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

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Fitbit Versa 3 was released alongside Sense, it succeeds Versa 3 and comes with new features such as a loudspeaker and inbuilt GPS. 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 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? This comparison chart compares the differences to help you make the right choice.

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 $229.95 $199.95 $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
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)
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
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 -
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
Compass No
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes
Thermometer -
Other sensors Vibration motor Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes
Blood Pressure No -
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes -
Swim-tracking Yes -
Swim-heart tracking No -
On-screen workout 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 1-2 hours 2hrs
Solar power 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, Yes, Google Assistant No
Find my phone Yes -
Box content Charger, Fitbit Versa 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Ionic, Manual, Straps
Price $229.95 $199.95 $280.00
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Features Compared

 Fitbit IonicFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Versa 3Fitbit SenseFitbit Charge 4
DESIGN
ModelStandard EditionStandard edition
Special edition
Standard edition onlyStandard edition onlyStandard edition
Special edition
Display1.42 inches1.4 inches1.58 inches1.58 inches1.57 inches
Band TypePin/buckle strapsPin/buckle strapsInfinity strapsInfinity strapsPin/buckle straps
Available WidgetsYesNoneYes
Weather
Core stats
Advanced stats
Food logging
Relax
Yes
Weather
Core stats
Advanced stats
Food logging
Relax
No
Favorite Apps ShortcutsYesYes, 3Yes, 4
Customizable
Yes, 4
Customizable
No
HEALTH AND ACTIVITY TRACKING
Inbuilt GPS

Allows you to track outdoor workout activities without carrying your phone along.
YesNo
(Connected GPS)
YesYesYes
Heart Rate Sensor

Tracks you heart rate continuously as well as tracks your resting heart rate, shows heart rate zones and trend.
YesYesYes, improved multi-path heart rate sensorYes, improved multi-path heart rate sensorYes
Log Temperature AppNoNoYesYesNo
Has Altimeter
Has an altimeter that enables it to count floors climbed.
YesYesYesYesYes
Sleep Monitoring
Tracks your sleep comprehensively in four stages; deep, light, awake, and REM, and also shows your sleep trend overtime.
YesYesYesYesYes
Manage Stress
Has a stress app that can help you manage stress through a guided breathing session.
YesYesYesYesYes
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.
NoNoNoYesNo
EDA Stress Sensor
Has an EDA sensor that monitors your stress level and can help you manage stress.
NoNoNoYesNo
Body Temperature Sensor
Has a body temperature sensor that monitors your body temperature changes.
NoNoNoYesNo
Fitbit Coach
Fitbit Coach animated workout modes that coach you through some of your favorite moves.
YesYesYesYesNo
Exercise Shortcuts77202020
Preset Sport Modes
Features 20 preset sport modes that allow you to choose from your favorite workout moves.
YesYesYesYesYes
MEDIA AND MUSIC STORAGE
Music Storage Options

  1. Personal music

  2. Control Spotify Playlist

  3. Download Pandora

  4. Download Deezer Playlist

  1. Personal music

  2. Control Spotify Playlist

  3. Download Pandora

  4. Download Deezer Playlist

  1. Control Spotify Playlist

  2. Download Pandora

  3. Download Deezer Playlist

  1. Control Spotify Playlist

  2. Download Pandora

  3. Download Deezer Playlist

  1. Control Spotify Playlist

Has LoudspeakerNoNoYesYesNo
Make CallsNoNoNoNoNo
Answer CallsYesYesYesYesNo
Voice AssistantsNoAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa
Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
No
BATTERY
Battery Life4 Days+5 Days+6 Days+6 Days+7 Days
Fast ChargingNoNoYesYesNo
Charger TypeCharging dockCharging dockMagnetic chargerMagnetic chargerCharging dock

Which is Better?

Each of these two smartwatches has a decent design, long battery life, and is well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. However, I’ll root for Versa 3, it’s a better smartwatch than Ionic. The Versa 3 has an AMOLED display that’s more colorful, it also has a longer battery life than Ionic which supports fast charging technology that takes less time to power. 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 in doing simple tasks like setting the alarm, check the weather, and set reminders.

Versa 3 also has a loudspeaker that allows you to answer calls directly from the watch, but you’ll have to continue the call on your connected phone.

Although, Fitbit Ionic is still a fine smartwatch.

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