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VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Flic is extremely programmable and compatible with a large number of Internet of Things products and services.
  • Each button can perform up to three activities--press, double press, and long press--and each action can contain any number of individual actions.
  • The battery is projected to last a year, and the adhesive back is reusable, so the button can be moved around.

CONS

  • This crowd-funded project got off to a rocky start with long delays, poor communication, and bad blood with backers, which accounts for the negative reviews on Amazon.
  • Priced around $39 each (cheaper in bundles), Flic isn't crazy expensive, but the dollars add up quickly if you scatter Flics around your home and office.
  • There are some reports of incompatibility with various versions of smartphone operating systems, so check the latest news before purchase.
Flic is one of those products that is so unusual there's no direct comparison to competing gadgets--you need to explain the concept behind it. To that end, Flic is a programmable button you can press to trigger various actions. It's literally just a button; it's about a half-inch in diameter, contains a long-life battery and Bluetooth radio, and attaches to any surface with an adhesive back. It pairs with your iOS or Android device, where you tell it what to do on a press, double press, or long press. Because Flic works with many native smartphone features, IFTTT, Sonos, Harmony, Hue lights, WeMo, and other services, it can do an amazingly broad range of things.
80%

Overall I was really impressed by the Flic, and what Shortcut Labs are trying to achieve. When we have to use apps for everything, it feels …

Overall I was really impressed by the Flic, and what Shortcut Labs are trying to achieve. When we have to use apps for everything, it feels nice to go back to a physical button every once in a while.

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80%

That said, Android devices have around 50 Flic functions at present, as opposed to 27 functions on iOS devices. And UK users will get that a…

That said, Android devices have around 50 Flic functions at present, as opposed to 27 functions on iOS devices. And UK users will get that awesome pizza-button function, whereas US and Australian users will have to wait for that. So some people definitely get a more flexible product out of the box than others.

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60%

Does what it advertises. Very quick and easy to set up. I am using mine as a way to turn on and off We-Mo switches when I don't have my phon…

Does what it advertises. Very quick and easy to set up. I am using mine as a way to turn on and off We-Mo switches when I don't have my phone on me. Took less than 2 minutes to get it set up and turning switches on and off. Also like the "find my phone" option- plays a loud sound so you can locate your phone. I know that'll be useful!

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The genius of Flic really comes down to its variety of uses for a vast number of users. With a single press of a button you can send a distr…

The genius of Flic really comes down to its variety of uses for a vast number of users. With a single press of a button you can send a distress signal or order lunch while you’re at the gym.

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Don’t you think that life be more fun with more buttons, preferably the big red unlabelled kind that would make your house look more like a …

Don’t you think that life be more fun with more buttons, preferably the big red unlabelled kind that would make your house look more like a supervillain’s layer? Enter Flic, a wireless button that you can stick anywhere and that communicates with your smartphone to perform a variety of tasks.

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The colored silicon buttons themselves, roughly the size of a British pound coin, are smooth and feel soft to the touch. Flic currently come…

The colored silicon buttons themselves, roughly the size of a British pound coin, are smooth and feel soft to the touch. Flic currently comes in five colors -- green, yellow, turquoise, white and black. Eventually, I would like to see an increased range, perhaps including silver or metal effects, to go with a wider range of household styles.

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Flic's primary target is smartphone users looking to gain swifter access to a couple of key features, but as I played with the rubber-coated…

Flic's primary target is smartphone users looking to gain swifter access to a couple of key features, but as I played with the rubber-coated key I realized it comes surprisingly close to the perfect IoT control.

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How does one button do it all? Well, you press it. Press once to activate one scene/device (basic on your set-up), press twice to activate s…

How does one button do it all? Well, you press it. Press once to activate one scene/device (basic on your set-up), press twice to activate something else, and hold down the button to choose a third option. These presses could control a single device or a scene made from multiple smart products working together.

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... a double click could turn off the lights and set an alarm for the next morning. It could also send multiple texts to the children to te…

... a double click could turn off the lights and set an alarm for the next morning. It could also send multiple texts to the children to tell them dinner is ready while dimming the lights of a smart LED bulb and playing a Spotify playlist.

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Whilst we wouldn’t say the Flic is a vital piece of kit for your home, it’s fun to make the most of. The fact that the Bluetooth accessory i…

Whilst we wouldn’t say the Flic is a vital piece of kit for your home, it’s fun to make the most of. The fact that the Bluetooth accessory is delightfully easy to set up is a bonus. The previously mentioned GPS functions open up some options for parents looking for piece of mind when it comes to knowing their children are safe. We enjoyed our time playing around with the Flic. Despite a couple of minor issues with Bluetooth range, we found this new gadget to be rather handy.

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One Flic turned on a Philips Hue light and cycled through its colors. Another activated a Sonos speaker. Flic Smart ButtonYet another snappe…

One Flic turned on a Philips Hue light and cycled through its colors. Another activated a Sonos speaker. Flic Smart ButtonYet another snapped pics of showgoers with a webcam and posted them to Twitter. Each task happened the moment I pressed the quarter-sized button.

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The buttons are nicely made, easy to use and convenient for shortcuts. They take normal coin-cell batteries and should last a good long tim…

The buttons are nicely made, easy to use and convenient for shortcuts. They take normal coin-cell batteries and should last a good long time. They do however need to be within 50 metres of the paired phone, so if you want to set them up to work when the connected phone is not in range, you're out of luck.

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Flic is basically trying to replace your phone as a control interface whenever it is more convenient to just press a button. Creating smart …

Flic is basically trying to replace your phone as a control interface whenever it is more convenient to just press a button. Creating smart switches offers the best of both world as it allows the simplicity of a physical control point (where and when it matters) and the flexibility to configure the action it should trigger.

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The rear of the Flic buttons is adhesive, meaning that the buttons can be attached in the places that are most convenient without being lost…

The rear of the Flic buttons is adhesive, meaning that the buttons can be attached in the places that are most convenient without being lost.

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... think about your garage door opener. It’s also … one big button. And yet, imagine life without it. What a pain in the ass it would be if…

... think about your garage door opener. It’s also … one big button. And yet, imagine life without it. What a pain in the ass it would be if you had to open an app on your phone every time you were pulling into your driveway.

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