Reasons We're Excited About the New Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

29 August, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Fitbit Inc.             The Ionic watch will come in three different colors and can be used with interchangeable bands

Fitbit acquired Pebble and its "key assets" for around $40 million previous year.

Using Ionic's enhanced Global Positioning System capabilities, runners will be able to start jogging, and the smartwatch will, without any input from the user, begin tracking their workout using Fitbit's new Run Detect feature.

The Ionic appears to be Fitbit's new flagship wristwear, and with good reason. Dubbed Fitbit Ionic, this is a device with features that compete squarely with the Apple Watch and Garmin's stable of sports watches.

Fitbit says that the Ionic's four-day battery life also differentiates it from mainstream smartwatch rivals, which are typically limited to two days on a single charge.

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The fitness tracker wars seem to be heating up again.

The "How We Will Pay" study* finds the majority of consumers want their wearables to allow them to make everyday purchases, in a safe and seamless way. Starbucks will take advantage of Ionic's NFC chip so you can pay for your pumpkin spice latte using just your watch.

The body of the watch is made of aluminum and features very small antenna bands on the sides, but it's attractive and is easily the best looking Fitbit product so far. However, in comparison to the Blaze, the Fitbit Ionic comes across as a tremendous improvement.

Wearables improve personal productivity: More than 85 percent reported that wearables help save time and improve efficiency. If the claim is true, then Ionic is ahead of Android Wear watches that offer lesser battery backup. This time it's quite a bit bigger though and that's down to much thinner bezels than before. The design is decidedly Fitbit, with a square display and plenty of room for bezels. Plus, the Apple Watch already has a huge ecosystem of applications. You can buy alternative Sport Bands, which feature hexagonal perforations and a more secure clasp, for $29.95 each. Even when you're not out for a run, there's a fairly simple logic in saying a wearable like the Fitbit Ionic is your all-purpose health device.

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Other features of the Fitbit Ionic include support for custom watch faces, Automatic Run Detect, Fitbit Coach, and automatic sleep tracking.

The profile when wearing the Fitbit Ionic is quite thin. Get notifications? Track schedules and exercise?

Here's the general overview of the Ionic, provided by Verizon. The watch will also play nice, of course, with Fitbit's new headphones. It also benefits from advanced sleep features and insights which were introduced earlier this year. Right now it's unclear what third-party options will be included, but we know at least Strava and AccuWeather will be in the mix.

However, there will also be apps that expand the functionality of Ionic. Eligible cardholders of participating banks will be able to make payments with Fitbit Pay™, Fitbit's new payment function, when available. Mastercard says that its token services that support mobile transactions on other platforms will also be used with Fitbit Pay. Audio coaching is a motivational software tool that will help and guide you to do more. The Ionic will only build on that.

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Fitness-tracking features constitute just half of the goodness in Ionic, the rest of the features are of a smartwatch.

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