Fitbit Flex Fitness Tracker - Slate

  • Model #: FB401SL-CAN
  • Web Code: 10252520
  • Release Date: 06/17/2013
3.3
(33 ratings)
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$119.99

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Overview

Fitbit Flex is the slim and discreet activity monitor that never sleeps. All day, this wristband tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it monitors your sleep cycles and quality of rest. Flex syncs the data to your computer or smartphone so you can visualize, track, and share your progress.

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You jolt out of bed, your jarring alarm blaring repeatedly in the background. As you squint at the sun streaming through your window, you silently berate yourself: these long, dragging days have got to stop. It's time to explore beyond the well-trodden path of work and home, and make an appointment with fitness. It's time for the Fitbit Flex.

Not sure where to start? Wear the slim and comfy Flex activity tracker all day and night and, literally, just forget about it until you need to recharge.

Your plate's full? Flex keeps track even when you're sleeping so you can get the push you need to reach your health goals. See how Flex can be your gentle yet persuasive digital motivator.

Why you need this:

  • Just like a pedometer, but loads better: The activity tracker records your steps, and distance travelled, and calculates the calories you burned throughout the day.
  • The activity tracker that never sleeps: At night, Flex automatically tracks your sleep cycles, reading how often you wake up in the night, and measuring and rating your quality of sleep. Set your desired time and your Flex wakes you up with a silent alarm so as not to wake up your partner.
  • Your personal coach for all things fitness and health: Fitbit's food database helps track your food and water intake, and will let you know when you've met your daily calorie objectives. On-board LEDs light up as you get closer to achieving either your step, distance, or calorie goal -- it's your choice. What's more, Fitbit is compatible with a slew of lifestyle apps so you can see the big picture.
  • Learn to eat, live, and sleep better: The Fitbit app and online dashboard display a real-time snapshot of your movement, showing you easy-to-read graphs, charts, and tools that make sense whether you're a rookie or a pro. Share your progress with family and friends, compete with fitness buddies on the leaderboard, and earn badges for fitness milestones.
  • Expands your digital world: Flex syncs wirelessly and automatically with your compatible device via Bluetooth 4.0 technology, be it your enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer, so that you can view your custom dashboard online or while on the move through the Fitbit app.
  • A trusty companion: Flex resists sweat and water splashes so you don't have to hold back on training when the weather is less than ideal. The rechargeable battery lasts upt to 5 days on a single charge so you can indulge on a long weekend getaway without losing sight of your fitness goals.
  • Small and discreet: Wear this wristband without cramping your style, and show your personality with one of Fitbit's accessory bands (sold separately).

*Battery life and charge cycles vary with use, settings, and other factors; actual results will vary.

What's in the Box?

  • Flex Tracker
  • Small and Large Wristbands
  • Charging Cable
  • Wireless Sync Dongle

