Fitbit Versa 3 vs Ionic – Which is a Better Smartwatch?

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Fitbit Versa 3 was released alongside Sense, it succeeds Versa 2 and comes with new features such as a loudspeaker and inbuilt GPS. Meanwhile, Fitbit Ionic which was released in 2017 also has an inbuilt GPS and shares a lot of features in common with Versa 3, and the prices of these are about the same. Both the Ionic and Versa 3 will track your sleep, heart rate, count floors climbed, help you manage stress, and features inbuilt GPS that allows you to track your outdoor routes, pace, and distance. Each of these two also has a long battery life that takes you through multiple days from a single charge and as well helps you manage notifications. So which is a better smartwatch between Fitbit Versa 3 vs Ionic? In this post, we take a look at the differences to help you make the right choice.

The Ionic lacks microphone and speaker. It also lacks voice assistant.

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Ionic: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications

Fitbit Versa 3 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Fitbit Ionic Specs and prices

Fitbit Ionic Specifications, Features and Price

Price $154.95 $280.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Versa 3 Fitbit Ionic
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2020 August, 2017
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 2
Successor Fitbit Versa 4
Versions
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm 38 x 38 x 12 mm
Weight 30 grams
Shape Square Rectangular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap material Polyester, Silicone Elastomer
Bezel material Aluminum Aluminum
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black/black, Midnight blue/gold, Pink/Gold Gray, Orange, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.42 inches
Display type AMOLED LCD, transflective
Display resolution 300 x 300 pixels 348 x 250 pixel
Pixel density 268.5 PPI
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Haptic button, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS GLONASS, GPS 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 Yes No
Microphone Yes No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes 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
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 20+ 15
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life Regular: 6 Days+ Regular: 4 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type USB charging Charging dock
Charging time 30min-1hr 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 OS 8.0+, iOS 14.0+ Android, iOS
Payment system Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay
Voice command Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Ionic, Manual, Straps
Price$154.95$280.00
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Fitbit Versa 3 vs Ionic Features Compared

 Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit Ionic
DESIGN
ModelStandard edition onlyStandard Edition
Display1.58 inches1.42 inches
Band TypeInfinity strapsPin/buckle straps
Available WidgetsYes
Weather
Core stats
Advanced stats
Food logging
Relax
Yes
Favorite Apps ShortcutsYes, 4
Customizable
Yes
HEALTH AND ACTIVITY TRACKING
Inbuilt GPS

Allows you to track outdoor workout activities without carrying your phone along.
YesYes
Heart Rate Sensor

Tracks you heart rate continuously as well as tracks your resting heart rate, shows heart rate zones and trend.
Yes, improved multi-path heart rate sensorYes
Log Temperature AppYesNo
Has Altimeter
Has an altimeter that enables it to count floors climbed.
YesYes
Sleep Monitoring
Tracks your sleep comprehensively in four stages; deep, light, awake, and REM, and also shows your sleep trend overtime.
YesYes
Manage Stress
Has a stress app that can help you manage stress through a guided breathing session.
YesYes
Has ECG Sensor
Has an ECG sensor that allows you to take ECG tests directly from your wrist which can help you detect irregular heart rhythms.
NoNo
EDA Stress Sensor
Has an EDA sensor that monitors your stress level and can help you manage stress.
NoNo
Body Temperature Sensor
Has a body temperature sensor that monitors your body temperature changes.
NoNo
Fitbit Coach
Fitbit Coach animated workout modes that coach you through some of your favorite moves.
YesYes
Exercise Shortcuts207
Preset Sport Modes
Features 20 preset sport modes that allow you to choose from your favorite workout moves.
YesYes
MEDIA AND MUSIC STORAGE
Music Storage Options

  1. Control Spotify Playlist

  2. Download Pandora

  3. Download Deezer Playlist

  1. Personal music

  2. Control Spotify Playlist

  3. Download Pandora

  4. Download Deezer Playlist
Has LoudspeakerYesNo
Make CallsYes, (with voice assistant app)No
Answer CallsYesYes
Voice AssistantsAmazon Alexa
Google Assistant
No
BATTERY
Battery Life6 Days+4 Days+
Fast ChargingYesNo
Charger TypeMagnetic chargerCharging dock

The Differences in Summary

Fitbit Versa 3 vs Ionic
Fitbit Versa 3 has more features than Ionic
  • Both the Versa 3 and Ionic have a decent design, however, there are slight differences. The Versa 3 has a haptic button which I’m not a fan of, while the Ionic has three physical buttons which I honestly think is easier to navigate. Both smartwatches have a touch-sensitive screen.
  • The Versa 3 has an AMOLED-powered display which is far more colorful than the LCD display of Ionic. Moreover, the Versa 3 with a 1.58 inches display size has a slightly larger display than the Ionic with 1.42 inches.
  • The Versa 3 has a microphone and loudspeaker that enables on-wrist-calls which isn’t possible with Ionic. As a result, you can receive and answers call directly on Versa 3. You can also start a call with Google Assistant on the Versa 3.
  • Furthermore, the Versa 3 features two voice assistants, Google Assistant and Alexa voice assistant that allow you do simple tasks with your voice. There is no voice assistant on Ionic.
  • While both Ionic and Versa 3 have a 4GB storage capacity, you can add your personal music to Ionic but it’s not possible with Versa 3. Meanwhile, you have the option to download your Deezer and Pandora playlists to both watches. You also get a Spotify app that allows you to control the music played on the Spotify app on your phone.
  • The Versa 3 also has a longer battery life than the Ionic. I get around 5-6 days on average which is slightly longer than about 4 days with the Ionic. Moreover, the Versa 3 has fast charging technology that results in a shorter charging duration. It takes about 50 minutes to fully charge the Versa 3.
  • Which is Better?

    Each of these two smartwatches has a decent design, long battery life, and well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. However, the Versa 3 is clearly a better smartwatch than the Ionic.

    The Versa 3 has an AMOLED display that’s more colorful, it also has a longer battery life than Ionic and supports fast charging technology that takes less time to charge. I also like that the Versa 3 has a microphone that supports Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant that allows you to use your voice to do simple tasks like setting the alarm, checking the weather, and setting reminders.

    Versa 3 also has a loudspeaker that allows you to answer calls directly on the watch, and with Google Assistant and your phone nearby, you can start a call using just your voice.

    In summary, the Versa 3 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than the Ionic.

    On the flip side, the Fitbit Ionic is still a fine smartwatch and a cheaper alternative.

    Fitbit Ionic and Versa 3 Prices