I never quite understand it when someone is very much into data from working out. “Data junkie”, as I called it. It is only recently that I turned into a data junkie myself that I now know why working out and reviewing all the data later on is so satisfying. I for one is not into my pace or time when it comes to running but data? I like! What if i tell you that there is a fitness wristband that is able to provide you with so much more than just data from your workout but also data on your lifestyle routine? Introducing the new Fitbit Flex 2.
The one I had on my wrist for months is just a basic one. Initially I thought the Flex 2 is just like the one I had. Basic. But I was so wrong. Looking at it and reading the product page is so different than using it first hand. As soon as I had my hands on the Flex 2, I downloaded the Fitbit app from Apple store and Fitstar app, which I will talk more later 🙂
Unboxing Flex 2
The color I got is Magenta. So you will find the same exact band color on the outside of the box. I let out a sigh of relieve that I got Magenta. It is a dark pink that almost look like a purple. Perfect pink I say. I was expecting to get a basic black but everybody knows, Fiona love pink 😀
Alright. Back to the box. Techie people like to do a full unboxing but I am not going to do that here as it is really nothing to unbox, which is just the way I like. Once you break the seal off at the bottom of the box, pull the hard paper tray out and you will see that all the content are already laid out perfectly. Inside, there are two Magenta band. I was really not expecting to see two bands. One in the size S/P and another one in the size L/G. Band size S fits my small wrist perfectly. Then the tracker is in the USB charger. And lastly a setup booklet with safety instruction and warranty booklet. That’s it! Simple.
First thing first, I already downloaded both the Fitbit and Fitstar app into my phone so the next thing to do is to charge my tracker using the USB charger. Basically just align the three gold charging pins and snap the tracker in into the charger and charge the tracker using any USB port. You will feel the device vibrates when it is connected correctly. You will know that the tracker is fully charged when all the dots lights up simultaneously. It does not take long to have the tracker fully charged. Say around 1-2 hours? Battery lasts for about 5 days.
Next is to take the tracker out of the charger and slid it into the band. I have heard so much stories that other fitness tracker device will slide off the band but not with this Fitbit Flex 2. It holds the tracker tightly and chances for the tracker to “flew of” from the band is literally zero 😀
I must also mentioned this cool clasp of Flex 2. The double button clasp feature has a round-head clasp on top to secure the band according to your preferred wrist size and the bottom smaller clasp into the next hole to secure the band even further from moving around. As much as I like the double-secure clasp, yanking it out is so tough especially that I took the band off several times a day for shower. After a few weeks of doing so, I have somewhat mastered the removing process lol.
Fashionable and Trendy
Flex 2 is by far the most trendiest and slimmest fitness tracker, even for someone who always want to match her accessories with her clothes. It is by far the snuggliest fitness tracker for my wrist. The loop hole shape is not exactly round but slightly square on the sides mimicking our wrist contour.
When I say fashion meets fitness, I do mean it. One of the feature of Flex 2 is that it is able to fit into interchangeable accessories such as bangle and necklace. You can actually buy these extra accessories from Fitbit too! So anytime you want to go glam but not wanting to sacrifice your fitness wristband, you can just swap the band with a bangle or slide it into a necklace.
Comparing to my Garmin Forerunner 235, Flex 2 is just a timid little cute tracker on my wrist. So cute. I do not remove it for anything other than shower. It is my main tracker all day everyday. It is waterproof and swim-proof as it also made to track swimming, which I don’t swim so I cannot tell you how that fares.
The Fitbit app is a must if you have a Fitbit. It tells you so much than just steps. It is able to track your exercise goal, your sleep, your water intake, weight loss or gain journey and best part? Food intake. Now that one got me really excited. You can even customize your Fitbit app interface.
The one feature I used the most besides Food intake is the Exercise tracker. Each time I move regardless running, HIIT or other cross training, the tracker automatically tracked my exercise, depending on the customization. SmartTrack™ will recognize it and tracks it automatically. Everything is so detail that I am able to see the insight of each exercise I did. You can even set your exercise goal. I set mine with 5 exercises per week 😀
I am pretty on target when it comes to sleep LOL. It even tracked my cat nap! Amazing. This tracker is also able to soft vibrate at my selected alarm time to wake me up but honestly I have never felt it other than 2 days ago where I was awake before the soft vibrate alarm.