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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  • Display
  • Display Technology
    LED
  • Display Colour
    Monochrome
  • Touchscreen
    No
  • Illuminated Display
    Yes
  • Attachment Location
    Wrist
  • Connectivity
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi
    Not Applicable
  • USB (Data)
    Yes
  • NFC Enabled
    No
  • 3G
    Yes
  • 4G LTE
    Yes
  • Smart Phone Synchronization
    Yes
  • Data Syncing
    Yes
  • Wireless Syncing
    Yes
  • Memory Card Type
    None
  • Activity Monitoring Features
  • Goal Setting
    Automatic
  • Real Time Data Syncing
    Yes
  • Calories Tracking
    Yes
  • Distance Tracking
    Yes
  • Steps Tracking
    Yes
  • Running Tracking
    Yes
  • Elevation Tracking
    No
  • Climbing Tracking
    No
  • Sleep Tracking
    Yes
  • Food and Drink Tracking
    Yes
  • Notifications & Controls
  • Incoming Calls
    No
  • Missed Calls
    No
  • Answering Calls
    No
  • Smart Phone Battery Alert
    No
  • Music Controls
    No
  • Camera Control
    No
  • Find My Phone
    No
  • Voice Commands
    No
  • Email
    No
  • Calendar
    No
  • SMS
    No
  • Facebook
    No
  • Twitter
    No
  • Instagram
    No
  • Google+
    Yes
  • Weather
    No
  • Silent Alarm
    Yes
  • Vibration
    Yes
  • Illuminated Alerts
    Yes
  • Sensors
  • Number Of Sensors
    2
  • Gesture/Motion Control
    No
  • UV Index Monitor
    No
  • Accelerometer
    Yes
  • Ambient Light Sensor
    No
  • Compass
    No
  • Altimeter
    No
  • Body Temperature
    No
  • Ambient Temperature
    No
  • Barometer
    No
  • GPS
    No
  • Perspiration
    No
  • Heart Rate
    No
  • Compatibility
  • Web-based Application
    Yes
  • Mac iOS Compatibility
    Yes - See fitbit.com for a complete listing
  • Android Compatibility
    Yes - See fitbit.com for a complete listing
  • BlackBerry Compatibility
    None
  • Windows Phone Compatibility
    Yes - See fitbit.com for a complete listing
  • Mac OS X Compatibility
    Yes - See fitbit.com for a complete listing
  • Windows PC Compatibility
    Yes - See fitbit.com for a complete listing
  • Companion App Required
    No
  • Software/Apps
  • Compatible App Stores
    App Store; Google Play; Windows Store
  • Approximate Number of Apps Available
    20+
  • Power
  • Power Type
    Battery Powered
  • Battery Type
    Rechargable Lithium-ion
  • Battery Life (Typical)
    5 d
  • Charging Time
    1 - 2 h
  • Charging Method
    USB
  • Other Features
  • Classification
    Unisex
  • Alarm
    Yes
  • Designed for Sports & Fitness
    Yes
  • Camera Resolution (Still)
    0 MP
  • Camera Resolution (Video)
    Not Applicable
  • Built-in Speaker
    No
  • Built-in Mic
    No
  • Water Resistance
    10 m; Sweat Resistance; Rain Resistance; Splash Resistance
  • Dust Proof
    Yes
  • Number of Physical Buttons
    0
  • Eco-friendly
    Yes
  • Physical Features
  • Band Material
    Plastic; Surgical Grade Nickel
  • Band Colour
    Slate
  • Band Size
    Not Applicable
  • Minimum Band Size (Circumference)
    140 mm
  • Maximum Band Size (Circumference)
    240 mm
  • Adjustable Band
    Yes
  • Removable Band
    Yes
  • Clasp Type
    Clasp
  • Width
    1.4 cm
  • Height
    24 cm
  • Depth
    0.6 cm
  • Weight
    80 g
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)

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Customer Reviews

3.3 / 5
Based on 33 ratings,31 Reviews
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Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 78%

25 Reviews

Critical 21%

6 Reviews

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  • from Burlington, ON
  • Aug 05, 2015
3.0

Just Okay

I bought this FitBit during the Boxing Day sale December 2014. It works okay, sometimes. It does not always record the steps or active times and the battery warning level gives you only about an hour before it dies. The band has already ripped almost all the way through at the display. It is obviously a known weak point because FitBit has replacements for sale already on the market. I don't think I would recommend this product to anyone but if they asked, I would definitely warn them of the problems I have experienced.

  • from Hamilton, ON
  • Jul 18, 2015
2.0

Died In A Year

I bought my Flex in July 2014. The charger was dead in 5 months. I had to buy a new one. In July 2015, the Fitbit itself totally went on the fritz. I tried to reset it w/o success, and I emailed the support line and haven't received a response in 5 days. Not very pleased, because I imagine that I'll have to send it away, and they'll probably send me a new one...but this is likely going to take until September. Save your money and buy a different one.

  • from Sudbury, ON
  • May 26, 2015
3.0

Fitbit Flex

It is very motivating to get in my steps each day. I like the food tracking and the sleep tracking....on line help was not as helpful as I would have liked. Lots of trial and error.

  • from Windsor, ON
  • Apr 08, 2015
1.0

Disappointed

Steps and sleep did not get recorded. Rebooted per online instructions. Didn't help. [...] Replaced it with Fitbit one which works great and records everything accurately

  • from Collingwood, ON
  • Jan 31, 2015
3.0

Fairly Useful

Have had many issues syncing. FitBit help is semi-useless. Trial and error is best. So when it doesn't sync, information/feedback is sporadic. When it does work, it motivates and encourages to get your steps in. Would I buy another, likely no.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 27, 2015
3.0

Decent

Decent at tracking steps. My unit won't go into sleep mode despite trouble-shooting this issue. No big deal- I just make a mental note of bedtime and awaken time and manually log it in the next day. Unit definitely motivates a reasonable activity level, particularly on lazy days.

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jan 21, 2015
1.0

Couldn't hold a charge after 6 days

Useless. Charged it up once and then the battery drained down and lasted 6 hours and then the second charge it lasted 2 hours.

  • from Fort Mcmurray, AB
  • Jan 19, 2015
4.0

great product

It was a great product.

