Fitbit Flex 2 review: finally waterproof – Jugo Mobile

Fitbit was an early pioneer in the fitness tracker gold rush, but one thing it never quite cracked was waterproofing. Everything changes with the Fitbit Flex 2, a fitness tracker that not only lets you wear it in the shower, but also in the pool.

This, to me, is an exciting development. The current state of my knees means that I can’t run or cycle much, so I swim a little to maintain my fitness. But I still want a rounded fitness tracker, so when I get back to land-based fitness pursuits, I don’t have to upgrade to anything new.

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The Flex 2 offers precisely the full feature set I need. It’s not only waterproof, but it can also track how many lengths you’ve swum, in addition to all the usual fitness tracking metrics. It will track your steps and sleep, walks, runs, bike rides, gym sessions and more.[gallery:0]

Plus, as with most fitness trackers, the Flex 2 will estimate calories burned based on your age, height, and gender; it will provide an educated estimate of how far you have walked or run; and it will also help you track the food you eat and your water intake.

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The good thing about the Flex 2, however, is that thanks to Fitbit’s SmartTrack technology, it keeps tabs on everything on that list (apart from your food intake) fully automatically. The only problem is that you need to be indulging in this activity for at least 15 minutes before the Flex 2 registers it as such. It is possible to change this to recognize shorter periods of activity, but ten minutes is your minimum.

Fitbit Flex 2 review: Design and comfort

The design of the Flex 2 is similar to the previous version, but it’s more practical this time around. The tracker itself is a tiny plastic diamond, adorned with five status LEDs used to indicate charging status and notifications. It has a vibrating motor inside to remind you to get up and move around, quietly wake you up in the morning, and notify you of incoming text messages and phone calls. You can even make it buzz when a WhatsApp message arrives, though that’s instead rather than in addition to SMS alerts.

The basic Fitbit Flex 2 that I received for review comes with a plastic strap in different colors and is comfortable to wear. It feels a lot sturdier than the old Fitbit Flex, and the clasp snaps in firmly and securely. I don’t see this happening by accident.[gallery:1]

The plastic strap, however, is just the start for the Flex 2. Fitbit is marketing the tracker to the fashion-conscious user with a range of shiny straps and pendants available to accessorize it.

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The prices for these accessories, however, are breathtaking. These bracelets and pendants come in silver, gold and rose gold finishes and cost £70 or £80 each. The gold and rose gold bracelet/pendant is plated in real 22k gold, so it’s not as expensive as it looks, but I’m not so sold on the value for money of the “ silver” version because it is actually regular stainless steel.

I’m also not convinced of the practicality of such trinkets. Fitbit didn’t send any to us to test, but a quick visit to the company’s website is enough to discover that they might not be the ideal thing to mount the Flex 2 on. Indeed, Fitbit warns that you should not expose the bracelet or pendant to water or it may discolor, and it may affect tracking accuracy because worn loose. More specifically, the company says you’ll completely lose the automatic SmartTrack feature if you wear the Fitbit 2 in a pendant.

Given the fuss Fitbit made about these fashion-conscious new accessories when it launched the Flex 2, this admission is somewhat startling, and I wonder why it didn’t just focus on the fact to make standard bracelets more attractive to look at.

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