Fitbit Ionic review

Purchase the Versa rather, except if you truly require GPS



The Good / Fitbit Ionic has a superior than-most-smartwatches four-day battery life, while as yet having dependably on heart rate and a comfortable fit. It has highlights aplenty: waterproofing, GPS and on-wrist portable installments, in addition to new watch faces and a developing application store. It works with iOS and Android, and has an incredible telephone application and social network.

The Bad / Wrist installments don’t work with the same number of banks as Apple Pay and Android Pay. On-wrist music is difficult to set up and utilize. Programming and applications now and then feel carriage.

The Bottom Line / Fitbit’s wellness smartwatch has become better with a mixture of watch faces and applications, yet a portion of its additional shrewd highlights still aren’t as cleaned as the opposition.

 Refresh, May 29, 2018

The Fitbit Ionic ($278.99 at was reported in August 2017 and discharged in October of that year to not as much as rave audits. The outline wasn’t incredible, the product felt incomplete and its cost ($300, £300 or AU$450) was difficult to accept. Far more detestable, it landed after the 2017 revive of the Apple Watch ($345 at Amazon Marketplace) line, which presented the Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 3.

Gratefully for Fitbit fans, the organization has just discharged another smartwatch. The 2018 Fitbit Versa conveys a superior plan and a large number of similar highlights of the Ionic at a much lower cost. We prescribe that model to anybody in the market for the Ionic, except if they require on-watch GPS following, which the Versa doesn’t offer. Be that as it may, smartwatch customers should take note of that the current 2017 Apple Watches keep on being intermittently reduced, and that new Apple Watch models may hit in September, if the organization takes after its customary timetable.

Look at CR’s best smartwatches for more data on focused items.

The audit of the Fitbit Ionic – last refreshed Feb. 15, 2018, and generally for the most part unaltered – takes after.

A couple of years prior – before there was even such an incredible concept as the Apple Watch – my most loved smartwatch was the Pebble (the best one was Pebble Time). Rock’s smartwatches achieved what numerous others couldn’t at the time: They were waterproof, had dependably on screens and went on for seven days on a charge. Also, they had some incredible nerdy watch faces.

The Pebble is gone at this point. Fitbit purchased the organization in late 2016, and is stopping backing and administrations for Pebble smartwatches this year.


Luckily, I’ve discovered the following best thing… an item I evaluated months prior.

Fitbit’s first evident smartwatch, the Ionic, appeared the previous fall. At the time, it was fine, however not stellar. Guarantees of more applications and watch faces weren’t satisfied yet.

Presently, things have changed. Because of a portion of the previous Pebble representatives who are currently making a Fitbit application store in a similar soul, many peculiar watch faces and applications have showed up on the Fitbit Ionic since last December.

The Fitbit Ionic is currently truly damn fun, in case you’re searching for a wellness tracker with an essence of what Pebble used to bring. It’s as yet missing a portion of the finessed additional items that other associated smartwatches like Apple Watch improve the situation. What’s more, its most developed highlights still hit a stopping point. In any case, it’s at last beginning to feel like the Fitbit Ionic is satisfying what it was proposed to be in any case.

 What it does awesome: Adorkable watch faces, strange applications, extraordinary battery life

I put an insane retro advanced watch look on my Fitbit Ionic and in a split second got compliments. I needed to share photographs of it. It helped me to remember what the Pebble Time could do.

I don’t share photos of my Apple Watch faces, in light of the fact that everybody has similar countenances. Also, Apple doesn’t have a watch confront store, insanely enough (despite the fact that Samsung , Google , Fitbit and even the destined to-be-terminated Pebble do).

Many watch faces are currently on tap for the Fitbit Ionic, up from the bunch beforehand accessible. The Ionic is Fitbit’s first watch that can exploit these appearances and applications. It’s not hard to envision more are coming. These watch faces make the Ionic considerably more enjoyable to utilize. Stone fans likely perceive a portion of these.

The watch faces are cool, and geeky, and absurd, and regularly appalling, yet generally positively. Surrender all feeling of reality, all ye who enter the Fitbit watch display. But at the same time it’s a help: The capacity to swap in new watch faces from a far bigger gathering influences it to feel like the Ionic at last has an identity. All things considered, isn’t that the general purpose of a favor smartwatch? You’re intended to have the capacity to transform it into various plans on the fly.


That immaculate Casio watch-type confront I said above makes the squared Fitbit Ionic resemble a flawlessly retro computerized watch. Fibit’s own virtual pet watch confront includes a doggie or cat that can be sustained with fuel controlled by your means. An inclination logging exploratory face from Fitbit Labs gives you a chance to enter your vitality and temperament for the duration of the day, and check whether designs rise.

The greater part of these watch faces are the uttermost thing from what I’d call “exquisite.” But they are fun, and in the event that you have persistence, it’s enjoyable to investigate the alternatives.

The one major issue with the watch faces is that the Ionic just enables one face to be introduced on the watch at once. Each new face introduce happens through the Fitbit application, and includes a moderate matching up process. Some watch faces aren’t free, and are just accessible as preliminary applications. In any case, it’s difficult to make sense of how to pay for them. You can’t pay in the Fitbit application, and keeping in mind that some watch faces I download by means of iOS propose some are “preliminary renditions,” I can’t figure out how to open whatever is left of the highlights – and they appear to work in any case. Additionally, you can’t without much of a stretch look for watch faces or store already procured ones of every a gathering.


