The Apple Watch SE and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 offer some of the best that smartwatches can provide right now, albeit from very different perspectives. The Apple Watch SE utilizes a more rectangular, but still curved shape, while the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 goes for a more traditional circular design.
And, of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of the Apple Watch SE being designed for use with an iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 pairing up better with an Android device. The latter will still work with an iPhone though, you just lose some functionality.
Both support standard training features for active users, with fitness tracking being extensive on both devices, along with GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, you even get things like an ECG and blood oxygen monitoring. So they have a lot of similarities and just as many differences.
With both devices available for about the same price, which one is the best to go for, and does it matter what phone you want to pair it with? Let’s take a look.
The Apple Watch SE is available in two varieties. The 40mm version can be had for $279 / £269 / AU$429, and it’s $309 / £299 / AU$479 for the 44mm version.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 meanwhile is available for $250 / £299 / AU$649 for the 41mm version or $280 / £319 / AU$699 for the 45mm version, making the two watches similarly priced outside Australia – though that’s thanks the Galaxy Watch 3 seeing price cuts in the US and the UK.
If you’re after the cellular version of the Apple Watch SE then expect to pay $329 / £319 / AU$499 for the 40mm version or$359 / £349 / AU$549 for the 44mm edition. If you want the cellular version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, it’s $300 / £339 / AU$799 for the 41mm size or $330 / £359 / AU$849 for the 45mm version.
Of course, if you want to stretch yourself a little further you can opt to buy the Apple Watch SE with different straps, which pushes the price up.