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Amidst the heated rivalries in the tech world, Apple’s efforts to expand its repertoire of cool accessories and wearables have been nothing short of impressive. From the introduction of the Apple Watch back in 2014, followed by the AirPods just two years later, Apple continues to shake things up with each new release, giving us gadgets that redefine how we rock tech on the move.

But with such diversity also comes a sprinkle of confusion – keeping track of all those different bells and whistles can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why, in this article, we're diving deep into the latest Apple Watch models to see what all the hype's about.


The Apple Watch: Is it still worth it?

Today, the Apple Watch is far from the “experimental novelty” it once was – it’s now an indispensable lifestyle companion enhancing our lives with a stellar (and often surprising!) array of utilities. This is in spite of the fact that other smartwatches have entered the scene too – the sheer convenience and accessibility provided by the Apple ecosystem truly is that hard to beat.

As for the watches themselves, from health and fitness tracking apps, to crash detection protocols, and customisable haptics putting everything at our fingertips, there are certainly a ton of features to go over. However, we’ll be narrowing down our Apple Watch menu for this article to three models: the Apple Watch Series 9, the Apple Watch Ultra 2, and the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch Series 9: A solid all-around lifestyle companion

  • Size: 41mm & 45mm
  • CPU: S9 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
  • Battery Life: Up to 18 hours
  • Display: Always-On Retina LTPO OLED (up to 2,000 nits brightness)


  • Runs on Apple's latest S9 SiP chip
  • Offers a well-rounded suite of features


  • Still pricier than the SE
  • Display isn't as bright as the Ultra 2

As the current frontman of Apple's smartwatch lineup, the Apple Watch Series 9 is chock-full of productivity and lifestyle features, topped off with a splash of luxury and style.

This versatile device comes in either recycled aluminium or stainless-steel construction, depending on what users prefer. It offers a wide range of health, fitness, and wellness functions, including blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate notifications, ECG, and sleep tracking – all of which are handy in this day and age.

Naturally, those aren’t the only aspects Apple has improved on. Compared to previous Apple Watch models, the Series 9 comes with the all-new S9 SiP, which not only introduces a much-needed performance boost, but an entire array of quality-of-life features. These include the nifty Double Tap gesture, a brighter Always-On Retina Display, Precision Finding for iPhone, and much more.

Next up are a swath of generally useful additions, including: 50m water resistance, advanced haptics, a compass, altimeter, and even a gyroscope. Put together, they make the Series 9 much more than just a stylish accessory, but a reliable health companion as well. Round that out with a chunky 18-hour battery life with fast-charging, ensuring the smart watch can keep up with even the most active of lifestyles.

Apple Watch Ultra 2: Tailor-made for outdoor adventures

  • Size: 49mm
  • CPU: S9 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
  • Battery Life: Up to 36 hours
  • Display: Always-On Retina LTPO OLED (up to 3,000 nits brightness)


  • Offers all Series 9 features and more, including a precision dual-frequency GPS
  • Brightest display of any Apple Watch to date
  • Runs on Apple's latest S9 SiP chip


  • More expensive than other Apple Watch models 

Designed for passionate adventurers and true-blue outdoor enthusiasts, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is built to withstand the rigors of rugged terrain and extreme conditions.

Encased in a tough titanium shell, this “smart watch for all seasons” boasts all of the features on the Series 9, in addition to a 30% larger display for improved visibility. On top of that, it also offers a built-in high-precision dual-frequency GPS, enhanced 100m water resistance, and an Always-On Retina Display capable of up to 3,000 nits brightness.

This makes it ideal for activities like hiking, cycling, and even recreational diving of up to 40m, while still offering every utility conventionally afforded by an Apple Watch. A whopping 36-hour battery life with fast-charging completes the package, making the Ultra 2 the Apple Watch for people who won’t settle for second when it comes to performance and function.

Apple Watch SE: Superb functionality at a lower price point

  • Size: 40mm & 44mm
  • CPU: S8 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
  • Battery Life: Up to 18 hours
  • Display: Retina LTPO OLED (up to 1,000 nits brightness)


  • More affordable than other Apple Watch models
  • Offers many of the same features as the Series 9


  • Runs on older S8 SiP processor
  • Lacks Double Tap gesture and certain health features

Often, the biggest hurdle for first-time Apple Watch users is the price tag, but with the Apple Watch SE, the tech giant is dialling down the numbers so it’s more accessible.

Combining essential health and fitness tracking features with a significantly less eye-watering price point, the aluminium-built Apple Watch SE brings many of the product line’s key utilities to users without breaking the bank. Of course, the price reduction does mean making certain concessions in terms of features like the Double Tap gesture, but on the whole, it’s still a highly competent smart watch that can keep pace with our intense digital lifestyles.

According to Apple, the SE features the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as the Series 9, ensuring accurate activity tracking and performance metrics for day-to-day exercise and utility. As for battery, you’ll be happy to know that the Apple Watch SE is capable of matching the Series 9 blow-for-blow, sporting an 18-hour battery life that should comfortably accommodate all sorts of different purposes.

Which Apple Watch should I buy?

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Now that we know what the latest Apple Watch models bring to the table, it’s time to address the elephant in the room: deciding which one to buy.

To help you out, here's a quick comparison table, and, as always, do keep the golden rule of shopping in mind: work within your budget!

Apple Watch Comparison Table

  Apple Watch Series 9 Apple Watch Ultra 2 Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen)

41 x 35 x 10.7mm

45 x 38 x 10.7mm

49 x 44 x 14.4mm

40 x 34 x 10.7mm

44 x 38 x 10.7mm


32.1g (41mm)

39.0g (45mm)


27.8g (40mm)

33.0g (44mm)

Battery Life Up to 18 hours Up to 36 hours Up to 18 hours
Storage 64GB 64GB 32GB
Water Resistance 50m 100m 50m
CPU S9 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor S9 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor S8 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor

Always-On Retina LTPO OLED

Up to 2,000 nits brightness

Always-On Retina LTPO OLED

Up to 3,000 nits brightness


Up to 1,000 nits brightness

Construction Aluminium Titanium Aluminium
Double Tap Yes Yes No
Fast Charging Yes Yes No
GPS Yes Yes (Precision dual-frequency) Yes

from $26.92/mth (41mm)

from $29.04/mth (45mm)

from $50.04/mth Currently unavailable

For additional information on the various Apple Watch tech specs and features, click here (you'll need to scroll down a little).

Apple Watch Series 9

For the long-time Apple fans and users who desire a balance between price and performance, we’d probably recommend the Apple Watch Series 9. When stacked up against its predecessors, the Series 9 is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of features, processing, and overall capabilities. Many online publications, such as HardwareZone and PCMag have noted the significant boosts from the new S9 SiP chip, making it the best Apple Watch to get if you’re looking for a solid all-rounder smart watch at a reasonable price point.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Meanwhile, for the dedicated athletes and those who adore the great outdoors, we recommend the Apple Watch Ultra 2. There isn’t all that much to say – you’ll need an ultra-tough smartwatch to match those ultra-intense lifestyles, and you’ll probably be delighted to have a lifestyle companion that can keep up with wherever your adventures take you.

Apple Watch SE

Last but not least, for those who are working with a slightly tighter budget, or who aren’t 100% sure about how useful an Apple Watch will be, the Apple Watch SE will be a great pick. Although it pales in comparison to the other two models in certain respects, it still works great as an introduction to the Apple Watch product line. Suffice to say that if you end up liking it, there’s nothing stopping you from picking up one of the more deluxe models in future.

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