Fitbit Blaze Release Date
Fitbit Blaze, the second attempt of Fitbit in smartwatch market, was released in January, 2016. Their first attempt was the so-called superwatch Fitbit Surge which was released earlier in 2015.
Fitbit Blaze – What’s in the box?
Fitbit Blaze box content includes: Watch, Charging Cradle, Safety Instructions & Limited Warranty Book and Fitbit Setup Guide
Fitbit Blaze Design Review
While it’s hard to tell Fitbit Surge was a smartwatch or a fitness band, Fitbit Blaze definitely looks like a smartwatch.
The screen sports a very unique design. In contrast with rounded watch often be seen in other smartwatch, Fitbit Blaze’s screen is square with angular finish. It’s 1.66-inch, 240 x 180 LCD colour touchscreen and coated with Gorilla Glass 3 for an extra layer of durability. This certainly is a more attractive design than the monochrome 1.25-inch LCD touchscreen of the Fitbit Surge. However, the Fitbit Blaze is not a patch on Apple Watch in terms of design since Apple Watch uses OLED screen technology with a Sapphire crystal glass protection.
What I like in Fitbit Blaze’s design is its exchangeable band. The default band is elastic and comes in 3 colors: black, blue, plum. You can customize your watch by snapping it into another elastic band (+$15) or leather band (+$50) or metal band (+$130). The band is slim and comfortable to wear all day and night.
Fitbit Blaze Features Review – Pros and Cons
Fitbit Blaze Pros
Fitbit Blaze has a 3-axis accelerometer, gyro sensor and an altimeter to track elevation.
Activity tracking: It automatically tracks steps, calories, floors climbed, active time. You can choose a specific activity from the list and hit start or just exercise then the SmartTrack feature will recognize what activities you’re doing. A very special helpful feature of Fitbit Blaze is Fitstar which shows you guides to work out right on-screen. Just follow a 7 minute all-body workout or 10 Minute Abs session whenever you’re free, it’s fun and will make you sweat.
Sleep tracking: It’s done automatically and seems to be quite accurate. This feature can be found in almost current fitness trackers, however be noted that Apple Watch has no sleep tracking feature.
Heart rate monitor: there’s a built-in optical heart rate sensor to deliver resting HR and active time. Data is accurate for moderate activity and steady running.
Battery life: Of course it depends on which features you use and screen brightness setup, but many reviewed that Fitbit Blaze can really last to 5 days as announced, same battery life as the Fitbit Charge 2. This is much better than the Apple Watch when you need to charge it daily. To full charge the Blaze from 0%, it takes about an hour.
Fitbit Blaze Cons
Waterproof: Like most of other Fitbit devices, Fitbit Blaze is not safe for showering or swimming. It’s said to be water resistant up to 1 ATM, which should withstand hand washing or hold up for a run in the rain though.
Laggy data: Another minus of Fitbit Blaze is handling high intensive activities. When we up the intensity, it struggles to deliver accurate readings instantly.
No built-in GPS: You’ll need to piggyback on your phone if you want to track runs. Apple watch and Fitbit Charge 2 have the same cons. If you really care about having built-in GPS smartwatch, Fitbit Surge might be a better choice.
Notification: With the Blaze, you’ll be able to do things like reject or accept calls, receive notifications from emails and control music playback. In terms of smartwatch features, Fitbit Blaze cannot out-muscle Apple Watch. It hasn’t supported Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or other notifications. You can’t answer your calls on Fitbit Blaze, you can see who is calling but you will need to use your smart phone to make a phone call.
Fitbit Blaze Price
Fitbit Blaze is cheaper than Fitbit Surge and Apple Watch. It’s $50 more expensive than the Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker which has almost same functions.
Fitbit Blaze Review Conclusion
If you’re not really sure a fitness band or a smartwatch would fit you better, my advice is choosing Fitness Charge 2. It has the same functions that Fitbit Blaze offers and is $50 cheaper. Here’s my review of Fitbit Charge 2 Pros and Cons.
If your desire is a smartwatch, take your pick from these 3 options. Sport watch for running? Aim for Fitbit Surge. Smart watch with smart notifications and a lot of apps to play around? Apple Watch is the answer (check out my review of Apple Watch). Smart watch with great fitness features at $200 budget, you know Fitbit Blaze is the winner.