Swimming with Apple Watch Series 3 and Fitbit Ionic

We give the two new swim-friendly fitness smartwatches the pool test

With the Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch Series 3 now available and battling it out, you’ve got two feature-packed smartwatches both worthy of a place on your wrist – but there can be only one winner. Both want to be your running partner, your fitness coach, your Mr Motivator, and your go-to swim tracker.

The Apple Watch Series 2 could already track swimming, but with watchOS 4, that gets a little better. As for Fitbit, the Flex 2 was until now the only wearable of its lineup that could be safely taken in the pool, but now the Ionic joins the party with its gorgeous big display so you can not only log those swim sessions, but monitor them in real-time.

Swimming with Apple Watch & Ionic

But how does Fitbit’s new smartwatch compare to Apple’s? Which nails the accuracy? Which goes deepest on data? We’ve been swimming with both for a few weeks now.

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