There's Nothing Ironic about the Fitbit Ionic

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Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 04 October 2017
It had to happen.
 
When the folks at Fitbit purchased Pebble and Vector (both smartwatch companies), all of us anxiously awaited the company’s first “real” smartwatch.
 
Enter, stage left, the Ionic smartwatch ($299.95) that combines all of the features we’ve become addicted to from Fitbit fitness bands and many features we expect from most smart watches.
We’ve been playing with the Ionic for a few weeks and, although it isn’t feature-rich enough to replace our Huawei watch, it’s outstanding ability to give us the functionality of a basic smartwatch and access to all of the fitness apps Fitbit is famous for, makes us reluctant to remove it from our wrist. The result? We’re now wearing TWO watches!
 
First the good stuff:
 
The Ionic doesn’t discriminate between Apple and Android devices, which means it will sync with 99.9 percent of all the mobile devices available today.
 
Like the traditional Fitbit, it gives us access to all of the apps to track steps, heartbeat, exercise, calories, weight, liquid consumption and sleep patterns. Our Huawei watch only tracks steps and heartbeat,
 
Of course it gives us the correct time and is able to deliver notifications from our phones, etc. It also has apps for music (which we’ll go into in more detail later) and a built-in smart wallet, which uses NFC technology to pay for that double mocha Starbucks coffee you may need while out for your daily trot.
 
In addition:
There’s only one missing feature that would make it irreplaceable on my wrist - - - you can’t make or answer phone calls. There’s no microphone, which, to us, was a huge oversight on their part. Hence, I am now wearing one watch on my left wrist and the other on my right wrist.
 
Also, ince the Ionic is the new boy on the block (it hit store shelves on Oct. 1), it’s selection of watch faces and other apps is severely limited, but we expect that will change as it grows in popularity.
 
We also got to test the Fitbit Flyer ($129.95), which is a wireless headset that connects to the watch via Bluetooth.
 
We get to play with tons of headsets, but this one ranks among the best wireless headsets we’ve used to date.
 
Most wireless headsets tend to fail miserably when put to the stress test of reliability while exercising. Connections tend to fade in and out, you lose connectivity and you get static - - - TONS of static.
 
Since the Flyer was built to be used with your Fitbit, all of those irritants disappear. Plus we were able to connect to our smartphone to answer calls, etc.
 
Additional features include:
 
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