The Misfit Vapor X smartwatch is a Wear OS triumph. It fits into your lifestyle so well because it tackles the common smartwatch issues of low battery life and laggy software.
The design is subtle. The Misfit range has a simplicity to it. It goes with most outfits. Especially if you like the black version.
The Misfit brand is great at beautiful minimalism. The Vapour X does it the best. The design is effortless but doesn’t lack identity. Misfit is technically a sports brand but you won’t immediately feel that the Vapour X is a sports watch. You can wear it just as easily to the gym as you can at work.
The Vapour X is lighter than it looks. It’s 42mm by 12mm and weighs 43g. The strap is 20mm and silicon. It’s compact and lightweight so you easily forget it’s on your wrist.
The round screen is subtle. There’s character in its oversized crown, which has a button and wheel for scrolling.
On the flank, you’ll find smooth buttons which activate the Google Fit and Google Pay features. You can change these if you like.
The AMOLED screen is 1.2inches and bright. The bezel surrounding it is a decent size. It gives solid readability even in sunlight. It has an always-on feature to boot.
Under the hood is a 3100 Snapdragon processor carrying 512MB of RAM and no less than 4GB of built-in storage. This makes it a direct alternative to the Fossil Sport.
The Vapor has smooth scrolling and quicker reactions. It does rely on a connection to your phone but this isn’t something new.
The battery life is good. Using Google Fit to track your activities and assuming regular notifications, you can get up to two days between charges. Charging itself takes around an hour.
It’s advisable to charge it every night whilst you sleep.
The Vapor X has built-in GPS. It has a few handy sensors like a heart rate monitor, gyroscope altimeter, microphone and NFC.
There isn’t a dedicated app. You’ll need Wear OS software which you can pair with Android or iOS.
You can track fitness via Google Fit. All you need to do is swipe left or press one of the buttons to activate it. If you’re happy to have a general overview of your workout this will suffice.
The GPS is pleasantly accurate as it works in conjunction with Google Maps.
There are no bells and whistles with this smartwatch. No apps. No fancy features. This is positive because the simplicity serves a sleek performance and reduces the risk of lagging.
Powered by Wear OS you get reliability with this smartwatch. Without those power-hungry apps and demanding faces the processor is left to perform to its best ability.
You can use Google Assistant by pressing the crown or swiping right on the display. It’s always listening, even in the busiest of environments. It’ll send a WhatsApp message using your voice, which is pretty cool.
Some users have reported an issue connecting their phone to their smartwatch. Sometimes it might be easier to get your phone out.
Notifications are more reliable if your phone is Android. Although these can be persistent if you don’t check them the first time. It’s certainly not a contender for the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy range.
You can find the Vapor on Amazon for around $99.99 – $219.99.
It comes in black champagne, rose gold gunmetal. There are strap options of grey, purple or green. If you want something more durable there’s a stainless steel or NATO strap too.
If you buy it through the Misfit website directly you’ll get a 2 year warranty.
The Misfit Vapor X will do everything you want a smartwatch to do. It’ll give you notifications and track your activity. There are no sleep tracking abilities so take this as your opportunity to charge it overnight.
The minimalistic design offers character, believe it or not. Much like the way Skagen does. You’ll easily be able to wear it every day and it’ll find a happy place with most outfits.
You might want to consider an Apple Watch Series 3 which you can get for $200 now. This would be wise if you’re an iPhone user considering the synchronisation issues and preference toward Android.
As we’ve said, you should also look at the Fossil Sport which is around $225. Mobvoi brings the $160 Ticwatch E2, which carries a great minimalist design to rival the Vapor. Again for $200 you can get better fitness tracking from the Fitbit Versa 2.
If you’ve got a little more money to play with Garmin is the king of fitness trackers. The Forerunner 235 is still a fantastic choice.
Should I buy a Misfit Vapor X?
If you’re happy with the fact that the functionality isn’t going to rival the likes of Apple or Samsung, this is a great option. If you’re interested in your general fitness data over the course of the day, the Vapor is a great shout. Furthermore, if you like minimal design, this is a cost-effective way of tapping into Danish-style that competes with the likes of Skagen.
The Vapor is water-resistant to 50m. The case is made from aluminium and will be fairly resistant to wear and tear. The silicon strap is soft for all-day wear.
It’s a no-mess-no-fuss smartwatch that will serve you well for around 2 years.