TIM’S PRODUCT REVIEW 1
FitBit Ionic fitness tracker review
Hi Guys and welcome to my review of the FitBit Ionic Smart Watch.
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So, a couple of weeks ago, I got the FitBit Ionic Smartwatch and I’ve spent the last few days putting it through its paces. I wanted to find out all the pros (and cons) to help you make the right decision!
Generally, I must say I was super-impressed. As you would expect, the FitBit has a definite health and fitness focus with its most stand-put feature being its on-screen workouts via the new FitBit Coach Trainer. But it’s now taking things to a whole new level with on-board music, built-in GPS, contactless payments and more….
And here are my headlines:
Very Cool: The Coach Trainer, Great Battery Life, Comfy Fit, Fun Apps.
Not So Cool: But pricey
My Overall Take: If you’re looking for a top of the range fitness tracker, the FitBit Ionic is hard to beat.
BUT LET’S FIND OUT A WHOLE LOT MORE….
First up, what’s in the box? Well it’s this little lot-
While the tracker itself is only available in one size, you do get a couple of strap sizes to cater for the daintier wrist and a charger cable which features a nifty magnetic connection.
But the 1st thing that hits you, is the cool sporty look and the fact that it’s noticeably slimmer than most smart watches. The curved design also means it fit really well to my wrist which improves the comfort and (should) make for better heart rate monitoring.
If I was being really picky, I would say that after a 10 km jog, I did find the steel case and the rubberized band a little on the bulky side. But that’s probably just me and others might well disagree.
SO, WHAT ARE THE FITNESS AND HEALTH FEATURES?
Well its certainly got everything you would expect from any FitBit including steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and “Reminders to Move’ which will get you moving at least once an hour.
But on top pf all that, due to the superior battery life (4days) the FitBit allows you to not only use it during the day, but it also means you can wear it at night for sleep tracking which I Found to be a real bonus.
But wait there’s more…
The Heart Rate Monitor features an improved Pure Pulse heart rate monitor and a new relative Sp02 sensor that can measure blood oxygen levels. An Sp02 sensor (in case you’re wondering) estimates the amount of oxygen in the blood – this is super important as good blood oxygenation supplies the energy your muscles need in order to function. But more than that, it can also offer a deeper insight into your health and even detect sleep apnoea which can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and impaired alertness.
As you probably know, sleep is increasingly being seen as a long-term health indicator BUT many other smart watches, such as Apple Watch simply don’t have the battery life to allow users to wear it through the night so the Ionic wins that one!
Are you sleepy yet…? (I hope not).
GPS: That’s nothing new I hear you say, but this GPS is built in, so you no longer need to go jogging with your phone. If you’re a cyclist, this probably won’t make a huge difference but for runners and walkers, not having a phone strapped to your arm is a major bonus.
And swimmers aren’t left out either as the Ionic is water resistant up to 50 metres. The swim tracking includes the ability to count laps and how many calories you’ve burned. I found the screen to be easily readable in the pool, but you have to remember to use the buttons as the touchscreen doesn’t work underwater.
But if you don’t run, bike or swim, fear not! The Ionic tracks loads of other activities including treadmill, weights, interval times and workouts.
OK I’m kind of exhausted just reading all this stuff😊!
I will say though that it’s annoying there is no feature to set the screen on permanently (something I personally like). Raising my wrist should trigger the screen but it didn’t always work which frustrated me a little.
THE FITBIT APP
For me, this is the standout feature.
The Ionic comes with the new FitBit Coach app which gives you 40 pre-loaded workouts. I was able to simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete workouts such as ‘7-minute workout’ or audio-based coaching such as ‘power intervals’. You can choose from multiple trainers and activity levels and you next session will evolve based on your ability and goals.
It’s way cool!
Among the pre-loaded workouts are ‘10-minute abs’ and an amazing 20 minutes ‘Treasure Chest’ which includes jumping jacks, push-ups, shadow boxing, shoulder tap push-ups, one-legged Spiderman’s, high knees, Spiderman planks, bicycle kicks and more.
And finally, you get FitBit’s social network which taps into fitness challenges, health goals and of course, your friends.
AND WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER STUFF!
I’ve got to be honest. When I first got the Ionic, I found it somewhat daunting! But after the initial overwhelm, and because the design is really intuitive, I found myself navigating around and finding all this cool stuff with no problem.
So, let me wrap up this review with a look at some of the other cool stuff on offer.
You can get notifications from your phone straight on your wrist, such as incoming text messages, emails and phone calls – you really can leave your phone at home!
You can make contactless payments. I had to register my card after which I can touch it to a compatible card terminal to make a speedy payment without needing to find my wallet.
Oh, and of course, you can listen to music😊
And then there are the dozens of watch faces available for download in the ever-growing app store.
This feature is great fun and let’s you personalize your device in ways that aren’t even possible with the way more expensive Apple watch (which also has way less features)!
Check out this cool face.
And then I can across all retro…..😊
See what I mean, what’s not to like?! The only thing that slightly irritated me was the slow synching process (via the FitBit app on my phone) each time I wanted to change faces. But I guess that’s a small price to pay as tons of other apps from calculators to restaurant finders (some free, some paying) are all easily accessible.
SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT
It’s a little on the pricey side but it’s such an incredible fitness tracker/smartwatch with so many features that I personally feel it’s worth the money.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to read this review and I look forward to helping you out again in the future,