Everybody wants to be fit. You’ve probably told yourself that you will start working out and eating healthier tomorrow on numerous occasions, but tomorrow never came. That’s probably because you never had the right encouragement or trainer. The good news is that it is now possible to monitor your activity, track your progress and be rewarded for your achievements by nifty fitness trackers.
There are plenty of trackers available on the market right now, some good, others bad, but most of them expensive. The FitBit Flex may not be the newest activity tracker on the market, but even at its current age, it’s one of the best overall wearable tech fitness trackers, with a price that undercuts competition by at least 30 dollars. This next-to-last generation tracker was released in May 2013, more than two years ago. It was a ground-breaking device at that time, and it continues to provide interesting insights to users.
With FitBit Flex you can track things such as the number of calories burned in a day, steps walked, activity, quantity of water consumes, quality of sleep and so much more. Let’s take a closer look at this oldie, but goldie. Here’s our FitBit Flex Review:
FitBit Flex Specifications:
- Sensors: 3-axis MEMS accelerometer – used to track distance, steps, calories burned and sleep quality
- Battery: lithium-polymer which ensures 5+ days of autonomy
- Weight: 13 grams
- Size: thickness 11.10 mm
- Other Features: Bluetooth 4.0, vibrating motor for silent alarm, resistant to water (up to 10m)
- Additional Info: PC/MAC Requirements: USB port, Operating system: Windows X, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X 10.5 +, Internet connection, max. altitude: 9000+ m
FitBit Flex Review: Design & Construction
Some voices raised the problem of attractiveness when referring to the FitBit Flex. They said it’s ugly. I prefer to call it understated. Tasteful. It has a simple design – it looks exactly like a band, and somehow, it has some retro-futurist aesthetics that give it a unique feel. Visual appeal aside, there is also the problem of comfort. The FitBit Flex weighs 13 grams and the width of the band is 11.1 mm. In my opinion, this is the typical size for a normal wristband.
The wristband is made from flexible and comfortable rubber, and the clasp works exactly like that of normal wristwatches. It feels like the creators tried really hard to make the tracker as small as possible by not adding a display and by reducing any aesthetics to a bare minimum. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t check on your daily performance. The FitBit Flex has five LED lights that can indicate different things. For example, if you tap twice, your LED lights will turn on. Your performance is reflected in the number of lights that work, one light equalling 20%.
FitBit Flex Review: Performance
FitBit Flex is the type of device that you can slap on and forget about the entire day. Seriously. As long as the battery is charged it will record everything you do. It will count the number of steps you make, how many calories you burned, how many hours you slept (and how well), how much you walked, how active you were, and so on. Despite the fact that some users mentioned the fact that it’s uncomfortable during sleep, I had no problems wearing it during the night. It even woke me up with a soft vibration in the morning, so as to not disturb the person next to me.
As you can see, FitBit has some very neat and thoughtful features. Another thing that I appreciated about this fitness tracker is the fact that it can be worn under the shower, because it is waterproof. This means that you can track your activity even while swimming. Pretty neat for a 2013 tracker, isn’t it? But these are only some of the features that FitBix has. Here are a few more:
- Personal Trainer: this is probably the most important feature of the tracker. Through its various functions, alarms, rewards and programs, it will ultimately help you improve your physical condition. One of the best ways to maintain your motivation is to create daily goals. FitBit will automatically congratulate every time you reach a goal. You have no idea how much this has helped me.
- Weight Tracker: you can set your current and desired weight in the tracker to find out precisely what is preventing you from reaching the ideal figure. If counting calories sounds like complicated and tedious work, you can have FitBit do it for you – and it will not only count your calories, but also the type of calories you ate, the intake of energy and more.
- Social Sharing Features: if you need even more motivation, you can automatically share your activities on social media and let your friends know how you’re doing.
FitBit Flex Review: How to Use it
The first thing you need to do after unboxing your FitBit Flex review is to head on over to the official site (www.fitbit.com) to complete the registration process. FitBit has already created an easy-to-follow picture guide. Follow all the steps in order to synchronize your tracker, PC and smartphone. While doing this you should also specify your weight, height, and gender. Now, access the “Devices” tab and set your daily targets for active minutes, calories burned or number of steps.
In your personal dashboard you will have the following options: Food, Activities, Weight, Sleep, Journal, Heart, BP, and Glucose. We won’t detail each of them now, but there are a few things you should know about them. The food and sleep trackers have major shortcomings. The sleep trackers often failed to record restless intervals during sleep (but most trackers are lacking in terms of sleep monitoring, so we are not surprised by this).
In the meanwhile, the food feature seems to pull out data from a very limited database. It can’t hold a candle to MyPlate or FatSecret. Even JawBone, which we consider to be the best fitness tracker on the market, lacks in this department.
FitBit Flex Review: Verdict
Despite its minor shortcomings, the FitBit Flex is a decent fitness tracker on a very crowded market. One of its major pluses is its accessible price, which makes it feel like more of a necessity than a commodity. If convenience, affordability and commodity are the three things that you are looking for in a tracker, the FitBit will not review.
Do you think our FitBit Flex Review was on point? Are you having trouble with this device? We would love to hear your opinions about it, so don’t be shy!