Fitbit's smartwatch collection includes two families and five models in total. The Fitbit Versa family has the Lite Edition, standard edition and the Special Edition models, while the flagship Fitbit Ionic smartwatch offers a standard model and an Adidas Edition model.
The Versa smartwatch is smaller, rounder and more compact than the Ionic, which is larger and chunkier. The Ionic also offers a few extra features and there are variations between the Versa models too.
Here is how the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, standard edition and Special Edition models compare to the Fibit Ionic and Ionic Adidas Edition to help you pick the right Fitbit smartwatch for you. though many of the same features are offered.
Fitbit Versa vs Ionic: Price and which to buy?
- Versa Lite Edition: £149.99
- Versa: £199.99
- Versa Special Edition: £219.99
- Ionic: £279.99
- Ionic Adidas Edition: £299.99
We're putting the price and brief conclusion at the top of this feature to give you a quick, short summary but you can keep reading if you want to know all the differences between the Versa and Ionic devices for a more informed decision.
There's a £150 difference in the price of the bottom Versa model and the top Ionic model. On paper, the biggest difference in functionality is that none of the Versa models have GPS. If you're the sort of person who is more interested in lifestyle tracking and spends most of the time working out in the gym, then the lack of GPS might not worry you.
Ionic has a chunkier design bringing with it a little more battery life, but for the price you're getting more of a sports watch, with more data returned when you're tracking those outdoor activities. For runners it's an easy choice - Ionic is the one you want. For others, Versa is great device.
Fitbit Versa vs Ionic: Design
- Versa is slimmer and lighter
- All offer changeable straps
- All offer 50m water resistance
The Fitbit Versa models all share a similar design to each other, as do the Ionic models. The Versa smartwatches all have a softer profile than the Ionic devices, with a back that's more rounded compared to the Ionic's more angular body. The Ionic is also a little larger and bulkier than the Versa, which is more delicate in appearance.
Both the Versa devices and Ionic offer interchangeable straps. The straps on both are easy to switch to change the style, with Fitbit keen on the idea of you switching the look of its watches around to suit any situation, from sporty to formal. There are a range of straps available on all devices.
The standard Versa, Versa Special Edition and both Ionic models have a three-button design as well as offering a touchscreen, so basic operation is the same between those models. The Versa Lite Edition has a one-button design and a touchscreen, offering a slightly different operation. All models offer water resistance to 50m, so all are suitable for swimming, sweating or showering.
All the Versa devices and the Ionic devices have a metal body, offering a premium finish.
The Versa Lite Edition comes in four colour options, two of which feature colour-matched aluminium bodies to their straps, providing a more fun design. The standard Versa comes in three colours including rose gold, while the Versa Special Edition comes in two colours.
The Ionic comes in three colours for the stands model including gold. The Ionic Adidas Edition comes in one colour.
Fitbit Versa vs Ionic: Hardware specs
- Versa lacks GPS
- All feature Bluetooth
- All have a colour touch display
- Ionic has a longer battery life
Central to both smartwatch families is the display, with Fitbit offering an interface that's loaded with colour and vibrancy. Rated at 1000 nits brightness - that's brighter than a lot of smartphones - it's ideally suited to cutting through reflections when you're outdoors.
Connectivity is similar too: all these devices offer Bluetooth for connection to your smartphone or headphones and they also offer an optical heart rate monitor on the back.
While all have an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Fitbit Versa models don't have GPS. That means it won't accurately log your location and track your distance on its own - you'll have to connect the Versa to your smartphone to get any location data.
As such, the Ionic is better suited to those running or riding outdoors who want accurate speed and distance data.
All models except the Versa Lite Edition have an altimeter, meaning they will offer elevation data.
The Ionic offers five days of use, which betters the Versa smartwatches by a whole day. All watches perform pretty well compared to Apple Watch or Wear OS devices in terms of battery life, outlasting both.
Fitbit Versa vs Ionic: Features and functions
- Fitbit OS
- Fitbit Pay (not on Versa Lite Edition)
- Bluetooth music (not on Versa Lite Edition)
On the features front, the Versa and Ionic these watches offer the same set of functions, but the Versa Lite Edition has a couple less. All devices offer Fitbit Pay, except for the Versa Lite Edition, allowing for contactless payment (through supported banks). All, except Versa Lite Edition, also offer Bluetooth connections to headphones.
That means you can have smartphone-free music when you're exercising, with the ability to sync tracks to your watch, if you have the standard Versa, Versa Special Edition or either of the Ionic models.
All smartwatches run on the same platform, with the Versa Lite Edition ushering in Fitbit OS 3.0, which the other devices will update to.
All Fitbit smartwatches offer tracking of activities, but as we said above, the Ionic has that GPS to allow for more accurate distance and speed logging. The Ionic Adidas Edition also has Adidas on-screen workouts, while the standard Ionic, Versa and Versa Special Edition models have normal on-screen workouts. The Versa Lite Edition misses out on on-screen workouts along with the music storage, Fitbit Pay and the altimeter as we mentioned earlier.