These days Christmas doesn’t seem to be Christmas without a piece of technology inside one of the neatly wrapped presents which lay under the tree. So, when I was sent a Fitbit Flex to review as part of the Giff Gaff Christmas technology guide, it certainly felt like Santa had arrived a little bit early.
The Fitbit Flex is a slim and stylish device which you wear on your wrist. It’s appearance is such in that it looks like, at first glance, to be one of those rubber wristbands that everyone seems to wear – but take a look a bit closer and you will see what is beneath this clever exterior.
The Fitbit Flex can be worn all of the time. During the day it calculates your steps, distance covered and calories burned then, switch over to night time, and it follows your quality of sleep.
One of the things that I am really impressed with is that it lets you set your own goals. Something not all of this type of technology allows you to do. To help you follow your progress, the LED lights are there to show you how you are getting on. Each light means yu have met 20% of your goal. Whether it be steps, calories, or distance, you can choose which target you would like to monitor.
Another added benefit is that the Flex continues to work all night as it measures your sleep quality. Your dashboard will show you how long you slept for and how many times you woke up. There is also a built-in silent alarm that vibrates to wake you up at the time you choose, helping you to wake more gently.
Now for the technology (fit)bit! The Fitbit Flex automatically syncs all of your data to PCs, Macs, many iOS devices and specific Android phones without the need to plug it in or push any buttons. This means that you constantly have real-time information on your stats throughout the day. It also works with a number of popular apps including My Fitness Pal and Spark People.
The thing I really love is it’s ability to track runs using the MobileRun app. You can use the GPS from your phone to track run stats such as pace, time and distance. You can view your routes as you run and then scroll through your history afterwards. You can even control your running tunes! I am really looking forward to putting it through it’s paces.
If you are looking for a nifty gadget gift that is also going to help them get fit during 2015 then the Fitbit Flex is certainly one to consider.
Disclosure: I was sent the Fitbit Flex for the purpose of this post, however, all views and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.