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Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2 have just been announced, forming replacements to the previous versions, but which one is better for your situation?
With both models aimed at different markets and budgets, one of them is likely to be the best smartwatch for your needs, but it may be difficult to understand where to start.
Because of that, we''re here to put both watches in a fight against each other. In no time, you''ll know which Apple Watches is the right fit for you.
Price and availability for Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2
Both the Apple Watch 8 and Apple Watch SE 2 are coming out on September 16.
The Apple Watch 8 starts at $399/419/AU$679 for GPS and $499/529/AU$789 for cellular. Alternatively, the Apple Watch SE 2 is far cheaper at $249/259/AU$399 for the GPS model and $299/299/AU$479 for the cell model.
The price varies based on the watch strap and case configuration you choose for, but these are standard baseline figures.
The Apple Watch SE 2 is the cheapest of the two here, and it''s the most attractive on price alone.
Design of Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Apple Watch SE 2
The Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch 8 have quite a similar design. Both have a rectangular screen, with the same layout of buttons -- the Digital Crown and the power/app button on the right-hand side.
While the Apple Watch 8 has a 41mm or 45mm screen, the Apple Watch SE 2 is compatible with a 1.57mm or 44mm screen, and the resolution of the 38mm model is 324 to 484. However, the Apple Watch 8 does not have an OLED screen, although both devices have an enhanced display.
Both Apple Watch SE 2 watches have many watch straps to choose from, so you may have to make it look your own. There are three case shades to choose from for the SE 2 - Starlight, Midnight, and Silver - while the Apple Watch 8 is also available.
Winner: The Apple Watch 8 has a sharper screen with a better resolution and an always-on display, but the two are fairly similar.
Features and performance in Apple Watch Series 8 vs Apple Watch SE 2
Both Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch 8 are quite similar in terms of performance. They both have a S8 SiP processor and will run WatchOS 9 once it launches.
Because of that, you will have a very similar experience. There are standard fitness and workout tracking tools, plenty of notification support, and Apple''s Activity Rings system keeps you updated the day.
Both users benefit from WatchOS 9''s new low-power battery mode, which means both have a "all-day" life of 18 hours, increaseing to 36 hours if you reduce on certain features.
While the Apple Watch SE 2 lacks a few useful sensors, it does include automatic car crash detection, which is particularly popular for the Apple Watch 8. Both watches can automatically connect you to emergency services and notify your emergency contacts if you''re in a serious automobile accident.
Tie: There''s still plenty to divide the two en termes of core features.
Sensors for the Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Apple Watch SE 2
The Apple Watch 8 is out against the Apple Watch SE 2. Both cameras will detect if you''re in a vehicle collision, but the Apple Watch 8 is available for immediate use.
If the Apple Watch SE 2 detects a high or low heart rate and an irregular rhythm, it may send a notification. However, the Apple Watch 8 also has an ECG option whenever you need to check it out.
A blood oxygen detector is used in situations similar to that of a doctor, and the temperature sensor is a must-have accessory for someone who ovulate. It has two sensors, one on the back crystal near your skin, and the other under the display. It increases the accuracy rate with the watch capable to measure wrist temperature every five seconds overnight and detect as few as 0.1 centigrade.
Winner: There will be no need for the temperature sensor, but all of the other upgrades make the Apple Watch 8 the easy winner here.
Interface and user experience in Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2
The same way your time using either the Apple Watch SE 2 or the Apple Watch 8 will be.
While under the hood, there are some differences, and both watches have the same WatchOS experience, and both require you to use an iPhone with them.
Tie. There''s a little difference in how you use either watch, but you have less screen space with the Apple Watch 8.
verdict on Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Apple Watch SE 2.
The Apple Watch 8 is the better watch here. It has an always-on display and more sensors to monitor your health. These are relatively substantial improvements, assuming money is no object.
If you''re okay with having to flick your wrist to return your watch face on, and you aren''t too worried about your blood oxygen levels, the Apple Watch SE 2 will keep an eye on anything alarming that could happen with your heart rate, and for far less.
Both watches have a somewhat similar daily experience. If you can afford it, it always makes sense to purchase the higher-end version - the Apple Watch 8 - but don''t feel like you''ll miss out on too much if you stick with the cheaper Apple Watch SE 2.