Specs and features Fitbit Ionic

TypeSmart watches and bracelets
BrandFitbit
Display 1.42" 348x250px.
Battery Li-pol 4 hours
Communication Bluetooth Wi-Fi version NFC
Sensors
  • Pulsometer
  • Accelerometer
  • Sleep Analysis
  • Altimeter

Colors

Customer reviews Fitbit Ionic

ShopReviewsRating
Amazon.com 3015 4.0
Yandex Market 1 4.0
Walmart 11 4.9
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.7 18.0
Verizon Wireless 6 3.5

Applications Fitbit Ionic

ApplicationDeveloperRating
Fitbit Fitbit, Inc. 3.9
Fitbit Fitbit, Inc. 3.6

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Fitbit Ionic overview

Fitbit Ionic is the first "smart"watch developed by the American fitness trackers manufacturer. The company claims that space and science fiction have inspired them to develop this design. It has obviously influenced the price too: the device costs almost 300 dollars.
Fitbit launched its flagship smartwatch Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch in the autumn in 2017. Before that, the company was known in the market of fitness wristbands, being, according to IDC, the world's third largest supplier of portable electronics (its closest competitors are Apple and Xiaomi [1]). New watch has become and is still the most expensive device of the manufacturer.
All that the manufacturer has been able to offer is several partner’s applications.
  • Starbucks
  • Strava
  • Pandora
  • Accuweather
In this regard, Fitbit is at a disadvantage compared with Apple Watch, Android Wear and Samsung Gear.

Fitbit Ionic’s main functions

Fitbit Ionic is a multifunctional watch. With its help you can track your main activities and training, monitor the quality of sleep, count calories burned, make purchases and receive messages and notifications from social networks and Skype.

Fitness functions of Fitbit Ionic

  • Pulse measurement
  • The sleep quality monitoring
  • Achievement of sports goals during one week and 24 hours
  • Calories burned, steps and distance covered counting

Watch functions

  • Time display
  • Stopwatch
  • Alarm clock
  • Timer

Why does Fitbit Ionic know about its owner more than he or she does him (her)self?

Fitbit Ionic is equipped with GPS and counts very accurately each step taken by its owner, the beating of his / her heart, and also monitors the sleep quality perfectly. All these data is automatically sent to the smartphone application Fitbit app, which analyzes it, converting the information in the form of diagrams, recommendations and reports. The application itself is very praised, and it is often referred to as almost the best one among its competitors. In addition, Ionic was the first to learn to show saturation (oxygen content in the blood), which is important, for example, for diagnosing sleep apnea or reducing the performance of the respiratory system.

Fitbit Ionic design

Space, a small coffin, or a stylish thing? (it is a tricky item, but it is definitely memorable), then the link to the "Design" section.
The design and appearance of the Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch has caused an extremely ambiguous reaction. And that is why we have decided to regard its design as an advantage of the device: you cannot definitely be indifferent to it. The emotional owners’ estimations vary from "ugly, clumsy and strange" to "stunning, stylish and" with a catchy peculiarity". To someone the watch resembles a small coffin, and to another people — a small copy of the TV screen. According to our observations, negative reviews are mostly given by women, whereas men, on the contrary, are satisfied that the watch "looking simple," but "not in Darth Vader’s style" and "looking more imposing on the wrist than an Apple model".

Pros of Fitbit Ionic

  1. Light weight and comfort (it weighs less than a small orange)
  2. Battery life is long (the manufacturer states that the battery watch will last up to five days without being recharged. And surprisingly, users confirm it).
  3. Is not afraid of water (you can put it on your retriever)
  4. Very high accuracy of the sensors
  5. Fitbit is compatible with all devices, whether it is Android, iOS or Windows Phone
  6. Despite its apparent heaviness, you almost do not feel the watch on your arm.
  1. Fitbit Ionic is one of a few smartwatches that is really waterproof.
  2. Wearing this watch you can easily take a shower, swim in the sea and even dive to a depth of 50 meters.
  3. And thanks to its smoothed corners the watch does not cling to your radial bone, does not hit your wrist and does not hurt skin even during very intense training and long running.
  4. Many users remark that they began to sleep better because due to the data collected by the watch they were able to understand what prevented them from sleeping and what helped them to sleep better. However, a similar result can be achieved with the help of any other device that can control the quality of sleep.

Cons and features of Fitbit Ionic

  1. Price. Everyone will agree that 300 dollars is definitely not a little amount of money. However, it is still cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 3 and 2.
  2. To watch, but not to answer. Fitbit Ionic will show the notification of the call or message, but you will not be able to answer them.
  3. Not enough number of applications, or rather there are not any almost at all.
  4. Difficulties with NFC and contactless payment
  5. Not durable and hard-wearing charging
  6. Battery. We have already mentioned that the watch can work up to five days without being recharged. However, if the device is actively used and the screen is switched on permanently, the battery performance can reduce significantly, up to 24 hours.
  • You can charge the watch only with the help of a native cord. Keep this in mind when you travel or take a business trip, otherwise you will carry on your wrist just 47 grams of aluminum. In addition, charging is fixed poorly and constantly drops out of the connector.
  • Why will Fitbit not change its credit card? Despite the official statements, it is not so easy to make your purchases with the watch. Fitbit could not agree on working with the world's largest banks such as Barclays, Natwest or Santander. The only bank with whom the manufacturer cooperates is Starling, a young financial start-up which is not available in some countries.
  • In theory, the watch supports Bluetooth technology, so you can connect your wireless headphones to them. In practice, it turns out that it is not as simple as it seems to be. The sound can be interrupted or be lost completely, especially if you move your arms actively. Sometimes the watch simply refuses to detect other devices.
  • Be patient, do yoga or meditate before uploading music. This process will not be rapid and not immediately understandable. The most nimble users coped with it in 15 minutes, but there were also those who spent a few days trying to do it.
  • Due to its peculiar design the watch can become dirty at the bottom. However, it is easy to clean this device (and it is not afraid of water!)
  • Paid content. Users complain that Fitbit Ionic offers too many paid trainings, and the manufacturer does not give any opportunities to get acquainted with their content before buying.

