Fitbit Versa 2 vs Ionic Compared

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The Versa 2 which succeeds the popular Versa is now equipped with a microphone that enables Alexa voice assistant. It’s also more attractive than its predecessor with a longer battery life and a more interactive AMOLED display. In this post, we compare it with the Ionic which has remained one of the best choices for comprehensive fitness tracking.

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Ionic Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit smartwatches

Fitbit Versa 2 Specifications, Features and Price

Fitbit Ionic Specs and prices

Fitbit Ionic Specifications, Features and Price

Price $112.99 $280.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit Ionic
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2019 August, 2017
Predecessor Fitbit Versa
Successor Fitbit Versa 3
Versions Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition, Fitbit Versa 2 Standard Edition
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40 x 40 x 12 mm 38 x 38 x 12 mm
Weight 40 grams 30 grams
Shape Rectangular Rectangular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Elastomer
Bezel material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Bordeaux, Grey, Petal/copper rose, Stone/mist grey Gray, Orange, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.42 inches
Display type AMOLED LCD, transflective
Display resolution 348 x 250 pixel
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling No No
GPS No GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No No
Microphone Yes No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer No
Compass No No
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer No No
Other sensors Vibration motor Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes 15 15
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: 5 days+, Standby: 8 days+ Regular: 4 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 2hrs 2hrs
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Fitbit OS Fitbit OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fitbit App Fitbit App
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS
Payment system Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes
Voice command Yes, Alexa No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 2, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Ionic, Manual, Straps
Price$112.99$280.00

Which is Better?

Fitbit Versa 2 vs Ionic
Although, the Fitbit Ionic has inbuilt GPS, the Versa 2 seems to have an upper hand with a better display and voice assistant

While the Versa 2 and Ionic share a lot of features in common, there are a few differences between these two which are listed below.

  • Although these two are very compact, the Ionic is a slightly more compact smartwatch. It also weighs a little less than the Versa 2, even though the two are very lightweight.
  • The display type also differs as a more colorful and interactive AMOLED powers the Versa 2, while a transflective LCD powers the display of the Ionic. Nonetheless, the Ionic has a decent display that is easy to read in any ambient condition.
  • Moreover, the Ionic comes with inbuilt GPS which the Versa 2 lacks, this makes the Ionic a better choice for outdoor activity tracking. With the Ionic, you don’t need to carry your along to map your routes and locations. However, with the Versa 2, you must carry your phone along to track your routes and locations. After an outdoor workout, you can view the map of your routes and locations in the Fitbit app.
  • Both smartwatches are equipped to track all your daily activities like your steps, calories, heart rate, floors climbed, and sleep. There is a breathing exercise app that can guide you through a breathing session to help you reduce stress. Both watches also feature the onscreen animated workouts that can guide you through some of your favorite workouts as well as 15 preloaded sports modes.
  • You get 4GB of storage capacity that allows you to load your personal music onboard any of these two. You can also load music from music streaming services such as Deezer and Pandora.

    Moreover, the Versa 2 also ships with a microphone that enables Alexa voice assistant which allows you to carry out some tasks simply with your voice, and of course, this can improve your productivity significantly. The Ionic lacks a microphone.

  • From my experience, I get about 5-6 days of battery life with the Versa 2. This is slightly longer battery life than the Ionic which has about 4 days of battery life. Although, these two have a decent battery life when compared to other smartwatches on the market.

VERDICT: These two are no doubt remarkable in their designs and features. However, I think the Versa 2 is a better bargain. It spots a more colorful display, slightly longer battery life, and also features an Alexa voice assistant.

On the other hand, the Fitbit Ionic is also a great choice with decent features, especially the inbuilt GPS. It’s no doubt a great smartwatch, at least not until recently when it was recalled as a result of battery overheating issues.