Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch SE are compelling smartwatch options for 2022. Both are sought after smartwatch models from the Apple stable. There is a significant price difference between Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch SE, especially in comparison with the Apple Watch 7 45 mm models. And there is also a significant difference in the features of the two watch models. Below, we will look at the differences between an Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch SE models. Broadly, you can say that differences between an Apple Watch 7 and an Apple watch SE are on account of the finish, material of the watch, health monitoring, and heart health care.
Material finish and product configuration – Apple watch 7 Vs Apple watch SE
An Apple watch SE is only available in an aluminum casing. Both, 40 mm and 44 mm models of Apple watch SE comes in an aluminum casing. An Apple Watch 7 has diverse options in terms of the casing of the watch. An Apple Watch 7 can be bought in the Aluminum finish, Stainless steel finish, or even titanium finish. This is so especially true for the 41 mm and 45 mm models of the Apple watch 7.
An Apple Watch 7 also has a better display resolution of 396 pixels x 484 pixels. An Apple watch SE has a display resolution of 368 x 448 pixels.
The screen size of an Apple Watch 7 is bigger than the corresponding model of the Apple watch SE. In terms of the volume, an Apple Watch 7’s screen is 15 percent bigger than the Apple Watch SE.
The processor of the Apple Watch 7 is faster and of a better configuration. The processor on an Apple Watch 7 is S7 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor, while the processor on an Apple Watch SE is S5 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor. The processor on an Apple Watch 7 is 20 percent faster than the processor of an Apple Watch SE.
The display on an Apple Watch 7 is crack resistant and strong. Apple Watch 7 is dustproof and carries a rating of IP6X. Apple Watch SE does not carry the dustproof ratings.
Always on Display – Apple Watch 7 Vs Apple Watch SE
An Apple Watch 7 has an ‘Always-on-display’ feature, while the Apple Watch SE comes with a retina display. The display on an Apple Watch 7 is always on. You do not need to move your wrist or touch the watch screen to see the time or the watch face. An Apple Watch SE, however, lacks this feature and comes with a normal retina display.
This is on expected lines though, because there is a substantial price difference between an Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch SE. All the premium features seem to have been earmarked for the Apple Watch 7 series.
Health Monitoring – Apple Watch 7 Vs Apple Watch SE
An Apple Watch 7 has a full set of health monitoring features. The features that monitor your general health and are ONLY available on the Apple Watch 7 (and, not on Apple Watch SE) are:
- Apple watch 7 can monitor blood oxygenation levels. It helps in SpO2 monitoring for the wearer through a sensor on the wrist.
- Apple watch 7 can help to monitor your water intake. Water intake is used for tracking water consumption through the day, and is useful for people on a diet or exercise or running programs. Apple Watch SE cannot measure water intake.
Heart Health – Apple Watch 7 Vs Apple Watch SE
In terms of monitoring the health of your heart, an Apple Watch 7 has a full bouquet of apps and features. At best, an Apple Watch SE offers you perpetual tracking of the heartbeat. It also sends in alerts when the heartbeat goes above or below the normal recorded range of heartbeat. However, an Apple Watch 7 goes much beyond this. It tracks heartbeat on a perpetual basis and sends in irregular heartbeat alarms. Beyond this, it also allows you to take an on-demand ECG.
- Apple Watch 7 comes with Blood oxygen sensor; electrical heart sensor and third- generation optical heart sensor. These sensors help in taking ECG, and measuring heartbeat on a perpetual basis on an Apple Watch 7.
- Apple Watch SE with only a second-generation optical heart sensor. This is the cause of missing ECG functionality on an Apple Watch SE.
Fast Battery Charging – Apple Watch 7 Vs Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch SE have a battery life of 18 hours. However, the Apple Watch 7 has the ability to fast charge the watch. You can go from zero to eighty percent in 45 minutes. Fast charging is not supported on an Apple Watch SE. Fast charging on an Apple Watch 7 seeks to circumvent the 18 hours battery life of the watch. Charging an Apple Watch for an hour every day is not a hassle per se. Fast charging is definitely a winner for Apple Watch 7.
Apple Watch 7 is expensive, but the monitoring of the heart health is a critical addon on the Watch 7 compared to the Apple Watch SE. And, the stainless steel bezel on the Apple Watch 7 definitely deserves a premium pricing. If you are looking at a value for money smartwatch, Apple Watch SE does offer a credible option from the Apple ecosystem at a fair price. Apple Watch 7 is an altogether a different experience.
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Rajesh Dhawan is a technology professional who loves to blog about smart wearables, Cloud computing and Microsoft technologies. He loves to break complex problems into manageable chunks of meaningful information.