Misfit, started their wearable journey in late 2001 by introducing the series of Vapor watches and continue to renew it every year after that. Although it’s not the kind of brand, which is already famous since the competition between smartwatch companies is getting serious now, as every company is trying to come up with never-seen-before features.
In such a competitive scenario, Misfit tried to make their way through by introducing new smartwatches every year, but let’s be honest, they do need to work hard in coming with innovative features if they want to stay in this game.
In this article, I will be reviewing all three smartwatches launched by Misfit: Vapor, Vapor 2, and Vapor X in-depth and will help you in choosing between these by drawing a comparison. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
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Vapor vs. Vapor 2 vs. Vapor X (Neck to Neck comparison)
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Last updated on June 20, 2021 3:03 pm
1. Misfit Vapor Review
This smartwatch has a solid build which can be seen from its design. Although I won’t declare it as a bulky smartwatch per se, yes, it can a bit bulky and heavy for the smaller wrists. As the preference in this genre is subjective, because some people like heavy smartwatches, while some go for the slimmest ones. Although it’s not a slim, sleek, or lightweight gadget in any way, I mean it weighs 60g, so you can get the idea.
Misfit vapor comes in the simplest design possible which is a good thing since not everyone likes sophisticated and fancy shapes. This smartwatch, however, comes in a round shape, which means the dial is totally round and there’s a button on the right side of it.
On the back, it has the heart rate tracking sensor, along with the silicone straps which is comfortable for wearing it 24/7, and well, that’s pretty much it about the design, like I said, it’s the simplest as it can get.
It comes in a 1.3-inch AMOLED display, with some good resolution, which makes sure it is clear and easy-to-read. The display is vibrant, along with the cherry-topping of the always-on display, just like the Apple watch 5.
That being said, reading under direct sunlight might not be up to the mark as compared to other smartwatches in general, but 326ppi density makes sure that the sharpness and the brightness in the screen remain good for normal usage.
Since the display is touch so you can do pretty much everything with your fingers, but since there’s one physical button present on the right side of the watch, you can use it to navigate to the main menu.
This watch is equipped with Android Wear 2.0, Android Oreo along with Snapdragon Wear 2100 as the main CPU. It comes with the built-in Misfit app which records all the data of your activities with the help of connected GPS. It has its play store, so you download any app of your preference for the tracking e.g. Google fit.
Tracking your all-day activities is not a problem with this smartwatch, as it can do it pretty easily. At the end of the day, you can take a look at your step count, burnt calories, and distance traveled during the day. It doesn’t come with dedicated sports modes, but it will track your walking, running, cycling, and hiking session efficiently.
Heart rate monitoring
On the backside of the smartwatch, there’s an optical heart rate sensor for the measurement of your heart rate. It can’t be compared to a proper chest strap, but the results of this sensor are quite astonishing. You can measure your heart rate anytime you want and even compare the steady heart rate with the pumped one, after a heavy exercise or workout.
Although it doesn’t have a built-in GPS which is a bummer for sure, that said, it still has this feature where you can connect to your smartphone’s GPS and can have the trajectory of your motion. This helps in drawing a pattern that gives an idea about your traveling a specific distance, which you cannot have without the GPS if you’re cycling or running.
It’s not a standalone smartwatch, which means you cannot have two-way communication with it. However, after connecting it to the Bluetooth of your smartphone, it will become one by receiving all the notifications of it including your incoming calls, text messages, and social apps. You can make and receive phone calls by it, but for that, you’ll have to stay connected to the Bluetooth, making it a distance-bound-communications.
It doesn’t have a speaker for the music to be played out loud, but you can listen to your playlist on this smartwatch after wearing a Bluetooth headset. Along with that, it has 4GB of internal storage, so you put your music of every genre in it and can listen to your mix whenever you’re on a run or working out.
Although it doesn’t have speakers, it does have a built-in microphone, which can be used to speak with Google Assistant and get your task done, without any trouble. Check your schedules for the upcoming meetings or get updates on the weather forecast, without manually touching the screen, because it got you covered.
