The wearable device market is going to heat up considerably this year; we have all sorts of different fitness tracking wristbands, smart watches, Google Glass, and more. We're starting off the year with Fitbit, and its Flex device.
Fitbit's Flex is a wireless activity and sleep wristband, which tracks all sorts of different things like the amount of steps you've taken.
Fitbit bursts onto the scene with some serious tracking, a great mobile app, and minute-by-minute tracking of your physical fitness. The company also has a bunch of accessories for its various devices, but that's something we'll get into in the future.
The Flex goes for around $100 on Amazon, but there's also the new Force which has just landed (I only found out about it after I had purchased the Flex). The Fitbit Force is $163 USD on Amazon, so you'll have to weigh up the differences. Hopefully we'll have a Force soon that we'll compare the Flex against.
PRICING: You can find the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband retails for $97.94 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband retails for 67.56 pounds at Amazon UK.
Canada: The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband retails for $99.95 at Amazon Canada.
Germany: The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband retails for EUR 93,00 at Amazon DE.
France: The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband retails for EUR 92,00 at Amazon France.
For now, let's see what the Flex is capable of, and get the specifications on it.
As you can see, the Flex does a lot of things. It comes with two wristbands: a 'small' wristband, and a 'large' wristband. This is great, as Fitbit could've easily sold it as just the small, or large, and sold the different size as an accessory.
The Flex is capable of wirelessly syncing with your PC or Mac, thanks to its included wireless sync dongle. This is included in the box as well; another great addition by Fitbit.
There are three different colors the Flex arrives in: black, slate, and pink. Fitbit also offers three different colors through accessory bands: navy, tangerine, and teal. I picked up the black one, as I thought it looked better (to my taste).
What's in the Box
I didn't quite know what to expect when I opened up the box for the Flex, but it comes with so much that makes tracking your fitness and sleep much easier.
In the box, you'll receive the Flex tracker itself, two wristbands for it (small, and large), a wireless sync dongle, charging cable, and access to free mobile apps for the iPhone and Android devices. I'm using a Nexus 5, so I have the app on my smartphone, and Chrome on my PC, so I have it synced to my PC as well.
I found it incredible that Fitbit included all of this in the box; maybe it's normal with wearable fitness trackers, but this impressed me. The wireless sync dongle is an awesome addition, as is the smaller wristband.