The Fitbit Flex 2 is a strong choice for those after something easy, as well as those who are in need of a water-resistant tracker. It is a sleeker and smaller than the original, but at the cost of battery life.
The real Fibit Flex has been around since 2013. It is an easy, reasonably little fitness tracker, not expensive and terribly and not jam-packed with specs.
The fitness gadget keeps that style, while including more feature and full-swim ready water resistance, all added into a little band.
Fitbit Flex 2 price and release date
Although Fitbit has pushed some big improvements into the Flex 2, it is approximately the same price as its predecessor too with a release price of $99.99.
Since it launched back in 2016, we have seen the Fitbit Flex 2 price drop down to $59,99 in the USA. Those in Australia still viewing prices of around AU$149.99.
That is very important discount right there creating it a much more cost-friendly choice than when the Flex 2 released, but we may also view some additional discounts over the Blessing Friday season soon too.
Design and setup
The real tracker component of the Flex 2 is thirty percent smaller than the old model. As before it falls into an added normal elastomer band if you go for the vital edition. The band is smaller than the old Flex, and is now as broad as the UP3 jawbone. It shapes to your wrist more perfectly, anyway, thanks to the use of more flexible materials.
The Flex 2 is accessible with bands in a range of colours, including lavender, black, navy and magenta, so you will simply be capable to find one to your taste. Further, the band now specs a textured pattern, which makes it less perfect than it would otherwise be, but it does not feel rude against your skin.
You are supplied with 2 different-sized bands as standard. Further classic bands minus the tracker are accessible in a bigger range of colours. There are far fancier choices accessible, too which will come to later.
There is a big range of bangles accessible in gold, silver and rose gold. Jewellery is forever an extremely personal thing, though. At €69.65 without the tracker for the silver model, or €78.95 for the other, they are not affordable. There are also collaborations with fashion houses such as Tory Burch and Public School, which bring even more flare to your twist.
Spec and performance
In the Fitbit application, you can set a time to be woken up with irritating buzz on your wrist. It takes a bit of getting used to, but is a bit less unpleasant than some of your phones inbuilt tones.
What the Fitbit Flex 2 lacks are any additional fitness hardware. There is no GPS or no heart rate sensor, so if you want those you will have to purchase one of FitBit more costly wearables.
The flex 2 can also ring a bell you to move each hour if you have not taken at least 250 steps. It can be troublesome, but it is a best idea if your aim is to become a bit more active.
When you run, or use the elliptical equipment at the gym for fifty minutes or more, the Flex 2 will check the cadence or your movements to auto-add these types of exercise to your regular activities as separate entries.
The just omission to this auto-respect is swim tracking, which you need to physically switch on, as it definitely has a shock on battery life and is switched off as standard.
The Fitbit application is packed with achievements and challenges, similar to the sort of ideas free-to-play games use to keep you hooked. You can compete other Fitbit-owing friends to face-offs, and there are single player adventures that map your steps onto a far more amazing trek.
One is the Vernal Falls hike in national park of Yosemite. The goal is to walk 15,000 steps in one day between 6am and 9pm. As you rack up steps, you can view how far you have made it in the satellite map, and unlock journal entries matching to the true-life walk.
In true world you might just be walking around town or your domestic park, but as with other parts of the Fibit program it is about adding an exciting dimension to something pretty prosaic.
Anyway, a Flex 2 is a best fit if you want a track that will provide you that plus incentive to be a bit more dynamic in a low-exertion way. It jobs best if you have friends who also own a Fitbit or use the Fitbit application, though.
Charging is not extremely fast either, it uses only few hours, and contains get rid of the Flex 2 component and plugging it into a pretty port that you then link to your phones charger plug. No devoted plug is added here.
Fitbit does send you an email when the Flex 2 have a low battery, and you can check the energy level in the application too. You are just given vague “medium”, “low”, “full” estimates, though.
It took a couple of days before any Android alerts we sent the band, even after turning on a widget aid meant to support matters.
Should I buy the Fitbit Flex 2?
The Flex 2 is a perfect improvement over the real flex, with the addition of waterproofing making it much simpler gadget to live with – even if you are not a regular swimmer. Not having to take it off to shower is a expediency you should not overlook. The included alerts are a best addition, too, but could definitely be more refined.
Anyway, the Flex 2 is still rather a vital activity tracker for the money. The design is excellent, but its quality elastomer band is not the most fashionable-appearing out there. The cool accessories are rather costly when included to the cost of the tracker.
The Fitbit Flex 2 is a strong upgrade over the original, but it is still rather general activity tracker for the money.
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