It comes with 5ATM water-resistance, which means you can withstand the intrusion of water under the depth of 50m. This makes it a swim-proof smartwatch which means you can take it with you while swimming, showering, or light-diving. Also, it can track your swimming sessions as well, which is a good thing if you’re into swimming professionally. Just visit the mobile app for it to see how it goes and you’re all set for it.
It comes with a 400mAH battery capacity, which will give you almost 4 days for it to use after a complete charge. However, this depends on the usage. If you’re going to use connected GPS and Bluetooth features all the time, it might drain the battery more quickly than you’ve anticipated. So, for the normal usage, it might be good to go for 2-3 days, which again depends on limited the feature’s usage can be.
Specifications: Color: Black | Weight: 2.4 ounces | Screen: 1.3-inch | Display: AMOLED touch-screen | Resolution: 326 x 326 pixels | RAM: 512MB | Storage: 4GB | Battery: 400mAH
- Activity tracking
- Heart rate monitoring
- Music player
- Connected GPS
- Smart notifications
2. Misfit Vapor 2 Review
This smartwatch from vapor is the successor of the first-generation vapor and was released in 2018 with some additions of the features which were missing in its predecessor. However, from the looks and appearance of it, it’s not that different from the first edition per se, but misfit tried to make it less bulky or maybe it seems like that because it’s quite thin.
The design is also very similar to the first edition and it comes in a round dial with a rotating crown on the right side of the watch. On the back, it has the optical heart rate sensor, which does the job of keeping an eye on your heart rate. The case is made up of aluminum, which is accompanied by silicon straps which makes it suitable for wearing 24/7.
This is where the similarity between the first vapor smartwatch and this one right here starts fading away because it comes in two models; one for the smaller wrists and the other for the larger ones. The smaller version comes in a 1.19-inch AMOLED screen with a case thickness of 41mm, while the larger version has a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen and a 46mm case thickness.
All the features, functions are pricing of both these models are the same, so just go with the one which suits your wrists. I’m reviewing the smaller version of it because I have got a smaller wrist and it fits perfectly. It has the auto-brightness option, so you don’t have to manually do it. The rotating crown on the right side of the watch works as a navigator, although the touch-display is easy to use anyway.
A lot of people have reservations in this genre, because Vapor 2 runs on Snapdragon wear 2100 chipset, whereas a lot of smartwatch companies have already moved to the latest Snapdragon 3100 chipset.
Although the chipset which Vapor 2 is equipped with is pretty good and there are no major lag or performance issues in this regard. Misfit has launched the smartwatch with the same hardware and just included few new features when they could’ve added a new chipset, which could’ve boosted the performance to the next level. I’m still unable to understand this logic.
This feature was missing in the original version of the vapor smartwatch and it’s a big improvement. It’s always a plus point if your smartwatch has built-in GPS because the tracking of your outdoor activities and location becomes easy and accurate. Although it drains the battery the most, you can’t ignore its importance in any way.
Misfit removed its built-in fitness app from this smartwatch, which was there in the first edition, and rather than it makes you use Google Fit and Fit workout, which is far more accurate and easier-to-use as compared to the Misfit app. You can see your workout stats in both these apps, where it will give you all the necessary insights along with move minutes and heart points.
All-day activity tracking is pretty normal in almost every smartwatch nowadays, where you burnt calories, distance traveled and the number of steps will be tracked by it automatically. At the end of the day, you can easily see the stats of this activity tracing and try to beat your own personal best.
From the Fit workout app, you can dig deep into the exercise and workout stuff including walking, running, biking, etc., and can track your session efficiently. Along with this, there are also options available for swimming, elliptical, cricket, and strength training, which one can utilize to keep track of their sessions.
Heart rate monitoring
There were complaints about the heart rate sensor being inaccurate in the first edition of vapor smartwatches, but the company claims that this optical heart rate sensor can is more accurate and will give you real-time heart rate measurement precisely. You can see the stats in the Google Fit app, and can even compare your results with a steady and pumped up heart rate. Since this feature also drains the battery, you should stick to measuring your heart rate manually, which will reduce the battery drainage.
