Ultimate Guide to Apple Watch Malaysia – Series 6, SE, or Series 3?
With the hype surrounding Apple Watch Series 6 release in Malaysia, the device might seem like an “over-glorified time keeper” at first glance. However, there are some compelling reasons to get one. Imagine exercising without your phone, not having to fumble for your wallet at the store. Compared to other fitbits, this neat tool also has unique features to justify the price hike.
This bad boy might just become one of your best purchases. But wait! What are the differences between the watches? Should you even get one in the first place? Read on to find out!
Price Comparison of Apple Watches in Malaysia
|Apple Watch||Series 6||SE||Series 3|
|Connectivity||GPS or GPS + Cellular||GPS or GPS + Cellular||GPS|
|Price||From RM1,749||From RM1,199||From RM849|
Of course, we got to examine the price tags first. In ascending order – Series 3, SE, Series 6. The Series 6 is almost twice the price of Series 3 in Apple Store Malaysia, *gasp* how can this be?
Let’s take a closer look at the features of these watches and find out why.
What are the differences between Series 6, SE and Series 3?
|Apple Watch||Series 6||SE||Series 3|
|Display||Always-on retina display||Retina display||Retina display|
|Material||Aluminium, Stainless Steel or Titanium||Aluminium||Aluminium|
|Battery||18-hour “all-day”||18-hour “all-day”||18-hour “all-day”|
|Processor||Dual-core S6 SiP||Dual-core S5 SiP||Dual-core S3 SiP|
|Apple Pay support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optical heart sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Blood oxygen readings||Yes||No||No|
There are also several different colours available. By far, Series 6 has the most options.
- Series 6
- Aluminium – Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Blue, Red
- Stainless Steel – Silver, Graphite, Gold
- Titanium – Titanium, Space Black
- Aluminium – Silver, Space Grey, Gold
- Series 3
- Aluminium – Silver, Space Grey
Key features of Apple Watch Series 6
Blood oxygen readings
Blood oxygen saturation of a healthy person is around 95-100%. If the readings are out of that range, it signals potential health issues. Apple Watch Series 6 can measure that on demand via the app. Also, you can set up your device to measure readings in the background or during sleep. Note that the readings are not meant for medical use, but for general health purposes.
This Sleep app available in all apple watch models. But the Apple Watch Series 6 has a better battery efficiency and faster charging. The new Sleep app allows you to set your sleep schedule. The good thing about Apple Watch Series 6 is the better battery efficiency, so it can handle your sleep data well. Another nifty feature is the Wind Down function, weaning you off your phone before bedtime. Most of us have trouble maintaining a healthy sleep schedule. So we see how the Apple Watch might help improve that.
Always-on display allows time and other information to be always visible – even when you’re not using your Apple Watch. This means that you don’t need to raise your wrist to see the time. Fitness metrics, such as calories burnt, distance ran, will always be on the screen.
So… which Apple Watch should you get?
Now, before you rush to the nearest Apple Store Malaysia, let’s do a final evaluation.
Apple Watch Series 6
If you want a premium health tracking, fitness device, go for the Apple Watch Series 6. It runs very smoothly and has super sick features and colours unique to this model. Understand that given the high price tag, not everyone has the budget for it. However, there are some features that are pretty innovative and we can see how they can be possibly useful! However, if you’re already an Apple Watch Series 4 or 5 user, keep your wallet in your pockets. There’s little reasons to do the upgrade, unless you’re really intrigued by the new features.
Apple Watch SE
SE is overall a lower-cost alternative to Series 6. Although similar in design, it lacks several features. For instance, there is no always-on display, blood oxygen, or ECG readings. This device also only comes in aluminium, the cheapest and lightest of all available casing materials. However, it supports all basic Apple Watch functions like heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, fitness activity.
If you’re looking for a nifty watch, go for Apple Watch SE. Given the price difference, it might be worth making the upgrade from Apple Watch Series 3. You get a more pleasing display and faster performance overall.
Apple Watch Series 3
Series 3 is overall an older watch design with a smaller display screen compared to the other two contenders. Similarly, it’s also lacking key features of Series 6. Here, the key disadvantages are the slower S3 chip and smaller display. Apple Watch SE’s S5 chip delivers up to twice faster performance than Apple Watch Series 3. So, you can imagine the Series 6 is even faster.
But still, the Series 3 does a decent job with basic functions available. If you’re not an extensive watch user, or just want a functional watch to flex on your friends and neighbours, go for this model!
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