Love the way this sits on my wrist. I’m not usually the type of guy to wear a watch, but this device has a very low profile making it easy to forget i’m even wearing it. I wear it to bed about 75% of the week, the other times are usually when i’m charging it. The battery on the fitbit flex is great, lasts for about 5 days and then you recharge it in about 2-3 hours and its good to go. Thin rubber strap fits to a variety of wrists and you can get an extender if you want to wear it on your ankle (if you feel more comfortable that way). Only downside i have with this is that there’s no watch face, no way to tell the time. The only indicators are 5 white dots that flash, and it takes some time to get used to understanding them. But you do get what you pay for and there are fitbits out there that have screens and tell time.
I am adding to this review – because all of it is still relevant. I am giving this product four stars. I know that it doesn’t give me a specific number read-out for steps taken, nor does it report elevation or heart rate. But it does steps and sleep, and for the price, frankly, that is all i need to know if i am moving enough to satisfy myself. The size makes it reasonably unobtrusive, and gives me that ‘yeah – fitness’ cachet. And it gets happy when i hit my goal. I would love more specifics – because i like to play with specifics, not because i necessarily need them. But i am waiting for the general technology of this new industry to come along a little further before i invest in something that i wear constantly close to some main pulmonary conduits. The thing i want to talk about here is this: when i reported the loss of my fit bit, the company responded immediately. They gave me advice about how to find the flex – a process that actually turned out to be kind of fun and mystical.
The fitbit flex is a wonderful way to track your walking and a great motivator for keeping active. Once i figured out the quirky button messages, it became a part of me and i wore it 24 hours a day. The band is lightweight and not bothersome at all. I like that you can purchase interchangeable bands to accessorize and color coordinate with your outfits. As far as tracking your steps, this does a great job, better than my old pedometer, however, it also picks up vibration and strong movements, so be aware this could skew your actual step reading. I once logged a mile of walking just driving over the potholes with my car. It also counts clapping, so remove it when you are attending your grandchildren’s school events. The tracker will also count steps when in your pocket or purse. The fitbit lasts about 5 days between charges. With time, the battery life has slowed to about 3 days in between charging, but that is expected with all battery devices.
Update 12/8/15 – fitbit just added a new firmware update for the sleep timer feature. Once updated it’s no longer necessary to tap the fitbit before going to sleep or when waking it. It will now recognize when you’re inactive and have gone to sleep. It also has some new goal setting software in the app relating to sleep to make it easier to focus on getting more (or less) sleep. The graphic interface is pretty nice. I’m looking forward to using this since i’ve become something of a night owl and could really stand to get on a better schedule. One more thing to like about my fitbit. The update took about 5 minutes using my ipad and plugging my fitbit into its charger while it updated. A red arrow on the dashboard, in the sync area alerted me to the upgrade.
Several asked my opinion of the flex after i had compared up to one last fall. I’m more pleased with flex than expected. This review will be specifically for those comparing the jawbone up to the fitbit flex. For those interested in my review of the one and jawbone up it is located here: up by jawbone – large wristband – retail packaging – onyx:———————update: i uploaded several head-to-head app screenshots. Update: i’ve found that i am storing quite a bit of water in the flex band pouch where the module goes. Even though they say it’s shower safe, i’m pretty sure some funky stuff is going to be growing in there in a matter of time. But the band is replaceable———————my journey with personal monitoring devices/pedometers started a long time ago: before fitbit even existed, with a device called the sportbrain. It was a traditional belt clip style so old that it plugged into a base that used a dial in phone modem to upload the usage data to a server. But my interest in devices that can help monitor and tell me about my activity started then, and we seem to be now in a golden age of personal data monitoring devices.
I have used several fitness trackers including the garmin and this one is the best. It keeps me motivated every day to make sure i get enough exercise. However, exercise alone was not helping me lose the weight i wanted, so i also went on a no carb diet, and use atrafex for 2 months. atrafen thermogenic fat burner & appetite suppressant the end result?.4 pounds lost and in nearly the best shape of my life.
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
- Made in USA or Imported
- One syncs automatically and wirelessly to tablets, computers and 150+ leading iOS, Android and Windows smartphones using Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. Syncing to computers requires Internet connection and USB port. Syncing to mobile devices requires Bluetooth and Internet connection. Syncing range: 20 feet. Call notifications via Bluetooth 4.0
- Water Resistance: Charge has been tested up to 1 ATM meaning it is sweat, rain and splash proof. However, the device is not swim proof. We also recommend taking Charge off before showering because, as with any wearable device, it’s best for your skin if the band stays dry and clean
- Warning: Do not use if you have a pacemaker or other internal, or implanted medical device. Not intended for use by children under 13. Always consult your physician. Slippery when wet
- We recommend charging your device every few days to ensure you are always tracking. Charge time: One to two hours. Battery life: up to 7 – 10 days. Battery type: Lithium-polymer
- Syncs with Windows Vista and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, and leading Android and Windows devices
- Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
- Monitor how long and well you sleep
- Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
- LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
- Slim, comfortable and easy to wear (sold with both large and small wristbands included with an interchangeable clasp)
- Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones
- 1 wristband which acts both as an Activity & Sleep wristband. There is no seperate Sleep wristband.
I bought this fitbit to supplement one that i already had because the battery was not holding a charge. The plan was to use the old one while the new one is charging. First thing that happened was the data from the old one did not carry over to the new one when i set it up. After contacting support, i had to enter the data manually. Then they told me i couldn’t sync both because they were both fitbit flex and you can only sync two if they are different models. Now, i have been having a problem with my steps not registering some times. I can walk around the house holding my ipad and watch that the steps are not registering correctly. Maybe the more expensive models work better, but they have things i don’t need. I don’t need to record stairs, i don’t have any. I don’t need it to anything other than monitor my sleep, calories burned (which it isn’t doing if it doesn’t record my activity correctly), calories in, etc.
Oh yes, this device will cause a special kind of madness in you and your loved ones. More on that later, some of the basics first. The fitbit flex is very easy to set up. The app will walk you through syncing to your phone, setting up goals and connecting to friends. Once set up you can log steps counted (shocking for a pedometer, right), calorie burn from other exercise, food intake, water intake and sleep. It is comfortable to wear, the battery life is decent and frankly being able to work towards fitness targets is a great motivator so it keeps you accountable. Where does the madness lie, i hear you ask. The in app challenges will turn normally quite sane friends and family members into step obsessed lunatics. They work by allowing you to invite your fitbit friends to see who can get the most steps in a day, work week or weekend.
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black :