Fit­bit Ionic

Lack­lus­ter

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - Jon­nah Lynne Pante

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.

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