08
Sep
17

Drooling over the Fitbit Ionic

I’ve been wanting to post about the Fitbit Ionic since the first time it was announced but I only found time to write about it now.  Well, that’s good as I now have more materials to drool from!

My “love affair” with Fitbit started around the end of last year with the Fitbit Charge 2.  Since then, it had been part of my daily life, literally, as it only leaves my wrist whenever I had to get wet or it had to be charged.  It hasn’t been a year yet, but it had totally changed how I view and monitor my fitness.  It had even replaced my dependence on dedicated GPS watches when running!  My Fitbit Charge 2 easily replaced my Garmin Fenix 2, which is now just gathering dust inside my cabinet.  I wasn’t even able to make a review of it as I find it pointless to review a gadget that even I lost motivation to use.  But as much as I love my Fitbit Charge 2, there’s still room for improvement.

If there’s anything that I’d like my Fitbit Charge 2 to have is complete waterproofing.  While I don’t mind removing it while I shower, I wished that I can keep wearing it while doing watersports like swimming, snorkeling, etc.  I suspect that it’s lone button may be the reason, and I loved my Fitbit Charge 2 so much that I didn’t want to figure out how wet I could take it before it breaks.  I guess Fitbit now figured out how to do this as the new Fitbit Ionic is water resistant up to 50 meters!

Of course, I would not be drooling over the Fitbit Ionic for just its water resistance.  Among the features that made me want this next generation Fitbit are:

Built-in GPS

Now I can finally leave my mobile phone while I run!  Well, I don’t think I really would, but at least I can do that if I really wanted to run light.

Swim Tracking

I don’t know how this actually works but for someone who wants to monitor their swim, this is a great tool!

Big, high-resolution color touchscreen

The small screen and limited display customization options of the Fitbit Charge 2 made me appreciate the much bigger screens of GPS watches, and the Ionic sport a big, high-resolution color touchscreen so there’s so much room to see more data at a glance.  And good to know that it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Apps

What good is a big screen if you don’t have anything good to see?  This feature officially makes the Fitbit Ionic a full-fledged smartwatch!  Who knows how these apps could transform the Fitbit Ionic.

Music

The Fitbit Ionic comes with 2.5GB internal storage for music and you can play them via Bluetooth headsets.  Another reason why you can definitely leave your phone behind when working out or running!

Still having a multi-day battery life

One of the major tradeoffs with smartwatches are the batteries with most just maxing out in a day.  I think it’s stupid to have a watch that you have to charge daily.  But since Fitbit claims that the Ionic would have four or more days of battery life, it really outlasts the competition.  And I really believe that Fitbit can deliver on this as even now, I only charge my Fitbit Charge 2 every seven days (that includes a few hours of outdoor running with GPS tracking, hours more for workout, 24/7 heartrate monitoring, and Bluetooth always on).  Expect 10 hours though on GPS.

And still customizable!

One of the first order of business I had with my Fitbit Charge 2 was to “upgrade” my band, and that remains with the Ionic.

There are still so much more features that I would not mention as I really am already sold!  And speaking of sold, the Fitbit Ionic is not yet released but you may now pre-order it on Amazon.

And soon, it may even be used to check blood glucose levels.

Head over to DC Rainmaker for the most in-depth review of the Fitbit Ionic that I’ve found so far.  I also found a lot of nice previews on YouTube.  Don’t click on these links if you’re not ready to ditch your smartwatch!

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