The Morning After: The Apple Watch Series 8 is the new best smartwatch

Apple is launching no fewer than three new smartwatches – and we’ve already spent a week with two of them. While we’re still waiting to put the most expensive Watch Ultra through its paces, the $399 Watch Series 8 is now Apple’s best wearable. Crash detection and a new skin temperature sensor to track ovulation are the key updates. But dollar for dollar, the new $250 Watch SE looks like a steal. The main features you might miss if you get an SE instead of a Series 8 are the Always On Display (AOD), ECG reader, blood oxygen app and the new skin temperature sensor.



If aesthetics are paramount, you might also find the SE’s thicker bezels a bit off-putting, but it does have a larger screen than the last SE model. Both models are available now.

– Mat Smith

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