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What I’ve Learned From Owning A SmartBand

Smartwatches, smart bands & other attachable connected trinkets are all the rage now – you can buy them for your dog, attach cameras to your baby’s crib & switch your lights on from the comfort of your office, ready for when you get home.  They’re enabling us to do things that a few years ago, simply would have been impossible!

I’m the first to admit that when smart watches first appeared I considered them to be a gimmick that wouldn’t last.  I’ll happily eat my words as I have a smart watch & would actually be lost without it now.

It started with wondering how much of a decent night’s sleep I was getting – I was always tired, regardless of the time I went to bed, so I started looking into sleep monitors & whathaveyou, finally settling on the SW10 from Sony – It’d monitor my sleep, as well as notify me about calls, alarms, as well as my steps for the day & other events via the app Sony created for it.  It was small & unassuming & only needed to be taken off whilst charging.  I had it a few months before I lost it, I hunted high & low for it & genuinely pined for it; I’d check my sleep as soon as I woke up to check my restless periods & deep sleep to try & notice trends, so as soon as it was gone I was in the dark once more about my sleep.

SW10 has a multitude of colour options

The quest for a new smart band began!

By now, the fitness market had become saturated with smart bands; each promising to be the best for your needs.  By the time I’d lost the Sony, I was cycling & using Strava to track them, which is great (I still use it from time to time to track segment speed increases) I wanted more though, not just tracking my cycling.  Being in the job I am in, connected tech advances is the area I find most exciting.  So, I did my research & decided that a small company, who’d started through crowdfunding on IndieGoGo would be my next choice & I opted for the Misfit Flash, I blogged about it back in February, however as good as it was, I couldn’t get to grips with the point system & still used Strava to track my cycling alongside activating the cycle option on the wearable.

The Flash also has an array of colour options

In April this year, I turned 33.  My gift was the Fitbit Surge, It promised an update to add accurate cycling to it; which was released a few weeks after I got it.  If it was waterproof, I’d never take it off; except for charging it.  (it is water resistant to a degree, but the packaging states to not submerge it in water) I know Fitbit’s have suffered a little due to the “Fitbit Rash” however, I’ve only suffered a light rash once; readjusting the strap soon fixed it.  It is the Flagship device from Fitbit & although a little chunky to wear, you do become used to its size relatively quickly, however using the GPS on it as much as I do will dramatically reduce your battery life from 7 days to about 3.  Even President Obama has one!

Surge colour variations

Anyway, the point was what I’ve learned.  Now that I’ve owned a few different variations & have been tracking my food & am a lot more active than before, these are my main findings:

  1. Despite me thinking that I was pretty active before I joined the gym. I wasn’t.  (Walking everywhere, although is a good start cannot be classed as being active, imo)
  2. I do not walk about as much as I thought – I get weekly reports from Fitbit on how many steps I did & which days were most active.  If I average them out it’s about 7,000 a day which is below the suggested 10,000 steps
  3. 8 hours of sleep is too much for me.  I’m tired & irritable if I oversleep, the recommended 8 hours a night is too much.  I’m a higher functioning human being if I get 5-6 hours an evening
  4. I’m not really restless in my sleep, I generally fall asleep & that is me until morning – if my sleep reports are accurate anyway
  5. I was severely undereating for years – This part in particular will probably get its own blog post as I find food fascinating & am studying nutrition
  6. Stress causes my heart rate to increase on average 10bpm, I normally have a relatively low RHR of 54bmp, however any kind of internal worry that I’m not correctly dealing with displays with an elevated HR
  7. Owning a smartband has made me try harder, push faster & generally want to be better in myself.  It’s almost like a mini competition with yourself to do a little better than you did yesterday.  I also love how I can look back a year ago on Strava & see how much faster I am now 🙂

Me & My Misfit Flash

When smart watches first became a thing I said they’d probably be a gimmick & I didn’t really see the point.  Well, I’ll eat my hat (as long as it’s made of chocolate or carrot cake!) because smart wearables are my All-Time favourite thing & have been since my curiosity and epic bargain hunting managed to snag a highly discounted Sony Smartband.  It knew when I was walking, running, procrastinating and would wake me up close to my alarm time – it was incredible!  This was before I became a fitness “junkie” & it worked, it’s very much a life keeping wearable, as it’ll track more or less anything & will even show you what photos you’d taken that day & how much time you spend on YouTube.  I lost it.  I hunted high & low for it & genuinely pined for my little wearable.

I needed to replace it, but with what? I didn’t want another one as feared the closing mechanism was it’s downfall.  I needed a decent closure on it, so I spent a few months researching & finally decided the Misfit Flash was the one for me.  Why??  Well, the website spoke VOLUMES to me.  By the time I found this wearable I was cycling to & from work, and having a way to track my progress without having to remember to open an app or buying an expensive cadence sensor was perfect.

It’s also waterproof & doesn’t need charging!

I struggled to pair it with my phone initially, however after an email or two to the support desk they’d managed to help me out & me and my flash have been inseparable ever since.  No really.  I NEVER take it off.  Well, only to move it from my wrist to my ankle when I’m cycling.  I also learned more recently it will pair with My Fitness Pal – I was briefly monitoring my calorie intake (remember I mentioned catabolic paranoid a post of two ago?) so having that pair up was good, as MFP automatically deducted calories from my exercise to show how much I needed to eat.  Awesome.

However, I could give Misfit some pointers on how to improve their wearable.  I miss my alarm function, the wake option on other wearables is a nice feature, as it wakes you when you’re in a light sleep so you’re not thrust awake by your high pitched NEEER-NEEER alarm.  Also, the more expensive version of this, the Shine has more accessories, different straps and some beautiful necklaces that I’d love.  All the Flash has is socks & a tee-shirt.  Yeaaaah.  I don’t need those.  I want a necklace, damnit 😛  There are some accessories for them, made by Garmin, but they’re only available in the US and as much as I love them, the shipping & possible duty on it would make them more expensive than the wearable itself.

An example image of the app on Android

I’m quite excited about the future of my wearable however, as Misfit are looking to turn it into a connected remote of sorts, meaning you’ll be able to turn your lights off, or your thermostat (as long as your lights / thermostat are compatible) and open Spotify and other apps just by tapping the “face” of your Flash. It’s gonna be an awesome update, even if I only ever use the function to turn Spotify off and on…..teamed with my wireless headphones I won’t have to touch my phone!

**I have not been asked by Misfit to create this review, nor have I by apps mentioned within

***All opinions are my own & are not affiliated with Misfit or its devices