Fitbit Ionic vs Apple Watch vs Samsung Gear S3: features and specs comparison

Fitbit's long anticipated smartwatch is official: the new Fitbit Ionic is here to compete against the Apple Watch and Samsung's Gear S3, the two big names in the smartwatch game.

How does the Fitbit Ionic compare to the Apple Watch and the Samsung Gear S3 in terms of features?

We look at all the essential characteristics that make the Fitbit Ionic stand out, and above all that is its tremendous battery life. While you can only get about a day out of the Apple Watch and about two days out of the Gear S3, the Fitbit Ionic promises a full 4 days on a single charge, which is impressive. The other big feature is without a doubt the new heart-rate sensor that uses a combination of red, green, and infrared lights to detect bloodflow and deliver very accurate results.

Let's take a look at how the Fitbit Ionic compares to the Apple Watch (we use the series 2 for reference) and to the Gear S3...

Gear S3
Ugly DesignYes!NoNo
Price$300$370 | $400$350
(looks a lot bigger)
38mm | 42mm46mm
Battery LifeAround 4 daysAround 1 dayAround 2-3 days
Heart rate sensorYes
*improved accuracy
Built-in GPSYesYesYes
Water resistanceUp to 50 metersUp to 50 metersUp to 5 feet
Supports PaymentsYesYesYes
Automatic exercise detectionYesNoYes
Compatible with...Apple iOS, Android
and Windows
Apple iOSAndroid
Limited with Apple iOS



1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

That is one ugly a** design Fitbit. This is going to get crushed by the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

4. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

How is even possible to write such comparison Victor H???? Do you know that the personal feels doesn't matter in a review? What is ugly for you, can be bijou for somebody else. Why you claim this device as ugly design? Because is not rounded as Apple design style? So, news for you: not every men is gay. There are still heterosexual men's in this world and they don't like rounded corners.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Victor H getting his @$$ handed to him again. Yes personal feelings are not suppose to be part of a review. Victor (H.)ates anything that doesn't have an Apple logo on it.

9. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

You did so well... Till you start talking about gay men liking rounded corners unlike straight men. What the hell dude ?! I'm gay and I prefer sharp edges but every individual can like anything they want. Stop that bulls**t.

13. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

What is your phone?

2. peter.k

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 05, 2017


3. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

If it was less square & had rounded corners yes I would swap my Android watch as it has rubbish health apps android wear NEEDS a single health app for heart rate & proper sleep tracking. But no fitbit the design is the number 1 thing to focus on & this could not be any more ugly.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Looks like a original Galaxy Gear ripoff. It's ugly, but reviewers should never use personal tastes in a review. The Apple Watch is ugly too. Looks like a kid with a square head, with a knot on the side, from being hit with a baseball. The Gear S3 wasn't meant to make a fashion statement. It was meant to be rugged and be used as a tool. But it looks way better and is more functional vs the other 2 by a long-shot.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2625; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Honestly, I find the Apple Watch uglier. It looks like a Fisher Price toy to me.

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't know how this will compete with Apple Watch? But I guess the fitness was their primary market. Still not feeling a smart watch yet.

10. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

you do realize aesthetics is a subjective measure right? I don't find it ugly at all

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not sexy at all. Just get a GS3.

12. Reybanz88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

The watch is god awful! I don't think anyone would like the design... And to think they killed off the pebble with the color screen for this trash.

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