Glitches and mistakes of Fitbit Ionic

We have found out quite a lot reviews with complaints about different "glitches" of the device. The most frequent of them we put together in a separate table:
  • Sometimes applications suddenly come back again after being removed
  • It is hard to delete unused workouts
  • Difficulties with music downloading (although 2.5GB is left for songs storing)
  • The update does not start on the first try, it often hangs and suddenly closes
  • The screen may suddenly go blank and stop responding at all

Instructions of Fitbit Ionic usage

  • Extra care when handling with the watch is needed. The case of the device is made of aluminum which is a brittle and easily bending material. If you do not want to get splits, scratches and dents — take care of it.
  • Taking into account the imperfection of the connector for charging, you should always check whether everything is well with the cord: whether it is fixed firmly and whether the battery is still charging
  • Wipe the back of the watch: It can become dirty very quickly due to the peculiar device design
  • Once again about music: you can transfer it only from your computer. But! To do this, you need to connect the watch to the same Wi-Fi network that is used on your computer. This, in its turn, can only be done with the help of the smartphone.

What Fitbit Ionic promises to add

  • Voice control in 2018
  • More apps and games
  • New themes for the screen

Analogs Fitbit Ionic - Comparison

Brand Fitbit Xiaomi Fitbit Apple
ModelIonic Mi Band 2 Charge 2 Watch 3
Minimum price USD
268
USD
25
USD
149
USD
314
User rating 4.0 4.6 4.4 4.0
Functionality 3.4 4.9
Sesors accuracy 3.9 4.2
Sensors
Pulsometer 4.3 3.8
Accelerometer 4.3 4.4
Sleep Analysis 3.1 4.5
Barometr
Altimeter
Communication
Bluetooth 4.0 LE 4.0 LE 4.0 LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
SIM Apple e-SIM
2G Bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Networks HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 / 800 - Europe, Australia (A1891)
4G Networks LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850) - Europe, Australia (A1891)
GSM
GPRS
EDGE
LTE
Wi-Fi version 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
NFC
Navigation
Connected GPS
GPS
GLONASS
Design
Material sensor Aluminum Plastic; aluminum Stainless steel Stainless Steel/Ceramic back
Material strap Silicone Thermoplastic elastomer Elastomer
Item width 15.7 mm. 225 mm.
Item height 40.3 mm. 129 mm.
Item depth 10.5 mm. 2506 mm.
Item weight 19.4 gram 36.8 gram 52.8 gram
Replaceable straps
Strap dimensions S;L;XL
Buttons 1 2
Package
Package weight 90 gram 300 gram
Package width 10 mm. 112 mm.
Package height 3 mm. 53 mm.
Package depth 10 mm. 200 mm.
Display
Display type OLED OLED AMOLED
Display size 1.42 Inches 0.42 Inches 1.5 Inches 1.65 Inches
Screen-to-body ratio 55.4 %
Touchscreen
Multitouch
Display backlight
Display colors 1 1 16M
Display width 348 px
Display height 250 px
Pixel density 302 ppi 303 ppi
Protection Sapphire crystal glass
Protection
Water Resistant WR50 IP67 WR20 WR50
Temperature minimum -4 °C -20 °C 14 °C
Temperature max 113 °C 70 °C 113 °C
Battery
Battery type Li-pol Li-pol Li-pol Li-Ion
Battery capacity 70 mAh
Battery life - Waiting 96 hours 480 hours 720 hours
Battery life - Tested 10 hours 1.5 hours
Charger
Wireless Charger
Input voltage 5 volt 5 volt
Input current 45 mA
Charging time 2 hours 2 hours 1-2 hours
Synchronization
Android version 4.4 4.4
iOS version 7
Windows 8.1 10
Mac OS 10.6
Web
Notifications
Vibration
Light
Incoming call Ringtones
Incoming message
Call ID display
Calendar
Apps
Watch
Digital faces 2 10
Analog-digital faces 1
Analog face
System
RAM 758Mb
ROM 2.5Gb 8Gb
CPU Apple W2
GPU PowerVR
Chipset Apple S3
Operating System Proprietary OS Proprietary OS watchOS 4
Support updates
Wearing
Wrist
Multimedia
Dictaphone
Play audio
Music control
Photo viewer
Play video
Loudspeaker
Contents
Manuals
USB cable
Features
Unlock identity
Find My Device
Silence alarm
Read SMS
Read Email
IM
Rotate to switch
Stopwatch
Timer
Voice control Siri
Fitness
Dynamic heart rate
Training mode
Reminder to move
Guided breathing sessions
Calorie consumption
Distance covered
Active Minutes
Log
Food log
Water log
Weight log
Scan barcode
Applicatio feature
Add friend
Share results
Sport
Runing
Workout
Treadmill
Walking
Weight training
Cycling
Elliptical
Integration
Compatible apps 3 18
MyFitnessPal
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