Fitbit Ionic www.fitbit.com/uk/ionic
Fitbit’s Ionic is the company’s first stab at a proper smartwatch. No stranger to wearables, its previous devices such as the Fitbit Blaze have all been more akin to fitness trackers than smartwatches.
As with previous Fitbit devices, the Ionic’s main module can be attached to a range of different straps. It comes with an impressive feature list including built-in Wi- Fi, GPS, NFC for contactless payments and Bluetooth for connecting to other devices.
Its new SPO2 monitor, which tracks blood oxygen levels, is another standout feature, alerting users to sleep apnea as well as offering more advanced insights into your workout. Like the more expensive Fitbit fitness trackers, the Ionic also offers constant heart-rate monitoring.
The Ionic provides 2.5GB of onboard storage – enough space for roughly 300 songs – and it’ll run for an impressive 10 hours (with GPS enabled and music playing) from a single charge. If you use the watch sparingly, you can expect it to last up to four days.
Rather than running on Android Wear, Fitbit has opted to use its own operating system, Fitbit OS, and it’s a sleek and speedy experience – at least, at first glance. There aren’t yet loads of apps but Fitbit has promised that more will become available soon, including ones from the likes of Starbucks and Accuweather. Overall, we were impressed with the Ionic. The only drawback is the price, which at £300 is fairly steep – more than Huawei’s excellent Watch 2, which also offers cellular connectivity. It’s similarly priced to the Samsung Gear S3 and Apple Watch 2, but you can’t help feeling Fitbit missed a trick by failing to undercut the competiton. However, if you like the look of the Ionic, it may be worth waiting a few months to see if its price drops and for more apps to become available.