An honest and detailed Fitbit Ionic Review. Before you invest your money in the priciest fitbit yet, find out everything you need to know. The design, tracking, functionality and more.
Right around the time the Fitbit Ionic came out, my old Fitbit HR finally died. Although I wasn’t thrilled to go out and spend any money, especially double the cost of the Fitbit HR, I decided to try the Ionic anyway. In the end I’m very happy with my purchase, but it’s not perfect.
Full disclosure I am a Fitbit affiliate but I bought the Ionic at full price. In no way am I being compensated for this post! I simply thought it would be helpful to give a complete review. This way you can be fully informed by an unbiased opinion before you spend the cash. Look below to read my Fitbit ionic review.
Fitbit Ionic Review
- The Iconic is very aesthetically pleasing. I bought the Slate Blue & Burnt Orange because its more of a bright color, none the less all the colors look sleek and stylish in their own way.
- The watch is also very light and durable, sometimes I forget its on my wrist. Since I forget its there I do end up bumping into things so it’s nice I don’t have to worry about it.
- The watch screen is made from Gorilla glass so it claims to be scratch resistant and I have found this to be true for the most part. I have banged it up landscaping only to come out with one scratch.
- The display is very bright so even if you are wearing it on the beach in the direct sunlight you’ll still see whats on the screen.
- I love the way the watch looks but it is large and as far as I know they don’t make a woman size. So, if you have smaller wrists it might look clunky.
- I have found that the touch screen can be unresponsive at times or just slow, which is annoying if you are trying to quickly look at it during a workout. I occasionally find myself whacking it to get the screen to light up.
- It does the usual Fitbit tracking like steps, floors climbed, analyses sleep and measures heart rate.
- I’m loving the new features, built-in GPS and complete waterproof swim tracking, with a dedicated swimming mode.
- Also, the Ionic has new Run Detect feature, which means the Ionic can sense when you’re running or taking a break, and automatically stops and starts tracking a run, swim or cycle by sensing your movement. So when I’m golfing and I make the turn (for all you non-golfers, finishing one set of nine holes and moving onto the next 9) and stop at the snack shack it will pause while I chow.
- I can’t stop looking at the sleep analysis,it is very detailed, it tells me when I was in REM, deep sleep or awake, and what level of quality sleep I had, plus, you can compare it to the average sleep for people your age.
- The Ionic also has different set exercises to track like running, weights, interval timer, or an all around workout. My favorite is the golf exercise.
- Finally it has coaching or exercises for you to follow if you can’t think of what to do.
- I have found out that when you use it for tracking exercises where there are big wrist movements (like golf) the button on the right that pauses it can get clicked, messing with your workout, giving in-accurate information.
- Also, there aren’t that many set workouts to follow and the ones they have aren’t very long, at least none are more that 20 minutes.
Other important Information
- The Ionic comes with Fitbit pay too! Similar to apple pay, you can put your credit or debit cards on there to pay without needing to carry your wallet. My favorite card is my Starbucks card, no need to use the app now, I just use my Fitbit to buy my coffee
- The Ionic can also store your music! I love this because now I don’t need to have my phone on me to listen to music.
- The battery life is much longer than the others too (which is good for me because I always forget to charge my Fitbit).
- The music function only works if you have wireless ear buds because the Ionic doesn’t have a place to plug-in any ear buds (plus that would look weird ).
- The Ionic is good-looking and durable.
- The Ionic has all the great fitness tracking plus swimming, GPS, and the Run Detection Feature.
- There are set exercises to track and coaching to help you reach your fitness goal.
- Finally there’s Fitbit pay to store your cards and the Ionic can store music too.
- The Ionic is the most expensive so far.
- Might look big and bulky on a small wrist.
- You need wireless ear buds to listen to stored music.
- The pause button sometimes gets clicked while working out.