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Apple Watch SE (44mm) GPS vs Cellular – Which is Right For You?

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Featured in today’s comparison is Apple Watch SE (44mm) GPS vs Cellular, compare the differences between these two to know which is the right choice for you. If you recall, Watch SE was released alongside a higher-end Apple Watch 6, it lacks an always-on display, ECG, blood oxygen tracking, and is only available in aluminum material. However, it’s a cheaper alternative featuring all the new additions like Family Setup, emojis, and more. It’s also well designed and houses the same chip as the now-discontinued Watch 5. Just like Watch 6, Watch SE comes in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm with both sizes also available in GPS only and Cellular models. This comparison chart will compare the differences between the Cellular and GPS model of the 44mm size which also applies to the 40mm size.

Apple Watch SE (44mm) GPS vs Cellular: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Apple Watch SE (44mm) (GPS) Specifications

Apple Watch SE (44mm) (GPS) Specifications/Features/Review and Price

Apple Watch SE (44mm) (Cellular) Specifications

Apple Watch SE (44mm) (Cellular) Specifications/Features/Review and Price

Price $339.00 $309.99 $359.00 $339.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (44mm), (GPS), Apple Watch SE (44mm), (Cellular), Apple Watch SE
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2020 September, 2020
Predecessor
Successor
Versions Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+ Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 38 x 10.4mm 44 x 38 x 10.4mm
Weight 36.36g 36.36g
Shape Rectangular Rectangular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Polyester, Silicone Polyester, Silicone
Bezel material Bezeless, Sapphire glass Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 24mm 24mm
Screen protection Sapphire glass Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Color Gold, Gray, Silver Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.78 inch 1.78 inch
Display type 1000nit, LTPO OLED 1000nit, LTPO OLED
Display resolution 448 x 368 pixels 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density
Always on No No
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 1GB
ROM 32GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type None e-SIM
Band No
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No
Thermometer App App
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: up to 18hrs Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Apple S5 chip (64bits) Apple S5 chip (64bits)
CPU Dual core Dual core
GPU
Operating system WatchOS 7 WatchOS 7
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Apple Watch App Apple Watch App
Compatibility iOS 12.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Apple Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap 24mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Siri Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Apple Watch SE, Charger, Manual, Straps Apple Watch SE, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $339.00 $309.99 $359.00 $339.00
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Apple Watch SE GPS vs Cellular Features Compared

FEATURESWatch Series 3Watch Series 4Watch Series 5Watch SE (GPS)Watch SE (Cellular)Watch Series 6 (GPS)Watch Series 6
(Cellular)
DESIGN
Case Sizes38mm and 42mm44mm and 40mm44mm and 40mm44mm and 40mm44mm and 40mm44mm and 40mm44mm and 40mm
Thickness11.4mm thin10.7mm thin10.7mm thin10.4mm thin10.4mm thin10.4mm thin10.4mm thin
Always-on-displayNoNoYesNoNoYesYes
Digital crownDigital crown with haptic feedbackDigital crown with haptic feedbackDigital crown with haptic feedbackDigital crown with haptic feedbackDigital crown with haptic feedbackDigital crown with haptic feedback
Available Materials and FinishesAluminumAluminum
Stainless steel
Titanium
Aluminum
Stainless steel
Titanium
AluminumAluminumAluminum
Stainless steel
Titanium
Aluminum
Stainless steel
Titanium
Back MaterialComposite backCeramic and sapphire crystal backCeramic and sapphire crystal backCeramic and sapphire crystal backCeramic and sapphire crystal backCeramic and sapphire crystal backCeramic and sapphire crystal back
HEALTH AND ACTIVITY TRACKING
Family Setup
Allows you to use your iPhone to pair watches for your children or older adults who don’t have their own iPhone
NoYesYesNoYesNoYes
Noise Protection
Protects your ear against high decibels that can be harmful to hearing, also alerts you when you reach your hearing dose for the week according to recommendations from global health authorities.
NoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Blood Oxygen Tracking
Tracks your blood oxygen to determine the amount of oxygen your blood.
NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
ECG Tracking
Allows you to take ECG test directly from your wrist which can help you detect atrial fibrillations.
NoNoYesNoNoYesYes
Heart rate sensor
Tracks your heart rate with high, low, and irregular heart rhythm notifications.
Yes
Optical heart sensor
Yes
Second-generation optical heart sensor
Yes
Second-generation optical heart sensor
Yes
Second-generation optical heart sensor
Yes
Second-generation optical heart sensor
Yes
Second-generation optical heart sensor
Yes
Second-generation optical heart sensor
CompassNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Incidental Fall Detection
Can help you get help real quick when the watch detects a fall, it calls a preset emergency number.
NoYesYesNoYesNoYes
International Emergency Calling
Allows you to call international emergency contacts almost anywhere in the world.
NoNoYesNoYesNoYes
AltimeterYesAlways-on altimeterAlways-on altimeterAlways-on altimeterAlways-on altimeterAlways-on altimeterAlways-on altimeter
AccelerometerYes
up to 16 g-forces
Yes
up to 32 g-forces
Yes
up to 32 g-forces
Yes
up to 32 g-forces
Yes
up to 32 g-forces
Yes
up to 32 g-forces
Yes
up to 32 g-forces
MEDIA/STORAGE
LoudspeakerYes50% Louder speaker 50% Louder speaker 50% Louder speaker 50% Louder speaker 50% Louder speaker 50% Louder speaker
Storage16GB16GB32GB32GB32GB32GB32GB
Calls
Call and Text From Wrist
YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Apple Pay
Make a secured payment from your watch.
YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Siri
Get help with just about anything, simply by asking with your voice. Including translations.
YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
PLATFORM
CPUS3 with dual-core processorS5 with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 2x faster processor
S5 with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 2x faster processor
S5 with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 2x faster processor
S5 with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 2x faster processor
S6 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 20 percent faster than S5
S6 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 20 percent faster than S5
ChipW2
Apple wireless chip
W3
Apple wireless chip
W3
Apple wireless chip
W3
Apple wireless chip
W3
Apple wireless chip
W3
Apple wireless chip
W3
Apple wireless chip

Which is Right For You?

The Cellular model is a more comprehensive smartwatch, it’s a standalone smartwatch that comes with an e-SIM which enables it to have access to cellular connectivity without any connection to your iPhone. AS a result, the Cellular model features international emergency calling, incidental fall detection, and Family setup which the GPS only model lacks. You can also make and receive calls directly from the Cellular model without your phone and you can also stream music independent of your phone. However, the Cellular model is more expensive than the GPS model. Moreover, you’ll need to pay for a plan which is where the real extra cost comes.

To cover the LTE and UMTS bands used around the world, there are two separate cellular models for Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. They have been optimized for use in the country of purchase, and not all models work in all countries or regions. There is no single model that supports cellular service worldwide. See which carriers in your country or region offer cellular service for Apple Watch.

On the other hand, the GPS model is cheaper, yet a fantastic smartwatch.

So, if you really need cellular features on your Apple Watch SE, then you should also bear in mind the extra cost.

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