Remember Fitbit Flex? We described it as one of the best simple fitness trackers, one that is affordable and has just enough features to keep you going with your day-to-day routine. Flex had only the basic features, but it was a good device, as it was pretty accurate, and, more importantly, had a splendid battery. However, Flex came out in 2013, and, as things go in modern times, it became obsolete quite quickly. Fitbit wanted to make a new product that could measure up to the competition but also wanted to keep Flex’s simple and natural design. So, they came up with a product that will essentially be Flex, but with some added features. They ended up with Flex 2, an improved but also more expensive device as compared to the original Flex.
Fibtit Flex 2 – The Sequel
One of the most distinctive features of the Flex 2 is its slim and minimalistic design. Flex 2 isn’t as slick and stylish as Alta, but it comes close. The device is minimal in size, and we’re not even using a metaphor here. The module is only a few centimetres wide and as long as your wrist is wide. It’s also very, very thin, and, to an untrained eye, Fitbit Flex 2 will appear as nothing more than a simple wristband.
The strap features the Fitbit trademark button clasp. This clasp is always met with mixed responses from customers and critics like myself alike, as it sometimes is very hard to lock it in place, leading you to squeeze the thing hard against your wrist, and that can be very uncomfortable. Flex 2 has a wide variety of straps that it’s compatible with, so you can customize the whole tracker in any way you want to. The module is taken out whenever you want to change the strap, but also when you need to charge the battery.
Another distinct feature of the Flex 2 is that it doesn’t have a screen. In order to make the unit as small as possible, Flex 2 has only a group of five LED lights that indicate your step count. This somewhat limits the tracker’s utility and makes it absolutely dependent on the accompanying app.
The LEDs will light up as you accumulate the steps, with the last LED turning on when you reach the maximum number of steps, with fifteen thousand being the cap. Aside from this, you won’t be able to see anything else, as we’ve said, without the app. However, Flex 2 does support notifications, although only from one source at a time. In the app, you can set Flex 2 to notify you of incoming calls, texts or alerts from social media of your preference.
One of the best features this product possess is the silent alarm. Waking up next to a screaming phone is never pleasant, so you can set Flex 2 to do it for you. The tracker will then wake you up gently by vibrating on your arm. The device can also be set to remind you to move by vibrating if you haven’t moved for an hour, encouraging you to be more active during your day.
When it comes to other features and measurements, Flex 2 is really basic. It counts your steps and tells you how many calories have you burned, but that’s about it. The app makes things a little bit more interesting by introducing a system of achievements and a journal that will motivate you, hopefully, to keep on moving. You can also compare your achievements with other app users, and even engage in “battles” with other “players”. However, all this attempt to make exercise interesting and rewarding left the science freaks wanting. Flex 2 doesn’t strive to provide in-depth data analysis, taking a more fun approach to the whole thing.
Talking about the product’s connectivity and compatibility, Flex 2 is a pretty versatile device. It can connect to most modern devices using Bluetooth 4.0, with the connection being very stable. It works best with iOS and Windows devices and has a little bit of a problem connecting to Android devices. In fact, many people report that their device refused to connect to an Android phone, but would suddenly and inexplicably connect to the device after a few days.
Finally, let’s say a few things about the battery and, ultimately, the price. Flex 2 doesn’t have the best battery. Being very small, the makers of Flex 2 had to sacrifice the runtime by putting in a smaller battery. At best, the product should run for about 5 days, if that. You may, with a little bit of care and planning, extend that time to seven days, but you would have to use the device very sparingly.
The battery also takes a while to recharge, adding to the woes of Flex 2 users worldwide. There is no dedicated charger for this tracker, and you will have to get an adapter that supports the device and then plug a standard phone charger into it.
Cost-wise, Flex 2 offers a fair price for the features it offers. Flex 2 costs some $100, which is a very good price, especially considering that the original Flex, which is largely obsolete, costs about the same.
Fitbit Flex 2 Review – Conclusion
All in all, Fitbit Flex 2 is a solid product with few but selected things to offer. It’s very small design is certainly attractive, as well as its fun app, but the absence of some features, like GPS, sleep tracking and a screen might put some people off. Ultimately, Fitbit Flex 2 is one of the best entry-level, no-hustle fitness trackers on the market.