a true luxury accessory, according to the tastes of each one.

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 © Apple

For the Apple Watch SE, it’s different. This connected watch is indeed much cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 6, since its price starts at 299 euros with a diagonal of forty millimeters, against 329 for the widest version. However, it is not possible to choose anything other than aluminum for the case. Only three colors are available: silver, space gray and gold.

Conclusion: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE

You guessed it: there are serious differences between Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. In our comparison, we have indeed found that where the first model is intended above all for a wealthy audience, the Apple Watch SE is a model dedicated to everyone, all the more so with its rather attractive price. It is even able to compete with smartwatches running Android, which was not really possible with recent Apple Watches before.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE © Apple

The Apple Watch Series 6, on the other hand, is a monster of power. Successfully succeeding an already very powerful Apple Watch Series 5, it will be the ally of choice for all those who want to take care of their body or track their sports sessions quickly and efficiently. Its oxygen sensor in the blood, coupled to a ECG app able to alert serious medical problems even before going to the hospital, will also be a deciding buying factor for many.

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In short, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE are both excellent smartwatches. They are even the best models on the market for pairing with an iPhone 12 or an iPhone 12 mini. The main criterion for deciding between them is the price, and perhaps theexterior appearance because some designs are only available with the Apple Watch Series 6. For the rest, the software is the same: watchOS 7, in all its glory.

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