NFC or Google pay
This feature was also missing from its predecessor and since everything is going smarter these days, Google pay has gained significant importance in this regard. What this feature does is that you can directly pay from your smartwatch, after you forgot to bring your wallet while shopping or buying coffee, because it got you covered.
After connecting to the smartphone’s Bluetooth, it will receive all its notifications on it including incoming calls, text messages, and social apps; Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. Two-way communication is not possible, as there’s no speaker in this smartwatch, however, the microphone is there. So, if you wish you receive phone calls from it, then it might not be possible.
There’re also some limitations for iOS users in this regard, as they won’t be able to reply to the notification from it, except for the option of answering and denying an incoming call. Along with this, to receive notifications on this smartwatch, you’ll have to stay connected to the Wear OS app always, otherwise, it won’t work.
To make your work easy, it comes with Google assistant, which work on your given commands accordingly. Get updates on weather forecasts and your meeting’s schedule by just asking Google assistant about it, without doing it manually.
Surprisingly, the water-resistance of this smartwatch is 3ATM, while its original version had 5ATM water-resistance. I don’t know they downgraded this important feature because 3ATM resistance means the watch can withstand the water-intrusion under the depth of 30m. That being said, it is swim-proof per se, and you can take it with you while showering and bathing. But, it’s not suitable for diving or snorkeling of any sort whatsoever.
Since there’s some addition of features in this smartwatch that weren’t there in its predecessor, so the battery life is always going to low in this smartwatch. The GPS feature drains the battery the most usually, due to which it might not be able to last even a day if you keep on using this feature without any break. On the other hand, it might last for a day or two in average usage, which again depends on the features you’re going to use.
Specifications: Color: Black | Weight: 2.68 ounces | Screen: 1.19-inch | Display: AMOLED touch-screen | Case thickness: 41mm | Chipset: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Storage: 4GB | RAM: 512MB
- Built-in GPS
- Google Pay
- Smart notifications
- Activity tracing
- Sport and exercise modes
3. Misfit Vapor X Review
Misfit Vapor X is the third and the latest smartwatch of this series which was launched by Misfit in later 2019. From the very first version, Misfit was struggling to make a gadget that is loved by the audience and has the perks of everything. They included a couple of features that were missing in the first version and came up with a brand-new Vapor X with quite innovations in its design and software.
Misfit sticks with their trademark style of round dial, which is a good thing for a brand in this genre. It’s not bulky and heavy at all and doesn’t weigh too much for the wrist as well.
There were no such changes in the design of the first two smartwatches from Misfit, but they change it somehow in this one. It comes in a stainless-steel case which has a diameter of 42mm and is 11.4mm thick, which shows that it’s not bulky at all. It also weighs around 43g, so it won’t become a burden on your wrist either and is suitable for all-day wearing.
On the right side of it, there’s a rotating crown similar to the first two editions which work as a navigator for the watch’s menu. However, this smartwatch has two extra buttons, which are designed to use smart features of the watch: directly paying from the watch and to open fitness apps like Google Fit. Unfortunately, these shortcuts are default, so you can’t change them manually.
No surprises in the display of this smartwatch, as it is quite similar to the 41mm version of Vapor 2. It also comes in just one size, so there’s no room for smaller or larger wrists.
The display of it comprises of 1.19-inch AMOLED touch-screen display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels, which makes sure the color and overall display are sharp enough for the users.
The ambient light sensor is there for automatic brightness control, and for use under direct sunlight, there’s a boost mode that keeps the brightness high.
Finally, Misfit decided to place the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor in this smartwatch, which was missing in the first two versions, which also gives it an edge over those two.
Due to the inclusion of this latest version, the performance of it is going to be better. It also has 4GB storage, which one can utilize to fill it with their favorite playlist, and enjoy it while running or working out.
To track your outdoor activities session, it comes with a built-in GPS, which does the work of God-eye in this regard. Leave your phone at home while going for a run, because it will automatically track your step count, burnt calories, distance, and heart rate with the help it.
