We’ve been very vocal about how Fitbit has the best fitness tracker app on the market. And we are very comfortable saying Fitbit has the best fitness tracker line up on the market as well. The Fitbit Flex 2 is the company’s latest offering in the budget fitness tracker category. It is obvious Fitbit went back to the drawing board and improved upon its original Fitbit Flex. This is GYMCADDY’s Review on the Fitbit Flex 2. We will be providing links to these products so you can buy them from Amazon or Best Buy if you are interested.
Ok, lets get the basics out of the way. For $99 you get your Fitbit Flex 2 module, a usb charging cradle, and 2 silicon wrist bands of different sizes. The Fitbit Flex 2 will keep track of your steps, sleep quality, distance covered, calories burned, and active minutes. The wristband it self is slimmer than the original Fitbit Flex but still has the same high quality feel we have come to expect from other Fitbit products. The wristband it self has a soft touch feel to it and has raised textured hatching all around. Just be warned, if you have hair on your arm expect there to be some minimal hair pulling. The slim and minimalist design of the wristband is discreet and looks great both in and outside of the gym. You can wear it around the office without it clashing with your work clothes. Best part is, you completely forget you're even wearing the thing.
The Fitbit Flex 2 has an updated notification system that is an evolution from its original design. There are 5 vertically placed bright LED’s that will tell you at a glance how close you are to achieving your step count goal for the day. They also fixed their clasping mechanism which is now much easier to put on. We’ve also been vocal about how much we disliked the last clasp and we’re so happy they did something about it. Your Flex 2 can also sync with your phone and notify you when you're getting a call or when you've received a text. Just remember theres no screen on the Flex 2 so you wont be able to know from who you're getting a call or text from. Also you interact with your Fitbit Flex 2 by simply tapping it twice, compared to the original Fitbit Flex the Flex 2 is much more responsive than before. The Flex 2 will also notify you when its time to get up and move around. We also noticed the Flex 2 has a much more powerful vibration motor in it. Thanks to the more powerful motor silent alarms are much more noticeable than the last version.
Since this is an entry level fitness tracker the Fitbit Flex 2 does not have a heart rate monitor. And for some people thats ok. The Flex 2 also has an OK battery life of around 5 days, give or take. The Fitbit Flex 2 will be able to accurately count your steps, track calories burned, sleep quality, distance walked, and active minutes. All of this information will be beautifully displayed in the accompanying Fitbit app. We’ve said it before and well say it again, when buying a fitness tracker you're not just buying the hardware, you're also buying its software, and Fitbit has the best fitness app on the market. Its simple enough were you can get all of your stats at a glance of the home screen, but robust enough to go into in-depth detail with just a swipe of your finger. It also has the best social media sharing platform that helps you stay motivated through friends and weekly challenges.
The Flex 2 will also be able to automatically recognize when you're working out and will automatically start logging your stats for you. We did find that the Flex 2 was better at recognizing aerobic exercises and not so much body building or powerlifting movements. We also found that the Flex 2 doesn't perform to well when it comes to tracking workouts done on treadmills, stationary bikes, or anything else of the sort. But we believe the Flex Two will be more popular with people who like to go on a walk or run around their neighborhood. The Flex 2 is now also water resistant and you can now swim with it. It’ll even count your laps automatically. After testing the new swim feature we found it to be rather accurate, it did how ever add a lap or two at times. But thats ok.
Like we mentioned before, the Fitbit Flex 2 comes included with 2 wristbands of different sizes. Thats because you can easily remove your fitbit from its wristband and swap it into a different different band if you so choose. Fitbit also sales different housings for your dongle like a necklace, or an all metal bangle. Are they a must have… no, but having good looking options to play with are surly welcomed. We also expect third parties to start producing after market wrist bands for the module for both men and women.
The Fitbit Flex 2 is a great addition to the Fitbit family. Its a well made fitness tracker that will help you accurately measure your progress as you advance through your fitness career. Fitness trackers might not be for everyone, but the Flex 2 is a great first step for anyone who wants to try it out. Its discreet and comfortable enough to wear 24/7 and the information it supplies can be invaluable to the right person. If you are really interested in something with a heart rate monitor then the Fitbit Charge 2 might be exactly what you're looking for. The GYMCADDY Team is comfortable enough to recommend the Fitbit Flex 2 to anyone who is in the market for a relatively affordable fitness tracker that can help them stay motivated to lose weight, track their steps, and their sleep.