Fitbit announced 3 products at the recently concluded IFA 2017 and surprisingly there’s a pair of Bluetooth earphones known as the Fitbit Flyer. ($129.95) I’m surprised because music and sound isn’t exactly Fitbit’s bread and butter and it’s no secret the market is gradually inching towards true wireless earphone alternatives such as the Apple Air Pods.
One can only wonder if the new Fitbit Flyer is indeed bringing something novel to the table. Let’s take a closer look.
From what I can tell, there isn’t any fitness specific features other than the fact that the earphones are rain, sweat and splashproof. You don’t see heart rate monitoring features such as those found in the JBL Reflect Fit or the Jabra Sports Pulse.
What you do get with the Fitbit Flyer is a pair of Bluetooth earphones that allows 2 simultaneous connections with dual omni-directional microphones. So receiving calls mid workout and switching back to your workout tune is going to be a breeze. Fitbit is also offering 2 sound profiles including one enhanced by Waves MaxxAudio to ensure buyers get cutting edge technology built into the earphones.
Furthermore, there’s word of the new expert-designed running and walking Audio Coaching sessions which will be accessible in the Fitbit Coach app on your smartphone this Fall and subsequently on device in the Fitbit Ionic in 2018. Plenty of cool training features which I’m of the impression will work on any pair of earphones and not just specifically the Fitbit Flyer.
Fitbit Flyer Earphones features:
- Signature sound, Power Boost (enhanced by WavesMaxx Audio)
- Rain, sweat and splashproof.
- Bluetooth 4.2 enabled
- Dual omni-directional microphone
- 2 simultaneous connections with up to 8 paired devices
- Works with compatible Android, iOS and Windows devices
- Lasts up to 6 hours on a single charge
- 3 sizes of customisable ear tips and 2 sizes of wings and fins for fit
Fitbit has gone the whole nine yards to ensure a good earphone fit by providing customisable fitting options in the form of multiple sizing ear tips, wings and fins. While the Fitbit Flyer look nice on paper, it doesn’t appear to have any unique features that allows it to stand out from the competition with the exception of aesthetic. If only it was truly wireless.
The Fitbit Flyer ($129.95) is available in Nightfall Blue and Lunar Grey. It’s slated for delivery in October and you can pre-order here.