Review: Fastrack Reflex
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The Fastrack Reflex is watchmaker Titan’s first attempt at a fitness-tracking band. The design is simple—it’s a silicon strap with a tracking module integrated into it. This module can be removed and plugged into the charger directly. The strap has a nice texture to it. The locking mechanism isn’t the slickest, but once you clasp it down, it is pretty secure. It is available in three colours: black, blue and purple.
The OLED display is clear enough to see the time and activity statistics such as steps walked, calories burnt and more, even in bright sunlight. Adjacent to it is a touch-sensitive button which can be used to toggle information and modes.
The Reflex app (free for Android and iOS) isn’t the most visually appealing, nor does it have many customization options. We noticed the occasional lag in data sync from the band. However, it is a simple app to set up and use, and even a first-time fitness-band user will not feel overwhelmed. You can configure the Reflex band to vibrate to notify any new calls or notifications.
When it comes to fitness-tracking, it tracks steps, distance covered and calories burnt. Tracking offers mixed results—motion sensitivity is a tad too much, and it sometimes mistakes even the slightest hand movement for a step. This can sometimes throw off data. The problem can be fixed by rolling out a software update to tweak the algorithms that drive motion sensitivity. This isn’t a problem during an exercise routine, but if you want to track steps the entire day, then random hand movements can sometimes get logged on the step counter. The Reflex can also track your sleep. For this you need to start the Sleep Mode manually before hitting the pillow. In terms of battery life, it lasts just over a week on a single charge.
On paper, the Fastrack Reflex has a significant advantage in terms of price, particularly for someone who is buying their first fitness band or whose budget is limited. Tracking results can sometimes be inconsistent, but we do hope that software updates will improve this. The price and long-lasting battery are factors that cannot be ignored.