Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm review 2021

Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm review 2021
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The Apple Watch SE has the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and the always-on altimeter as the Series 6. It also has fall detection, noise monitoring, emergency SOS, and international emergency calling, things you don’t get on the Apple Watch 3. The Apple Watch SE is a cheaper version of Apple’s smartwatch that offers most of what makes it good while cutting out some key features. Know about more features and benefits in Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm review 2021.

Pros & Cons – Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm

Pros

  • Great value smartwatch
  • Fall detection and heart health notifications
  • Huge app library
  • Large screen
  • Classic design
  • Responsive
  • Impressive fitness features
  • Bright and responsive touch screen
  • Seamless integration with iPhone

Cons

  • Lacks ECG and blood Oxygen monitoring
  • No always-on display
  • You still have to charge it daily
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Can be slow to load certain apps
  • Expensive option for kids

Specs – Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm

  • Shape Rectangle
  • Materials/finishes Aluminum
  • Watch size 40mm, 44mm
  • Always on display No
  • Interchangeable bands Yes
  • Water resistance Yes, up to 50m
  • Calls Yes
  • Notifications Text replies
  • Microphone Yes
  • Display size, resolution 1.5 in (977 sq mm), 1.7 in (759 sq mm) Retina OLED 368×448 pixels
  • Colors Silver, space gray, gold
  • Mobile payments Apple Pay
  • Sleep tracking Yes
  • GPS Built-in
  • Automatic workout detection Yes
  • Compass Yes
  • Altimeter Yes, always on
  • Software WatchOS 7
  • Processor S5 chip with 64-bit dual-core processor
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Cellular options
  • Storage 32GB
  • Speaker Yes
  • Voice assistant Siri
  • Music Onboard, playback and streaming (with Cellular model)
  • Period tracking Yes
  • Special features Heart health notifications, hearing health alerts
  • Emergency features Fall detection, Emergency SOS
  • Compatibility iOS/iPhone only
  • Power Magnetic Apple charging cable (no wall charger)
  • Battery life All day (18 hours)

Price – Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm

 it doesn’t manage to address the flaws that remain in Apple’s smartwatch line, despite some notable advantages and a starting price of just $279 / £269 / AU$429. It offers the best of what you’d expect without offering anything new, so you’ll be waiting on the fabled Apple Watch SE 2 for any big changes.

The Apple Watch SE is available now from the Apple Store or online, having gone on sale September 18, 2020, in key territories worldwide.

Region40mm GPS40mm GPS+LTE44mm GPS44mm GPS+LTE
US$279$329$309$359
UK£269£319£299£349
AustraliaAU$429AU$499AU$479AU$549
Region40mm GPS40mm GPS+LTE44mm GPS44mm GPS+LTE
US$329$379$359$409
UK£319£369£349£399
AustraliaAU$499AU$569AU$549AU$619

Compare Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm vs Apple Watch 6 vs Apple Watch 3

Apple Watch SEApple Watch 6Apple Watch 3
Music playback from watch10 hours11 hours10 hours
Talk1.5 hours (LTE)1.5 hours (LTE)n/a
GPS workout6 hours7 hours5 hours
Charging time2.5 hours90 minutes2 hours
Apple Watch SEApple Watch Series 6Apple Watch Series 3
Case Size40mm, 44mm40mm, 44mm38mm, 42mm
Case Thickness10.4mm10.4mm11.4mm
DisplayRetina display, 30% larger than Series 3Always-on Retina display, 30% larger than Series 3Retina display
Processor64-bit dual-core S5 processor; Up to 2x faster than S364-bit dual-core S6 processor; Up to 20 percent faster than S5Dual-core S3 processor
Optical Heart SensorSecond-generation optical heart sensorSecond-generation optical heart sensorOptical heart sensor
Digital CrownDigital Crown with haptic feedbackDigital Crown with haptic feedbackDigital Crown
AltimeterAlways-on AltimeterAlways-on AltimeterAltimeter
Speaker50% louder than Series 350% louder than Series 3
Fall DetectionYes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
Noise Monitoring Yes Yes
Blood oxygen sensor (Blood Oxygen app) Yes
Electrical heart sensor (ECG app) Yes
Capacity32GB32GB8GB
BluetoothBT 5.0BT 5.0BT 4.2

Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm review 2021

Design

The same curved outline, which folds elegantly into the OLED display (more on that in a moment) is present and correct, packing the Digital Crown that rolls pleasantly under the finger when you’re using it to scroll through a list on the Watch face.

Below that resides the power / multitasking button, which you can use to flip through recently-opened apps to get back to the one you were just using.

