Thursday, March 16, 2017

I Won a Fitbit Flex 2!

Another day, another raffle prize! This time it's a Fitbit Flex 2.

Two raffle prizes in one week! What!

What's in the box?

The packaging is fairly minimal. I got Apple vibes, mostly because of the little setup folder, which reminded me of the baby instruction manual that comes with an iPhone or MacBook.

Actual contents include the tracker, nestled in its charging dock, and two wrist bands: a Small and a Large. How thoughtful!

Tracker and charger, wristbands, manual

The manual contains a tiny card that instructs you to go to the Fitbit website, which in turn tells you to download the app. The app then asks you to register -- you confirm your email separately -- and asks your height, sex, weight, and birthday. Then it runs you through how to charge the tracker, how to attach it to the band, etc.

How Long Between Opening the Box and Using It?

Initial charging takes about two hours. Afterwards, I slapped it on immediately and synced it to my phone. All set and ready to go!

So How Is It?

Battery-wise, the Fitbit is great. I've been wearing it now for two days, and it's about halfway through its charge.

As for counting steps and showing you various information about your day and night, it's also terrific. You can choose which data you want displayed on the dashboard, e.g. if I only care about my sleep and my weight, I remove the calorie counter, the water intake counter, and everything else.

Here's a screenshot of yesterday's info:


In case you're wondering, I am totally bragging about how many steps I took. Ignore the weight, I was bloated and will return to my svelte 110 shortly.

The only drawback so far is that the sleep tracker isn't completely accurate. Last night, I couldn't sleep so I read for about 30 minutes, but the Fitbit thought I was already sleeping because I was so still. Oh well.

Apart from the Dashboard, the Fitbit has the following other tabs:
  • Challenges: Fitness goals (some free, some paid) with exciting names like "Weekend Warrior"
  • Guidance: Workout videos via Fitstar, which is another app you need to download
  • Friends: Create a social network centered on your fierce walking!
  • Account: Device setup, advanced settings, etc.

In summary, there's a lot more going on here than just counting steps, but overall the Fitbit is effective at encouraging you to move more.

Why Are You Pouting?

Well, I was originally told that I won the Fitbit Alta, which also tells time.

Oh My God.

I know, I know! I'm grateful for my incredible good luck. #blessed

TL;DR: I won a Fitbit Flex2 and it's great!


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