Misfit Vapor Review: Inexpensive Fitness Centric Android Watch

Misfit Vapor Review
Misfit Vapor

Verdict

If you are looking for an inexpensive android smartwatch that doubles as an excellent activity tracker, the Misfit Vapor is a great place to start!

Pros

  1. Powered by Android Wear 2.0
  2. Big AMOLED touchscreen display
  3. Standalone music player with onboard storage

Cons

  1. Slightly bulky
  2. Connected GPS (not built-in)
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User Review
3.67 (3 votes)

Some people were just waiting for a fitness watch company to make a smartwatch. The Misfit Vapor is maybe the one they are looking for.

Modern smartwatches offer tons of features to stay connected from the wrist. But they often lack the quality to be called a good activity tracker.

This is where Misfit makes its move. Misfit usually make activity trackers and hybrid watches. This time, they’ve gone beyond the usual hybrids and made a full-featured smartwatch.

The Misfit Vapor has activity tracking as its topmost priority. It also offers plenty of extra features to stay connected to the world.

Check out our Misfit vapor review to see if this watch is the one for you!

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Misfit Smartwatch Build & Design

The Misfit Vapor enters the market with a big, round display. It features a 1.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. This gives it excellent clarity and sharpness in resolution.

The display colors are very vivid and offer a good viewing experience.

Its body is made of brushed stainless steel. This gives it good weight and a sturdy feel. One thing about some sports trackers is their lightweight plastic feel.

You certainly don’t get that with this watch and it feels good on the wrist.

The Vapor is directly comparable to the Moto 360 watch in look and features. However, it’s better in many aspects and also better value for money.

This watch is also water-resistant up to 50 meters and ready for swimming. While swimming is not compatible with the popular Moto 360.

Recommended Reading: Don’t miss our guide to waterproof smartwatches next!

The hardware side of this smartwatch is pretty strong. It is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and runs Android Wear 2.0 without any lag. The interface is almost always smooth and the user interaction is a pleasant one.

It has onboard memory storage of 4GB. You can store some data and music locally on the device. It has both Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity so it’s great for wireless music playback while running for example.

It is available in different bodies and straps. The available colors are Jet Black, Silver, Rose Tone, and Gold Tone. The straps are 20mm and interchangeable with any Misfit 20mm band.

Jet BlackRose Tone

Misfit Vapor Review – Features

Android Wear: Misfit Vapor is powered by Android Wear 2.0 and runs it pretty well. It allows you to download different apps, and also be used as a connected device and enjoy Android Assistant.

Activity Tracking: This watch can track different workouts like walking, running, cycling, swimming and hiking. While you have the ability to download any third-party fitness apps like Google Fit, the native Misfit app might be enough.

Heart Rate: The Misfit Vapor has a built-in sensor for heart rate. It can show heart rate in real-time and the results are pretty accurate. This is something you can expect from a sports watch company.

Standalone Music Player: You can wirelessly play music on your BlueTooth headphones and don’t need a phone with you. It has a dedicated onboard memory of 4GB where you can store your music. This is a real stand-out feature for us that more smartwatches should have!

Swimproof: The Vapor is a great fit for swimmers. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters (equivalent to 5 ATM). You can swim without having to worry about your smartwatch anymore.

Connected GPS: Although this watch doesn’t have GPS built-in, it can utilize the GPS from your phone to show routes, runs, and metrics. It can also detect speed, distance and time using the connected GPS.

App Notifications: This smartwatch can show your smartphone notifications in real-time. You can read emails, messages and remotely make/receive calls on your connected smartphone (requires a Bluetooth connection to your nearby phone).

Microphone: It has a built-in microphone that comes in use for several tasks. For example, you can speak with Google Assistant to get some of your work done instantly.

Battery & Compatibility

The Misfit Vapor is advertised with all-day-long battery life. The battery life is certainly decent but it really depends on what features you use.

For example, the heart rate monitor and BlueTooth will drain the battery quicker than other features.  If you use tracking for a very long time, the battery may drain out fast.

All you need to do is to charge it up every night. It will help you pass a full day no problem. Charging is slick as it comes with a magnetic charging cradle. It will take a little over one hour to be charged fully, which is fast!

Compatibility is not an issue. The Vapor works with Android OS 4.3+ and iOS 9+. The “Android Wear” app is available on both platforms too.

Is the Misfit Vapor a Moto 360 Beater?

The Misfit Vapor Review shows it has a strong competition with the  Motorola Moto 360. They are similar in both looks and features.

However, the Vapor is swim-proof and has a better display than the Moto 360. So in my eyes, the Vapor is the clear winner. I guess it’s not so clear cut if you don’t swim though!

But there are some downsides. The Misfit Vapor doesn’t have any built-in GPS. It can only use GPS from a connected phone (Bluetooth connection).

It also doesn’t have stereo speakers. So you have to wear Bluetooth headphones to allow you to talk. And lastly, it doesn’t have NFC.

The Vapor is built by a company that has a solid reputation in the activity tracker field. You can expect pretty accurate tracking data from this device.

Plus, there are smart features you won’t find in many other Android wearables. It sets an excellent balance between a smartwatch and an activity tracker.

If you own one of these watches then we’d love to know about your experiences in the comments section down below!

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