Final month Fitbit introduced their newest gadget – the Fitbit Ionic. This may be a major step ahead for the company, as it will signify them stepping right into a barely totally different (and higher finish) market. Whereas it was beforehand troublesome to say they competed face to face in opposition to the Apple Watch and mid-range Garmin units, it’s now clear that’s the market right here. The Ionic packs in issues like music playback, GPS, and an app retailer. Word that there is some discrepancy in what I am listening to from Fitbit on sleep apnea work and whether or not it would be within the Ionic down the road. For example, of their investor name they acknowledged this analysis could be relevant to current units (requested as part of a Q&A), whereas after the event they reached out to say it’s one thing they’re exploring/researching and should not come to the Ionic. So we’ll see.
Oh, there’s really a secret fourth unit: An Adidas ‘particular version’ variant coming in Q1 2018. That is part of Adidas and Fitbit hooking up in a health partnership. Their love shack roughly mirrors that of Apple and Nike (who additionally made a particular Apple Watch Nike+ unit). Like Apple, Fitbit’s Adidas variant may have just a few particular app-focused objects, although the corporate isn’t ready to element these but. Ironically, you may keep in mind that Adidas has additionally lately pulled out of sports activities tech gadgets…similar to Nike did just a few years back.
Like previous Fitbits for a few years, the optical HR sensor information your HR 24×7, in addition to in train. The company says they’ve spent important resources on bettering the algorithms (and hardware) specifically for top-intensity activities, including intervals. Of note though is that the company is now positioned to measure sleep apnea, with an replace slated in the ‘near time period’. The corporate says they’ll decide if somebody has sleep apnea with 90% certainty, at which level they’d reach out to their physician for more testing, etc… The overwhelming majority of individuals do not know they have it.
If we start off with the load of the Fitbit Ionic, it sits at 47g with the massive band, and 45g with the small band. Moreover, you have received the pockets (Fitbit Pay, see later part), as well as timers, alarms, and settings. This settings section is unquestionably deeper and covers every little thing from vibration depth to brightness depth. Alongside extra particulars for whether or not notifications are enabled in workouts or not.
Be aware that openwater swimming shouldn’t be supported this time from a GPS accuracy standpoint. Further, in the common pool swimming possibility, heart fee is not supported either. It does depend laps though. The highest and bottom metrics will stay static, while the center metric will rotate via when you faucet it. So while it’s technically only one page, by tapping you get a bunch of metrics. It’s definitely not as flexible as most other watches from a fitness standpoint, however it additionally kinda matches the bill for the Fitbit brand.
All of which I’ve been testing during the last month since before it was introduced. Thus I’ve acquired a fairly good thought of what works…and what still wants some work. I’ve received two loaner Fitbit Ionic’s that I’ll ship again to them shortly as soon as I am achieved (as normal), however within the meantime, here’s my full in-depth review! In the meantime, when you swipe up, you will get your current notifications (text messages mainly).
Now, to slip again barely to total steps and such for the day, the Fitbit is, after all, monitoring that as any previous Fitbit would do. This includes steps, distance, energy, floors (stairs), energetic minutes, all alongside your resting heart fee. All of this is viewable in that ‘In the present day’ app I discussed above, or additionally within the Fitbit app on your smartphone (iOS/Android/Windows).
Oh, there’s truly a secret fourth unit: An Adidas ‘particular edition’ variant coming in Q1 2018. This is part of Adidas and Fitbit hooking up in a health partnership. Their love shack roughly mirrors that of Apple and Nike (who also made a special Apple Watch Nike+ unit). Like Apple, Fitbit’s Adidas variant could have a number of particular app-focused items, although the corporate is not able to detail these but. Ironically, you will remember that Adidas has also not too long ago pulled out of sports tech devices…identical to Nike did a few years back.