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