Fitbit Flex

87
Engadget
Score
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Fitbit Flex review

Summary

The Flex offers all the features you'd desire most in a fitness tracker while also being more attractive and more affordable than its competitors.

from $79.99+
Pros
  • Wireless syncing over Bluetooth 4.0
  • Convenient, simple LED display
  • Competitively priced
  • Clean, attractive design with multiple color options
Cons
  • Sleep tracking is inconsistent at best
  • Database of nutritional data is disappointing
Fitbit Flex review
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We have truly entered the era of the quantified self. Editorials are shouting it from the rooftops, technologists are snickering "I told you so" and you, dear consumers, are just eating it up. If there's some sort of personal metric you'd like to monitor and view in a pretty little chart, there's a product out there to help you do it. Now, that doesn't necessarily reflect a mature market rather than a fleeting fad. But we'll say this: companies both big and small are offering a number of products for this growing niche and some have built their entire portfolio around a lineup of personal tracking devices. Fitbit is obviously one of those companies and, with the One, Zip and Aria WiFi scale already on the shelves, it's got a pretty robust set of options for those looking to turn their entire lives into a collection of infographics. With the Flex, though, it truly rounds out its offerings with a wearable band in the style of the Jawbone Up and Nike FuelBand.

There are, of course, a number of differences between all of these products -- not the least of which is price. At $100, the Flex undercuts its most direct competitors by at least $30. There's also support for Bluetooth 4.0, which delivers wireless syncing on both Android and iOS. The question is, does the Flex deliver enough at that price point to make it a clear choice?

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Scores

Engadget

87
 

Breakdown

Durability
8.0
Portability
8.5
Ease of use
6.9
Design and form factor
7.6
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Specs

Flex

Type
Wearable / clip-on
Tracking metrics
Motion / steps, Distance, Calories, Sleep
Media playback controls
no
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Specs

Flex

Type
Wearable / clip-on
Tracking metrics
Motion / steps, Distance, Calories, Sleep
Media playback controls
no
View Full Specs
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