Fitbit Ionic Combines Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker

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Fitbit has been leading the fitness tracker industry for quite a while. Now it surprises the fans again with the Fitbit Ionic. While some products lean towards the fitness side, this is a full-on Smartwatch that runs Fitbit’s own OS. But with the fact that Fitbit devices are fitness oriented, the new device should inherit some of some of the cutting-edge features. There are many of them, such as a built-in GPS, music, and contactless payments.

Design

The Fitbit Ionic is definitely iconic with its defined edges. It’s not to say that rounded edges aren’t good, but they are very common on Smartwatches It is just a matter of taste, though. One thing for sure, the handset is lightweight despite the number of features it has on board, like GPS, Bluetooth, etc. The bands are detachable. There are tiny notches at ends of the module to detach the bands. This mechanism is fairly simple compared to others that often require us to stick the nail to remove the bands. It may seem small, but to our surprise it packs a big battery which would give others a run for their money. The Fitbit Ionic is available in 3 colors. Interestingly, the module and bands aren’t exactly the same color. This is exactly what we like about this watch because it looks colorful. Nano-moulding is the secret behind its compact design because it squeezes the antennae and sensors into one space.

Display

The 1.42in LCD touchscreen looks sharp and colorful. It is also bright enough for outdoor use. Even in direct sunlight, you will be able to navigate through the menus because things look clear. The screen is also coated with a Gorilla Glass protector. This means the display is resistant to scratches. As you walk inside the house, the screen will dim itself to save the battery.

Fitbit Ionic

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Features

Fitbit tries to increase its appeal by adding as many features as possible to the Fitbit Ionic, like a digital wallet and music playback. Although it is marketed as Smartwatch, it still makes a reliable fitness tracker. Heart-rate monitor isn’t going anywhere. It is part of the device. There are many things the Ionic can do, like measuring the heart rate and blood oxygen levels. You can even analyze sleep patterns, track steps, and counts floors as you climb them up. These are not native to the Ionic because the Fitbit Surge also has these abilities. The difference is it gets more functional with the addition of a built-in GPS.

Back to the heart rate sensor, it’s highly accurate and the data is stated clearly on the screen. Whether or not you’re exercising, the screen will still show the measurements. Meanwhile, the SPO2 sensor helps you estimate the amount of oxygen in the body. The presence of oxygen is a good indicator of someone’s health, so you should know about it. The cells need oxygen to function and during an extreme workout, the need for this gas will increase. Anything below 95% indicates that the blood oxygenation is poor. This condition is known as hypoxia in which the body is deprived of oxygen. Tracking sleep is also easy with this device. The reports are detailed, which include REM, awake, deep sleep, etc.

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