Despite a few annoyances, the Fitbit Flex 2 is a near-perfect affordable fitness tracker
- Waterproofing and swim-tracking
- Easy to use
- Helpful app
- No GPS or heart-rate monitoring
Time sure does fly. Originally released in 2016, the Fitbit Flex 2 is a little long in the tooth now, but the company doesn’t seem to have much interest in replacing it. So should you buy one today?
Yeah, absolutely. If you just want simple step tracking in a stylish package, then the Fitbit Flex 2 has an awful lot going for it. The addition of swim tracking is a great little bonus, and Fitbit’s community features are second to none. It’s especially appealing now as it’s quite a bit cheaper than its launch price of £80: it’s £50 at Argos, for example.
No, it doesn’t have built-in GPS or heart-rate tracking, but if those things matter to you, you’re probably not the Fitbit Flex 2 demographic anyway. The Fitbit Flex 2 is a masterclass in minimalism, and it does what it sets out to achieve brilliantly. Even three years into its life.
Jon’s original review continues below
Despite being the best in fitness-tracker wearables, Fitbit has shied away from waterproofing in the past. Fitbit’s Charge 2 was great, but its lack of protection against water let it down. Fitbit waterproofing is finally here, with the affordable Flex 2 fitness tracker.
As an avid swimmer, this is the most enticing new addition. I’m always in the pool, but I’m still after a fitness tracker that works just as well when I’m out of the water, even if I don’t fare so well on land. Fitbit’s Flex 2 is well rounded, with the waterproofing paired with some welcome added extras such as keeping track of how many (or how few) lengths you just swam in your local pool.
The best thing is that absolutely everything (other than food intake) is tracked automatically thanks to the in-built SmartTrack tech. Simply take part in that activity for 15 minutes or more, be it cycling or your weekly gym session, and it will log all the necessary info.
It’s crammed with the usual fitness-tracking features, such as step-tracking, sleep-monitoring and gym-session debriefs. It will also roughly calculate how many calories you’ve consumed during the day in relation to your height, age and sex, as well as help keep track of food and water intake.
Fitbit Flex 2 review: Design
The Flex 2 is not so dissimilar to its 2013 predecessor, but there are a smattering of practicality improvements. For one, the five status LEDs placed on the plastic tracker itself give you a handy heads-up about remaining charge and any important notifications. It will vibrate when it wants you to do something, act as an alarm clock in the morning, and give you a nudge when any text messages or phone calls are on the way.
The plastic strap I was sent with my Flex 2 review unit is black and basic, but you do get the choice of five different colours. It’s super-comfortable to wear, and I only noticed it on my wrist from time to time. It feels remarkably well put together, with the clasps holding on tight, so I wouldn’t expect this’ll fall off on accident all too often.
If you’re the type that wants standout accessories, be prepared to pay some pretty hefty sums of money. For gold- and rose-finished pendants, you’ll be forking out around £80 – although they are plated in proper 22K gold. The “silver” version costs about the same, however, but is just stainless steel. And if you do get the extras, it’s not recommended you take them in the water.
|Wearing modes||Wrist strap|
|OS support||Android, iOS|
|Battery life||Up to 5 days of battery life from one charge|