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Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Fitbit Ionic review: Good fitness tracker, passable smartwatch

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.

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
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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Other
Storage type
Internal storage

General

Type
PDA
Form factor
Other

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS)

Other features

Ruggedized
yes
NFC
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0