The Apple Watch SE came out last fall as the more affordable alternative to Apple's flagship Series 6, and it proved to be a pretty capable device at a solid price. Now Amazon knocked the price of the Apple Watch SE down to $259, which is the best deal we've seen since late last year. While not the all-time low of $230 that we saw during the holiday shopping season, it's still a good price for anyone that missed those sales a few months ago. You can grab a GPS model for $259 or a GPS + Cellular model for $329, the latter of which is also $20 off its normal price.
Apple designed the SE to be more affordable while still delivering the core Apple Watch experience. It tracks all-day activity, workouts and heart rate fluctuations, and it has the same nearly edge-to-edge screen that the Series 6 does. However, you don't get the always-on display on the SE because it's a more advanced feature saved for the higher-end Series 6. The higher-end smartwatch also has blood oxygen tracking and ECG measurements, two things that the SE does not have.
But aside from the differences in hardware, the SE runs similarly to the Series 6 because they both take full advantage of watchOS 7. The SE has features like fall detection, emergency SOS, noise monitoring and more, and you can use it with Apple Fitness+, too. We ended up giving it a score of 88 in part because it overlaps so much with the Series 6 in terms of standard capabilities. We also appreciate the SE's solid performance and comfortable design, too. If you must have the latest and greatest, the Series 6 is still your best bet. But if you're willing to sacrifice a few advanced features, you'll save a good chunk of change and get a similar experience by opting for the Apple Watch SE.
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