Simply put… for $299 it is arguably Fitbit’s first true Smartwatch to hit the market. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, it is far from any comparison to an Apple watch.
The Fitbit Ionic is a much more capable and dependable device than any of its predecessors (including the Blaze). However, the design is still a bit suspect (unattractive to say the least). Yet, the battery life is outstanding! I mean literally… you can go almost a whole week on just one charge.
Compared To The Apple Watch Series 3
I’d say one of the biggest disappointments with the Ionic is the lack of app support although they have their own operating system to run third-party apps. Having said that… the Ionic is still a very intuitive smartwatch which now includes GPS and waterproof.
The other limitation worth noting is “notifications,” unlike the Apple watch… the Ionic is less intuitive in that area. Which may or may not be that important to you. However, you will find that the Ionic, like Apple, has their own mobile payment system called “Fitbit Pay” with selected vendors and selected Banks (e.g., Starbucks, Visa, Mastercard & American Express).
What I believe would really push Fitbit into elite status and give Apple a run for their money is having the ability to react to voice commands (much like Siri)… Amazon and Google did it!!
In conclusion… as long as you label the Fitbit Ionic as a fitness watch first, with some smartwatch features, and not the other way around – I think you’d be very content with what the Ionic has to offer. One other thing to keep in mind is that the Ionic supports Windows, Android & IOS devices so you can keep up with all your friends.
So if you’re an Apple user you’re more than likely to go with the Apple watch Series 3… which is, of course, a smartwatch first, and fitness tracker second.
What do you think about the Fitbit Ionic?