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Fitbit Flex Alternatives

Updated on November 26, 2014

What is the Fitbit Flex?

Basically The Fitbit Flex is a wireless activity + Sleep Wristband. Okay, so what does it do and how will it benefit me?

Well simply by wearing one it tracks the number of steps you take, the distance you have moved and also the amount of calories you have burned. It also monitors how long and how well you sleep, and it can wake you up silently in the morning without waking up anybody else. The LED's light up to indicate your daily target. They are slim light and extremely comfortable to wear.

Are there other makers or alternatives of the Fitbit Flex band? Certainly, let's look at some of the alternatives and the various other Fitbit Flex type devices available.

Garmin Vivofit

A strange name for such as device but hey it works and does an excellent job too. It cost's a little bit more than the Fitbit Flex much has a longer battery and is waterproof. So yes, you can leave it on while taking a shower. Not only does this track steps, distance and calories burnt, it can also monitor your workout if connected to a heart rate monitor which is purchased separately. If you still still for too long, an indicator will remind you.

This syncs wirelessly with a PC or any smart device.

Nike+ FuelBand SE

For more of a stylish alternative to the Fitbit, we have the Nike+ FuelBand SE. Cool name and cool design. They range from $99 - $150 and have all the features of the others with the step, distance and calorie counting, and even sleep monitoring. However a function which stands out here is the calorie burn improvement program which logs different types of workout e.g. endurance and weightlifting.

These devices are water resistant and automatically sync with iOS devices however they are not compatible with any Android devices unfortunately.

Polar Loop

Polar actually specialize in heart rate monitoring devices, therefore this is an very good area for them to get into and a very good alternative to the Fitbit Flex.

The device actually takes into consideration your age, weight and gender to accurately measure your daily physically activities. It has also of the main functions of the above sports bands and syncs easily to the iPhone or iPod touch however not to the Android. Good news is it also has a web platform with you can upload data via USB.

The bracelet has intensity levels, and it gives you instructions e.g. when to stand up, when to walk, jog and how long for in order to achieve your goal. The higher the intensity level, the quicker you will meet your goal.

The main drawback for this devices is the lack of an altimeter, so it can't count how many step you take going up the stairs. It will simply count them as horizontal distance.

Bowflex Boost

This is a very simple alternative to the Fitbit Flex just a futuristic look light and that's it. The red, yellow and green lights are indicators as to how close you are to your goal.

Does the job and very popular due to it's low price of around $50.

Again compatible with iOS devices but not the Android

Chinese models

On Alibaba I have noticed a lot of Chinese models ranging from $5 to $10 all though you normally have to purchase in batches of around 100 minimum in order to get the lower end of the bargin.

These models do look good in the pictures and do showcase a lot of the features of the Fitbit Flex models however I am not really convinced until I see one in action. I would never blindly purchase 100 models but I would definitely be interested in purchasing one as a sample even if it costs a little, its still cheaper than the Fitbit Flex.

Do be very careful when buying from Alibaba for the first time. There are definitaly a lot of scams and fake companys even though they are listes as Gold Suppliers.

I once enquired about tablets and my inbox was hammered with offers ranging from $50 to $100. If it looks too good to be true then in most cases it probably is. I checked out their homepages and they all looked dodgy with thr exact same format just with different color schemes.


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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is new to me. You have given me a great idea for Christmas gifts this year.

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      But they are very clever and useful devices. Thanks.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      All these names seems scary, but they do the job. Thanks for presenting this information.