Mis­fit Flash

Mis­fit thinks it is pos­si­ble to track your ac­tiv­ity on a shoestring

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT - Man­u­fac­turer Mis­fit, mis­fit.com 28.5x8x28.5mm Weight 6g Sync method Blue­tooth 4.1

The wear­ables mar­ket has ex­ploded, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore prices dropped. And £50 is all you’ll pay for the Mis­fit Flash, a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to the alu­minium Shine (£75). Both track­ers pack the same fea­tures – track­ing steps, calo­ries burned, dis­tance, sleep qual­ity and du­ra­tion – but the Flash is plas­tic and lacks the looks of its pricier cousin.

A se­ries of LEDs run around the edge of the Flash disc and a fin­ger­press on the face il­lu­mi­nates only so many lights as to in­di­cate progress to­wards to your goal. The lights also dis­play the time, but in an un­in­tu­itive man­ner, rem­i­nis­cent of Tokyo Flash wrist­watches. Hold­ing down the face starts an ac­tiv­ity timer and re­peat­ing the step stops it.

The Flash syncs with your iOS de­vice over Blue­tooth when­ever you open the app, which is well de­signed and easy to grasp, and quan­ti­fies your ac­tiv­ity and sleep in clear time­lines and graphs. It also lets you tag ac­tiv­ity pe­ri­ods, set and share goals, man­u­ally in­put weight changes and snap pho­tos of meals.

The puck slips into a plain rub­ber wrist­band (sup­plied) or can be pock­eted. Uniquely, it doesn’t need charg­ing: in­stead, it draws power from a coin cell bat­tery that we’re told lasts around 4-6 months be­fore it needs re­plac­ing.

For new­com­ers to wear­ables, the Flash fits the bill: it’s func­tional, in­con­spic­u­ous and won’t break the bank. But with Jaw­bone and Fit­Bit both about to re­lease new ranges, more ac­tive types should sit tight for now. Tim Hard­wick

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