Updated 18 Sep 2018

Fitbit

Ionic

Snapshot: The Fitbit Ionic is waterproof and has GPS. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Ionic
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$398

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Test results

Overall score
65
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • Somewhat accurate fitness sensors.
  • Good for smart functions.
  • OK for apps.
  • OK battery.
  • Very good features.
  • Can be worn while swimming.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.

But

  • Somewhat difficult to use.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sleep tracking and assessments of fitness apps. Also includes Sensor accuracy which assesses the precision of sensors such as heart rate monitors and step counters.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a September 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$398
Type
Smartwatch

More test results (/10)

Apps
6.4
Features
8.5
Sensor accuracy
6.7
Heart rate accuracy
9.0

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
73
Brand satisfaction (%)
51

Specifications

Weight (g)
46
Battery life (tested, hours)
139
Time to fully charge from 0% (mins)
102
Charge gained from 0% in 30 minutes (%)
28%

Features

Heart-rate monitor
Yes
Sleep tracker
Yes
Water resistant
Yes
Can swim with
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
NFC
Yes
GPS
Yes
Works with iOS
Yes
Works with Android
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Clock display
Yes
Text message notification/read/reply
Yes / Yes / Yes
Make and receive calls
Yes
Music control
No
Navigation
No
Control phone camera
No