Apple Watch with a Fitbit flex 2

chillip

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I couldn't justify the cost of upgrading to series 2 AW from series 0 but wanted something to track swimming etc. I'm looking at getting a Fitbit flex 2 to go with the Apple Watch and wear it 24/7. Does anyone else combine their AW with another fitness tracker. The flex 2 is thin and very light so should go nicely with Apple Watch.
 

exxxviii

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I couldn't justify the cost of upgrading to series 2 AW from series 0 but wanted something to track swimming etc. I'm looking at getting a Fitbit flex 2 to go with the Apple Watch and wear it 24/7. Does anyone else combine their AW with another fitness tracker.
I wear a FB Charge 2 on my right wrist and my AWS0 on my left wrist. The AWS2 did not have any strong enough improvements to justify the upgrade. But, I really wanted better quality activity tracking, so I got the FBC2 for its 24/7 HR monitoring and sleep tracking. I have a Garmin that I use for swimming, and it feeds its activity into FB for a holistic view of daily activity.

I like the Flex 2 a lot, but it does not have HR. If Fitbit releases a Flex- or Alta-sized device with HR, I will dump my Charge 2 and get one of those.
 

ccrgt

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I have pre-ordered the flex2, it should go nicely with my AW series 2. I like tracking steps on my AW but can't give up my Fitbit. Looking forward to it arriving sometime this month, here in Australia
 

matrix07

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It doesn't. But, the Fitbit mobile and web app platform is so awesome that you really do not miss anything with Health.
Just to make it clear to the OP, that he will need to move data from one provider to another.
Personally I would choose integration as a priority when using Apple products but to each his own. Who knows what Health will be when Apple improves it year over year, or who will buy Fitbit a few years from now. Anything is possible.
 

exxxviii

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Just to make it clear to the OP, that he will need to move data from one provider to another.
If having data in Apple is a priority, then the Garmin vivosmart HR and vivofit 3 are two stellar trackers. The vivofit 3 doesn't have HR, but it has a one-year battery life. And Garmin writes to Health. Garmin's mobile app and web app for activity tracking are not as good as Fitbit's, but they are decent enough. When I bought my Charge 2, I was deciding between that and the vivosmart HR. I went with the Fitbit, because the supporting software is the best there is today, and because just about everyone else I know is already on Fitbit for the social connections and challenges.

I wish Apple had bought Fitbit before Fitbit's IPO. Then, Apple's activity tracking could have been awesome.
 

Aniseedvan

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I wear a FB Charge 2 on my right wrist and my AWS0 on my left wrist. The AWS2 did not have any strong enough improvements to justify the upgrade. But, I really wanted better quality activity tracking, so I got the FBC2 for its 24/7 HR monitoring and sleep tracking. I have a Garmin that I use for swimming, and it feeds its activity into FB for a holistic view of daily activity.

I like the Flex 2 a lot, but it does not have HR. If Fitbit releases a Flex- or Alta-sized device with HR, I will dump my Charge 2 and get one of those.
Same here, charge 2 for the challenges and 24/7 HR monitoring, AW0 for app and deeper integration than a standard smart watch. I actually still have a flex1 which I use when I want to go out for the evening (can hide that elsewhere on my person!).
I like the flex 2 bangle, but they seem to not be doing something similar for the charge 2.

You can send Fitbit data to health using the Syncsolver app.
 

xAnthony

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I've been using a Fitbit Flex for well over a year. I do plan on purchasing the AW Series 2 and I plan to wear my Fitbit along with the AW. I play a lot of sports and the AW isn't too sport friendly.
 

gugy

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OK, here is my dilema. I am a swimmer and I am considering the AW2 just to track it. Don't care about all the other features. Now, I like the concept of the Fitbit Flex 2 but not sure out of the two, which device would be the best tracking swimming. Does anybody have a chance to use the Fitbit swimming?
I rather have a band than a watch since I love my Omega Seamaster and would like to add a band alongside it but if the Fitbit tracking ability for swimming is weak, I might get the AW just for that.
Thanks for any feedback!
 

