Unboxing the Fitbit Flex

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Now, the Flex was actually announced at CES and it's been surprisingly hard to get a hold of. It's Fitbit's first [unk] into the wearable space, taken on the Nike FuelBand. I think they discovered that weird little thing that clips on to your clothes and gets lost all the time is actually not a winner. All right, let's get it out of here. It says, do not load or transport package if damaged 'cause they're lithium-ion battery. So, I hope it's not damaged 'cause we flew it to [unk] and I flew for you [unk] and the unboxing world the whole box. Okay. Fitbit. Returning information just in case. Hopefully we won't need that, a very, very, very swollen up packaging thing because it is on the airplane. Don't go anywhere little balloons. And then after all that, it's just this little dilly. Okay. Box over there. We got the kind of slate blue color. Oh, that's kind of attractive actually. It's good-looking. It looks a first blush a little more attractive than the Fuel Band. I mean, the Fuel Band has like kind of punk rock, the matte black thing going for it but this is very stylish. And that, whoa. And it all comes apart, so it's pretty easy to unbox. That's good news. Let's see what's in there. An extra band. Okay, this is kind of a weird thing about the Flex. It actually comes with two bands. They're two different sizes. I personally find this a little bit wasteful because, can you just-- I can order like a small one or a large one. I know how big my wrist is 'cause this one is just gonna get through on the way, I think. Oh, what else is in here? It has this tiny little USB dongle for wireless charging. It can also, thankfully, 'cause this is a big complain about preview Fitbit, wirelessly sync with your phone over Bluetooth but it can only do it with iPhone and with some Samsung Galaxy phones, not the whole Android family. Kind of a letdown and then you still need this little guy, so we're gonna have to use up a USB slot if you wanna wirelessly sync. It's close. It's still not perfect but we're getting closer. From that and then here's the little charging cable for the actual tracker because the actual tracker is just this little small, this tin little tracker thing. Just goes inside the band. Actual band doesn't have any of the technology in it. That's it for the box. Let's do the specs. The Fitbit Flex tracks your steps, your calories consumed and your sleep, which is kinda cool. It has obviously a wrist band design with a little LED screen. The lights show you how much progress you're making toward your daily goal. There is Bluetooth 4.0 syncing. It can only do direct sync with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy note. The Flex software on the phone gives you ways to analyze all your stats and people love all that data. The flex band is water resistant, so you can wear it in the shower or in the rain and Fitbit said it can also be submerged for up to 33 feet. Presumably that means you could go swimming with it. It comes with a USB cable and a socket adopter. The battery life according to Fitbit is 5 to 7 days depending on usage. The Flex also has a vibration motor. So, it vibrates whenever you hit your daily goal and you can also set a wakeup alarm so it will gently wake you up with vibration. The Flex costs $99.95. So, at first blush, the Flex looks promising. It fixes a lot of the problems with the original Fitbit. People love that cool Fitbit data collection and this band is attractive, it's lightweight and it's water resistant. So, I have high hopes for it. Now, I'm going to take it on a little bit more of a complete road test and get a little bit dirty. Meanwhile, head on over to CNET and read our editors' full review for what they think as well.

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