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Misfit Vapor Smartwatch Review

Misfit Vapor Smartwatch Review

So my first impression of the Misfit Vapor Smartwatch is that it is beautiful. It’s got a big screen and I like that it’s round. I find the original watch shape to be timeless and classic, even in a smartwatch. I love the rose gold watch face and rose/beige band. It adds a touch of glamour to the smartwatch fitness vibe.

 

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It does take a little while to get used to, because it is an Android and I’m used to Apple. But I am familiar with the Android processor. It’s mostly user-friendly, once you get the hang of it and can remember all the shortcuts.

 

Here are some of the features of the Misfit Vapor Smartwatch

  • Activity/Sleep tracking
  • Activity review
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Different watch faces
  • Standalone music player
  • Bluetooth headphone connectivity
  • Google Apps and Store

 

I tested the “activity tracking” component a couple different ways since that would be my main reason for wearing it. I run, walk and do high-intensity workout group classes (I even went on a little hike one weekend). In the app on the watch, only “walk, run, cycle, swim and hike” are included. But, on the phone app, you can select these activities: basketball, tennis, swimming, soccer, cycling, running, walking, yoga and dancing. So there are some discrepancies in the workouts available on different devices.

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Here are my results from some of the workouts I’ve done.

 

Kickboxing

I attend a kickboxing class and I wish there was an option (via the watch) on Misfit Activities that said “others”, “group class” or “high intensity” workout. Because that could track that class more accurately. Since I did not have one of those options, I had to use “walk” and see what my results were that way... I ended up having a heart rate of 155 during one of the more intense moves, so that was cool to see. Below are the results from that class, I don’t know what to make of them, since I wasn’t technically “walking”.

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Walking

These are the results from initiating the Misfit activity app for “walking” and I did a short burst of running.  The first image is the treadmill stats. The second activity report is from the misfit app on my phone. The reason the values are a little off is because I start walking on the treadmill first and then I select my activity options from the watch. So I think this would be more accurate if I wasn’t using the treadmill at all and only used the watch for tracking.

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Running

Since I am a runner, I wanted to test how accurately the Misfit Vapor would measure my distance and heart rate on the watch versus on the treadmill. That’s what we all want to know, right? Is the treadmill really accurate or can a smartwatch really be accurate? Well, as to the running aspect I wasn’t able to get a definitive answer because I spent 20 minutes running and 10 minutes walking. #4monthspostpartum But I did not change the activity from running to walking. So my results below are based on that. But I would say it’s probably more accurate than the treadmill.

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As for my heart rate, it was only two numbers off from what the machine said and as you’re measuring your heart rate, it’s also declining as you slow down. So for this particular feature, I think I’m gonna believe the one that’s on my wrist. That’s a more accurate and close account of my heart rate. But I’m glad to know the machine isn’t that far off either!

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All in all, I think it is a fairly accurate representation of what your stats are during your fitness routines IF you can select the right activity. However, there are some things that I do not like about this watch.


I don’t like how the app has to be activated on your phone all the time in order to sync to your watch. That wastes my phone battery and data, and I do not like that. Also, if your watch powers completely off (because it’s not charged), you have to re-link your email addresses and go through the whole set-up process again, which is annoying.


I also don’t like that the charge only lasts for a day. If I charge it all night and wear it all day, it still needs to be charged at night. I want to be able to wear it all day AND night to track my steps AND my sleep for a full 24hrs. But in this case I have to choose one or the other. Although I will say it does charge pretty quickly.

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This watch comes in a bunch of different colors and band options. It’s completely customizable. You can also change the watch face! The Misfit Vapor does a lot of other things besides measuring your fitness. On the main watch face, it tells you the time, date, weather, and your heart rate. It also shows you the charge, which is helpful. You also have your calendar, fitness activity, alarms, contacts, flashlight, forecast, Google play store, heart rate, reminders, stopwatch, timer and Google translate in apps on the watch.

 

As you can see, it does a lot of stuff, but for the fitness app to be different on the watch and on your phone, that really bothers me. And that it doesn’t have a lot of activities to choose from on the watch. The fact that I can’t wear the watch for 24 hours to get a full reading of the day's activities is another disappointment. I personally would not pay the $200 price point for this watch. Maybe if it was $150-$175. My advice is, if you want this watch, get it on sale. Misfit offers discount codes and there are other stores that sell it, that might let you use coupons to get it on sale (Dillards, Nordstrom, Target and JCPenney). 

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What about you? Do you think this watch meets your lifestyle and fitness needs? Do you have a fitness smartwatch that you just absolutely love? This is my first smart watch, so I would love to hear your feedback!

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