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I Have Now Had My Fitbit Ionic For 59-Days; Longer Than Either Of The Garmin Vivoactive 3s.

by Anura Guruge


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That I had it, and worn it, for 59-days does NOT mean that I like it or intend to keep it for much longer!

It’s ONLY redeeming feature has been that it has not died on me as did the Garmin Vivoactive 3s.

But, the Fitbit Ionic is not accurate. All the stats, especially heart rate, feels suspect. I think altitude/elevation is pure fabrication.

It is per the Lewis Carroll adage “that a watch that doesn’t work is better than one that is one-minute late, in that the one that is broken will tell the correct time twice a day” WORSE than one that is frozen.

I do NOT like the Fitbit Ionic. It has nothing going for it.

I am going to wear it till March 2, 2018 — just so that I can say I had it for 3-months. At that point I am getting another Garmin, now most likely a Garmin Forerunner 935. Why a Garmin. Because it gives me more data and does so on the watch. Plus, the FR 935 is rugged and proven.

Stay tuned. The sorry saga continues.


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Fitbit Ionic Altimeter APP Does Not Compute — Does Not Seem To Be Even CLOSE.

by Anura Guruge


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GPS Altimeter APP on my Google Pixel 2 phone


Having read all the horror stories about altimeter errors on the new Garmin Forerunner 645 I was curious to see how the Fitbit Ionic fared.

So, on this relatively warm Spring day I sat on the steps outside our house with my Fitbit Ionic, by 10″ ASUS Android Tablet and my Google Pixel 2 phone. I had various GPS Altimeter APPS on the tablet and the phone. So, I kicked them up and also invoked the Fitbit Ionic Altitude APP.

None of the readings match up to each other!

Sacré bleu. This is pretty bad.

I will have to do more research. I expected some variance BUT nothing this bad. Basically NONE of my GPS altitude readings match. Oh, dear.


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