  • from Montréal, QC
  • Dec 30, 2014
1.0

Gave Me a Rash

My christmas morning was ruined by the fact that I had a bad skin reaction to the fitbit flex I received as a gift Christmas Eve. I have no allergies (I have been tested) and clearly there is something wrong with the product. I slept all night the 24th wearing the bracelet, and I woke up in the morning with my arm covered in red itchy bumps. When my boyfriend, who bought the gift called fitbit the response he got was that he should mail the band back in for a refund. I find this insufficient customer service for the situation. Not only would it take less time for him to receive a refund from the store he purchased it from, Fitibit, as the company which produces and manufactures the product should offer more than a simple refund as acknowledgment of the error. As both a student of business, and a consumer I am appalled at how Fitbit customer service offered the bare minimum to a complaint such as this. Such little consumer consideration is unacceptable.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Dec 28, 2014
3.0

So Far So Good!

I love my FitBit.... That being said, I find the food list to be mostly American food and most of it to be restaurant or pre-packaged food. It's difficult to find listings for homemade food. I would like a more concise and comprehensive user guide (on-line is fine). There are some applications that I still have not been able to figure out how to use. I am in competition with my niece and we are both pushing really hard for 15,000 steps a day and this is just week two for me. My charger does not work. I have contacted the company and the process is slow, however, it is Christmas and I have to be understanding. I've been borrowing other people's chargers and have made do. I have heard from others that the company is excellent to deal with and that they will replace the charger.

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Oct 16, 2014
4.0

Decent unit, but battery life could be better..

Got this device last Christmas, and overall works great. My only issue is the battery life could be better.. Only get 5-7 days before a recharge is needed. That requires taking the dongle out of the band and recharging for a few hours. Not a big deal, but doing this on a weekly basis puts pressure on the rubber casing which has now cracked after only a few months of use. Was hoping for a longer life than that. Will likely require a replacement within a few months.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Sep 22, 2014
3.0

Motivating

I bought it couple of months ago to have a consistent measure of my physical activities and no regrets! Knowing what I am at every day, keeps me motivated to do an extra effort to reach my daily goal. I'd recommend it. Works fine with Iphone, can not say the same with Android.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Sep 08, 2014
1.0

Less than 2 months and it's dead

Purchased mid July and it's already dead. Extremely difficult to charge over the last few days and when charged the charge doesn't hold. Completely disappointed. Waste of money.

  • from Milton, ON
  • Aug 23, 2014
3.0

Great but ......

I love my fitbit. My biggest issue is that since December I have replaced one and now my second one is dead and needs replacing. Having said that fitbit customer service was fantastic.

  • from Vineland, ON
  • Jul 12, 2014
5.0

Fitbit Flex Wireless

Outstanding. I'm a senior that needs motivation to keep moving as I'm well aware of the discomfort of not moving enough. I love everything about the flex .... I don't need to follow my calories but most of the other functions are great and will come in handy when visiting my family doctor.

  • from Nelson, BC
  • Jul 06, 2014
4.0

Great motivation

Simple to use, great motivation to keep moving. App could used some improvements but they're already working on that.

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jul 05, 2014
4.0

great FitBit

love it, easy to use. I have not used all the functions yet but will be doing so as time goes on.

  • from Dundas, ON
  • Jun 04, 2014
5.0

Love it

I love the accessibility of the wireless app on my Samsung phone: I can check my status and add food items throughout the day. I had no problem setting it up on the computer and it is so easy to use. I love it.

  • from Saskatchewan
  • May 19, 2014
4.0

Good tool

Tool is easy to use and a helpful motivator

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • May 19, 2014
4.0

An excellent tool

I purchased this for my wife and received it about a week ago. She has been using it constantly as a tool to balance her consumption of water, to stop making generalizations about her level of activity, and to really get a handle on her overall fitness. It does everything it says, and my wife has been very impressed with it. Her only complaint is that she has to force it to synchronize with her app with her PC more than she would like as it doesn't always want to do it automatically like it's supposed to. I would buy one for myself, but the lack of a heart-rate monitor is a deal-breaker at this price.

