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Fitbit Ionic

Updated: May. 31, 2018

Ranked 3rd of 10 smartwatches with a Quid Score of 84.

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Fitbit Ionic

Ranked 3rd of 10 smartwatches with a Quid Score of 84.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 3rd overall.

Key Information
  • Type: Smartwatch
  • Battery Life: Up to 4 days - GPS battery life up to 10 hours
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Fitness Measurements: Yes - steps, distance, calories, floors, pool laps, active minutes, hourly activity, and stationary time; 3 sport modes (Run, Bike, or Weights); adaptive personal coaching
  • Cellular Connectivity: No
Other Information
  • Band Options: Yes - 2 sizes (S + L)
  • Display Size: 1 - 1.15in. x 0.83in. (1.42in. diagonal)
  • Case Material: Aluminum
  • Color Options: Yes - 3
  • Sleep Tracker: Yes
  • Storage Capacity: 2.5 GB
  • Heart Rate Sensor: Yes
  • Siri Voice Response: No
  • Sweat/Water Resistant: Yes - water resistant up to 50M and tracks swims
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Additional Information: App gallery for downloading 3rd party apps

Expert Rating: 76%

Ranks 6th among competitors.

Expert Rating: 76%

Ranks 6th among competitors.

The Ionic offers accurate readings. The battery life is above average, the screen is easy to read in different types of light, and the companion app is easy to use. Customization is simple and versatile, although the music feature is confusing to set up and the software can be buggy.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Battery Life - Above average
  • Design - Average
  • Extra Features - Average
  • Functionality - Below average
  • Fitness Options - Average
  • Water Resistance - Average
  • Usability - Average
  • Extra Features - Below Average
Notable Positives
  • Accurate heart rate and step count
  • Great screen readability
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to use app
  • Customization
Notable Negatives
  • On-wrist music difficult to set up
  • Apps/software can be buggy
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Battery Life - Above average
  • Design - Average
  • Extra Features - Average
  • Functionality - Below average
  • Fitness Options - Average
  • Water Resistance - Average
  • Usability - Average
  • Extra Features - Below Average

Customer Rating: 85%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Customer Rating: 85%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

The fitness features and built-in GPS makes this device great for running and other athletic activities. The magnetic charge makes it very easy to charge, while the battery typically lasts multiple days. The Ionic isn’t cheap, but it’s a good value. The phone app doesn’t facilitate music transfer to the device. Initial setup is long and involved.

Ideal for people:

Those who like the Fitbit platform, want the built-in GPS feature and enjoy fun customization extras.

Not ideal for people:

Those who want a lot of third-party app integration or want a smartwatch that is able to take the place of a phone.

Notable Pros:
  • Great value
  • Good for running
  • Long battery life
  • Magnetic charge
  • Built-in GPS
Notable Cons:
  • High price
  • Phone app doesn't allow music transfer
  • Long initial setup

Brand Score: 84%

Ranks 5th among competitors.

Brand Score: 84%

Ranks 5th among competitors.

Fitbit specializes in wireless-enabled wearable devices that track activity and health metrics like number of steps walked and sleep quality. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Heritage - 4/5

James Park and Eric Friedman founded Fitbit in 2007. The company was one of the first to focus on applying wearable technology to everyday fitness, and its goal is to integrate the benefits of trackable metrics into the lifestyles of the average person.

Innovation - 4/5

Fitbit is a leader in the wearable fitness tracker market. The company provides information using two key technologies: PurePulse and SmartTrack. PurePulse reads users’ heart rate using a green light, while SmartTrack determines what exercise the user is doing depending on motion patterns.

Reliability - 5/5

Customers can contact Fitbit directly for help by calling, emailing, or tweeting the company. The website features community advice boards, product-specific help guides, and how-to videos. Fitbit offers a 45-day period for returns and refunds on products purchased from its site.

Social Good - 3/5

FitForGood is a company competition where users can apply their steps during a specific period of time to a charity of their choice. The more steps they take, the more money given to that charity. In 2017, Fitbit donated $1 million.

Relevance - 4/5

Fitbit shares inspirational stories from regular users on its YouTube channel. Followers of the company’s social media accounts will find frequent updates about new products and existing product features.

Retail: Best Price $249.95

Ranks 5th in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $249.95

Ranks 5th in value among competitors.

Fitbit.com customers receive a 1-year warranty covering any manufacturing or device defects.

Best Purchase Options
Best Buy - $249.95
Walmart - $249.95
Amazon - $249.95
Other Purchase Options
B&H Photo Video - $249.95
Fitbit - $249.95
Best Purchase Option
Best Buy - $249.95
Other Purchase Options
Walmart - $249.95
Amazon - $249.95
B&H Photo Video - $249.95
Fitbit - $249.95

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