- Relays all phone notifications (text, call, email, calendar, etc.)
- Fully customizable screens, including various watch faces
- Integration with FitStar workouts directly onto the device
- Music playback with stored and 3rd party music applications
- Very lightweight and comfortable
- No GPS built-in
- Relatively expensive
- Charges via a proprietary cable and requires you take device out of band to charge
- Only splash/sweat resistant
The Fitbit Blaze is one of the best smartwatches/fitness watches on the market for 2016. Packs a lot of features into an intuitive device.
When Fitbit first released the Blaze we were pretty excited. It was the company’s first dedicated smartwatch since they came out with the Surge and overall we really liked the design and the software. There was one issue that we had—the Blaze did not have the ability to receive 3rd party notifications (email, social media updates, sports, etc). Well since September 2016, Fitbit has released a new software update which makes all of that available as well as allows you to have more watch faces which is awesome because the standard options they had were getting a bit stale.
The Blaze’s design is very Apple-esque. The more we wore it, the more it felt like what we had imagined the first Apple Watch would resemble. The feel was premium yet lightweight and the display is a beautiful, full-color touchscreen, making it a game-changer for people looking to get all the features of a smartwatch without a big and bulky design. It has a LCD touchscreen that was pretty easy to view in all conditions and was easy to navigate through. The screen actually pops out from the housing of the watch so you can charge it, although to be fair this does get annoying and we’re not huge fans of it.
Other than that, the Blaze tracks all of the same metrics that you can expect from Fitbit products (steps, floors climbed, HR, sleep, etc.) and it does them all very well. One caveat to that, however, is that the heart rate sensor is decent for running, but poor in terms of accuracy for more dynamic activities such as CrossFit and weightlifting. That’s just the way it goes. Most wrist heart rate sensors have this fault. Unfortunately though, you cannot connect an external HRM to the Blaze. With that said, we do like that it supports a variety of sport profiles from running to cycling, hiking, weights, and more.
One thing that Fitbit did add that is both a positive and negative depending on your perspective is Connected GPS. This means the device does not technically have GPS built-in, but rather uses the GPS from your phone to get stats such as pace, speed, and distance for running, cycling etc. This is great if you always have your phone on you, but if you prefer leaving your phone behind on a run it means you’ll miss out on the GPS data. If you want to be in the Fitbit family, but have to have GPS then upgrade to the Surge.
The Blaze overall is a really good device. We think you should get this guy if you want a watch-style fitness tracker with a few clever sport and smart features.