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Apple Watch SE (2022) price and availability

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The Apple Watch SE (2022) is available at a price of 299 euros. It comes in two sizes, 40 and 44 mm. Apple only offers an aluminum dial, so no stainless steel version. The LTE version starts at 349 euros.

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Yes, for its impeccable design

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Apple has not frankly reviewed the design of its Apple Watch for years, the Apple Watch SE looks like two drops of water to the brand’s most premium models. The good news is that by playing the recycling card, Apple can reduce the cost and therefore the final price.

The devil is in the details, you have to take a good look at the Apple Watch SE to distinguish some differences from the more expensive versions. First of all, the Watch SE (2022) is only available in aluminum (therefore no stainless steel version) and with two dial sizes (40 and 44 mm).

The screen is also less premium. If we enjoy an OLED LTPO panel, we must accept to see large black borders, Apple having opted here for a flat screen and not curved. Nothing serious in itself, but this aesthetic detail gives the Watch SE another aspect.

The bracelet delivered with the watch is the same as with the premium models. We are therefore entitled to a silicone “sport” bracelet. Convenient for sport therefore, but a little cheap when you want to take care of your appearance a little. Fortunately, the Apple Watch SE can accommodate a slew of other bracelets sold separately, including the classic and timeless Milanese mesh bracelet.

Despite some small sacrifices, the Apple Watch SE (2022) remains a connected watch with exemplary finishes. And despite its affordable price, it responds to the codes of a high-end watch.

Yes, for its features

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Apart from a few ultimately quite gadget features, the Apple Watch SE (2022) does the same as the brand’s other watches (except the Ultra, of course).

Receive and reply to messages? No problem. Manage music? No worries either. Answer calls like Michael Knight in K2000? It is also possible. Like its siblings, the Apple Watch SE (2022) can do it all as long as you have the right app.

Apple’s shift towards health and physical activity is also very visible from the first hours of use. The famous three rings of activity to complete are highlighted, but do not invade us. The watch never interrupts you to tell you to move. The rings are already there to alert you.

Admittedly, it lacks the sensor for ECG or the SpO2 sensor (oxygen), but they are precisely part of these gadget functionalities that we do not really use on a daily basis. On the other hand, the essential sensors, such as the heart rate sensor (2nd generation here, the other watches have a 3rd generation sensor) are very precise. GPS too.

The proposal is therefore very attractive. The Apple Watch SE (2022) will be able to accompany you everywhere: in your daily life, for your sporting activity, for monitoring your health and even your sleep. A menstrual tracking application is even available, admittedly with less precision compared to a Series 8 (equipped with a temperature sensor), but available nonetheless. What more could you ask for for 300 euros?

Yes, for its autonomy

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The Apple Watch SE version 2022 differs from the previous generation by integrating a new S8 chip, the same as the brand’s most high-end watches. Not only does this chip make it possible to improve the performance of the watch but above all to consume less energy.

The least we can say, is that the Apple Watch SE (2022) is enduring. While we had been used for years to recharge our connected watches every evening, the Apple Watch SE (2022) can reach two days of use before going through the charging box.

By “use” we mean activity monitoring, GPS navigation during running sessions, sleep monitoring, guidance during cycling or walking trips, reception of notifications from applications (including instant messaging) or even sports sessions on Apple Fitness+. As you will have understood, we do not give our Watch SE much respite.

We would have liked the recharge to be so efficient. With the proprietary charger (the only one that can recharge it), it takes just over 90 minutes to fully recharge it. It’s rather long.

Yes, for its value for money

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The Apple Watch SE (2022) is offered at a price of 299 euros. At this price, it’s hard not to recommend it. Indeed, it brings together all the technologies necessary for a so-called “classic” use of a connected watch.

Apple has been able over the years to create a polished, intuitive and very complete interface. The Apple Watch SE also inherits the company’s design know-how. It is certainly made from old molds and old components, but the essentials are still there. Like the iPhone SE.

But in the world of connected watches, the sacrifices made by the brand have no impact on daily use, provided you do not want the ultimate. In our opinion, the Apple Watch (with the exception of the Ultra model) has changed little in a few years. Also the improvements made did not upset the daily use but rather allowed Apple to justify the renewal of the range and therefore to maintain a high level of price.

For most consumers, the Apple Watch SE is therefore more than enough. It can also be adorned with more “fashionable” bracelets, accompany you in your sports sessions, provide you with precise monitoring of your health data and assist you in your daily tasks. For the general public, it is the watch with the best value for money. And it’s rare enough at Apple to point it out.

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And the Apple Watch Series 8?

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During the presentation of its new range of Apple Watch, Apple insisted on two models: the Ultra and the Series 8. The latter succeeds the Series 7, launched last year.

We chose this year not to test the Apple Watch Series 8 for a very simple reason: it looks like the Series 7 in every way. The only difference between the two models: the integration of a temperature sensor, the only and sole purpose is to analyze menstruation and ovulation.

Our opinion on the Series 8 is therefore the same as on the Series 7, so we invite you to consult our test of the Apple Watch Series 7 for more information.

In general, if you have an Apple Watch Series 6 or 7, you don’t need to upgrade to Series 8, unless ovulation tracking is essential for you. If your Apple Watch is older, then the Series 8 won’t disappoint. And if you want to make a first purchase, we recommend the Apple Watch SEto find out if you really like wearing a connected watch on a daily basis.

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No, if you don’t have an iPhone

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Since the Apple Watch is an Apple product, it only works with other Apple products. It is therefore impossible to use it if you have a smartphone other than an iPhone, even if you opt for an LTE version.

Indeed, from the first start, you have to go through the Watch application of the iPhone to configure the Apple Watch SE. A limitation that we deplore as the Apple Watch SE represents an interesting entry point into the Apple universe.

Like the Apple TV, it stands on its own. Also, some consumers allergic to iOS could very well find their happiness with the Apple Watch SE. Especially since its affordable price makes it a good first product to discover the Apple universe without breaking the bank.

The American could very well have developed a Watch application for Android, just to attract these users into his world. For the latter, it will therefore be necessary to turn to the Google Watch or models from their manufacturer (Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, etc.).

Apple Watch SE (2022)

From 299€

apple watch se 2022 review

Design and screen


9.0/10

Sensors and data


9.0/10

Interface and ergonomics


9.5/10

Autonomy and charging


8.0/10

Value for money


9.5/10

WE love

  • Careful design and design
  • Fluid and intuitive interface
  • Data Accuracy
  • Very good autonomy
  • Affordable price

We love less

  • Big screen borders
  • No Always-on
  • Only works with an iPhone


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