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Fitbit Flex activity tracker

 
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$79.99 - $129.99
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Summary: This activity tracker, the Fitbit Flex, counts steps, tracks calories, logs calorie intake from foods you consume, monitors sleep efficiency, syncs wirelessly to your computer or smart phone, and it has an indicator to tell you how close you are to your daily activity goal. You also can swim or shower with this tracker and it has an alarm.
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About - Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex is part of the activity tracker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, activity trackers models like the Flex are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Step count accuracy:
Combined step count accuracy for walking for five minutes on a level treadmill at 3 mph, using an elliptical exerciser for five minutes, walking up and down several flights of stairs and picking up toys from the floor.

Calorie accuracy:
Combined calorie use accuracy from walking on a level treadmill at 3 mph for five minutes and using an elliptical exerciser for five minutes.

Ease of use and features:
Ease of use includes clarity of instructions and how easy it was to operate the device, and important features.
User Reviews - Fitbit Flex
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1.0
Neat product, terrible quality
5/9/2015
Pros
Small
Software
Water Resistant
Cons
Quality
Best Uses
Comment:
I've had just about every FitBit product. I pre-ordered the very first one, and have upgraded at almost every product release. The Flex has been by far, the most frustrating. I'm now on the third one, and looking to replace it despite my love of the software and the Aria scale its time to move on. <br /><br />The quality of these devices is very poor, and if you read the FitBit forums you will notice I'm not alone. After some time the device just refuses to charge despite following the recommended steps to resolve the issue. I was able to use a small binder clip for a while to get it to charge, but the ritual of spending 5-15 minutes fiddling with it, just to make it do what it is supposed to has worn thin.<br /><br />I would consider going back to a pocket tracker to stay in the FitBit universe but the convenience of the wrist based tracker is hard to pass on.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Cute but faulty
5/6/2015
Pros
easy to use
Simple design
Cons
Battery failures
Best Uses
Walking hiking
Comment:
I finally had to give up on my Fitbit Flex. I have had to replace three times within the first year. Thankfully I bought at REI, so replacements were as easy as going to the store with the receipt, even on the third return. Sad because I love the design, trust the tracker, and don't have an issue with charging a battery every 5-7 days (just like all my other electronic devices).
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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1.0
What to like?
4/27/2015
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
For me the negatives way out number the positives. I do find the unit to be accurate. I input my stride length initially and have compared it to other pedometers, cell phone apps and a GPS. I walk on a regular basis and I find the summary information that the app and on-line statics provide are helpful and interesting. <br />So, what's not to like?<br />The band is problematic.<br />The unit does not consistently sync.<br />It needs to be charged every few days.<br />Other than the vibrate for 10,000 steps it gives no helpful standalone information.<br />Given the above considerations, it is a poor value.<br /><br />Yes, it can be used as a sleep monitor but that does not offset the day-to-day shortcomings.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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