Fit­bit Ionic www.fit­bit.com/uk/ionic

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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.

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