Fitbit Flex 2 Review: Stay Stylish While Getting In Shape
Do you love the idea of owning a fitness tracker, but you don’t like to go for that traditional sporty look? Well, you can hit two birds with one stone with the Fitbit Flex 2. This activity tracker boasts of a versatile design and can be worn in an elastomer sports band or if you like, you can even slot this to an array of optional jewellery such a pendants and bangles for a classier appearance.
The Fitbit Flex 2 can tract your activity in the day, automatically track sleep and is even waterproof to boot. But, this will only display your progress in reaching your goal as light up dots, which means that you will not be able to see the time or date by a mere glance at the tracker.
As the little brother of the company’s earlier Charge 2, Fitbit Flex 2 is pretty much a grown up fitness tracker in its newest iteration and the fact that it can survive a dunking is a big plus for many users.
Launched back in 2015, the earlier Fitbit Flex is relatively a chunky wristband by the current standards, which is why the latest Flex 2 is a much welcomed upgrade. Meant squarely for today’s fitness tracker market, you can wear this in a slim discrete wristband that comes in the package. Fitbit also offers several pendants for holding the tracker shaped like a lozenge. It will not be a big surprise that third parties are going to come up with a plethora of packaging options.
What’s Inside the Box?
Fitbit has thoughtfully provided two strap sizes in the box, as well as another custom charger to plug it to a spare USB port, brief instructions on how to get started and lastly, the tracker itself. The device’s suppository appearance can conjure up some really horrifying ways of wearing the tracker so it is probably best to just slip this into any of the straps after charging it.
Using the Fitbit Flex 2
After you charge, set up and pair the tracker with your Fitbit app, the Flex 2 is a notably unobtrusive device. It will not replace your dedicated wristwatch in such a way that the earlier Charge 2 might yet this can perform a great complementary role. Its display is composed of four white lights that show progress with the 5th light which can alter color, depending on the type of notification. Tapping on your Flex 2 is going to show progress toward the goal of the day through illuminating the lights as there is no other display or otherwise, the tracker is going to quietly auto detect exercise using its accelerometer. Just like the Charge 2 and Charge HR, its detection is accurate, which can be handy as there is no other means to manually indicate the exercise has started.
With its water resistance of 50 meters, it means that your Flex 2 can track swimming and survive all types of abuse which could make others struggle. As a matter of fact, the only reason to get rid of the band is its five day battery life and two hour charge time.
One of the best things about Flex 2 is that its strap complements a watch through providing notifications that are used for justifying most smartwatch. When paired with a compatible device, a vibration accompanied with a blue light. If there’s an incoming call, all four white lights will blink and a single white light with blue light indicates text messages. The lack of display means it’s time to check the phone which is what usually ends up doing with some smartwatch. Several notifications include silent alarms, goal completions, and reminders to move.
• Accurate when tracking distance travelled and steps taken.
• It is waterproof and may be worn when swimming, allowing you to track the lengths when you swim.
• It features a wireless sync dongle once you prefer using your laptop or PC over a tablet or smartphone to view your status and enter the calories consumed.
• There are lots of motivational badges, weekly emails, and alerts.
• Easy to use
• Detects automatically when you start exercising including cycling, aerobic exercise, walking, running, and records it.
• You may set a silent alarm for you to wake up without disturbing your partner.
• You get reminders to move alerts if you have taken less 250 steps per hour so you get up
• May be popped out of sports band and inserted into the optional pendants and bangles for a much classier look
The Not So Good
• The database for the consumed calories is US based by default, so you have to head into the advanced settings and change this to your preferred setting.
• Your progress for your daily goals is shown as LEDs light up and not a real figure.
• There is no way to see the date or time from the tracker itself
• While this notifies you of text messages and calls to your smartphone, you cannot read or preview them on the tracker.
Is Fitbit Flex 2 for You?
Fitbit Flex 2 is for everyone, yet it still depends on your personal preferences and the fitness goals you want to achieve. If you think that your fitness goals can be attained with the help of Fitbit Flex 2, then don’t hesitate to get this fitness tracker. However, if you like something that comes with more advanced features, Fitbit Flex 2 may not be for you, yet some of its features are proven to be beneficial and effective in helping everyone achieve their fitness goals.
The Bottom Line
Fitbit Flex 2 works fine. Its design compromises the display to have a slim look that may be repackaged easily in different ways to make sure that there’s no step missed. Its water resistance feature and some additional notifications make this fitness tracker a well-rounded package that’s only missing a heart rate monitor. At an affordable price, it’s a good investment for those who need a quality fitness tracker.
- Track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
- Ultra-thin, removable tracker hides in bands, pendants and bangles
- Swim-proof for tracking swimming, life-proof for wear in the ocean, shower, pool and beyond
- SmartTrack automatically recognizes select workouts and records them to your Fitbit app; Get call and text notifications on your wrist with unique vibration patterns and color-coded LED lights
- check the user guide before use