Various applications can be introduced without a moment’s delay, however: There are currently many applications, as well, some free. The New York Times application raises fast features, similar to the Apple Watch adaptation. Cry discovers nearby eateries. A mini-computer application and a couple of confuse diversions are here as well.

A gamified Fitbit treasure-chasing application transforms ventures into collectible fortunes. I purchase a couple of privateers and ships and crabs, and take after my advance on a guide to gain more coins (it’s not by any stretch of the imagination clear what everything is intended to do, however it influences me to walk a large portion of a mile to perceive what happens when I clear the following guide). Another gaming application, Think Fast, is brimming with snappy choice difficulties to test center. There’s a tip adding machine. There’s an application to control Philips Hue lights.

In the event that this peruses as arbitrary, It’s since this feels irregular, and no doubt, the quality changes. Be that as it may, the alternatives are much better than they were four months back. I’ve discovered a couple I’d utilize, and that is a begin.

How the Fitbit Ionic beats the Apple Watch

I extremely like wearing the Fitbit Ionic. The steel case and rubber treated band are somewhat massive, however it’s constantly comfortable on my wrist. Its three committed catches are leeway over the Apple Watch and most different smartwatches, and are helpful when running or at the exercise center, however they don’t absolutely supplant touching the screen. Which is a disgrace, on the grounds that the screen is drowsy and difficult to swipe. The squared-off plan won’t be for everyone, except it’s shockingly simple to wear.

Heart rate readings are quick and simple to get to, and numerous watch faces permit moment heart rate readings on the fundamental show. The Apple Watch’s heart rate readings aren’t generally on (it tends to ping at regular intervals, except if an action is begun or the heart rate application is opened).

The Fitbit Ionic likewise has great battery life (for a smartwatch): no less than four days, in my episodic utilize. It implies you can wear it for over a large portion of a week and never energize, and that implies it can be worn around evening time for rest following.


Rest following for the most part adds up to rest logging every night, and keeping in mind that I don’t confide in the Fitbit’s measures of eagerness, profound rest and “REM rest,” I do value getting an unmistakable feeling of my rest propensities on a general scale. The Apple Watch does not have any heated in help for this. Apple’s Health application and some outsider applications can do rest following, yet the Apple Watch battery life isn’t adequate for daily wearing without a morning revive.

The Ionic’s cross-stage support of both iPhones ($1,264 at and Android telephones additionally enables it to be something I could wear and use with any companion or relative to contend in wellness challenges. Fitbit’s application is as yet my present most loved for general wellness logging. Its graphs and objectives are unmistakably introduced, there are huge amounts of devices and associated applications it works with, and Fitbit’s interpersonal organization is likely the best around: it takes advantage of wellness challenges, bunches inspired by specific wellbeing objectives, and chances are you have a lot of companions to interface with. The Apple Watch’s social wellness capacities are gradually developing, yet no place close as dynamic.

Despite everything I wish the Ionic was a superior mentor, however. Fitbit’s endeavors here haven’t awed. I like the hourly push to stroll no less than 250 stages to “win” the hour, which gets me into a mobile state of mind. Be that as it may, the activity instructing and general pattern perceptions don’t feel dynamic. Fitbit’s membership instructing administration could begin conveying more on-wrist direction, yet I haven’t seen a solid feeling of it yet outside conveying exercise routine recommendations. The Apple Watch doesn’t improve, and neither do most wellness groups and smartwatches.


What the Apple Watch (and different smartwatches) still improve the situation

No, I’m not completely happy with everything the Ionic conveys to the table. It can be a clunkier smartwatch than the Apple Watch, or Samsung’s Gear Sport, and even most Android Wear watches. It doesn’t have an amplifier for making calls or actuating a voice right hand, either.

A Fitbit Pay highlight on Ionic empowers on-watch NFC installments at contactless installment spots, however despite everything it won’t work with my bank, so I can’t utilize it. Your mileage may likewise fluctuate.

The Ionic can store music like the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear or Android Wear watches, yet hold your fervor: Those tracks should be sideloaded through a PC or matched up by means of a moderate and horrendous process with premium Pandora. Music is such an issue, to the point that I skip notwithstanding attempting any longer.

Also, despite the fact that I like the Ionic’s additional application and watch confront bolster, I locate that numerous applications can hang, or crash. Watch faces stack each one in turn as required from the telephone, as opposed to having the capacity to swap a couple on the fly, likewise influences the entire network to process appear to be less rich.

I additionally wind up missing a great deal of the other supportive on-wrist capacities I’ve underestimated on the Apple Watch: on-wrist route or brisk voice help. Accepting quick calls, paying for things. Utilizing it for tuning in to collections effectively on strolls. Reacting to an instant message rapidly. Fitbit Ionic’s additional items don’t coordinate, making the $300 value hard to swallow.


It needs a value drop, or greater change

I’d favor a $200 variant that had a couple of those highlights (GPS, wrist installments, music) and conveyed on the watch faces and general wellness. Or then again, a $300 full-included watch that nailed every one of the additional items better. Ionic is nearer to being superior to anything it was previously, and it’s presently my most loved Fitbit. Be that as it may, at this value, I wouldn’t prescribe it for everybody. The sleeker Fitbit Alta HR is a superior, more reasonable wager for most. Perhaps the Ionic will get a value drop, or Fitbit will make a more reasonable form? Inquire in a half year.


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