Fitbit has develop into synonymous with health trackers, however now, with the corporate in its tenth yr, it’s determined to increase into an entire new market. Lengthy rumored, we lastly have the primary Fitbit smartwatch, and it’s referred to as the Ionic.
The corporate has mixed its health know-how with the smarts of a wide range of corporations it’s purchased – akin to Pebble, which Fitbit acquired in 2016 – and introduced all of it collectively so as to add a formidable new wearable to its vary.
Providing related options to costly alternate options such because the Apple Watch 2 and Android Wear, the Fitbit Ionic is a critical contender to be the smartwatch you select to put on while you’re out operating or hitting the health club.
Nevertheless, there’s now the extra competitors of the brand new Apple Watch 3, which incorporates the identical LTE connectivity function because the Fitbit Ionic.
Fitbit Ionic value and launch date
- The Fitbit Ionic prices £299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95
- It is an costly choice for a health watch
- Out now all over the world
The Fitbit Ionic is the most costly wearable but from Fitbit. At £299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95 it prices greater than the Fitbit Surge operating watch, however a bit lower than the Apple Watch 2 or LG Watch Sport.
Now you can purchase the Fitbit Ionic now all over the world from a wide range of completely different retailers together with from the official Fitbit website.
Design and show
- Aluminium construct and lighter than most smartwatches
- Both plastic or leather-based bands which are simple to swap out
The Fitbit Ionic is a cushty match in your wrist, and in comparison with loads of fashionable smartwatches is especially mild – a lot so that you will immediately discover how light-weight this feels in your wrist, which makes it a extra nice to put on whereas figuring out than, say, the LG Watch Sport.
It’s a cushty match for on a regular basis use too, being snug to put on at a keyboard, which ought to encourage you to put on all of it day to make sure probably the most correct readings doable.
It’s waterproof, so you may take this within the bathe and even go swimming with it – extra on that within the health part.
The physique of the watch is product of aluminum and options very small antenna bands on the perimeters, however it’s engaging and is definitely the best-looking Fitbit product to date. That mentioned, we discovered the design to be relatively divisive, with family and friends both loving the look or hating it.
It’s possible you’ll nicely love the look of the Fitbit Ionic, however in case you’re bothered about what others suppose simply keep in mind that it’s not more likely to have the common attraction of, say, the Apple Watch.
There’s one button on the left-hand facet with one other two on the best that sit in related positions to these on the Fitbit Blaze and allow you to maneuver across the watch’s UI.
Every is barely raised too – Fitbit presumably thinks it will assist you discover them extra simply while you’re fumbling round for the buttons whereas sweating and gasping for breath when pushing your self.
We discovered the buttons labored for making the UI easy, plus it’s a touchscreen, so you may cycle by the apps by swiping.
There are leather-based and plastic strap choices obtainable with safe fasteners on every so the Ionic will not fall off while you’re out for a jog.
We used each, and the plastic choice is snug for while you’re sweating within the health club, whereas the leather-based strap is a way more engaging look – so that you would possibly wish to get each if you wish to put on this watch each for figuring out and eating out.
The show on the Ionic is a full-color display screen that’s rectangular, in contrast to the extra sq. Apple Watch or most Android Put on watches, however it’s harking back to the Blaze’s display screen. This one is sort of a bit greater although, and that’s all the way down to the bezels being thinner.
That mentioned, the bezels are comparatively thick on the Fitbit Ionic. It’s considered one of our main criticisms of the design, and we predict there’s loads of wasted area beneath and above the display screen. Fitbit may have included a a lot bigger and extra helpful show as an alternative.
Additionally, the Fitbit emblem is annoyingly positioned just under the display screen, taking on fairly a little bit of room on the wearable.
The decision of the LCD display screen is 384 x 250, and we significantly like how vibrant it’s – it reaches 1000 nits, which is identical because the Apple Watch 2 and means you may view it even in vibrant daylight when out on a run.
We discovered the touchscreen to be a bit gradual to reply generally, and we frequently needed to transfer our wrist pretty violently for the raise-to-wake function to work. That’s significantly annoying while you’re figuring out and also you want a transparent have a look at your stats quick.