Hands on: Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch review & Rating

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The Misfit Phase is out now in the US, UK and Australia. You can buy it directly from the Misfit website for $175 (£165, AU$250).

That's quite a lot of money compared to other Misfit products, but is a similar price to other analogue smartwatches you can buy right now. For example, the Withings Steel HR costs a touch more at $179.95/£169.95 (about AU$300).

Pros

High-quality materials. Bands are easy to swap. Tracks activity and sleep well. Supports push notifications. Includes a few special features. Vibration and visual alerts. Good app.

Cons

Limited interface. Heavy. Not designed for petite wrists.

Bottom Line

The Misfit Phase is an attractive fitness tracker in the body of a classic wristwatch, with accurate metrics and just enough smartwatch features to keep things interesting.

Comparisons and Conclusions

For almost $200, you're getting a pretty simple device, technology-wise. The Phase doesn't include an optical heart rate monitor, like many other fitness trackers in this price range do. A few examples include the Fitbit Blaze$199.79 at Amazon, the Garmin Vivoactive HR$199.99 at Amazon, and the Polar A360$147.83 at Amazon. The latter two also have built-in GPS, giving you more detail about your recorded activities.

Also missing from nearly every fitness tracker I've tested is the ability in the app to include information about menstrual cycles and pregnancy. Considering that tracking one's cycle is perhaps the oldest incarnation of the "quantified self," and that it affects half the population, it really ought to be included. The two devices that have it are the Bellabeat Leaf Urban$138.99 at Amazon and its earlier version, the Bellabeat Leaf.

If you want the look of a class wristwatch with the benefits of a fitness tracker, the Misfit Phase is certainly among the most attractive, right up there with the Withings Activite Steel$104.77 at Amazon and Steel HR. It's elegantly understated (though heavy) and comes in several different color combinations. It's not a fully loaded smartwatch like the Apple Watch Series 2 or Misfit's upcoming Vapor, but it's less expensive and doesn't need to be charged multiple times per week. That makes it a solid buy if you're focused on looks and reliability.

 

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