Fitbit has turn out to be a family title on the subject of health trackers and wearables normally – and never at all times for the best causes. The corporate behind among the earliest health trackers to hit the market has persistently launched well-received merchandise.
The Fitbit Blaze was one in every of them, and whereas it could now not sit within the firm’s core line-up you may nonetheless purchase it from a wide range of retailers.
Breaching the hole between health tracker and smartwatch, the Blaze is far more former than the latter. The design of the Blaze seems like a watch, however the options are very like a health band.
Nevertheless, when you’re on the lookout for a health tracker with a heavy, however not-too-heavy lean towards being a smartwatch, the Fitbit Blaze is a reliable alternative you could now purchase for lower than ever earlier than.
Fitbit Blaze worth and launch date
- Introduced in January 2016 at CES and launched just a few weeks later
- Simply obtainable now for $170 (£140, AU$329.95)
At launch you might purchase the Fitbit Blaze for $199 (£159.99, AU$329.95). That worth has dropped down quite a bit so now you can get it for round $150 or £139.
You’ll be able to now not purchase this straight from Fitbit, however a wide range of third-party retailers are nonetheless toting the watch/tracker hybrid.
Watch our full Fitbit Blaze video assessment beneath
- Coloration LCD show, first time for a Fitbit product
- Bigger display screen than on another Fitbit
In contrast to most different Fitbit units, the Blaze features a show, blurring the road between smartwatch and health tracker. The show itself is brilliant and jumps out at you, particularly when you’re utilizing the best watch face.
All the pieces is evident on the show, and I really feel that is the best measurement for a smartwatch. From a distance it seems far more like a conventional watch than another smartwatches on the market.
For some purpose, Fitbit has determined to go for a sq. display screen right here although – I really feel it will have been higher if Fitbit had used a spherical show, like on the Moto 360.
And that show is not going to present you that a lot info – it isn’t going to be flush with notifications just like the Apple Watch, displaying simply fundamental health stats comparable to your coronary heart fee and steps.
My different downside with the sq. show is the big bezels across the sides. Fitbit has included among the thickest bezels I’ve seen on a smartwatch, and there is a variety of wasted area right here; the display screen may have been a lot greater, or the gadget may have been a lot smaller if extra thought had been put in right here.
So as to add insult to damage, the Fitbit emblem even sits beneath the primary show, which I discover irritating every time I take a look at it, because it highlights the wasted area – you do not see the Apple emblem sitting on the backside of the display screen on the Apple Watch.
Fitbit Blaze specs
OS: Fitbit software program
Compatibility: iPhone and Android
Show: Coloration LCD
Storage: Sufficient for 7 days of information
Battery life: as much as 5 days
Coronary heart Charge tracker: Sure
That mentioned, the display screen on the Fitbit Blaze does the job. It is vibrant and brilliant, and you do not want a excessive decision on this gadget, because it’s solely displaying the odd notification.
Certainly one of my largest bugbears with the Fitbit Blaze, although, is that the display screen is commonly unresponsive. There have been a number of occasions the place I might faucet on the display screen and nothing would occur. It might wake simply with a flick the wrist, however then I might sit there swiping left and proper for fairly a while, attempting to get the display screen to fireside up.
When I’ve a smartwatch on my wrist, it is normally in order that I can get to my info as rapidly as doable. However with the Fitbit Blaze I discovered myself tapping on the display screen much more typically than I’ve to with different wearable units.
Design and luxury
- Comfy match, however some might discover this to be too massive for his or her wrist
- Appears to be like like a smartwatch, however not as trendy as a variety of different selections
The Fitbit Blaze is not the best-looking smartwatch you will ever see. It feels somewhat like Fitbit determined it wished to make an Apple Watch-like gadget, however then did not go the entire method.
The Blaze was the primary Fitbit product with a coloration touchscreen, and it seems far more interesting than the Surge – and functionality-wise, it does extra.
Nevertheless, what is not sure is whether or not it is really a smartwatch, it is actually not as a lot smartwatch because it’s newer stablemate the Ionic. The Samsung Gear Match 2 runs into the exact same situation. It is actually less complicated than different smartwatches I’ve seen earlier than.
There is a button on the left facet that serves as a house and again command, with two on the best that can be utilized for quantity controls for music.
The suitable-side buttons additionally present another method so that you can choose train choices, in case your arms are moist or gloved and are not registering on the touchscreen. These are the one buttons on the gadget, and all the pieces else is managed through the display screen.
As talked about, the design has proved divisive. It is actually a different-looking smartwatch, with an outer steel rim for the strap, and people aforementioned bezels.
It does look odd, and I feel this can be a mistake by Fitbit. I might a lot favor this gadget if Fitbit had made full use of the area it occupies on my wrist, quite than losing it.
The watch physique of the Blaze will be popped out and positioned into one other band and body simply sufficient. I favored the flatness in opposition to my wrist, and it suits properly. I’ve obtained quite massive wrists, but it surely looks like it will match most individuals comfortably, even when you’re used to smaller units.
Popping the gadget again into its body could be a little complicated although. It suits into the body both method up, so it is easy to place it within the mistaken method up, and never realise till you set the watch on.
And that hexagonal form is bound to be polarizing for a lot of. On the one hand it is actually totally different, however on the opposite the design feels a bit outdated, though I did not discover this as a lot when it is on my wrist because of the general flat look of the physique.
I do not suppose the steel holder across the display screen works all that properly. The straps themselves really feel good on the wrist, and that is one thing that Fitbit has managed to nail down after its issues with the irritable Surge straps just a few years in the past.
The strap is the one choice you actually have for personalizing your Fitbit Blaze. With a ton of Android Put on and Apple Watch bands obtainable, it is no shock that Fitbit has determined to supply its personal collection of bands and frames.
You should purchase quite a lot of totally different bands from Fitbit straight. For ‘formal’ events Fitbit has created the Luxe band, which is available in black, camel or mist gray leather-based. There’s additionally a chrome steel model, however sadly we did not get to play with any of those.
Customising your Fitbit would not come low cost, although. The leather-based bands will price you $99.95 (£59.99, AU$169.95), whereas the stainless-steel choice will price somewhat further, at $129.95 (£89.99, AU$219.95).
Fitbit can be providing the ‘basic’ elastomer bands, which are available black, blue and plum for $29.95 (£19.95, AU$49.95). These are all snug to put on – and crucially, as talked about, they did not irritate my wrist.
I had time with each the blue and black ‘basic’ editions; I have never seen the purple model, however I am advised it is the identical shade of plum as different Fitbit merchandise, so it needs to be a lovely alternative.
Since launch extra strap colours and supplies have turn out to be obtainable although in order for you a drawer full of various model choices – it could get somewhat costly.