Aniseedvan

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OK, here is my dilema. I am a swimmer and I am considering the AW2 just to track it. Don't care about all the other features. Now, I like the concept of the Fitbit Flex 2 but not sure out of the two, which device would be the best tracking swimming. Does anybody have a chance to use the Fitbit swimming?
I rather have a band than a watch since I love my Omega Seamaster and would like to add a band alongside it but if the Fitbit tracking ability for swimming is weak, I might get the AW just for that.
Thanks for any feedback!
I'm fairly certain I saw DCR (DC Rainmaker) with a flex 2 in his list of test items and I'm sure he'll be thoroughly testing the swim feature. His reviews are the best!
 

exxxviii

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I am a swimmer and I am considering the AW2 just to track it. Don't care about all the other features. Now, I like the concept of the Fitbit Flex 2 but not sure out of the two, which device would be the best tracking swimming. Does anybody have a chance to use the Fitbit swimming?
Any chance you will want to track an open water swim? If so, get the AW.

If you do intervals and you want to capture rests separately from your intervals, than you may want to look at a more focused swim tracker other than the AW.
 

gugy

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Any chance you will want to track an open water swim? If so, get the AW.

If you do intervals and you want to capture rests separately from your intervals, than you may want to look at a more focused swim tracker other than the AW.
Eventually, I will do open swim but for the most part pool laps. I mostly alternate strokes and swim uninterrupted for 1hr. I need just to track time/laps/distance/calories.
 

exxxviii

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Either one should do great for that, but I would read the reviews carefully. Most swim trackers seem to do freestyle well. But, breast stroke has given some trouble.
 

gugy

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Yeah. I have not been able to find any reviews for Fitbit Flex 2 in regards to swimming. AW there are few and a very good one on MR.
 

gr4z

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I would like to have a fitness/activity/HR tracker on 24/7 that is not the AW but does integrate with Apple Health. I dont want it to be bulky.

The Fitbit Flex 2 looks good but has no HR monitor.
The Garmin Vivosmart HR looks good as well. Any idea if it's HR monitor can connect to an iphone?
The TomTom Touch Body has just been released and looks OK as well.
 

exxxviii

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I would like to have a fitness/activity/HR tracker on 24/7 that is not the AW but does integrate with Apple Health. I dont want it to be bulky.
The Garmin vivosmart HR may be your best bet. Garmin writes to Health, and I am pretty sure that it includes its HR data. Garmin can rebroadcast its live HR readings, but it uses Ant+, so that will not connect to an Apple device. Garmin also has a pretty good mobile app and web platform for data presentation and analysis. I was deciding between the Charge 2 and viviosmart HR. I went with the Charge 2, because I did not care about Health integration, most of the people I know are on FB, and I was concerned that vivosmart does not take HR readings as continuously as the FB.
 

stringbeanie

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Can anyone who wears both the Apple Watch and Fitbit comment on how similar or different the step count is between the two? I used to wear the Fitbit before I had the Apple Watch and for the same activities, Fitbit always seemed to give me more steps than the watch.
 

jhagler

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Does anyone know if there is a way to display the Fitbit data on the Apple Watch? I don't need any integration with Health, I would just like to view the data on the watch face like I can on the FitBit app for iPhone. I use a Fitbit One and keep it in my pocket at all times. Being able to glance at the watch to see my step count, etc. would be nice.
 

alexcue

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I use the Fitbit One because it's on the body as opposed to the wrist. I personally feel it's more accurate and it's on me pretty much 24/7 I only take it off to shower(that's when it gets charged also). The Watch doesn't go to bed with me at this point. Waiting to get a second one so I can rotate them during the day/night. (watch gets charged overnight).

Anyway, you can get data from the fitbit over to the Health app by way of Sync Solver. The steps are being moved over. This does NOT affect the Activity app however. That's only run by the Watch as far as I can tell. If you mess with the order of the devices you can prioritize which data Health uses.
 

exxxviii

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Can anyone who wears both the Apple Watch and Fitbit comment on how similar or different the step count is between the two? I used to wear the Fitbit before I had the Apple Watch and for the same activities, Fitbit always seemed to give me more steps than the watch.
Mine are so close that I would call them identical. Today, for example, I have not worked out and I have worn both the whole time. My AW has 1,414 steps, and my FB Charge 2 has 1,427 steps. This is pretty typical, even with workout days.
 

exxxviii

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How do you get the Fitbit flex 2? It's says pre-order - shipping delayed 4-5 weeks on the Fitbit online store.
Amazon and Best Buy have them in stock now in the US. Check local retailers.