Fitbit Ionic

7.2/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Fitbit Ionic
  • Fitbit Ionic
  • Fitbit Ionic
  • Fitbit Ionic

If you don't care about smartwatch features and are looking for a high-end Fitbit device, buy the Ionic.

- Jimmy Westenberg, Android Authority 


The Fitbit Ionic is a good wearable, but it’s not the great smartwatch some had expected it to be.

- James Peckham, TechRadar 

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Fitbit
Model FB503GYBK-EU
Warranty 12 months
Release date 1-October-2017

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Bright, sharp display
  • Accurate heart rate and sleep tracking
  • Precise GPS
  • NFC for mobile payments
  • Water resistance up to one meter

What's bad

  • Proprietary charger
  • Lack of app options
  • Blood oxygen sensors not working yet

FitBit is one of the biggest names in consumer and prosumer-grade fitness trackers. With their latest release, they’re diving into uncharted territory -- smartwatches.

The watch is 38.59mm wide and 12.2mm thick with a weight of 30g. The included 258mm band is a rubberized band that most reviewers found comfortable but some questioned if it would fit the bill for more formal events.

Fortunately, you can swap out the band. But you’re limited to Fitbit’s own offerings as the connectors are not compatible with standard watch bands.

The watch itself has an aluminum chassis and is water resistant for 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter. This means it should survive a quick swim, the random rainstorm, or a shower with no problems.

On the face, you’ll find a 1.42-inch touchscreen LCD running at 348-by-250 pixel resolution with a gorilla glass coating. Reviewers had no issues with screen visibility in bright lighting. They were also impressed with the bright colors and crisp text.

If you don’t like the stock face, there’s a range of options on the Fitbit App Store or you can design your own using the included software.

The watch includes an optical heart rate monitor and dual blood oxygen sensors. Reviewers found the heart rate monitor accurate as long as the band was snug -- this is particularly important for sleep tracking. Unfortunately, the dual blood oxygen sensors were not active at the time of writing. Fitbit says they will be activated with a future firmware update.

The watch also includes WiFi, GPS, and NFC. This means you can make mobile payments, or log the details of your run with no need to pair up with your phone.

Reviews show the watch has excellent battery life. Most noted four to seven days of battery life on a single charge. However, if you use the GPS, battery life drops. Still, Fitbit states that the battery provides 10 hours of life on a single charge. That’s plenty for a workout or hike.

Recharges are snappy with a full top-off taking approximately 2 hours. But you must carry a cable around for on-the-go top-offs. The charger is only compatible with the Ionic.

The biggest crutch reviewers noted about the Ionic is the lack of app selection. Since it doesn’t run Android or Apple, there’s little drive for developers to port their apps over to FitBitOS unless the Ionic is a huge success. Yet, without apps, the changes of mainstream adoption are hindered. It’s a self-defeating cycle.

Still, reviewers noted a solid selection of basic apps -- such as calculators, news readers, and fitness apps. So, if you’re not looking for the tight integration of other smartwatches, but simply some added convenience in your fitness tracker, it’s a good option.

GearBurn sums up opinions well, saying, “The Ionic is a stellar device, marred by a few software and support issues, but its price is remarkably steep for what you’re really getting.” But if the price isn’t an issue, the watch appears to offer a solid mix of smartwatch features and top-notch fitness tracking. Android and Me say, “The Fitbit Ionic is a good fitness tracker for those looking for a new device to help them on their fitness goals in 2018 as well as the seasoned fitness guru looking for an upgrade to their current fitness tracker.”

Critic Reviews


India Today

Attractive but a notch below competition

from India Today

The P20 Lite, it's safe to say, also delivers on some of its promises. It's well-designed and has a neat display. It has the latest software and good battery life.

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The P20 Lite, it's safe to say, also delivers on some of its promises. It's well-designed and has a neat display. It has the latest software and good battery life.

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AndroidPIT

Fails to stand out as a real improvement

from AndroidPIT

The Fitbit Ionic Adidas Edition has proven itself to be a good companion for tracking sporting activities, and it's an interesting alternative to other devices in the smartwatch market. However, it still suffers from the same flaws as the classic Ionic model: a lack of apps and an underwhelming design.

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The Fitbit Ionic Adidas Edition has proven itself to be a good companion for tracking sporting activities, and it's an interesting alternative to other devices in the smartwatch market. However, it still suffers from the same flaws as the classic Ionic model: a lack of apps and an underwhelming design.

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NDTV

A great new contender

from NDTV

The Fitbit Ionic is a solid first effort from Fitbit in the smartwatch segment; one that brings together a fantastic display, a stylish design, in-built GPS, waterproofing, and superb battery life in as light a package as possible.

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The Fitbit Ionic is a solid first effort from Fitbit in the smartwatch segment; one that brings together a fantastic display, a stylish design, in-built GPS, waterproofing, and superb battery life in as light a package as possible.

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Android Police

Fitbit may be on track for a wearable win

from Android Police

The Fitbit Ionic is far from the perfect smartwatch for me, but Fitbit's trajectory in wearables is encouraging. Software updates have made the Ionic more reliable and capable without negatively impacting battery life. It has best-in-class fitness tracking, and the Android app is fantastic for checking out your health stats.

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The Fitbit Ionic is far from the perfect smartwatch for me, but Fitbit's trajectory in wearables is encouraging. Software updates have made the Ionic more reliable and capable without negatively impacting battery life. It has best-in-class fitness tracking, and the Android app is fantastic for checking out your health stats.

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Gearburn

Daft software mars excellent fitness tracking

from Gearburn

The Fitbit Ionic is an admirable first attempt to rival the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung on the fitness tracker-cum-smartwatch front, but it’s definitely much further from the latter.

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The Fitbit Ionic is an admirable first attempt to rival the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung on the fitness tracker-cum-smartwatch front, but it’s definitely much further from the latter.

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Gadgets Now

For fitness enthusiasts

from Gadgets Now

The Fitbit Ionic has its fair share of pros and cons. It’s comfortable to wear and boasts of an excellent battery life. The sleep tracker, the Coach feature and the heart-rate monitor work seamlessly but the accuracy of the tracker was a bit suspect.

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The Fitbit Ionic has its fair share of pros and cons. It’s comfortable to wear and boasts of an excellent battery life. The sleep tracker, the Coach feature and the heart-rate monitor work seamlessly but the accuracy of the tracker was a bit suspect.

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Fone Arena

Functionality is woefully limited

from Fone Arena

The Fitbit Ionic is a mediocre smartwatch and an excellent fitness tracker. That’s not too surprising given the company’s pedigree. Its a great fitness tracker and the added music playback functionality is functional but as a smartwatch, it falls flat.

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The Fitbit Ionic is a mediocre smartwatch and an excellent fitness tracker. That’s not too surprising given the company’s pedigree. Its a great fitness tracker and the added music playback functionality is functional but as a smartwatch, it falls flat.

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The Indian Express

The smartwatch for fitness freaks

from The Indian Express

Fitbit Ionic is a good upgrade for those who have been using other Fitbit for a while. However, for others, given that the price is very similar to an Apple Watch, the Ionic might appear a bit underwhelming. But then not everyone is on the Apple ecosystem, and that might be a good enough reason to prefer the Fitbit Ionic

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Fitbit Ionic is a good upgrade for those who have been using other Fitbit for a while. However, for others, given that the price is very similar to an Apple Watch, the Ionic might appear a bit underwhelming. But then not everyone is on the Apple ecosystem, and that might be a good enough reason to prefer the Fitbit Ionic

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Daily Express

A solid smartwatch

from Daily Express

Fitbit’s first attempt at a proper smartwatch is pretty good. The Ionic is well built, comfortable to wear and is packed with fitness features including in-built GPS and advance heart monitoring. The Fitbit Ionic is sure to get better over time and, in the future, could be a contender for best wearable.

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Fitbit’s first attempt at a proper smartwatch is pretty good. The Ionic is well built, comfortable to wear and is packed with fitness features including in-built GPS and advance heart monitoring. The Fitbit Ionic is sure to get better over time and, in the future, could be a contender for best wearable.

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Android Authority

Plethora of useful features

from Android Authority

The Fitbit Ionic is a good fitness tracker for those looking for a new device to help them on their fitness goals in 2018 as well as the seasoned fitness guru looking for an upgrade to their current fitness tracker.

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The Fitbit Ionic is a good fitness tracker for those looking for a new device to help them on their fitness goals in 2018 as well as the seasoned fitness guru looking for an upgrade to their current fitness tracker.

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