Blazeby Fitbit

  • Blaze
  • Blaze
  • Blaze
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
76%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Blaze features a screen that's big and easy to see, but it remains light enough to wear comfortably.
  • Lasting five days or longer, the battery life is better than many smartwatches offer.
  • The Blaze includes on-screen exercise guides, and its activity tracking features are impressive.

CONS

  • The phone notifications are limited to calls, texts, and calendar alerts; it does not receive notifications from any third-party apps.
  • The design is polarizing; some reviewers liked it while others detested it.
  • The included heart rate monitor is not always accurate, and the Blaze lacks GPS.
Take a fitness tracker, add a liberal dash of smartwatch, and you just might end up with a product that looks like the Fitbit Blaze, a smart fitness watch. It features Fitbit’s well regarded step and activity tracking tools, and access to Fitbit’s Web and mobile app--and to the larger Fitbit community. It adds a bigger, color touch screen, guided on-screen workouts, music controls, multi-sport tracking, and notifications of calls, texts, and calendar alerts from your connected smartphone. Fitbit wraps all this up in a package that looks more like a watch that any Fitbit yet.
NameBlazeApple WatchVivoactivePeakSurge
ManufacturerFitbitAppleGarminBasisFitbit
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96%

The Fitbit Blaze excels as a smart fitness watch and I have to admit that it has changed my perspective on what I really need to be wearing …

The Fitbit Blaze excels as a smart fitness watch and I have to admit that it has changed my perspective on what I really need to be wearing on a daily basis.

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81%

The Apple Watch is sleek and incredibly aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Blaze is good, but sort of like a Monet in that it's best viewed…

The Apple Watch is sleek and incredibly aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Blaze is good, but sort of like a Monet in that it's best viewed from afar.

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80%

It's clear that Fitbit's keen to move away from the dorky black plastic bands that have dominated its design to date. Customisation is now t…

It's clear that Fitbit's keen to move away from the dorky black plastic bands that have dominated its design to date. Customisation is now the buzzword, and that's a crucial element of the Blaze.

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80%

The Fitbit Blaze is has plenty going for it, but is more niche than the company's other trackers, filling in a crack that perhaps didn't nee…

The Fitbit Blaze is has plenty going for it, but is more niche than the company's other trackers, filling in a crack that perhaps didn't need to be filled.

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80%

What’s it like to use? In short, dreamy: the Blaze has easily one of the best interfaces going. What seems at first to be a small display is…

What’s it like to use? In short, dreamy: the Blaze has easily one of the best interfaces going. What seems at first to be a small display is actually a beautifully vibrant, clear screen that’s a corker both indoors and out.

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80%

The Fitbit Blaze is a welcome addition to the Fitbit range, especially for people looking for a fitness watch smarter than the average timep…

The Fitbit Blaze is a welcome addition to the Fitbit range, especially for people looking for a fitness watch smarter than the average timepiece.

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78%

I realized it's not a smartwatch in the conventional sense of the word. The Blaze is a fitness-first device that does most of the same thing…

I realized it's not a smartwatch in the conventional sense of the word. The Blaze is a fitness-first device that does most of the same things as Fitbit's Surge fitness band, just in a more stylish package.

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73%

It’s not too farfetched to think that a GPS should be included on a device this large (and this pricey), but unfortunately that’s not the ca…

It’s not too farfetched to think that a GPS should be included on a device this large (and this pricey), but unfortunately that’s not the case.

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72%

And you can rule out swimming completely. That’s pretty bad for a $200 fitness device; the Blaze needs to be fully waterproofed if it’s some…

And you can rule out swimming completely. That’s pretty bad for a $200 fitness device; the Blaze needs to be fully waterproofed if it’s something you’re going to wear for days at a time.

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70%

One of my biggest bugbears with the Fitbit Blaze, though, is that the screen is often unresponsive. There were multiple times where I'd tap …

One of my biggest bugbears with the Fitbit Blaze, though, is that the screen is often unresponsive. There were multiple times where I'd tap on the screen and nothing would happen.

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70%

But a lot of the Fitbit Blaze's design feels weirdly retro, like a first-gen smartwatch or something vaguely 80s. Someone at work called it …

But a lot of the Fitbit Blaze's design feels weirdly retro, like a first-gen smartwatch or something vaguely 80s. Someone at work called it a "Delorean on your wrist."

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70%

The Blaze takes about 15 minutes to recognize an exercise (though you can lower the threshold to 10 minutes in the app), but that's still to…

The Blaze takes about 15 minutes to recognize an exercise (though you can lower the threshold to 10 minutes in the app), but that's still too long. What if I just want to do a 15-minute jog?

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60%

In order to recharge the Blaze, you have to pop it out of the wristband, put it inside a charging cradle and snap the cradle closed. What a …

In order to recharge the Blaze, you have to pop it out of the wristband, put it inside a charging cradle and snap the cradle closed. What a pain.

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The seriously handy feature that I like the most is how it instructs you how to do each exercise via a series of on screen graphics. This wi…

The seriously handy feature that I like the most is how it instructs you how to do each exercise via a series of on screen graphics. This will be a serious boon for people that want to get fit but don’t fancy watching endless YouTube video tutorials while at the gym.

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One really cool thing about this fitness watch is you can take it on a workout without your phone and it will record your steps, floors clim…

One really cool thing about this fitness watch is you can take it on a workout without your phone and it will record your steps, floors climbed and how far you went.

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See, the Fitbit Blaze alludes to phone notifications, but it has the 1992 dumbed down version of them. Meaning, you only get calls, texts a…

See, the Fitbit Blaze alludes to phone notifications, but it has the 1992 dumbed down version of them. Meaning, you only get calls, texts and calendar alerts.

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While the Blaze is surprisingly lightweight, it's too bulky in all the wrong ways. If it had been designed as a circle, like a traditional w…

While the Blaze is surprisingly lightweight, it's too bulky in all the wrong ways. If it had been designed as a circle, like a traditional watch, I might feel differently.

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And there should be a “Mind the gap” warning between the screen and the stop-sign-shaped frame. Too many times this week I looked down and t…

And there should be a “Mind the gap” warning between the screen and the stop-sign-shaped frame. Too many times this week I looked down and thought: When did I strap an iPod Nano to my wrist?

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Outside of a handful of smart features, the Blaze is every part a typical Fitbit device. It still counts steps, calculates calories burned, …

Outside of a handful of smart features, the Blaze is every part a typical Fitbit device. It still counts steps, calculates calories burned, tracks you sleep, monitors your heart rate, and syncs to your Android or iOS device to track additional health-related stats.

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The Blaze’s affordability and rich feature set makes it a great choice for consumers who want a fitness tracker but have also been consideri…

The Blaze’s affordability and rich feature set makes it a great choice for consumers who want a fitness tracker but have also been considering a smartwatch.

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The Blaze is Tinder pretty. It’s gorgeous from afar and a hot mess up close. That’s where you can see how cheap the finish on the metal part…

The Blaze is Tinder pretty. It’s gorgeous from afar and a hot mess up close. That’s where you can see how cheap the finish on the metal parts are and you can shudder while touching the sweat-resistant rubber wrist band.

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