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Ionic lands squarely be­tween the geek chic of the Peb­ble and Fit­bit’s own an­gu­lar min­i­mal­ism. Which makes sense, be­cause this is the first prod­uct af­ter Fit­bit ac­quired Peb­ble. But it’s so much more than that. It runs a new Linux-based op­er­at­ing sys­tem called Fit­bit OS, it has built-in GPS (with GLONASS for rapid satel­lite link) and Ionic is swim­proof, the first full-fea­tured Fit­bit to do so. There are also third­party apps in tow and a Javascript de­vel­oper kit to make for easy app in­te­gra­tion.

The looks are a bit po­lar­is­ing; the de­sign bor­rows heav­ily from the com­pany’s Blaze watch from 2016. But there’s a brand part­ner ver­sion done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Adi­das com­ing in the near fu­ture to cater to the fash­ion- con­scious. Un­der the metal is all Fit­bit’s usual suite of well­ness tools, such as guided breath­ing and car­dio score.

This is Fit­bit’s first foray into the smart­watch space and one that will def­i­nitely at­tract a few loyal fans. On-board mem­ory to the tune of 2,5 GB and Blue­tooth stream­ing di­rectly from the watch mean that you can leave your phone be­hind, but the but­tons on the sides of the cas­ing and lack of raised bezels will prove prob­lem­atic in the gym. In all, it’s a fan­tas­tic first at­tempt that should give Ap­ple’s Watch a run for its money.

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