It’s time to move over the Apple obsession: Yes, you heard it right. Fitbit just unveiled its first smartwatch and headphones, and people are already losing their calm over the Fitbit smartwatch: Fitbit Ionic.
The smartwatch, dubbed as the Fitbit Ionic, the wearable is being portrayed as a health and fitness platform, with some added smart features.
Earlier, users could have on-wrist notifications and-over-the air uploads to the Fitbit app, which was powered by the Bluetooth feature on the previous activity trackers and watches. However, with the new Fitbit Smartwatch, Fitbit is allowing third party apps through the Fitbit App Gallery, with contactless payments, onboard music and much more.
Fitbit Smartwatch Tracking
The Fitbit Ionic has a built in GPS and GLONASS antenna, which essentially means it does not need to piggyback a connection to your phone like the earlier models. It also comes with an onboard accelerometer. Fitbit claims the device will show speed, pace, elevation climbed, split times and of course a map of your activity in the Fitbit app.
The new Fitbit Smartwatch will also feature a new PurePulse optical heart rate sensor, which the company claims is more accurate during activities like cycling, intervals as well as running. The sensor comes in three basic colors: red, green and infrared, which are paired with three sensors for increased efficiency.
Similar to the previous models, the onboard sensor records your heartbeat 24×7, and there is a new development in the form of the SpO2 sensor, which estimates your blood oxygen levels in real time, and is even claimed to measure sleep apnoea.
According to Fitbit, the Fitbit smartwatch has a battery life of “4+ days” in the watch mode, and 10 hours with GPS or playing music. The watch also comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Ionic Fitbit Smartwatch Features
The new Fitbit smartwatch runs on the previously developed Fitbit OS. This leads us to believe that developers can now easily create more and more apps for the new App Gallery. Also, Fitbit has launched Fitbit Pay on their smartwatches, which can help users take care of monetary matters even when they’re not carrying any cash/cards.
The Fitbit Pay service is set to be available for American Express cards, as well as Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards from big banks around the globe, including ANZ, Banco Santander, Bank of America, Capital One, HSBC, KBC Bank Ireland, OCBC Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, UOB and US Bank.
One of the basic things about a smartwatch is its ability to perform functions that are usually associated with a smartphone. Therefore, going with this definition, the Fitbit Smartwatch can now call, text and calendar alerts on your wrist, as well as from popular smartphone apps like Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Slack, Snapchat and more.
Also, the Ionic sees 2.5GB of storage on the device (about 300 songs) and can be used with wireless Bluetooth headphones, including the newly launched Fitbit Flyer.
Ionic Fitbit Smartwatch Price and Availability
Fitbit is making its smartwatch available to its users in three color variants: silver gray tracker and clasp with a blue gray band, smoke gray tracker and clasp with a charcoal band, or burnt orange tracker and clasp with a slate blue band.
In case you are not really impressed with the options presented above, you can go for additional bands like the Sports band which comes in three colors and is priced at $29.95. The other option is the hand-made perforated Horween leather bands which are available in two colors and is priced at $59.95
Fitbit is already taking pre-orders for the Ionic, with the device costing $299.95, and is available in North America beginning October. However, the company is yet to announce the prices and availability for its international markets.
The Fitbit Flyer
Now that you know about the groundbreaking Fitbit smartwatch Ionic, it’s time to unveil the other product that Fitbit has launched: the Fitbit Flyer.
Fitbit Flyer is the company’s range of durable, customizable, sweat proof wireless headphones that seamlessly connect to the Ionic watch. The headphones come in two color variants: lunar gray and nightfall blue, and cost $129.95 apiece. The metallic accents on the earbuds give the earpieces a very regal and chic look. The cable connecting each earpiece is flat and comes with an adjustable clip for reducing slack when you’re working out.
There’s a three-button control box near the right earphone, with buttons for adjusting volume, answering calls, and cycling through your playlist. The right earbud holds a small power button that’s also used to initiate pairing. However, the location is somewhat strange, and a tad bit inconvenient, especially if you want to quickly turn off the power.
Fitbit Flyer Features
Although the headphones were designed as a welcome accessory for the Fitbit smartwatch Ionic, Fitbit clearly had fitness on their mind while making the headphones.
The earphones come with a hydrophobic nano coating and an IP67 rating, which makes them sweat, splash, and rainproof. You can get them as wet as you want, but you shouldn’t wear them (or any non-diving-specific earphones) in the pool since they don’t seal off your ears enough to keep water from getting in and preventing you from hearing your music properly.
You can pair the Flyer with two Bluetooth devices at once—a feature that emphasizes potential use as an Ionic accessory. In essence, this gives you the option of a phone-free workout since you can directly play music from the smartwatch. The earphones let you toggle between two sound settings: Signature, for everyday listening, and Power Boost, which amplifies bass for those thumping workout playlists.