Heart rate monitoring
On the backside of it, there’s an optical heart rate monitoring sensor, which keeps an eye on your heart rate all the time. Whenever you wish to measure your heart rate, just go in the phone app for it, and can even compare the results with the pumped-up heart rate after an exercise or workout with the steady one.
All-day activity tracking can be easily done through it, where it will give you all details about your step count, burnt calories and distance traveled during the day. You can even define personal goals in the app and try to beat your score every day.
Google fit is there to track your different exercise and workouts, which can be a good thing for a sport or fitness enthusiastic person because in this way he/she can even track their sessions and have full detailed insights about it as well.
You can control your smartphone’s music through it and don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket while running outside and can just do it from your wrist. Along with this, you can utilize 4GB of storage for your music and can listen to it whenever you want.
Just like the first two series, it still comes with a microphone and no speaker, which is quite disappointing, because this is a much-needed upgrade.
However, since the microphone is there, so it’s Google assistant can work on your given commands. Check flight routes, upcoming meetings, or have insights about the weather forecast, without manually searching for these.
It works perfectly fine being the extension of the smartphone by receiving all the notifications of it on your wrist, after getting paired with the Bluetooth.
You can also directly reply to the notifications and can make or receive phone calls. That said, you can all of these things only when you are connected with Bluetooth, which lowkey makes it a distance-bound smartwatch in this genre.
It comes with the water-resistance of 5ATM, which means it can withstand the water-intrusion under the depth of 50m, without getting damaged. This makes it a swim-proof package, and you can also take it with you showering, light diving, and snorkeling.
Although battery life, always depends on the usage of the smartwatch. That said, if you’re going to use the GPS feature continuously, it will drain the battery to its finest and it might not last for even a day. But, if you keep your usage to a moderate level and try not using those features which drain the battery the most: Heart rate and GPS sensor, then it might last for a day or even more than that.
Specifications: Color: Black | Weight: 43g | Screen: 1.19-inch | Display: AMOLED touch-screen | Case Material: Stainless steel | Case Diameter: 42mm | CPU: Snapdragon Wear 3100 | RAM: 512MB | Storage: 4GB
- Google Pay
- Activity tracking
- Heart rate monitoring
- Google assistant
- Smart notifications
Out of all these three, I like Misfit Vapor 2 more than the rest, because of two things. Firstly, it is affordable and doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet. Secondly, it has almost all the features for light fitness tracking and is the perfect extension of the smartphone by receiving and replying to the notifications of it.
But if your smartwatch is of that type, which doesn’t require a built-in GPS or Google Pay, for instance, you should go with Misfit Vapor. As for these two features, both these smartwatches are almost the same, but the pricing is different, Misfit Vapor is the cheapest among these.
And, if you’re willing to buy Misfit Vapor X, and sure about spending this much money on it, I’d suggest you look for better options because I’m sure you’ll get a better smartwatch at such a price than this one, like Ticwatch Pro or Samsung Galaxy smartwatch or Fossil 5 smartwatch.
Q: Who owns Misfit?
Ans: Misfit is owned by the very famous, Fossil Group. It was founded on 14 October 2011 by Sonny Vu, Sridhar Iyengar, and John Sculley, owned by Fossil Group.
Q: How many Misfit smartwatches are there?
Ans: Misfit Launched its first smartwatch Vapor in 2017, Vapor 2 in 2018, and Vapor X in 2019.
Q: Is Misfit Vapor 2 suitable for swimming?
Ans: Yes, it has the 3ATM water-resistant, so it remains safe in the depth of 30m, which does make It a swim-proof package.
Q: Can you make calls on Vapor 2?
Ans: Yes, you can make and receive phone calls on Vapor 2, but there’s no speaker in it, so you’ll have to use Bluetooth headphones for it.
Q: Does Misfit vapor has GPS?
Ans: No, it doesn’t have built-in GPS, however, it can use a smartphone’s GPS to perform different functions, which is a cool feature too.