Fitbit Ionic smartwatch - South African pricing

Alyssa Bailey
August 30, 2017

Fitbit has been working on a proper smartwatch.

Boasting new functions like swim exercise mode, contactless payments, and multi-day battery life, Fitbit's wearable personal trainer/running companion still feels like home with hallmarks including step and calorie counters and cardio fitness levels. After months of rumors and reported delays, the company has finally launched its first smartwatch officially. But unlike those two smartwatches, where the industrial design was outsourced, both Ionic's hardware and software were designed entirely in-house by the Fitbit team. That's because the processor and the amount of RAM in the Ionic isn't known at this time. A special edition Iconic produced in partnership with Adidas is in the pipeworks for 2018, just as Apple collaborated with Nike on a limited edition Apple Watch a year ago. Ionic will seemingly at least let you listen to music without lugging around your daily driver.

Where the Ionic does beat the Apple Watch 2 is in the battery department.

The Fitbit Ionic pairs smart features, including texts and email notifications, making contactless payments and music playback, with the fitness functionality the brand is known for - inbuilt Global Positioning System, heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.

"There's a lot of stuff that's kind of looking backwards in terms of trying to make a smartwatch feel like the same watch your dad had 30 years ago".

Besides GPS, other sensors included in the watch are Altimeter, accelerometer, compass, heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor and vibration component for better feedback.

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The screen is of 384x250 resolution with 1000 nits of brightness ensuring that it is legible under direct sunlight. Like the Apple Watch Series 2, the Ionic also comes with swappable, customizable bands. But it's now facing existential competition from Apple, which is slowly but surely taking over the entire high-end wearables market with its Watch. Interestingly, it's also got Bluetooth support for wireless headphones, and it features onboard music storage.

It also introduces a sensor that can detect blood oxygen levels.

The Apple Watch runs watchOS 3-a hearty smartwatch OS made by Apple. App notifications too are supported. It's most similar to the Blaze, up until now Fitbit's only fully featured smartwatch. It's likely this OS grew out of Fitbit's acquisition of Pebble.

Starting today, users can pre-order the Fitbit device on Fitbit.com, for general availability in October.

The Ionic doesn't ship until October, so it's hard to give a verdict on it now-but it looks like it could be a serious contender to the Apple Watch, especially for those who want a smartwatch that is more fitness-focused than productivity-focused.

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