Fitbit Ionic evaluation | TechRadar

Fitbit has turn out to be synonymous with health trackers, however now the corporate has determined to broaden into an entire new market. Lengthy rumored, we lastly have the primary Fitbit smartwatch, and it’s known as the Ionic.

The corporate has mixed its health know-how with the smarts of a wide range of corporations it’s purchased – reminiscent of 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 and Put on OS watches, the Fitbit Ionic is a severe contender to be the smartwatch you select to put on if you’re out operating or hitting the health club.

Nonetheless, there’s now the extra competitors of the brand new Apple Watch 3, which incorporates the identical LTE connectivity characteristic because the Fitbit Ionic, to not point out the incursion of Garmin into the health smartwatch house with the Forerunner 645.

Because the launch of Ionic, we have additionally seen the corporate introduce a brand new smaller and extra reasonably priced smartwatch known as the Fitbit Versa. When you’re planning to purchase a brand new smartwatch from Fitbit test this one out because it prices much less, has an incredible design and most of the similar options because the Ionic.

Right here we will deal with the Fitbit Ionic although, so learn on under for our full evaluation of the corporate’s very first smartwatch.

Fitbit Ionic value and launch date

  • The Fitbit Ionic launched at £299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95 
  • It is an costly choice for a health watch
  • Out now around the globe, however so is the Versa

The Fitbit Ionic launched as the most costly wearable but from Fitbit. At £299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95 it prices greater than the Fitbit Surge operating watch did at launch, however a bit lower than the Apple Watch Three or LG Watch Sport.

Because the launch of the cheaper Fitbit Versa, we have seen the worth drop a way within the UK and Australia to round £240 / AU$350. Costs within the US appear to have stayed stagnant as we are able to solely discover it for round $290 or a contact extra.

Anticipate that value to drop a bit extra throughout sale intervals because the Ionic was introduced in September 2017 so by the point of Black Friday 2018 it will be over a yr previous.

Design and show

  • Aluminium construct and lighter than most smartwatches
  • Both plastic or leather-based bands which are straightforward to swap out

The Fitbit Ionic is a cushty match in your wrist, and in comparison with lots of fashionable smartwatches is especially mild – a lot so that you’re going to 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 very good 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 essentially the most correct readings potential.

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 made from aluminum and options very small antenna bands on the edges, but it surely’s engaging and is definitely the best-looking Fitbit product to this point. That stated, we discovered the design to be moderately 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 for those who’re bothered about what others suppose simply keep in mind that it’s not prone to have the common attraction of, say, the Apple Watch. 

There’s one {hardware} 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 allow you to discover them extra simply if 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 via 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 if you’re out for a jog.

We used each, and the plastic choice is snug for if you’re sweating within the health club, whereas the leather-based strap is a way more engaging look – so that you would possibly need 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 paying homage 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 stated, the bezels are comparatively thick on the Fitbit Ionic. It’s one in every of our main criticisms of the design, and we expect there’s lots of wasted house under and above the display screen. Fitbit might have included a a lot bigger and extra helpful show as a substitute.

Additionally, the Fitbit brand is annoyingly positioned slightly below the display screen, taking over fairly a little bit of room on the wearable. 

The decision of the LCD display screen is 384 x 250, and we notably like how shiny it’s – it reaches 1000 nits, which is similar because the Apple Watch 2 and means you may view it even in shiny daylight when out on a run.

We discovered the touchscreen to be a bit gradual to reply typically, and we frequently needed to transfer our wrist pretty violently for the raise-to-wake characteristic to work. That’s notably annoying if you’re figuring out and also you want a transparent take a look at your stats quick.

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