How to choose between the Apple Watch 7 and SE
How to choose between the Apple Watch 7 and SE
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How to choose between the Apple Watch 7 and SE

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Speaker 1: So you've decided you want an apple watch, but how do you choose between the latest series seven and the apple watch se let's find out Speaker 1: Your first consideration is probably the price. The series seven starts at 400 us dollars while the se starts at $280. And of course both discounted at certain times of the year. So I have put latest pricing and availability in the links, in the description below in this video, I'm gonna break down all of the major differences between these [00:00:30] two watches to help you decide everything from the screens to health and fitness sensors, to connectivity. And of course, battery life. You might also be looking at the series three, which is still surprisingly available for sale at $200, but really you have to ask yourself the question, is it worth spending that much money to buy the series three brand new when the tech is at least four years old? No, no, no. Let's kick things off with the design and the display. Now at first [00:01:00] glance, if you look at these two you side by side or on someone's wrist quickly, it's gonna be pretty hard to spot the difference. Speaker 1: But when you inspect it a little bit more closely, you'll notice that the series seven has slightly more rounded and more contoured edges than the apple watch. Se both of them have that same square watch face design that we've had ever since the first apple watch, there's a digital crown and a side button that you used to interact with the, and both of them come in the choice of two sizes depending on your wrist. So the apple watch se has a 40 and 44 millimeter [00:01:30] size. Whereas the series seven is a little bit bigger, 41 and 45 millimeter are your options. And overall it's that size of the screen itself that is gonna make the biggest difference to which one each choose. What you need to know is the se has more visible BES. I've put the side by side of the same watch face on both. Speaker 1: So you can actually see the difference. There is more screen real estate on the series seven than there is on the apple watch. Se really the biggest thing to be aware of is how much text is actually gonna be [00:02:00] visible on that screen. Now, if you have trouble eating smaller screens, you'll probably appreciate that the series seven has two additional text sizes larger than the se. So that's really beneficial if you often find yourself squinting down at your wrist, not quite sure what it says or you're pulling out a magnifying glass on the regular, the larger screen on the series seven also means that it can accommodate a full keyboard. So on top of the regular ways that you can say respond to text messages using either [00:02:30] emojis scribbling on the screen, even sending quick responses or using the dictation feature with your voice on the series seven, you can swipe and tap to write a message using the keyboard. Speaker 1: Of course, craming quote a keyboard onto a smaller screen does leave some room for errors, but I was generally surprised at how accurate the swiping and typing was as long as I was going slow enough, but let's put it frankly. You're probably not gonna be writing the next great American novel or war and [00:03:00] peace on this. Apart from the screen size. The other big difference between these two watches is of course, the always on display the series seven has it. And the se does not. Now this is the feature that lets you just glance down at your wrist and the display will always have something on it. Whether that's the time or your workout stats for exam. Now is this a must have feature, honestly, if this is your first apple watch or your first smart watch, I really don't think it's necessary unless you somehow hate lifting your wrist [00:03:30] to see the time or tapping on the screen to turn the watch face on. Speaker 1: I don't find it so much of a problem at all. And on the series seven, to be honest, I will, lot of the time I turn off the always on display because I wanna save battery life. And we'll talk about that when we get to that section or you can skip right ahead with the links in the description below, there are two exclusive watch faces on the apple watch series seven that you won't find on the se both of them are water resistant to 50 meters. And that also means that you can use it in the shower and jam out your favorite [00:04:00] tunes or take a call. Don't know why you would, but it's there. If you want it. The screen on the series seven is also crack resistant and the watch itself is rated IP six X, which means it's dust resistant. The apple watch se is not. Speaker 1: And you can also get different finishes on the series seven. Whereas there are only aluminum or as I would say, Amin casings on the se you also get titanium and stainless steel options on the seven. Although that bumps the press up a little bit too, [00:04:30] let's get into the health and fitness features on both of these watches. Key thing you need to know, even if you don't watch any of the rest of this section, is that the fitness tracking experience on the both of these watches is pretty much identical. You'll be able to track things like your steps. You'll also be able to see your overall calorie burn as well as your exercise goals and stand hours for the day using Apple's ring based system. Each can track pretty much any workout that you've ever wanted to do from your regular walking, running, and cycling. Speaker 1: [00:05:00] You'll also have the options of boxing, curling and even fitness gaming, which is kind of a nice addition, actually, both also run watch OS eight, which is the latest apple watch OS at the time of recording, that gives you additional exercise types, such as Tai Chi, Pilates and outdoor cycling feature specifically around e-bikes. If you wanna find out more details about what that update has and how it all works, I've got a detailed review video, [00:05:30] you know where to look for that. So on the software side, things are pretty much the same. You're getting sleep tracking. You are getting high and low heart rate alerts. You