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Fitbit Ionic

from  $269.95+

    Fitbit Ionic

    from  $269.95+
    from  $269.95+
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    79 Engadget Score
    A good product that falls short of greatness.
    79

    A good product that falls short of greatness.

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    Engadget Review

    The Fitbit Ionic is the company’s first real smartwatch, but it feels rushed, like a placeholder to secure a spot on your wrist while you wait for marquee features to roll out. Fitbit continues to excel at keeping tabs on your fitness, and the Ionic is a capable gym, running or swimming companion (and coach). However, the smartwatch-like features are either limited in functionality or require tedious, time-consuming setup. Still, the Ionic’s comprehensive set of tools and long-lasting battery make it a good fitness tracker with some smartwatch bonuses.

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    Pros
    • Bright display
    • Long battery life
    • Comprehensive fitness features
    • Swim tracking
    • Contactless payments work well
    Cons
    • Finicky
    • incomplete software
    • Cannot reply to notifications
    • Limited selection of third-party apps
    79 Engadget Score
    A good product that falls short of greatness.
    79

    A good product that falls short of greatness.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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    Score Breakdown

     
    73
    Average Critic Score
     
    60
    Expert Reviews
    A good looking fitness watch with a great screen and battery life, but afflicted by a multitude of niggles.
     
    80
    TechRadar
    The first ever smartwatch from Fitbit is a fitness watch at its heart. If you’re looking for some wristwear to use while exercising the Fitbit Ionic may suit you, just don’t expect a similar experience to other smartwatches out there.
     
    70
    CNET
    The Fitbit Ionic has all the features we’ve been wanting in a Fitbit for years, but it ultimately feels less than the sum of its parts.
     
    70
    Macworld
    In its current incarnation, Ionic is really just a fitness tracker that hopes to one day be a real smartwatch. But it needs to get that chance first. ... They both have their strengths, but truth be told, I’d much happier using my Apple Watch as a fitness device than Ionic as a smartwatch.
     
    80
    PC Mag
    The Fitbit Ionic is an ambitious and promising smartwatch with a focus on fitness and accurate tracking, but its success will depend on the growth of its app ecosystem.
     
    70
    Wareable
    The Ionic represents the best of Fitbit, it's just a shame we're being made to wait for the complete smartwatch experience.
     
    70
    The Verge
    The Fitbit Ionic is a surprisingly solid choice, even with its uninspiring looks. If you want true integration between phone and watch, you’re better off with an Apple Watch. That battery life, though.
     
    80
    Digital Trends
    Incredible activity tracking, a days-long battery, and stylish, comfortable fit makes the Fitbit Ionic a fitness fan favorite.
     
    70
    Yahoo
    The Ionic may be a spectacular fitness watch, but its weakness as a smartwatch make it unlikely to be the grand slam the company desperately needs it to be.
     
    80
    Stuff
    Fitbit’s best all-round fitness tracker, just don’t call it a smartwatch yet.

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