Now, my favourite. Food intake diary that I need to key in everytime I eat something. I was pretty on the dot except for the days I had chinese meals. I have no idea how to put calories to certain dish so I left those days out. On days I had Italian food (my favourite) and Western food (also my favourite), I find that to be not a problem. Anyhow, Google has been very helpful with determining the calories. For example today I just googled for Kolo Mee calories 😛
I find this feature to works well for me as before this I have no idea how much calories I put inside my body daily. This app helped me to keep track of what to do and how much more to eat. My daily calories is around 700-800, depending if I workout in the morning prior or not. If I do, then I am allowed to slightly higher calories, which always makes me happy because I am always under target on those days 😀 . As for the Water intake, I failed in that category haha! It is either I cannot remember how much I have drank or that I have forgotten to drink water!
Fitstar Personal Trainer
I never knew that Fitbit has personal trainer in the app until I was told to download the Fitstar app. It is also accessible through the Fitbit app. I personally love working out with a trainer. Compared to a real human trainer where you need to be at a specific location at a specific time but with Fitstar, I can workout anytime at anywhere I want. On days I do not feel like running, I will just setup my phone, changed to my workout clothes and sweat away.
The below is how Fitstar app looks like.
And if you need more, just sign up for Fitstar Premium package! I foresee myself signing up once I have go through all the workout on Fitstar.
SmartTrack™ Auto Exercise Recognition and Reminders To Move is one the key feature in Fitbit Flex 2 that works hand-in-hand with my always itchy legs. I must admit that before Flex 2 came along, I have been slacking with my running for quite a bit. But because I am forever obsessed with getting the stats and datas into my profile, I ran more now. Or at least walk otherwise the tracker will vibrates non-stop lol. The tracker syncs wirelessly to my phone so each time I had my bluetooth ON, the updates accordingly and my datas are ready for me to view.
Besides fitting my wrist snuggly, it also does not moves around and since it is also made of rubber, it does not gives me sweaty wrist like my Garmin. I kind of like this better since it does not interfere with my running and the Magenta color simply stood out. I was told to clean my hand and wrist after working out to prevent odour but so far mine smells like perfume lol thanks to my perfume-y clothes. It is also recommended to remove the band and give the wrist a rest as prolonged rubbing and pressure may irritate the skin. So far no issue on that for me either. I have been wearing it a few weeks straight. But of course I remove it before shower.
Here is a fun fact. Flex within Fitbit range is considered one of the slim fitness tracker available and Flex 2 is made to be even slimmer. In fact it is 30% smaller then the first Flex. Flex 2 is able to send you notification through its unique vibrations and color-coded lights. If your Flex 2 is low on battery, it will let you know on the phone and an email will be sent to you. All these notifications are customizable through the Fitbit app.
Anytime, you can tap on the device to check on your goals. For example steps goal, calories goal, distance goals or active minutes. The blinking lights will tell you your progress. One blinking light means there is a lot more to go lol. If you have achieved your goal for the day, all five lights will lights us and vibrates for a few seconds. A happy vibration.
Overall, to be honest I was in for a surprise. I thought this Flex 2 is just like another other fitness tracker but turns out it does more than I expected it to do. Never judge the book by its cover, eh? The slim band does not mean this is “just any other fitness tracker”. It is obviously not. You can do so much with the Fitbit Flex 2 and see everything in a glance through the Fitbit app. Unknowingly, it has become my main fitness tracker. It is the only tracker I had on all day all night and only remove before shower. Depends on each individual, I find many of the feature suits my lifestyle such as the Fitstar Personal Trainer, the Food intake and Exercise tracker.
Flex 2 comes in seven classic band colors – Black, Navy, Magenta, Lavender, Blush Pink, Gray, and Yellow.
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Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.