I am a fitness enthusiast and keep doing various rituals to keep myself fit. I have run half marathons, done weight training, power yoga, kickboxing etc. While my rituals kept on changing, one thing was consistent; tracking my activities with a fitness tracking app. It helped me monitor my activities, also it motivated me get out of my bed every day.
Since last couple of years, there has been a flurry of smart wearables in the market. But it never excited me to go for it as I never find them value for money. While basic ones don’t have any special features and the ones at the top of the spectrum were very expensive.
But it is the future and Indian brand have started boarding this bus. Titan had entered the wearable market last year with Titan Juxt and then launched a safety smart watch under Sonata brand.
I have been using Fastrack Reflex since last week. Here is what I feel about it.
It comes in a clear plastic box similar to the ones you get with Fastrack / Sonata watches. The box contains Fastrack Reflex band and a User Manual. In the process of keeping it compact, important information on the charging of device has been skipped from the manual.
Build & Design
The band is made of PU hard rubber and sports a textured finish. The band comes in 3 color combinations – Black Red, Purple Black, and Blue Orange. It has a metallic latch which sports a Fastrack logo and adds a style element to the band. It is wider than competitor and looks more like a watch strap. The top of the band which houses the tracker device is very hard. It keeps the device safe from damage.
Fastrack Reflex has OLED display. The display is bright in indoors, but under sunlight, it’s not very clear. The display shows Time, Date, Month, Battery Status, Steps Count, Calories Burnt, Distance Travelled, Active Time, Target Achievement in percentage & emoji, phone calls and SMS notifications. There is a dent on the display, which works as a button to see all the information. As per the company it also has a sedentary reminder, which wasn’t working on the band I was using. The display is IP6x which is splash proof. The display orientation is fixed.
I have compared Fastrack Reflex to Mi Band 1. Its pedometer tracks the data fairly accurately. It doesn’t have a GPS tracker so the accuracy will be 70-80%, which is good for a pedometer-based fitness tracker.
It also has a sleep tracker which needs to be turned on via the app by specifying the sleep time. Mi Band 2 has an edge over Fastrack Reflex as it tracks the sleep automatically. I found the data inconsistent as one of the days it showed only 20% sleep.
Fastrack Reflex promises 7 days of battery life, but after 7 days of use with all the notifications turned on, 30% battery is still remaining. It exceeds the battery performance as I also use the band as a watch. For charging you don’t need an extra charger as the tracker has a USB port which can be plugged into your laptop for charging. But it is difficult to pull out the tracker from the strap. Fastrack claims that the battery charges in an hour.
The Reflex app can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple Store. The band is compatible with iOS8/Android 4.4 and above. The UI of the app is very basic. The black & green color scheme is a big letdown. In terms of UX it seems very raw. The navigation is very confusing. I faced challenges in pairing my band with the app and it keep disconnecting from the band on its own on my phone (Asus ZenFone). The app doesn’t have a social integration. Also, you cannot store the data for more than 15 days, which is very immature in today’s time of cloud storage. Overall the app needs a complete overhaul.