Some people may have been skeptical about the accuracy and real functions of fitness trackers when it was first introduced to the public, but technology has paved the way to prove that indeed, having this kind of gadget on your wrist when in workouts is a great help and goal booster.
Fitbit has made itself a brand to recall when it comes to fitness trackers, and no doubt about that because we’ve witnessed the Alta HR and the Charge 2 deliver decent performance when we had them in our lab months ago. However, we can’t say the same with regard to Fitbit’s newest family member, the Fitbit Ionic.
Fitbit claims the Ionic to be its most advanced smartwatch yet, and maybe that’s because of its interesting features that allow this device to be more than just a fitness smartwatch. Through the Ionic, Fitbit has introduced it’s contribution to the advent of digital and cashless payment, the Fitbit Pay. This allows owners of the Fitbit Ionic to purchase goods using the device in just a tap. While this has been implemented on other countries, Fitbit Philippines has yet to finalize this feature here, but nonetheless, it’s a very convenient addition for a fitness smartwatch.
Design-wise, the Fitbit Ionic easily sells out as one of the most attractive trackers out there for us. However, we find it’s large bezel that carries the Fitbit logo a little like a distraction to its whole overall design. This fitness smartwatch flaunts a 1.42-inch colored touchscreen LCD with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which we find lacking in protecting the Ionic’s screen. Just a week of usage of the Fitbit Ionic and we started noticing little scratches on it.
Our initial setup with the device took almost more than five minutes to be done since it needs to perform an update before it’s officially paired with the Fitbit App. Take note that this step is done with a Wi-fi connection so the wait time really does depend on how fast your Internet connection is.
At first, we believed that the Fitbit Ionic does count our steps accurately, but we noticed the number of steps going up even when we’re seated on a moving vehicle. This made us a little unappreciative whenever the Ionic notifies us that we’ve completed 10,000 steps for the day. The device also counts heart rate, calories burnt, and let’s you know about your messages and other notifications from social media apps like Facebook and Instagram.
Atlhough it’s nice to have the Fitbit Ionic flaunting on your wrist, we find it a little bit short when it comes to its important functions as a fitness smartwatch, considering also its hefty price. In the Philippines, Fitbit is selling the Ionic for PHP 15,690.