Fitbit Ionic – Reviews and Ratings

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We Like

  • Solid battery life
  • Fitness features
  • Guided workouts
  • Fitbit Pay

We Don’t Like

  • Design is not for everyone
  • Slow and buggy software

NechGear Score – 72 %

based on 8 expert reviews

User Score74% 

based on user 3600 reviews 

Fitbit Ionic is supposed to be one of the best fitness trackers around, with its great features and precision, and that would be accurate most of the time. There’s a lot that we really like about Fitbit’s first smartwatch, unfortunately, the software and apps bugs make it difficult to put it at the same level as the Apple Watch. But if the software issues are resolved, you are getting an impressive device with accurate fitness and sports tracking which includes the Coach platform. In addition to this, you have a standard smartwatch features such as notifications, music player, customizable faces, and the Fitbit Pay support. Plus, the battery life is really awesome. 

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Expert reviews

By CNET – 78%

The Fitbit Ionic is now pretty damn fun, if you’re looking for a fitness tracker with a taste of what Pebble used to bring. It’s still missing some of the finessed extras that other connected smartwatches like Apple Watch do better. And, its most advanced features still hit a wall. But it’s finally starting to feel like the Fitbit Ionic is living up to what it was intended to be in the first place.


By TechRadar – 70%

The Fitbit Ionic is a good wearable, but it’s not the great smartwatch some had expected it to be. There are lots of positives, including strong battery life, Fitbit Pay, and built-in GPS, but there’s also a lot missing, and that leaves this device feeling more like a fitness tracker, rather than a smartwatch in terms of features. The controversial design is something Fitbit loves as well (remember the Fitbit Blaze?) and this isn’t going to be the most attractive device for everyone.


By TechAdvisor – 80%

We’re really pleased to see a smartwatch made by Fitbit. While it’s expensive for a fitness tracker, it does pack in a lot of high-end features that will appeal to a wide range of people, from hardcore fitness fanatics to the more casual gym-goers. While the range of non-fitness apps is not wide at launch what it offers is still beneficial to people looking for a more healthy lifestyle. With built-in GPS and music player, contactless payments and on-screen notifications it means you can leave your phone and wallet at home when out exercising.


By Wareable – 70%

The Ionic may trump any number of smartwatches out there on some categories, but looks aren’t one of them. A lot of work has gone into keeping the Ionic thin and light while cramming in GPS, long battery life, a tri-wavelength sensor and a 1,000 nit display, but it seems to have come at the expense of design. The Ionic still looks like a fitness tracker, with an angular design resembling the Blaze before it, and a slanted aluminum case built by a nano-molding technique we’ve seen in smartphones, but not wearables.


By TrustedReviews – 60%

The exercise and fitness side of the Ionic deliver as I’d expect from Fitbit, with refinements to the app making the system approachable and insightful. I’d argue that swim tracking, in particular, is better here than it is on the Apple Watch. Then there’s that stellar battery life, which many rivals just can’t touch.


By ExpertReviews – 60%

The Fitbit Ionic is far from the perfect smartwatch/fitness-wearable hybrid. It has issues with Bluetooth connectivity and notification delivery and its UI has both usability and performance issues. Even then, if Fitbit had priced this around the £200 mark, I’d be perfectly happy to recommend it, purely because it’s a great-looking fitness tracking smartwatch with battery life to die for.


By T3 – 80%

The Ionic hasn’t quite reached its goals: it’s a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. The divisive design doesn’t help (although Fitbit fans are used to it; the Blaze was divisive too), but the bigger concern is the sometimes sluggish performance and the relative lack of utility. The Fitbit Ionic has two problems when you consider its price and its expected position in the market. It’s underbaked as a smartwatch, and when it comes to fitness activities beyond sleep and step tracking, it has all the usual Fitbit quirks. Garmin, for all its own faults, is still better at making wearables that give genuinely useful information to runners and gym-goers.


By Stuff – 80%

The Ionic is the most powerful Fitbit so far, thanks to built-in GPS, 50m water resistance, and some new Coach workouts (see ‘Sports tracking’ for more on those). There are two big health-related wins over other smartwatches though: sleep-tracking and continuous heart-rate monitoring, both of which benefit hugely from the Ionic’s impressive battery life.


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