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I’ve been waiting so long to say this so I’m just going to get it out there – there’s a new WATERPROOF fitbit!

When the Surge came out, I was hopeful. When the Blaze came out, I was was hopeful. When the Alta came out… well, I wasn’t really expecting much in the way of a revolutionary experience from the low cost Alta, but I still had a tiny glimmer of hope. Nope. I was disappointed every single time. I was afraid to get my hopes up again only to have them come crashing down around me, but Fitbit have done it – finally.

The Flex 2 is fully waterproof. There’s no more desperately trying to hide your wrist when you get caught out in the rain, there’s no more panicking when you’re halfway through your shower and you realise you forgot to take your tracker off, and perhaps best of all you can track a whole new sport – swimming!

 

Flex 2: The Big Brother

Once the excitement of the waterproofing wore off, I was able to instantly tell that the Flex 2 was (in some way) related to the older Fitbit Flex (which Fitbit have now discontinued). It looks somewhat similar, and still has the fundamental features of the Flex (like the steps/calories/distance tracker), and the sleep tracking function. There’s only actually one significant new function aside from the waterproofing and swim tracking, and that’s text notifications. Not really blowing my socks off here, but I’ll take it.

There’s still no ‘floors climbed’ feature, no heart rate tracker, nor GPS, but that’s expected with the Fitbit Flex 2. The Flex was, after all, one of Fitbit’s most basic models. If you want these features, choose a model from higher up the range, like the Surge or Blaze, for example. Don’t expect too much from the Flex 2.

What’s frustrating however, is that there’s still some features missing from the Flex 2 (that weren’t around on the original Flex, either), that I’d say should by now be pretty standard on any activity tracker. They can add text notifications, but can’t include an LED display to show you the time? Hmmm.

 

Great For Some, Not For Others

Now, Fitbit haven’t come out and explicitly said that the Flex 2 is designed for women. Why would they? They’d be eliminating 50% of their audience. But when you compare the Flex 2 to the Surge, the Blaze, and even the new Fitbit Charge 2, it’s undoubtedly a lot more dainty. In fact, the Flex 2 is Fitbit’s smallest band to date (yes, it’s even smaller than the already tiny Fitbit Alta), so if you’re looking for something a little heavier, bulkier, and robust, this isn’t the Fitbit for you. Want something understated? It’s great!

 

Priorities

Sadly, aside from the swimming feature (which we have to admit makes the Flex 2 the obvious choice), the ‘big thing’, the ‘unique selling point’ about the Flex 2 seems to be accessories. You can wear the tracker on a standard Fitbit-style wristband, on a bangle, or even on a necklace. We get that the tracker is designed to be worn at all times, so having the option to customise is nice, but Fitbit seem to have made this the Flex 2’s defining feature. There’s even a whole ‘designed collections’ part of the website, while the groundbreaking waterproofing (remember this is Fitbit’s first ever waterproof tracker) is only mentioned in passing. We can’t help but wonder if Fitbit have maybe got their priorities a bit out of sync.

If you’re looking for a low cost exercise tracker that does its job, don’t get too caught up in the whole ‘designer’ aspect of the Flex 2. The focus on looks and aesthetics masks that this is actually a really good fitness tracker, especially for the price. If I had the choice, I’d probably rather that the waterproofing feature was added to the Alta, not the Fitbit Flex (what can I say, I value the display), but for now I’m quite happy to take what I can get!

What’s in the Box…

  • Removable Fitbit Flex 2 Tracker
  • 2 Classic Wristband (Large and Small)
  • Charging Cable

Fitbit Flex 2
Waterproofing, swim tracking a sexy range of attractive accessories make the Fitbit Flex 2 an activity tracker to take note of.
Design90%
Usability84%
Battery Life81%
Features85%
85%Overall Score
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