Misfit Flash Review

The newest Misfit fitness tracker, the Flash has the same features as the Shine but with a new design, plastic parts, and a better price!

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Product Description:

Get fit with Misfit Flash (Amazon), a sleek, sporty fitness tracker that measures your activity and sleep, syncs with your smartphone and comes in a variety of colors. Press Flash to see a halo of lights that shows your progress toward your daily activity goal and the time. By seeing how active you are during the day, Flash helps motivate you to reach your goal every day.

Flash tracks walking, running, cycling, swimming, tennis, yoga, dance and other sports. The Misfit app then takes all of your hard work and turns that data into easy to read charts. Seeing your daily stats like steps, calories, distance and sports activities help you visualize where you’re headed and help you get to where you want to be. Flash’s long-lasting battery and automatic wireless syncing means you’ll worry less about charging and more about staying active.

Crafted out of a special soft-touch plastic and the same polycarbonate used in space suits, Flash is comfortable, extremely durable and waterproof to 30 meters, making it fit for even the toughest uses.

Feature Table:

Display 12 LEDs
Battery CR2032 coin cell (lasts up to 6 months)
Sleep Monitoring
Sensors 3-axis accelerometer
Syncs Bluetooth 4.1 / BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Tracks Flash tracks cycling, yoga, soccer, tennis, basketball, dance, swimming and more in addition to steps, calories and distance.
Compatible OS iPhone® 4s/5/5c/5s/6/6 Plus
iPod® touch 5
iPad® 3/4/Air/mini
Samsung Galaxy S4/S5/Note 3
Google nexus 4/5
Android 4.3 BLE devices.
Flash for iOS app is compatible with devices
running iOS 7 and above with
Bluetooth 4.1
Flash for Android is compatible with devices
running Android 4.3 (JellyBean) and above with Bluetooth 4.1/Bluetooth Smart.
Flash for Windows Phone coming soon.
Water Proofing Up to 30 m
Warranty 1 year

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Misfit Flash? What’s included with the Misfit Flash?

You get the Misfit Flash tracker device, Manual, wrist strap, and belt clip attachment.

What colors does the Misfit Flash come in? What other colors of the Misfit Flash are there?

The Misfit Flash comes in Frost (grey with white), Onyx (black with red), Fuschia, Zest (yellow), Wave (blue), Reef (greenish blue), and Coca-Cola Red (grey with red).

What app does the Misfit Flash work with?

The Misfit Flash works with the Misfit App, available on iTunes, Google Play, and the Windows Phone Store.

What 3rd party apps does the Misfit Flash work with?

The Misfit Flash also works with LoseIt!, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and IFTTT.

What does the Misfit Flash track?

Flash tracks cycling, yoga, soccer, tennis, basketball, dance, swimming and more in addition to steps, calories and distance. It also does sleep monitoring.

Does the Misfit Flash show the time?

Yes, through a minimalist interface.

What is the difference between the Misfit Flash and the Misfit Shine?

The Flash is the newer Misfit fitness tracker, and it is very similar to the Shine. They basically gave the Flash brighter colors and made it plastic instead of anodised aircraft aluminium. This makes the Flash lighter and maybe more attractive, but also perhaps not as tough. The Shine also was a bit more water proof (50 m v 30 m) and the Shine had Windows Phone support, whereas the Flash doesn’t yet although they are working on it. The biggest difference of course is the price, and the lower price for the Flash while having almost the same abilities probably makes it a more attractive option for most people.

The Misfit Flash is getting lower review scores than the Shine, why is this?

As noted above, the Flash is made of cheaper parts and it’s newer so there are some kinks that needed to be worked out. Some people originally thought that sleep mode and the Android version of the app didn’t work that well, although those issues seem to now be resolved.

Would you recommend the Misfit Flash?

I absolutely would recommend the Misfit Flash to anyone looking for a fitness tracker on a budget. This devices has a lot of features and a good app, it is stylish and comfortable, and best of all it is pretty cheap compared to similar devices.

Does the Misfit Flash have a warranty included? How long is the Misfit Flash warranty?

Yes, the Misfit Flash has a 1 year limited manufacturers warranty.

What Others Are Saying:

Scott Stein, CNET:  “The Misfit Flash is a versatile, easy-to-use and extremely affordable fitness tracker that can be worn swimming, too, and it even kind of works as a watch.

Engadget:  “The Misfit Flash might not be the most robust tracker out there, but it still offers plenty for the price, making it ideal for fitness newbies and casual users.

Jill Duffy, PC Mag:  “Misfit Flash is the best entry-level activity tracker you can buy for less than $99. Self-quantification enthusiasts will be disappointed in the lack of features that are part and parcel of more expensive trackers, but first-timers will find a lot to love.

Review:

The Misfit Flash (Amazon) is pretty similar to the Misfit Shine. It is just the newer version and has almost the same functionality. The only difference really is that the Flash is plastic instead of anodised aircraft aluminium. That means the device is lighter and cheaper, but perhaps not as tough and might not last as long. The Flash also comes in brighter colors with more color options.

What I really like about the Flash is that it is comfortable to wear and it actually is one of the better sleep monitoring fitness trackers.  The Misfit App is pretty good and the device also works with a lot of 3rd party apps including LoseIt!, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and IFTTT. Plus it has iOS, Android, and it will soon have Windows support.

If you are brand new to fitness trackers, I think the Flash could be a great starting point. It is a decent quality fitness tracker and the price is great. Other cheap trackers either are garbage or they are clip ons. This is a wrist band. We named the Misfit Flash as our best entry level fitness tracker.

MisFit Flash

MisFit Flash
8.7

Good

9/10

    Pros

    • Works with iOS, Anroid, and Windows
    • Compatible with 3rd party apps
    • The Misfit App is good
    • Good for sleep monitoring

    Cons

    • Plastic parts, not aluminium