Fitbit Ionic

The Good Fitbit Ionic has a better-than-most-smartwatches four-day battery life, while still having always-on heart rate and a comfy fit. It has features galore: waterproofing, GPS and on-wrist mobile payments, plus new watch faces and a growing app store. It works with iOS and Android, and has an excellent phone app and social community.

The Bad Wrist payments don't work with as many banks as Apple Pay and Android Pay. On-wrist music is hard to set up and use. Software and apps sometimes feel buggy.

The Bottom Line Fitbit’s fitness smartwatch has gotten better with an infusion of watch faces and apps, but some of its extra-smart features still aren't as polished as the competition.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Software 8.0
  • Features 9.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

The Apple Watch-Pebble hybrid you always wanted

A few years ago -- before there was even such a thing as the Apple Watch -- my favorite smartwatch was the Pebble (the best one was Pebble Time). Pebble's smartwatches accomplished what many others could not at the time: They were waterproof, had always-on screens and lasted for a week on a charge. And, they had some fantastic geeky watch faces.

The Pebble is gone now. Fitbit bought the company in late 2016, and is discontinuing support and services for Pebble smartwatches this year.

Fortunately, I've found the next best thing... a product I reviewed months ago.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $300
  • Brand Fitbit Inc.
  • Product type GPS Sport watch
  • Body Material Aluminum
  • Size 1.47 inch
  • Protection 5ATM waterproof
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model charcoal/smoke gray

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