First a little about the Fitbit Flex:
Never stop moving with Fitbit Flex. Wear this slim, stylish device all the time and get the motivation you need to get out and be more active. It tracks steps, distance, and calories burned and shows you how you’re stacking up against your daily goals. At night, it tracks your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you silently in the morning. Access your stats anytime on your computer, tablet or from leading smartphones –both iPhone and Android. Flex is your perfect companion, it’s with you everywhere… even in the shower. Plus, it looks good no matter what you’re wearing.
Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
Monitor how long and how well you sleep
Wakes you (not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
Easy-to-wear, slim, comfortable wristband
Syncs automatically with select mobile devices and to your computer
Available in two stylish colors – black and slate
Accessory bands allow you to personalize your Flex
Set goals, view progress, and earn badges
Share and compete with friends throughout the day
Free iPhone and Android App
Make Fitness Part of Your Everyday Lifestyle. Put it on. Set a Goal. Go!
Because I was familiar with the Fitbit experience, I already knew that tracking how much you move really can make a difference in health and weight loss. For me seeing how little I moved encouraged me to find lots of small ways to add steps to my day. But the Fitbit Flex does have some obvious differences that are easy to spot such as how it is worn. Previous Fitbit trackers were worn in a clip and recommended to be worn on your waistband or on your bra, where the Fitbit Flex is worn in it’s wristband. (I should note that it does come with two different sized bands however the only ones who could use the small in our house were the kids. And someone asked me to check if the band was big enough to where on the ankle, again even with the large band only my skinny kids could put it on their ankle.) The wristband is comfortable though it did take a little work to get on the first time. But I wish it were available in more colors. It still wouldn’t go well if you really dressed up but at least I could make it match more outfits this way. Maybe even have some licensed styles so I could sport my team colors or something.
But aside from the style, the Fitbit Flex isn’t hugely different. The other major difference at least for me is that it doesn’t show you any numeric read out. It only used several lighted dots as indicators towards how far along you are to your daily goal. It also uses these lights to distinguish when its in tracking mode versus sleep mode. I do like the Fitbit Flex better for sleep tracking because I couldn’t get the other models to stay on while I slept no matter what I tried so I gave up on those. If you want to see actual numbers you can use your computer or a blue tooth enabled smart phone. With my past Fitbit I had issues with syncing but I have the Flex set up to sync with my phone and its super easy. You can actually watch your step count go up while you’re moving on your phone just like you could the other Fitbit models. However I did notice that while with the Fitbit Ultra I could not cheat for steps no matter how hard I tried (I was only trying for review purposes I swear), but with the Fitbit Flex I was able to gain ‘steps’ while sitting in a chair swinging my arm. For the most part I think it’s still an accurate tracker compared to a standard pedometer but just not as cheat proof as the Ultra.
For me, while its not the prettiest thing to wear, I do think wearing it somewhere I know it’s there and am able to wear it in the shower means I actually wear it considerably more than I remembered to wear my Fitbit Ultra. Since I see it and feel it opposed to the Ultra I realize if I don’t put it back on. Although the only time I have to take it off is to charge it. To charge, you take the unit out of the wristband and put it into the USB charger. The charge only lasts about 5 days which is less then the other Fitbits but it does charge quickly.
Things to note:
- You can’t view your actual steps on the fitbit (no # display).
- I’ve found it has a shorter battery life than my other FitBit.
- It’s not as accurate. AKA I can cheat it.
- I wouldn’t wear it when I get dressed up to go somewhere.
- Maybe it’s just me but the Flex was way easier for me to set up and keep sync’d.
- Since it’s on my wrist instead of attached to my clothes I don’t have to remember to move it or end up with it in the washer.
- It’s water resistant so I don’t have to take it off in the shower (maybe even getting steps while IN the shower) so I’m less likely to forget to put it back on.
- I LOVE the vibrating alarm feature.
- You can still share and compare activity with friends online!
- You can also track food and water intake using the mobile app!