Get fit in a flash (and on a budget) with Misfit’s latest wearable tech: the Misfit Flash.
The Misfit Flash – released in September 2014 – is the second wearable fitness product from Misfit Wearables. It follows the company’s first entry into the wearables market in 2013, with the Misfit Shine and can be considered it’s budget-friendly alternative relative.
In short, the Flash does almost everything the Shine can do, but it does it for half the price.
So what’s the big deal?
We’re glad you asked.
Misfit appearance and features
Visual appeal is obviously an important consideration for wearables. While your purchase is going to be largely motivated by functionality, a stylish wearable means you won’t hide it under the sleeve of your jacket, or leave it at home because it doesn’t ‘match’ your outfit. With a minimal, almost conservative design, the Misfit Flash can easily be mistaken for your everyday watch. For the colour conscious, it's also available in seven colours – including the wear-with-anything frost or onyx – so it won't call too much attention to itself. Not that you wouldn't want it to, you stylish thing, you.
The downgrade to a polycarbonate material – compared to the Shine’s anodised aircraft-grade aluminium – is the sacrifice that has allowed Misfit Wearables to produce the Flash for less. And with the included clasp version, the Flash isn’t limited to being worn on the wrist and can be clipped to your waist, sleeve, shoe, pocket, lapel and more, depending on your chosen activity.
What does the Misfit Flash do?
Dubbed by its maker as a ‘fitness and sleep monitor’, the Flash tracks calories burned, distance travelled, steps taken, sleep quality and duration. The device’s front face acts as a button. Pressing it makes it alternate between the time and your daily activity progress.
Speaking of activities, you might be wondering ‘Is the Misfit suitable for my routine?’ If you can tick one of the following off, then yes: running, walking, cycling, tennis, basketball, soccer.
Actually, we lied. It’s obviously not only limited to these sports and can be used for pretty much any sporting or fitness activity you wish to track your progress of. Oh, and did we mention that it's water resistant for up to 30 metres? Making it a great option for swimmers and surfers as well.
The Misfit Flash App
Tracking and setting your activity goals is all handled from within your smartphone and tablet app. The following devices are compatible with the Misfit Flash:
- iPhone 4S
- iPod Touch 5
- iPad 3
- Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3
- Google Nexus 4
- Android 4.3 BLE devices
Once downloading the Misfit App from the App Store or Google Play, just create an account from within the app if you don’t already have one to get started. The Flash will then interact with your smartphone or tablet via BlueTooth. From within the app you can customise the activity you’re about to undertake by using the menu option, and choosing either cycling, soccer, tennis, swimming or basketball. Hold the front face button of the Flash until the lights circulating syncs the changed activity type from the app to the wearable. The Misfit App allows you to set daily goals, which are then tracked over time and displayed in visually accessible graphs and percentages. There is also a leaderboard, so you can compare your progress with friends’ for, as we all know, competition is sometimes the best motivator.
The Misfit Flash battery
The Misfit Flash comes with a replaceable 3 Volt CR2032 coin cell battery, which should last approx. four to six months with normal use. Changing it looks to be a straightforward process, as you can see in the video below: