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My Fourth Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Floors Climbed Saves My Bacon, And 3-Days In Acadia Helped.

by Anura Guruge


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We were in Acadia National Park Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Though it was March, the temps were between 36F — 41F, with no rain or snow. But, heavy wind by the coast. I, however, walked 3-4 miles, on the coastal walkway, between Sand Beach and Fabbri Point Friday & Saturday. That helped in terms of steps.

What can I say about I and floors climbed. That is my thing. Elevation. 59 floors a day. I like that.


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My Third Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Other Than Floors Climbed (Again), Nothing Special.

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OK, I will admit — I am making a special attempt to climb more stairs! I now try to climb 5 – 10 EXTRA floors a day, on the trot, carrying some weights. Hence why my floor count has gone up. It is good exercise and I like climbing stairs.


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Much Unrest Among Fitbit Ionic Users Post Latest Firmware Update, i.e., Version 27.31.1.29.

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Click image to access the Fitbit Community forum re. this update. Some very unhappy puppies.


I have not experienced MANY of the problems that others are complaining about.

Synching appears to be a problem. I had a few glitches BUT I have managed to sync. But, I have a Google Pixel 2 with the latest, and I mean latest, Android software.

Yes, there is the GPS mileage error that I reported and Fitbit support acknowledged as a problem! A lot of others are seeing that.

I also agree with many that the Resting Heart Rate is SHOT! Not good.

As for the others, I have NOT noticed. I checked ‘floors climbed’ and that seems within bounds.

I am NOT as upset as I should be — and OTHERS ARE.

I am NOT keeping this Ionic for long. So, I really have no emotional attachment to it. Basically I am not wedded to it or Fitbit.

The brand new, as yet unreleased, Garmin Forerunner 645 (without music) seems to be in my future.


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Fitbit Ionic APPEARS To Be Underreporting GPS Mileage After OS 1.2 Update.

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Today, after I had updated to OS 1.2.

Same run last week. One of my regular, fixed routes that I can run with my eyes closed.


Just been told that it is a KNOWN ISSUE!

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Just a HEADS UP for now.

I updated to Fitbit OS 1.2 yesterday morning (very early). I ran a new route yesterday, so I had no reference as to reported mileage.

Today, I did one of my regular runs — which I run at least once a week and have run, multiple times, with multiple GPS watches: Garmin Vivoactive HR, Garmin Vivoactive 3 & now a Fitbit Ionic.

There is a metal gate and I turn around at it when my watch says I have done 1.6+ miles. That is to make sure I get at least 3.2 miles.

Today, I get to the gate … BANG on my Ionic … and it says 1.59. I go ‘strange …’.

Could be user error on my part though I am not sure how since I start at the same place.

What I am trying to determine is whether any of YOU have spotted anything strange.

Then we might have a case.


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My Fitbit Ionic Software Updated To OS 1.2 With Firmware Version 27.31.1.29.

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This update happened, over Wi-Fi, when I did a forced Sync around 12:05am on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

I am not sure whether I was lucky or not. The above says that they just started the rollout to just 10% of the Ionic users. So, I was in that 10%.

The update downloaded and installed ‘OK’ though it took about 20 minutes in total. I much prefer the Garmin approach of doing updates over a USB-connection using Garmin Express.

Have not, as yet, noticed anything different or untoward. But, early minutes … let alone days.

That the Firmware is at 27.31.1.29 is disquieting! That is a LOT of updates.

But, let’s keep fingers crossed. I need the Ionic to work till around May 2018 — when I plan to upgrade to a Garmin Forerunner 645.


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My Second Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Other Than Floors Climbed, Pretty Pedestrian.

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What can I say — other than I am fat (and getting fatter) and lazy (and getting lazier). Yes, kind of laughable numbers compared to what I see others post. My only consolation is the floors climbed number and that is only because I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases. Since my office is on the 4th floor I have to climb floors just to survive and go to the bathroom.

Well, this coming week won’t even look as good as this. Already goofed away one day!


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My First Full Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Far From Impressive.

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Yes, nothing to rave about. Yes, I know that there are those that do that many steps in 1/2 day.

Yes, it is proof of my near-sedentary lifestyle and proves what I get accused of multiple times a week: “all you do is SIT in front of you PC“.

What can I say. These Fitbit stats, however, do no record the ‘3 hours’, non-stop, I spent shoveling. C’est la vie. Does not matter.

Only two things matter. Floors climbed and resting heart rate. I am cool with those.

Maybe I will do better this week, maybe not. Who knows, and who cares.


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Garmin’s NEW Forerunner 645 — Ruggedized Vivoactive 3 Without Touch-Screen?

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The Garmin Forerunner 645 announced on January 8, 2018. It is still NOT available and the Garmin Website is saying 5 – 8 weeks — which would realistically mean April 2018.

Yes, everybody else other than I is going ga-ga about its music capability. That interests me NOT.

What gets me REAL excited is that it is a Vivoactive 3+ — the only thing missing being a touch-screen.

Other than touch, it has WAY MORE features including a gyroscope. Plus nice size.

Yes, I know I returned a Forerunner 235 within 4 hours. But, the 235, for I, had a FATAL omission. No barometric altimeter to count stairs climbed. The 645 has that and much more.

Yes, VO2 Max.

Yes, alas, there is another negative. It does NOT come in black! YIKES. I might actually try and paint it BLACK. That is how desperate I am.

April availability is perfect. But, I will wait till early June for the 1st batch of watches to get sold.


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My Fitbit Ionic Is Irritating The Skin On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge


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I noticed ‘it’ on Friday. I had been wearing it for 8 days — and never too tight.

Irritating my skin takes some doing. Rhinoceros hide feels supple and soft compared to my skin. I don’t get bit much by mosquitoes because they can’t penetrate my skin. So, I really am thick skinned.

I wore multiple Garmins on the same wrist for 7 months and never saw a reaction. Also do not have a problem with my Samsung S3 Frontier.

And NO, I have not changed soap and I do take off the watch and dry my wrist after I take a shower.

NOT a big deal. It doesn’t hurt and it only itches if I think about it. So, c’est la vie. The Fitbit Ionic and I are not meant for the longtime. My hope is to find a more rugged Garmin come April/May.

But, I will keep you posted.


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Fitbit Ionic — Need To Use ‘Fitbit.com’ Rather Than Mobile APP For All The Data!

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On an Android mobile. Does NOT give me an ELEVATION graph.


With ‘fitbit.com’ — logged into MY Fitbit account.


I did my first GPS-enabled run with the Fitbit Ionic that I got on Friday, February 2, 2018.

When I completed the run, it gave me a whole slew of data, right on the watch — more than I used to see with my Garmin Vivocative 3. 464′ of elevation was one of them — and I was GLAD. Tracking elevation is a MUST for I because elevation, and carrying 11 pounds of extra weight, is a feature of my runs.

But, when I checked the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 and 10″ ASUS Zenpad NO ELEVATION. Neither could I get to it on the watch. I was bummed. Then, much later on in the evening I invoked “fitbit.com” — because I was going to do a search on ‘elevation’. Saw that the dashboard was well populated now that I had been wearing the Ionic for a few days. Clicked on the ‘Exercise‘ tile and BINGO the elevation graph. I was so happy.

But seems DAFT that the APP does not display it. Of course, you can call up fitbit.com on you mobile.

Continues to confirm that Fitbit is no Garmin. The APP is very feature poor.


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