Fitbit Flyer Bluetooth earphones (review)
4.5Overall Score
Price (RRP): $199.95 Manufacturer: Fitbit

Fitbit is known for exercise trackers, for smart scales, for smartwatches. But Bluetooth earphones? They are a very different thing. Let’s spend some time with the Fitbit Flyer earphones.

Features

The Fitbit Flyer earphones are more or less conventional in design. Around 500mm of cable connects the two buds. The left and right buds are clearly marked. Near the right one is a pod carrying the Micro-B USB charging port under a little rubbery cover, along with three controls.

Those controls turn out to be easy to use by touch because the two volume buttons stand up, while the middle section is recessed. That middle button is for play/pause and call answering.

There’s another control. The power button is on the right earpiece itself. You use this for Bluetooth pairing as well. It’s a bit fiddly, but you don’t use it too often.

Fitbit Flyer

In addition to music listening, you can use the Fitbit Flyer earphones for hands-free calling. There are dual microphones to help suppress external noises.

The earphones use silicon tips, with three sizes included. They also use clip-on wings (two sizes) and fins (two sizes). So, you have four options for locking the buds more securely into your ears. The wings point upwards and use the whorls of your ears above the buds. The fins lock into the whorls behind them.

As is Fitbit’s practice, it does not give an IP rating for the Fitbit Flyer earphones. Instead, it describes the level of resistance thus: “Flyer is designed to be rain, sweat and splashproof. Some condensation will not damage the headphones, but avoid splashing large amounts of water on them. They should not be submerged.”

Fitbit Flyer Connections

The earphones support the AAC codec in addition to the standard Bluetooth SBC stereo audio codec. That means that they ought to produce higher quality sound when used with iOS devices. The earphones use 8.6mm drivers. Fitbit doesn’t say much about them other than that they are “precision engineered for crisp audio, powerful bass and dynamic range”.

Fitbit Flyer

There’s talk on the Fitbit website of the Fitbit Flyer automatically pairing with the Fitbit Ionic and Versa watches. As I wrote in my review of the Versa, I used it with a different set of earphones to check out its player capabilities. And I’d already paired the Fitbit Flyer earphones to my phone. All this seemed to have eliminated whatever may have been automatic about the process.

Not that it was at all hard to pair. The first time you switch them on, they’re in pairing mode. To pair with additional devices, you just switch them off, then switch them on again and hold the power button for a few seconds. Select them from the device’s Bluetooth menu, and it’s done.

These earphones talk to you in a crunchy female voice. It sounds as though they use a four-bit digital file. When you switch on, you’re likely to hear “full battery, connected to one device, full battery.” Or maybe “medium battery” rather than “full battery”. Hopefully not “low battery”, because then you won’t have long to go.

Fitbit Flyer