The new Apple Watch SE is nothing special, offering little other smart watches do not have

With the holidays soon open us, will your kids, teens and college students be asking for the new Apple Watch SE announced 9/15/2020 ?Well we all know Apple does a great job of brand awareness, but this time around I think they missed the mark. The expectation was the new Apple IPhone was going to be announced the same day, but it was not ready, so Apple missed the excitement window.

The Apple Watch SE offers limited new features that most smart watches out there don’t already have. And some of the new features are of questionable value. Features for Apple include the same accelerating gyroscope and altimeter on Apple Watch Series 6, the newest feature is the Retina display and includes a built-in compass.

Maybe the best feature for senior Apple watch users is the feature that allows for fall detection and to call the emergency room, distinguishing it from other smart watches eliminating the need for pricey monthly services that other fall detection companies offer.

Watch OS 7 offers seven new watch face options, including Stripes, Chronograph Pro, GMT and Artist, but many less expensive smart watches have offered more displays at far less money.

Pricing and availability :

Apple Watch SE (GPS) starts at $279.

Apple Watch SE (GPS and cellular) at $329.

Available at Apple stores and online.

Apple watch SE is mashup of Series 4,5,and 6.

One feature of interest that makes the Apple watch SE of less interest is that it does not offer sleep tracking a feature on less costly phones and a must have for some smart phone users. The Apple SE is $50. more than the Fitbit Versa 3.

Research shows that the Apple SEs blood oxygen sensor is less accurate than you might think. A new software upgrade allow Fitbit Versa and Ionic users to more easily track their blood saturation levels (SPO2).

Amazon offers many smart watches that appear to offer more features , or more useful features at about the same price or in some instances far less.

Research rating systems identify the following as the best smart watches for 2020:

1. FitFort Fitness Tracker

2. HalfSun Fitness Tracker

3. More Pro E-CG Monitor

4. Tago Bee fitness Tracker -TB11

Granted they do not have the brand awareness of Apple.

More well know for fitness tracking are the :

  1. Garmin Forerunner 245, GPS at $281.71
  2. Samsung Galaxy (GPS) $239.98
  3. Fitbit Versa 3 $229.95

But an example of far less expensive smart watches is Fullmosa for Android and IOS fitness tracker with heart rate,blood pressure,activity tracker, with 1.3 inch full-touch screen, IP68 water proof, pedometer, GPS,with both a genuine leather band and an exercise band included for only $49.99.

So not sure other than those who just have to have the latest Apple watch that there will be lines in the store for this new Apple watch SE.

Science and Health Writer