Band sizes

Along with the Apple Watch 6 it’s also a ‘larger’ Apple Watch, coming with a wider display and offered in 40mm and 44mm sizes, compared to the still-on-sale-from-2017 Apple Watch 3, which is 38mm and 42mm, and packs a smaller screen..

Connectivity

The watch connects to an iPhone and the internet via Bluetooth and wifi, plus 4G for those models that support it and if you have a compatible phone plan. Most of the watch’s functions also work offline, such as health and fitness tracking but not notifications or maps. Apple Music can store tracks offline, for playing back via Bluetooth headphones for running or similar, but Spotify cannot.

Display

The 44mm model I tested has a screen resolution of 368 x 448 pixels; the smaller 40mm model has a 324 x 394-pixel display. It’s good that Apple offers the SE in two sizes; my wife tried on my review unit and thought it was too large for her smaller wrists.

Water resistant

The key features here are GPS and Glonass (another satellite the Watch SE can track to help improve location accuracy), 5 ATM water resistance, which means you can go swimming with this device down to 50 meters, and now on-board sleep tracking.

Running

The constantly-running altimeter is useful to let you know the true reflection of your elevation on a run – to the nearest foot according to Apple, although in side-by-side tests with the Apple Watch 6 on a workout we found that the height climbed and descended varied by 10-15 meters on a two-mile run. 

Heart rate

Your heart rate and other data from your Watch will be displayed on whichever phone or TV screen you’re using, be it iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, and will alter dynamically depending on what the pre-recorded coach is asking you to do. It’s not cheap at $9.99 / £9.99 / AU$14.99 per month or $79.99 / £79.99 / AU$119.99 for a year, but new Watch buyers will get a three-month subscription with their purchase, while current Apple Watch owners can try out the service free for a month.

Battery life

The Apple Watch SE battery life is easy to review: it’s longer than you’d expect if you listened to Apple. The brand says you’ll get around 18 hours, or ‘all-day’ battery life, but the reality is that you’ll get much more than that.Advertisement

Thanks to the Watch SE display being turned off most of the time, we enjoyed 24-36 hours of use from a full charge during our testing – and that was with running nearly every day, so firing up the GPS for anything from 45 minutes to two hours.

Charging

The watch fully charges in 1 hour 52 minutes from flat using the magnetic charging cable and a standard 2A USB power adapter, which is just under 30 minutes longer than the Series 6 and about the same as the Series 5.

watchOS 7

With watchOS 7, the SE (as well as the Apple Watch 3 and later) also gets sleep tracking, a hand-washing app, and Apple’s new Fitness app, which includes new workout presets such as core training, functional strength training, cool down and dance.

The hand-washing guide worked, though it takes a few seconds for the watch to recognize what you’re doing. A gentle buzz lets you know the watch has started timing you, while a second buzz tells you your hands are clean enough. 

Automatic activity tracking works pretty well. I was about 10 minutes into a brisk walk when the watch asked me if I wanted to record an activity; the Apple Watch’s GPS didn’t kick in until the last quarter mile, but the watch calculated my total walk as 0.75 miles, just one tenth a mile less than my actual distance. 

Fall detection

Even though the Apple Watch SE doesn’t have Apple’s FDA-cleared ECG or blood oxygen apps like the Series 6, it still has plenty of health features to boast about. including fall detection and heart health notifications, which can be helpful when caring for aging parents.  

If the wearer has taken a hard fall and remains motionless for a certain amount of time, the watch will automatically contact emergency services and send a message with the GPS coordinates to emergency contacts. 

It also lets you know if you experience an abnormally low or high heart rate, or if it detects an irregular heart rhythm that may be indicative of atrial fibrillation (aFib), a serious heart condition. 

Family Setup

If you plan to buy or hand down an Apple Watch to a family member who doesn’t already own an iPhone, you don’t have to invest in both devices. Instead, you can use Family Setup to initially set up the Apple Watch, and then they can use it untethered. The Apple Watch Cellular + GPS is the only Apple Watch model that supports Family Setup, so this is an important factor to consider when purchasing. You may not need cellular right now, but you may want to pass along your old Apple Watch to a friend or family someday in the future.

Family Setup works with the following Apple Watch versions:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular 40mm customer review 2021

Convenience, easy to synch and long life battery.

I bought this watch for my wife on mother’s day 2021. After all the researches for the differences of series and types of apple watch. I settled with this type that comes with Cellular option, it’s not to big and not to small for a woman that have a small wrist and you pay only 5 -10$ extra more monthly on top of your mobile bills. So far she loved it, she can leave the phone at home and go hiking or running, it’s tracks all of her activities, heart rates, steps, and more. The battery life is long enough for 1 and a half day of fully charged. But before use this watch you better have it charge fully. It easy to synch up with you phone and connect to your phone provider. I highly recommended and i will get one for myself too.

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