If you're looking for a wearable device that's attractive, as well as having the capacity to encourage you to be more active and track your sleep, then the Misfit Ray* might be for you. But can you really have wearable technology that does it all and looks good too?
When I received a press release back in December containing all the new products to help you get fit and maintain your fitness, the one that stood out to me was the Misfit Ray. I'd previously been using the FitBit Charge HR for around 6 months, and although I loved its functionality, I wasn't a big fan of how it looked.
Call me shallow, but being a visual person means I like things to look good. I didn't mind the Charge when I was wearing an all black outfit, but on the occasions that I wore lighter colours, it would stand out and look quite bulky on my small, pale lady arms.
The sleek, minimal look of the Misfit Ray was very appealing - the whole thing is very slim, and you can get various colours and straps. I chose the rose gold with the sport band, and although the strap is black, it's not opaque, so it doesn't look quite so harsh. I've found it looks good with pretty much everything (but I do have my eye on the grey leather strap..), doesn't stand out like a sore thumb and it'd look great stacked up with jewellery or a watch.
It's not all about how it looks though - the Ray tracks your steps, estimates how many calories you've burned, and also tracks your sleep. You can set up vibration alerts to remind you to move, or for calls, texts and alarms - though I have the latter turned off.
Other good qualities that it possesses are the fact that it's swim proof - in fact, it's waterproof up to 50m! This also means you don't need to take it off when you shower, or worry about it when you're washing up.
This combined with the batteries that don't need charging mean you can wear it constantly, although you will need to replace the batteries after 4-6 months of use, and I'm not sure how much this would cost. For me, this is great as I would often forget to charge my FitBit. It's also very lightweight, and therefore super comfortable, which makes it much nicer to wear at night.
Downsides compared to my other tracker are that it can't track my heartbeat, meaning the calories burnt data isn't going to be as accurate. As someone who suffers with anxiety and also has hypothyroidism (which affects heart rate) I find this feature pretty interesting and useful.
It's much more basic & doesn't have a face, just a small LED light. I'm unsure of whether this is a positive or a negative at this point, but maybe time will tell. On one hand, it's frustrating not being able to see your progress or check the time; but on the other it means you're not constantly checking how many steps you've done or calories you've burnt.
You can of course check all this in the app, where you can also manually log exercise and food, and link up with friends, although the community is still pretty small compared to FitBit.
Interestingly, instead of primarily counting your steps/calories, the app works on a points system. You set yourself a goal and it tells you how many points to reach that goal, and how much physical activity you'd have to do. I'm unsure of why, but maybe again it's to put less emphasis on counting steps & calories, as that can get a little obsessive.
I've been using my Misfit Ray constantly for almost a month now, whether I'm being active or not, and most of the time I forget it's even there. I do find it really useful having the reminders to be more active, and I like setting challenges for myself. I'm unsure of which tracker I prefer, but the Ray is definitely taking precedence on my wrist for the time being.
I'm still waiting for a wearable device which is beautiful as well as being able to do everything, but maybe I'm asking for too much?
Misfit Ray* costs £79.99 (£99.99 with leather strap) and is available to buy here.
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