Fitbit’s first device to track your stress levels, it is like an optional extra to the Ionic, Alta and Blaze, but it’s quite possibly the most comprehensive wearable Fitbit has ever made. If it’s the best Fitbit to track your blood pressure yet, and it works on a full spectrum of smartphones, it’s a smart buy. We really like the idea of a stress tracker but we worry it’ll have little practical use. However, the data is a valuable guide to things you need to take note of at the doctor’s, and the accompanying app is a brilliant application of the features.
Being a Fitbit is a noticeable first. The size of the device, with its smooth and rounded curves, easily blends into your wrist, a testament to Fitbit’s expertise in making smartwatches. It’s a lot smaller than the Ionic, which Fitbit claims is 20 percent slimmer. The device uses four silicone straps in various colors, which are easily interchangeable and easy to find using the supplied paper instructions. The body is a bit slippery to hold, but even when wet, it’s tough to lose. A special, secure buckle buckle fastens the band to the watch face. With the exception of the strap sizes, this buckle is standard on the Ionic, but it’s a welcome improvement to the side buckle used on other Fitbit devices.
Design & display Powered by a MediaTek MT2601 1.0GHz dual-core processor 320 x 160 resolution Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi GPS, dual-core processor, and an OLED display One of the main attractions of the Fitbit Ionic is its design. Designed in-house and sporting a 1.25-inch OLED screen, it is a step up from the Blaze’s OLED display. It comes with a number of watch faces that are designed to match the bands, however some of them don’t look great on the Ionic, the bright colours are overpowering. Related: Best fitness tracker One of the main problems with the Ionic is the controls. Not only does it come with no touch option, but the three buttons on the right-hand side are so close together that you don’t have the option of pressing them with one hand.
Unlike its predecessor, the Fitbit Ionic, the Fitbit app informs users how much battery life they have left on the Fitbit smartwatch. However, the app will stop updating the battery-life information after a couple of days. Hence, all users have to do is head over to the Settings menu on their Fitbit smartwatch to check the battery level. The Fitbit Ionic comes with a proprietary charger that looks exactly like a USB cable and features the same housing that can be found on most smartwatches. I had a hard time locating the charging cable of the Fitbit Ionic on a packed, Amazon warehouse floor. It’s actually tucked away underneath the product packaging in a small zip-top bag. The cable is coated in a matte, textured silicone and measures about 9.6 cm (3.5 inches) long and 2.6 cm (1.
It’s an impressive package, but should you spend more money to get more functionality? Fitbit’s fitness trackers have always been on the pricey side, but not a million miles away from the most expensive smartwatches on the market, and its fitness tracking has always been more accurate than the likes of the Apple Watch and most Google Wear OS-based devices. Fitbit claims the Fitbit Sense gives you health insights and more time to focus on health and fitness. The small step-like tracker sits discreetly on your wrist, and once you’ve paired it with the companion app (or phone) on your phone, you can check your heart-rate, pace, distance, calories, and time for any day, any time. The Fitbit is also able to tell you what’s making you tired or stressed.
The Fitbit has a nice sleek design, and the large display is easy to read in most situations. It has an easy-to-read OLED display which uses a RGBW color spectrum, as opposed to the standard Green or Red for its LCD screens. This makes the display feel more vivid and bright in your day-to-day life. However, the display is not the best for working out, and you may find it distracting when you are trying to track your heart rate. The company’s Health App also needs improvement. It’s intuitive and easy to use, but it is not as comprehensive as the Apple or Google Play versions, and has only a couple of third-party apps. So is the Fitbit Sense worth the investment if you have a Fitbit Ionic? Most of the time, I found the device more useful than the Fitbit Ionic.