Apple Watch Series 8 vs Watch SE 2: Which should you buy?

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The Apple Watch Ultra made headlines as the company’s latest, greatest, and priciest smartwatch to date. But not everyone has just shy of $1,000 to spend on a wearable. For buyers with tighter pockets, the company announced the Series 8 and the new budget-orientated Apple Watch SE 2. But how do these two models stack up, their pros and cons, and which should you buy? We answer this and more in our Apple Watch Series 8 vs Watch SE 2 comparison below.


Let’s start with the Apple Watch SE 2. It remains the most affordable Apple Watch in the lineup. It borrows the case of the original Watch SE but adds a few improvements. Apple mentions the watch’s rear case now features a new nylon composite material, which saves some weight. The Series 8 comes in stainless steel or aluminum, with an array of body colors.