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 ). New watch has become and is still the most expensive device of the manufacturer.
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.
All that the manufacturer has been able to offer is several partner’s applications.
- Pulse measurement
- The sleep quality monitoring
- Achievement of sports goals during one week and 24 hours
- Calories burned, steps and distance covered counting
- Time display
- Alarm clock
- Light weight and comfort (it weighs less than a small orange)
- 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).
- Is not afraid of water (you can put it on your retriever)
- Very high accuracy of the sensors
- Fitbit is compatible with all devices, whether it is Android, iOS or Windows Phone
- Despite its apparent heaviness, you almost do not feel the watch on your arm.
- Fitbit Ionic is one of a few smartwatches that is really waterproof.
- Wearing this watch you can easily take a shower, swim in the sea and even dive to a depth of 50 meters.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Not enough number of applications, or rather there are not any almost at all.
- Difficulties with NFC and contactless payment
- Not durable and hard-wearing charging
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Voice control in 2018
- More apps and games
- New themes for the screen
|Model||Ionic||Mi Band 2||Charge 2||Watch 3|
|Bluetooth||4.0 LE||4.0 LE||4.0 LE||4.2, A2DP, LE|
|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)|
|Wi-Fi version||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|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|
|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 size||1.42 Inches||0.42 Inches||1.5 Inches||1.65 Inches|
|Screen-to-body ratio||55.4 %|
|Display width||348 px|
|Display height||250 px|
|Pixel density||302 ppi||303 ppi|
|Protection||Sapphire crystal glass|
|Temperature minimum||-4 °C||-20 °C||14 °C|
|Temperature max||113 °C||70 °C||113 °C|
|Battery capacity||70 mAh|
|Battery life - Waiting||96 hours||480 hours||720 hours|
|Battery life - Tested||10 hours||1.5 hours|
|Input voltage||5 volt||5 volt|
|Input current||45 mA|
|Charging time||2 hours||2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Call ID display|
|Operating System||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS||watchOS 4|
|Find My Device|
|Rotate to switch|
|Dynamic heart rate|
|Reminder to move|
|Guided breathing sessions|