Fitbit unveils its first ever smartwatch - the Ionic

29 August, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Meet Ionic, Fitbit's First Smartwatch and Last Chance to Beat Apple

Fitbit is taking on Apple with what the company is calling its very first smartwatch: the $300 Ionic.

In terms of hardware, the Ionic features Global Positioning System, sleep tracking, blood-oxygen monitoring, personalized training, heart-rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters.

In terms of other fitness features, the Fitbit Ionic offers the same features as other Fitbit devices, including automatic exercise tracking and sleep stage monitoring and the Ionic also launches with Fitbit Coach, a new personalised training app that will put workouts on your wrist, taking Blaze's FitStar to the next level. However, do expect to see Fitbit's own custom store on the watch where you'll be able to download apps like: Pandora, Strava, Accuweather and more.

The Fitbit Ionic will be available to pre-order starting tomorrow at select retailers (and from Fitbit's website) priced at $299.95. Fitbit also partnered with Adidas to bring the Fitbit Ionic special edition smartwatch and training programs in 2018.

Rounding out Fitbit's new fall lineup is an updated version of its Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, which has been reengineered for greater accuracy and easier Bluetooth setup. That is why it was frustrating that Fitbit did not produce a more robust wearable - an actual smartwatch. With the water resistance up to 50 meters, the Fitbit Ionic can be used in the pool. Rounding out the guidance coaching system will be a paid service launching next year for $8 a month or $40 a year that will construct a complete, personalized lifestyle plan for sleep, exercise and nutrition based on your specific goals and needs that adjusts to fit your routine.

The Fitbit Ionic will be available in three colour variants - Charocal & Smoke Gray, Slate Blue & Burnt Orange, and Blue Gray & Silver Gray.




Fitbit Flyer, the firm's first pair of wireless headphones, which it says are built for fitness. That said, the battery life is a lot better: Fitbit claims 4+ days of battery life, compared to less than one day with Apple Watch.

On the connectivity front, Ionic includes an NFC chip and access to the company's new Fitbit Pay platform.

Fitbit has released what seems to be its most important product of the upcoming holiday shopping season: a smart watch it calls "Ionic". Fitbit is now working with various banking institutions to streamline the payment experience and bring it to even more people. Fitbit is building upon the Pebble platform to provide developer tools such as fast development on an open platform using JavaScript and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

Of course, smartwatches are also fashion statements, so there will be several alternative bands available for purchase, ranging from $30 to $60, in materials such as rubber and leather. I've been wearing them, and the quality is fine - pretty much on par with the competition.

Add to that the fact that the Ionic comes with 2.5GB of onboard storage for whatever songs you may be listening to at the moment, and the pairing between the two becomes even more obvious.

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