Wearables are not just for the technophiles and early adopters, they are steadily coming mainstream. Especially fitness bands and smart watches which are now the trending gadgets among the youth. The main concept of all these bands and watches is to help the user to stay healthy and motivate fitness and workout. Research firm IDC estimates that the worldwide wearable device market is poised to leapfrog to 200 million units by 2020, up from 82 million in 2015.
Numerous reputed and big brands have come up in the market with their own fitness smartwatch or fitness bands that ensure tracking of your health parameters. Homegrown Fastrack is a leading player in the youth fashion and accessories market. Charging into the smart wearables segment, it has introduced Reflex, a stylish smart-band. It retails for R1,995 and is available in three variants— Purple, Black and Blue. We got the Purple unit for a product evaluation, let us check out its performance.
The Reflex is positioned for the youth of today, “who are independent, brazen, edgy and tech savvy,” says Somprabh Singh, head of design and technology at Titan and the man behind creating Titan’s first smartwatch JUXT. “The Reflex allows the millennials to exhibit their passion and unique personalities while accessorising, doing so with confidence.”
As such with Reflex, Fastrack aims to cater to the needs of multi-faceted, new-age millennial who desire the next step in the combination of quirky design and smart features. The company aims to deliver a smart wearable which is cool yet intelligent, with a wide range of interesting features.
At first look, the Reflex does not look cheap nor does it have inferior build quality. It is light, comfortable to wear and has a waterproof design. The device has a rubbery plastic strap and it’s nice and easy to put on and remove. I tried it out for a week and there’s no sign of any irritation during the day or night. It even survives a sweaty run and doesn’t feel sticky under the wrist.
To get started, you need to download the Reflex app on your mobile device. It is easy to set up and the app comes with a lot of features. The Reflex uses Bluetooth for connectivity. Once the Reflex app is installed you can make a profile up and start logging your entire life. This is a quite simple process, requiring just a few key details such as age, height, weight and gender.
Moving further, the Reflex comes with an OLED screen with a pretty good touch interface. A small circular area on the screen is tap-sensitive. Not only does the band display incoming call notifications and texts, but also enables its smart-wearer to keep track of their activity for the day, calories consumed and stores up to 15 days of exercise data memory.
The Reflex helps track sleep patterns and comes equipped with a sedentary reminder, which notifies users if they have been stationary for long intervals. The band is compatible with iOS and Android phones. On the battery front, the Reflex has a 14-day battery life and does not require an external charger as the product itself acts as a USB and charges within 60 minutes. Like many other smart bands, the Reflex incorporates a vibration feature that can alert you to incoming calls or notifications.
During the evaluation period, the Reflex came across as a very accurate device especially in terms of measuring the distance. It is also good at recording daily steps and calories consumed.
When it’s becoming difficult to stand out of the wearables crowd, the Reflex offers a refreshing approach. It is a lightweight simple device that’s easy to set up, it’s waterproof and has a great battery life. All in all, it is ideal for those who like to keep track of their physical activities.