expired Fitbit Ionic Smart Fitness Watch $198 (Was $298) @ JB Hi-Fi

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Just received this in an email. Applies only to the Slate Blue/Burnt Orange colour.

• Dynamic personal coaching
• Store & play 300+ songs
• Built-in GPS for pace & distance

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    nice colour, sigh

  • +10 votes

    Good price… shame it's such a horrid colour.

  • +1 vote

    Perfect colour. No one wants to wear something black. Sad boring darkness colour. Hmmmm at $150 I may bite one

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    I wonder if this would be good for some bike riding fitness tracking…

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      Not bad, I use my with strava and it tracks ok. GPS can go a bit awry when I go under large concrete structures, but otherwise very happy with it.

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      Tracks GPS well. I like being able to leave my phone behind as it has in-built GPS.

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    Pretty happy with mine, GPS is notably a bit crap as it can deviate quite a bit when you look at the map. Fitbit aren't known for their gps capabilities though. Otherwise it's great. The gps concern isn't a deal breaker imo.

    • +1 vote

      Do you use it as a music player at all? I was tempted to get either it or the Versa and utilise the music storage, assuming it's easy to move the music onto them.

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        reviews said the music feature is hopeless slow. probably just like loading mp3 into apple phone.

      • +4 votes

        Do not purchase if you are hoping to transfer music easily. Have owned one for about 12 months now and transferring music onto or off the device is a nightmare. It is not done via a standard usb connection. You have to upload and download over a bluetooth connection and it is incredibly flakey. Drops out constantly, hardly ever connects. It is the absolute worst possible way for transfer music. Am running the most up to date firmware on it and otherwise it functions okay but avoid if you are hoping to easily put music on and off.

        • +1 vote

          Thanks for the warning! I mainly use one for listening to podcasts and tracking distance without having to carry my phone so this is a deal breaker for me.

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          What phone are you connecting to zoom bean?

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            @McFly: Huawei mate 9. But have the same troubles using laptop, Lenovo yoga 3 and my Dell desktop pc. Neither of them connect well with it for transferring music. Wish I knew before I got it as it would also have been a deal breaker.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah I put music on it. It's annoying as someone else said, but probably not as bad. You wouldn't want to frequently do it. The watch connects with wifi, you sign into your account on computer, you then sync from computer over internet and it downloads to watch. Ridiculous! It only takes a few minutes for maybe 30 mins of music, but I put a 15 hour audio book and it took ages. Also the sync/transfer process drains the watch battery like crazy. Not ideal, but if you don't need to put music on and off constantly, it's ok. I don't think it's a dealbreaker either if you aren't swapping back and forth a ton.

  • +3 votes

    and.. people at gumtree want $250-300ish for "almost new"

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    My wife is chasing a watch to mostly run with (she swims and rides as well) that stores music.
    Is this worth looking at or should you spend the extra on a Garmin Vivoactive 3 music?

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      If your wife is planning to exercise you should spend the extra

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      I have the Vivoactive 3 (non-music) and I'm very happy with it. No regrets at all.

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      My Girlfriend was tossing up between this and the garmin as well (wanted music storage). She went with the garmin, as the fitbit ionic was to big and looked silly on her wrist.

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      I know you didn't mention this one,
      but the Misfit Vapour, nice watch, poor battery life - charge every night, has music capability, 2 yr warranty, no internal gps, uses the phones.
      there is now the Vapour 2 an updated version, haven't looked at the changes.

      Reason I bring it up is that at 11 months hers has started to boot loop..
      Have sent it back via the JBHIFI internal claim system to the manufacturer.

      On reading further about this I noticed quite a few smart watches can have issues with Bootloop..
      Just something to be aware of..

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    Good watch however the plastic sensor at the back is giving me grief to my skin. I gave it away in the end and changed to charge 3.

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      Just last Friday I sent my Fitbit Ionic back to Fitbit support. Start of January I started to feel really itchy under the watch face, and eventually took it off after being so irritated.

      Turns out it actually burnt my skin. Easily 1st degree. It was weepy and stinging a lot. It still hasn't healed fully, still very itchy as the new skin comes in and the old flakes off, but that was enough for me.

      They've given me a full refund (pending, the parcel was only received by their office today).

      Great little watch, had mine for 6 months and couldn't fault it until this point.

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    mine died 13 monthes in, started losing time and not syncing, refuses to charge, currently waiting on a replacement under warranty

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    Happy with mine. Unhappy with that color option.

  • +2 votes

    Fitbit quality is atrocious.

    They use low end Chinese manufacturers to assemble what is essentially a well designed product. China can make any quality you want if you are willing to pay that particular price. Apple, not my preferred supplier of anything, sources extremely well assembled products without many major issues. My ZTE phone, My wife's Oppo phone are examples of quality also.

    Brief history of Fitbit in our home:

    Wife: 2X Fitbit Charge HR both replaced under warranty
    Then on 3rd Charge HR failure changed to Alta HR.

    Wife: 2X Fitbit Alta HR both replaced under warranty
    Now on 3rd Alta HR

    Myself: 2X fitbit Charge 2 both replaced under warranty
    Then on 3rd Charge HR failure changed to Ionic

    Myself: Ionic replaced under warranty
    Now on second Ionic in less than 12 months

    We are both in our seventies, do not run or jog but walk extensively so do not put the Fitbits to much physical stresses.
    ALL of the above in a space of 3 years .. And do Fitbit care? No when you complain they just send you another direct from China!

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      "No when you complain they just send you another direct from China!"
      did they ask for proof or ask you to send the broken one and then investigate first?

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        Most replacements have been done through the online chat window on their American Website as there is really no contact number or opportunity for dealing with the Australian distributor, who I believe used to be Ingram Micro.
        They mostly just want a scanned copy of the purchase receipt. NOTE: In a clash with the ACCC a couple of years ago Fitbit agreed to honour a 2 year warranty here in Australia despite their literature stating only 1 year.

        Never had to send anything anywhere. I still have my 9 month old dead Ionic sitting here no longer functional..
        They suggest you simply put items in a electronic recycling bin like used mobiles.

        On 2 or 3 occasions we have gone back to the retailer and requested a replacement.Its just easier to do it online and not have the haggle that some retailers want you to go through and maybe insist you send the item somewhere which is against the consumer law as the retailer must handle all warranty issues.

  • +5 votes

    I own one and I will mention one flaw - the clasp falls out very easily.
    There is an 11 page FitBit forum thread with people dissatisfied both with how easily the clasp falls out, and how you can't purchase a clasp without the entire band.

    I will also mention that out of frustration, I 3D modelled my own free improved clasp that firmly holds both bands.
    Will cost a couple of bucks to print off at Officeworks, but hasn't fallen out once since I printed many months ago.

  • +1 vote

    geesus, this really is a lemon. thanks will stay away from fitbit.

  • +1 vote

    Bought one back in November 2017. Feb last year the waterproof seal came loose and the watch died of water damage. Sent pics through to Fitbit and they promptly sent another out. Stuck it in the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro for ultimate protection and it's been awesome ever since. Here's a pic of my watch in the band

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    Damn, I picked this up for $225 on Boxing Day. Only had mine for two months seems okay so far.