Taking wearables to new heights among the everyday consumer is Fitbit, a brand that is particularly well-known among fitness junkies.
Following its success in the segment, Fitbit introduces its smart fitness watch that actually looks like, well, a watch. The Fitbit Blaze is designed to be both functional and stylish.
Let’s find out if it’ll emerge victorious, with Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory playing in the background.
Do note when you’re purchasing the Blaze, it comes together with an elastomer – a latex-free polymer material – band. They do indeed have sizes, which can be measured by placing your wrist against the sizing tool on the box. These straps also come in three colours, namely black, plum and blue.
The circumference of my wrists are about 17cm; I wear the S size with plenty of notches left to expand. If classic rubberised straps aren’t your thing, Fitbit does offer a range of accessory bands: luxe leather bands with frame (in black, camel and mist grey) and luxe metal band (stainless steel) with frame. Easily swappable since its tracker can be popped in and out of the frame.
The choice of strap is a very personal thing. I, for one, am not a fan of the elastomer bands as it is not breathable. Having sensitive skin, it does get uncomfortable if I were to wear it for long periods.
I’m also the unfortunate few where my wrist size is in between notches – one is too tight and the other too loose. The tracker’s sensor at the bottom had left indentation marks on my skin, plus I have noticed that the skin where the Blaze rests on tends to get sweaty.
DON’T TAKE IT TO HEART
Now before we move on to the fitness tracking aspect of the Blaze, I’d just like to put out there that I’m not exactly the fittest person. Having said that, the Blaze did encourage me to do more as it tracks (and celebrates) any improvements, which can be done via the Fitbit app.
When paired with the Fitbit app, the Blaze provides a great platform for users to make it fun to exercise. The app itself is wonderfully easy to use and set-up. From there you can keep track of your stats, if paired with the Blaze correctly.
Social challenges and achievements can be viewed on the app as well. There is also enough data provided without feeling like your bombarded with numbers and figures, which is important if you’re a beginner like me.
I find that the heart rate monitor to be fairly accurate during everyday activities like climbing up steps and walking around
JUST A FITNESS TRACKER WATCH
I had hoped that when it adopted a more smartwatch features, but its far from being able to compete with the likes of the Gar min vivoactive. They’re both eerily similar enough. I had enabled the smart notifications function, and after two days, had turned it off again.
Notifications can only be received from selected apps, and that’s just about it – just calendar reminders, incoming calls and text message (oh, and Whatsapp). But you aren’t able to interact with them at all.
It also drained a lot from the already short battery life of the Blaze. Just three days (of the advertised five days), I believe? It just didn’t add any convenience to me as a user. Suffice to say, I am underwhelmed.
DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 152 6 x 8.2 x 76.4 mm
DISPLAY: 1.66-inch 240 x 180 pixel colour touchscreen LCD
MEASUREMENTS: 42mm (case diameter), 21mm (case thickness)
Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0+