  • from Kitchener, ON
  • Apr 07, 2014
5.0

Why did I wait so long?

love it....simple to use. I'm not a super athlete or a high tec person but do enjoy the gadget aspect. It does make me walk more and that is a good thing. Also find the sleep tracker interesting. Now if spring would just get here I could get outside to even walk more

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Mar 26, 2014
5.0

Pentimento Fitness Accessory

Essentially, for those who don't want to read too much into this review, I will break it down for you in bullet point: - Waterproof, Sweat Proof, Durable and I have only replaced the bracelet (The rubber exterior. not the bit itself) once since I bought it back on July 17th 2013. The replacement was purchased two weeks ago. - Stylish, not really noticeable, comfortable and no rash from the silicone band like other Fitness tackers or the pebble watch. - Battery life is sufficient and with the most recent update, it syncs directly to your iPhone and Android powered devices, instead of just the laptop with the dongle. - Very integrated with the website and application support. My fitness pal works like a charm, but personally all I need is the site for my purposes. It's a must buy and now I have a total of four alternative bands to go for my every day look. For $[...] it's a steal against it's competitors. I have yet to try the Fitbit Force. Stay tuned :) Cheers

  • from Ontario
  • Mar 14, 2014
4.0

Fitbit Flex

Was what I expected. It is easy to use and comfortable- I forget I have it on. Step count seems to be fairly accurate. I was surprised that a brisk walk counts as very active as I only consider it moderate but other than that it's worked as I expect. The sleep function has helped me identify and eliminate triggers to poor sleep and also to identify things that contribute to a better sleep.

  • from Gatineau, QC
  • Feb 12, 2014
4.0

Just what I expected

I researched this quite a bit before I bought it. It is exactly what I expected and a little bit more. The technology is very cool. It has actually made me take the stairs, take a walk or hit the treadmill on occasion just to push myself past the 10,000 step mark. I have also enjoyed the sleep tracking and even had my wife wear it a few times just to understand how we sleep. My only real regret is not forking out a few more dollars for the Force. The FitBit company certainly seems to have their act together.

  • from Kitchener, ON
  • Dec 17, 2013
1.0

came off and lost

Go waste your money on something else. A week after wearing it the strap came off and I lost it somewhere. I wasn't doing anything physical in the afternoon this happened.

  • from Windsor, ON
  • Oct 23, 2013
4.0

Fitbit flex helps me flex!

Great product! I have had a few hiccups with the app itself but not the flex. It is sensitive to movement so if you are riding a bike on a dirt track your flex might vibrate into sleep mode. Overall, it keeps you in check and motivated. I love the fact that I can sync my fitness pal app with it. Fantastic!

  • from Torbay, NL
  • Sep 29, 2013
4.0

Pretty straightforward, misses a few features

I used to have the fitbit clip on version but lost it on a run so was looking for a version that would not disappear. This does everything I want, including tracking my sleep and syncing to my fitness pal which I use to track food and connect with the other people on my fitness program. The only things i miss? It only syncs to my iphone, not my ipad, and my old fitbit was big enough to have messages on the screen which was a nice touch. That said, i love that I never have to take it off, it has survived regular wear and vacation time and I would recommend it.

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Sep 25, 2013
3.0

Two Month Review of FitBit Flex

I've had the FitBit Flex for 2 months now and I really enjoy it. Although already active, it does motivate me to keep moving. The battery life has been longer than expected, although it has died on me a couple times as there is no battery level indicator on the product: one must log in to be notified to charge the battery. Issues: this product does not link wirelessly to my Galaxy 2 LTE phone. Although I can view my data on my phone via the FitBit app, I must first download it to my laptop. The most recent issue, and the one prompting this review, is that after 2 months the bracelet is already starting to fall apart. I wear the bracelet 24/7, although I remove it for showering and dressy occasions. The glue attaching the bracelet to the light indicator window has started to separate - perhaps this product is not as sweat-proof as indicated. Replacement bracelets are available, but not through Best Buy.

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Aug 13, 2013
4.0

A great motivator

Tied into the Fitbit app on your smartphone, the fitbit flex is a great device for tracking your activity, and sleep. Although it wont make you fit, or lose weight for you, it is a great tool to see just how active or inactive you are on a daily basis. The feedback of your current activity level, as well as seeing how active your friends are really helps to get you motivated. Although I often have trouble telling my device that I am going to sleep, overall the Flex is easy to use and I highly recommend it!

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Aug 12, 2013
5.0

Changed my life

My fitbit amazing! I absolutely love it. I also bought the scale that goes along with it. I have lost 5 lbs since using it and am so much more health conscious than I used to be.

  • from Ajax, ON
  • Jul 11, 2013
3.0

Fitbit Flex is good but not great

The Fitbit Flex is a cool piece of technology to track your activity level. However mine failed after a week (would not respond to tapping or charging). I left it on my desk for a couple of days and then tried charging it again. It came back to life and has been working for the past week. Not sure why it stopped suddenly as I had recharged it 3 days prior. Will see if it happens again. As for the tracking it seems to do a decent job. It exaggerates a bit but that is to be expected. From what I have read, all bracelet devices do to some extent. I am told the clip on units do a better job but the bracelet works better for me.

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