are getting watch OS eight's mindfulness prompts. You are things like emergency SOS as well as fall detection. There are two extra sensors that the series seven has that the se does not including a blood oxygen sensor, which lets you see oxygen saturation in the blood either on demand. Speaker 1: And you can also have it doing background reads during the day and night, as well as an ECG [00:06:00] app or an electrocardiogram app that can help detect signs of atrial fibrillation. Now, do you need these sensors? Well, it's only you that's gonna answer this question. I can't answer that for you, but it's important to note that only the ECG is FDA cleared the blood oxygen sensor, not, and overall you should not be using any wearable device to substitute for proper medical advice, but here's a hot tip. Maybe you don't need the ECG. Maybe you're only interested in blood oxygen. You could still get the apple watch se [00:06:30] and like a $15 pulse oxygen that sits in your finger. And you'll still be out on top and think of all that extra fun stuff you can do with the cash that you have spare from not buying the series seven. I don't know. You can buy extra watch bands. You could take a vacation to Hawaii. Maybe you can just buy a giant comical Teddy bear. I don't know what you spend your extra cash on, but hopefully it's giving you some ideas. Speaker 1: Battery life is surprisingly again, similar, [00:07:00] if not the same on both, there are of course a couple of catches battery life is gonna be affected if you do things like using the cellular version of either of these two watches, if you're doing a lot of extensive outdoor GPS workouts. And of course, if you have the always on display turned on on the series seven, but let's so eight, if you turn it off on the series seven, you are able to get pretty much the same time on both of these. If I put the watch on at 8:00 AM one morning and then I go through an entire day just getting notifications, a workout [00:07:30] or two with my phone with me, I can actually get through to almost 12:00 PM the next day. So I would say around one and a half days of usage of the watch that's if I don't wear it to sleep with, if I do have it to sleep with it generally gets me a little bit less. I'll probably be charging it early in the morning as after I wake up, say for example, but overall, what you need to know is you're gonna be charging these watches pretty much every day, but I wanted to do my own test to see just how, how much extra [00:08:00] time the series seven was gonna get me in terms of charge compared to the se, both of the batteries are completely flat. Let's see how long it takes to get to a hundred percent on both of their respective charges. Speaker 1: The series seven charge from flat to a hundred percent in one hour, 20 minutes while the se did it in two hours, 30, let's get into connectivity. And the other features that I haven't yet mentioned, both of them have an [00:08:30] LTE option. So you can pay a little bit more, a hundred dollars more on the series, seven or $50 more on the se to get a version that lets you take calls, send messages and use apps on your wrist without your phone being nearby. They both come with apple pay Apple's voice assistant. So you can use your watch hands free as well as a speaker and microphone on board on both. So you can take calls, Dick trace style on your wrist. They both have 32 gigabytes of onboard storage [00:09:00] for things like music and apps. The key difference is that the series seven has the U one or ultra wide band ship. Speaker 1: Whereas the apple watch se does not. Does this make a difference or what does this mean? Really what you need to know if it's probably future roofing this model, because it potentially will be able to do things involving nearby location tracking and doing things using future digital car keys and so on. But so far, if you're looking for right now, what the difference is between that one chip and not having [00:09:30] that U on chip, you tell me we're really beats me. The seven also has a newer processor than the se. Does this make a difference in real world use? Well in terms of overall things like loading apps and sending messages, making phone calls, everything that I use my smartwatch for, I really didn't notice that much of a difference between the two. The only thing that I thought was worth noting was the fact that when I turned and on both of these watches at exactly the same time, the series seven did start up significantly [00:10:00] faster. Something else to note about long term updates is that the series seven is actually a year newer than the se. So if you're considering holding onto one of these for say four or five years, just think about the long term implications. Maybe the series seven will get updates than the se. We don't know anything about future plans for software updates, but just something to bear in mind. Speaker 1: Now it's crunch time. Let's work out, which apple watch is the right one for you. Now I think for most [00:10:30] people, the apple watch se is probably the best choice in terms of overall value, a spare Ashley. Now you've seen how similar these two watches really are, but are you most people? I don't know if you need a bigger screen, maybe you have trouble reading text. You also want those additional health sensors. Then the series seven might be worth upgrading to, or just spending a little bit more cash on just to get those extra features. If I was picking one, look, the se is just so similar. I would [00:11:00] probably just choose the se because I don't need the always on display. I like the look of the series seven, but really I think I'm just spending extra money for things that I probably don't need. Interesting question. I'm sorry. What's going on? Why are they to me? Thank you. As always for watching, I hope this was really helpful for you in working out, which other watches the right buy for you. Feel free to leave me a comment with any additional questions that you might have about either of these two watches and let me know which one you [00:11:30] are picking. Of course you can also find me on your favorite social media platform, Instagram, Twitter. What have you? I will catch you next time. See ya.

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