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