Barack Obama has been wearing a risky smartwatch for 8 months


Barack Obama (the 44th President of the United States, in case you didn’t know) is like many a fan of mobile technologies. But not the most efficient. Indeed, the former leader has just been seen with a Fitbit Ionic at wrist. The scene took place during the Democratic Party’s campaign for the midterm elections, which aim to renew the positions of Congress and the House of Representatives.

The problem is that the Fitbit Ionic is dangerous. Even the manufacturer has admitted it publicly, offering anyone who will listen a recall with a free return slip, a full refund for the wearable and even a 40% discount on the rest of its range. Just that. The reason: an increased risk of burns, because the watch can catch fire in certain cases. Users have already filed a complaint for having been injured in this way, across the Atlantic precisely. It was therefore necessary to react quickly, but everyone is apparently not yet aware…

What alternatives?

With its announced autonomy of four days, the Fitbit Ionic was released in 2017. The device is powered by a 120 MHz ARM Cortex processor and has 2.5 GB of internal storage. On the screen side, owners benefit from a 1.42 inch panel for 348 by 250 pixels and a density of 306 ppi. The operating system, meanwhile, is homemade: no Wear OS under the hood, Google having taken control of Fitbit only after the product went on sale.

To control your sports activity and receive your notifications on your wrist, there are now other much more effective items. We can cite in particular the excellent second generation Apple Watch SE, which has a “fluid and intuitive interface” with a “very good autonomy” can sometimes allow to hold more than twenty-four hours in a row. Running on watchOS 9, the gadget also benefits from an iconic design, with heart rate sensor and game sleep monitoring.

Otherwise, you can turn to the other example signed Google: the PixelWatch. With features from Fitbit included, but endurance”very average” according to our own test carried out last month.

How to get reimbursed

  1. on the official Fitbit website, choose your country
  2. read the associated instructions
  3. complete the reminder form and provide your bank details
  4. wait three to six weeks to receive the transfer

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