Fit­bit Ionic

T3 - - Hype - From £299.99, fit­bit.com/uk

Nice watch. What’s the story here?

This is the Fit­bit Ionic, a GPS fit­ness smart­watch cre­ated es­pe­cially for break­ing a sweat. It has a light­weight body and breath­able elas­tomer strap, a large, full-colour dis­play and three phys­i­cal but­tons – there to make the watch more driver-friendly dur­ing a pun­ish­ing high-im­pact ses­sion.

I like to swim. Does the Ionic?

Aye. The Ionic is wa­ter­proof to 50 me­tres and has swim-track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, of­fer­ing you stats on laps, du­ra­tion in the pool and calo­ries burned. Back on dry land, the Ionic uses SmartTrack and Multi-Sport Mode to au­to­mat­i­cally track a range of fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing run­ning, cy­cling and weights. All-day ac­tiv­ity mon­i­tor­ing also serves up data on steps taken, floors climbed, time spent be­ing ac­tive or sta­tion­ary, and sleep track­ing.

What about heart rate mon­i­tor­ing?

That’s han­dled by PurePulse HR tech, which dishes out con­tin­u­ous heart-rate track­ing from the wrist. Other fit­ness­fo­cused fea­tures to check out in­clude auto-pause dur­ing work­outs. Speak­ing of which, there’s a range of tai­lored work­outs avail­able via the Fit­bit Coach app, with au­dio work­outs com­ing soon.

I like that dis­play…

It’s one of our favourite fea­tures, too. The Ionic stands out from many other fit­ness smart­watches thanks to that full-colour, rec­tan­gu­lar LCD touch­screen dis­play. We also like the breath­able elas­tomer straps, cur­rently avail­able in three two-tone colour com­bi­na­tions: Blue-Grey/Sil­ver-Grey, Slate Blue/Burnt Orange, and Char­coal/Smoke Grey.

Nice. When can I buy this?

The Fit­bit Ionic is avail­able for pre-or­der now, with ship­ping to start in Oc­to­ber.

Let’s get physi cal

The Fit­bit Ionic is de­signed for work­ing out, with three phys­i­cal (and slightly raised) but­tons on the watch en­abling you to utilise smart fea­tures mid-work­out. The Ionic han­dles smart­phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions, too

Splash the cash

Fit­bit’s new fit­ness smart­watch fea­tures Fit­bit Pay, with which you can pay for goods straight from the wrist. Fit­bit Pay is based on tech de­vised by Coin, with Visa, Master­card and Amer­i­can Ex­press all sup­ported

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