The Misfit Wearables Flash offers many of the same features as its competitors, but for half the cost or less. True, the Flash is made of plastic — not metal like some more expensive models — but its sleek design makes it feel a lot higher-end than its price would imply. This wearable is also fashion-forward, giving you the option of seven bold colors.
The Flash is versatile. If you don’t feel like wearing it on your wrist, pop out the center, slip on the clip, and attach it to your workout gear. The clip-on option is also sport-friendly. When cycling, you can attach it to your shoe for greater accuracy.
Not only is Flash waterproof down to 96 feet, it can also track your swim (as well as your run, bike ride, or tennis match). One downside is the lack of a display. Want to know how close you are to your daily fitness goal? You’ll have to count the red lights around the dial. If six of the 12 lights illuminate, you’re halfway there. And it won’t tell you the time.
To track your fitness or sleep, you’ll have to use the Misfit app to sync the data to your iOS or Android device (it won’t work with your computer). Then you’ll get a daily summary of your exercise, calories, burned, and sleep. The chart provided is pretty simplistic, with few details to give meaning to your workouts. You’ll need outside apps like RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt!, or Apple Health for a deeper analysis of your workouts and weight loss. Sleep tracking is also somewhat thin. Like the pricier Fitbit Charge HR, Flash automatically tracks the number of hours you’ve slept and whether they were restful, but doesn’t explain what that means to you. Bottom line: Misfit Flash is a good entry-level option.
December 09, 2015