Both models contain a dual-core processor, but the Apple Watch SE's S5 chip delivers up to two times faster performance than the Apple Watch Series 3. This means the Apple Watch SE can launch apps in as little as half the time it takes on the Apple Watch Series 3. The S3 chip powers the Apple Watch Series 3.
Reviewers believe the Apple Watch SE is a good value for the money for those who do not need the ECG and blood oxygen monitoring features. Healthy people who do not have a heart condition and are not at an at-risk age for conditions like atrial fibrillation may not need the advanced health tracking.
The Apple Watch SE has a few offerings in the design that the Series 3 doesn't. Those include the additional gold color option, haptic feedback on its digital crown, a second-generation speaker that's 50% louder, and a second-generation mic that enables the Noise app. It also has a ceramic and sapphire crystal back.
Apple Watch SE can alert you if it detects unusually high or low heart rates or an irregular rhythm, 3 as well as measure your current heart rate. Apple Watch Series 3 can alert you if it detects unusually high or low heart rates or an irregular rhythm, 3 as well as measure your current heart rate.
In short, the Apple Watch SE is a great option for users buying their first Apple Watch who don't want to spend a lot of money, but it's also a solid choice for those who are happy with a Series 3 or older model and have been looking for an affordable upgrade to something a bit more modern.
In the Messages app on your Apple Watch, you can compose and send messages that contain not only text, but also images, emoji, Memoji stickers, and audio clips.
According to Schiller, the iPhone SE is named this way because it's a "Special Edition." Phil Schiller just told me the “SE” stands for “Special Edition” @FortuneTech.
The Watch Series 6 has the latest S6 chipset from Apple while the Series SE has the S5 system. While the Watch SE's setup isn't as advanced as the Series 6, Apple said the SE is twice as fast as 2017's Series 3. One major update that's only on the Watch Series 6 are sensors that measure your blood oxygen levels.
Works swimmingly in the water.
Apple Watch SE is water resistant 50 meters. Dive right in and start tracking your splits and sets in the pool, or even map your route in open water.
Yes - all models of Apple Watch, including Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) - can be used to send and receive texts and to make and receive calls when your iPhone is nearby and connected to a cellular network and, potentially, also under other certain other circumstances (see below):
Summary: The SE's fall detection, noise monitoring, compass, and an always-on altimeter are notable upgrades from Series 3, but the ability to add cellular may be the most important. Another hidden advantage is that the SE should get new software updates for longer.
Despite those shortcomings, one big advantage of the Apple Watch SE is its S5 chipset. This is the exact same chip powering the Apple Watch Series 5. In other words, both smartwatches have virtually identical performance and battery life — a huge testament to the Watch SE's competitive value.
Apple Watch SE features the latest speaker and microphone, which are optimized for better sound quality for phone calls, Siri, and Walkie-Talkie,1 along with Bluetooth 5.0. Apple Watch SE features the largest and most advanced Retina display.
Currently, there is no system keyboard you can use on your Apple Watch. You have two choices, use Scribble and Dictation or, you use one of these apps! Shift Keyboard is a full keyboard that you can use to type out messages on your wrist.
Normal range is around 33 feet / 10 meters, but this will vary due to wireless interference. Whenever Apple Watch can't connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth, it will attempt, as a fallback, to connect to a trusted, compatible Wi-Fi network.
Apple Watch Series 3 review: Verdict
All in all, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a very impressive bit of kit for the price. Not only is it able to accurately track a host of workouts - being intuitive and a pleasure to use throughout - but it is also a beautiful and super premium lifestyle device.
Showering with Apple Watch Series 2 and newer is ok, but we recommend not exposing Apple Watch to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and perfumes as they can negatively affect water seals and acoustic membranes.
Question: Q: Can you text on Apple Watch without cellular? Yes, it can - subject to your Apple Watch and/or iPhone having the required connectivity.
Apple officially announced the Watch SE on September 15, 2020. Although that was just when the wearable was unveiled with the Apple Watch SE becoming available to buy a few days later on September 18. However, consumers were able to pre-order their Apple Watch between September 15 and September 18.
The Apple Watch Series 3 was released in September 2017, making it almost five years old. It is the oldest device to support the latest version of watchOS 8, but its S3 chip significantly lags behind the Apple Watch SE's S5 chip and Apple Watch Series 7's S7 chip in terms of performance.
The GPS + Cellular model allows you to stay connected to the people and information you care about with just your Apple Watch. With a cellular plan you can send and receive text messages, answer phone calls, receive notifications, and stream Apple Music and Apple Podcasts without needing your iPhone nearby.
Wear your watch to bed, and Apple Watch can track your sleep. When you wake up, open the Sleep app to learn how much sleep you got and see your sleep trends over the past 14 days. If your Apple Watch is charged less than 30 percent before you go to bed, you're prompted to charge it.
Make a call
Open the Phone app on your Apple Watch. Tap Contacts, then turn the Digital Crown to scroll. Tap the contact you want to call, then tap the phone button. Tap FaceTime Audio to start a FaceTime audio call, or tap a phone number.
Customers who order one of Apple's lower-cost Apple Watch SE devices will now receive an upgraded USB-C charging cable in the package, rather than the previous USB-A charging cable.
Sixth generation (Series 6 and SE)