Fitbit Ionic vs Versa 2 – Which is Better?

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The Versa 2 and Ionic are two of the best smartwatches from Fitbit, while the Versa 2 is a relatively newer smartwatch released last year, the Ionic has been here for a while since 2017. These two are some of the best smartwatches you can find on the market. Both are fitness-focused just like all Fitbit smartwatches, however, while Versa 2 has always-on AMOLED display and Alexa voice assistant, Ionic has inbuilt GPS. The price is about the same. Which should you buy? Find out in this comparison of the Versa 2 vs Ionic.

Fitbit Ionic vs Versa 2 Specifications Compared

  Fitbit Ionic Fitbit Versa 2
fitbit ionic specs Versa 2 full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Fitbit Ionic Fitbit Versa 2
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Sport/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor Fitbit Versa
Successor None
Date Released August, 2017 September, 2019
Gender Unisex Unisex

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.42 inch 1.4 inch
Display type LCD AMOLED
Display resolution 348 x 250 pixel --
Pixel density 306 ppi --
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen
3 buttons
Touchscreen and 1 button

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved
Casing material Aerospace-grade aluminium Aluminum
Strap material Elastomer Elastomer
Bezel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Weight 30g --
Color(s) Charcoal/smoke grey
Blue/burnt orange
Blue-grey/silver
Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Dimension 38 x 45 x 12 mm 40 x 40 x 11 mm
Strap size 140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass 3 Corning Gorilla glass
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM -- --
Internal storage 4GB (2.5GB available) About 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone No Yes
Loudspeaker No No
Camera No No
Music streaming Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 LE Bluetooth v4.0 LE
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling No No

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No No
SIM No No

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Swim tracking No Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking Yes Yes
Blood pressure No No
ECG Tracking No No
Blood oxygen No Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Fitbit OS Fitbit OS
CPU -- --
GPU -- --
Chipset -- --

SENSORS

GPS Yes No, (connected GPS)
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes __
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No No
Pulse Ox. No Yes
Altimeter __ __
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant No Yes
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android, IOS

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Payment system Fitbit Pay Fitbit Pay
Companion app Fitbit App Fitbit App

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable lithium polymer Non-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity -- --
Est. battery life Mixed usage: up to 5 days Mixed usage: up to 6 days
Charging mode USB based charging dock USB based charging dock
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Ionic Fitbit Versa 2
Strap (small and large) Classic wristband (both small & large)
Magnetic charging dock Magnetic charging dock
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Differences Betweem Fitbit Ionic vs Versa 2

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Versa 2

Display

Full color AMOLED
Colored LCD upto 1000nits

Always-on

No

Yes

Microphone

No

Yes

Voice Assistant

No

Yes, Amazon Alexa

Inbuilt GPS

Yes

No

Battery life

5 days

6 days

Editor's Rating

Both Versa 2 and Ionic come in an attractive lightweight and durable design made of aluminum and elastomer straps with Corning Gorilla Glass covering the display. However, while its LCD display on Ionic, it’s always-on AMOLED on Versa 2. AMOLED display is richer and more colorful, and with always-on display, you can always catch a glance of what’s on the screen and showcase your style.

There’s also a microphone in Versa 2 which enables Alexa voice assistant that allows you control smartthings as well as carryout simple tasks with your voice. Ionic lacks this feature.

Ionic has inbuilt GPS just like the newly released Charge 4, this allows you to track outdoor activities without your phone. But with Versa 2, you’ll need to connect to your phone GPS to track outdoor activities.

From actually testing, Versa 2 has a slight longer battery life than Ionic despite having an always-on display. As far as smartwatches are concerned, every difference in battery life means a lot, so its a plus for Versa 2.

Which Should Buy?

Versa 2 and Ionic are two of the best smartwatches from Fitbit, these two are outstanding in design, activity tracking, long battery life and equipped with music storage and other features that can improve your productive life.

I’ll go with Versa 2, although lacks inbuilt GPS, the richer always-on display, voice assistant and longer battery life makes it a better bargain.

However, if carrying your phone along all the time while workout outdoors especially for hikers is inconvinient for you, then the Ionic will make a decent decision.

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