FitBit Ionic or Apple Watch – Which One is Best to Track Fitness?

Fitbit or Apple Watch

Since quite some time, Fitbit has become popular under the category of wearable technology. But, when smartwatches are considered, there’s nothing as best as an Apple Watch.

There were no features that can be really compared. While an Apple Watch is considered as an all-in-one smartwatch, Fitbit was known as a fitness gadget. But as Fitbit’s future smartwatch is going to be released, the third generation Apple Watch would no longer dominate the market. Till then, Apple Watch Series 2 which hit the shelves last year would be the main competitor. Here’s what you can actually predict.

Firstly, nobody can compare Fitbit with Apple Watch 2 when processing power is concerned. This is because nothing pertaining to the RAM and the processor is disclosed with Ionic.

People will have to wait to check out the gadget in October. But, as for the storage space, the Ionic features 2.5GB of space as compared to 8GB observed with Apple Watch 2. Though 2.5GB is equivalent to many bytes, a user won’t be able to add apps as much as they want. As this fact is true, the Ionic will have an exclusive app store.

When the battery comes into the picture, Ionic beats Apple Watch 2. The latter has 18 hours of battery life which powers the smartwatch to run for 24 to 36 hours with minimal usage.

On the other hand, Ionic offers as less as 10 hours but the power lasts for 4 hours without another charge and when you’re not using GPS.

There are two variants with an Apple Watch 2. You can opt for the ones having a screen size either 38mm or 42mm. Both sport Retina displays with Force Touch. The series 2 watch adds style with an aluminum body fixed to a sport band, or a stainless steel body with either a sport band, leather or stainless steel band. Best of all, the bands can be interchanged at any point of time. But, when you decide on Ionic you would only get a 36mm square display. The resolution is much less and you can view everything owning to 1000 nits of brightness. As usual, the trendy look can be customized by swapping different bands.

As far as connectivity is concerned, an Apple Watch Series 2 has a built-in GPS. A mixed bag of options such as NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n is available. You can also take the advantage of sensors like Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Heart rate sensor, barometer, and Vibration engine. But, it’s sad to know that the Ionic doesn’t let you connect to the Wi-Fi but includes Bluetooth and NC. With the Bluetooth connection, you can always command your communication device.

Apart from the usual sensors, the Ionic has a Sp02 sensor. This measures the oxygen level in the blood. In future, the gadget would be upgraded to monitor sleep, and track atrial fibrillation.

While the Apple watch runs on watchOS 3, the gadget boasts many apps. You would also appreciate developer support from the App store. On the contrary, Ionic runs on Fitbit OS which is supposed to have been developed after the acquisition of Pebble.

Just like the Apple OS, Fitbit OS permits you to make payments through NFC, download apps and transform clock faces according to your taste.

With Fitbit Ionic, you won’t find the tag pricey when you distinguish it with the Apple Watch Series 2. The former costs £299 and later starts off at £369.

Just to keep you updated, the Ionic would ship only in October. The smartwatch is for those who desire to focus on fitness rather than keeping a tab on productivity. Just like the Apple Watch, a user would surely love the performance and various features.


Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.