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Get fit in style with Fitbit Blaze—a smart fitness watch that helps you maximize every workout and every day. With advanced technology in a versatile design, this revolutionary device is built to track your workouts, monitor your performance stats, and gauge your progress. PurePulse continuous heart rate and multi-sport modes enhance every exercise, while next-generation features like Connected GPS and FitStar workouts on your wrist help you take your fitness to the next level. All-day activity and sleep tracking, smartphone notifications and Reminders to Move help you stay on top of your day. And interchangeable band and frames and customizable clock faces on the hi-res color touchscreen let you personalize your style for every occasion. With all this and more, Fitbit Blaze has everything you need to reach your goals, packed into one sleek timepiece.
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6713 of 6843 people found the following review helpful.
Overall great device! Quick summary of features. Brief comparison with Apple watch
[[VIDEOID:b094720b5b619aeb8c6f5edb6f6d2ae5]]I've owned several Fitbit devices to date along with other brands like the Jawbone Up, Garmin ForeRunner, and the Apple watch. I waited with excitement for my Blaze to arrive so I could test its new features and hopefully use this as the only watch I need to wear all the time. I am a fitness enthusiast and love to log workouts in addition to monitoring daily steps and sleep. I've had the Blaze for a few weeks now and so far I love some of the features, while some I would have liked to see improved. I will do a quick walkthrough of some key features along with some shortcomings, followed by a quick comparison with the Apple watch.
- Large screen, easy to read display
- Nice gorilla glass screen that doesn't get scratched
- Accurate heart rate monitor without the need for chest strap
- Automatically tracks steps, sleep, workouts, heart rate. All viewable easily on the screen
- Auto activity and sleep tracker without the need to manually start an activity
- Great battery life (5-6 days for me so far)
- Smart notifications (texts, accept or reject calls, calendar appointments) are very convenient
- $199 price point!
My personal favorite is the auto-track feature. You really don't need to manually start activities like running, walking, or elliptical, the watch automatically picks up these activities and logs them based on movement and heart rate. Very cool feature in my opinion. For spinning, cardio, and weights, you will need to manually start these activities, although it still computes calories burned automatically based on heart rate during these activities.
- Hexagonal design may not be aesthetically pleasing (but not bad once you get used to it)
- No built-in GPS to map runs and bike rides (need to carry phone to map)
- Not waterproof so can't be worn in the pool
- Watch needs to be removed from frame every time for charging
- Screen doesn't always come on when I raise my wrist. Gotten used to the correct motion now
- No option to keep screen on at all times (this is probably deliberate to conserve battery life)
Include a GPS and make it waterproof - that would make this a near perfect product.
**NOTE that the Small and Large sizes of the watch simply refer to strap size. The actual watch is just one size. I was confused about this earlier and thought the Small and Large had different screen sizes.**
SCREEN – I am used to wearing somewhat large watches like the Garmin 920XT, and the Blaze is just fine. I had read reviews where people had said it was too big, but in my opinion it has a fairly low profile design. It's smaller than the 920XT, marginally bigger than the Apple watch (38mm). Yes, the design may seem odd a bit at first given the width and the space between the frame and actual watch, but the benefit of a large size is that the screen is super easy to read without having to pull your wrist up, a simple flick and you can view all snapshots and smart notifications in a discrete way (useful when you're sitting in meetings). The large display is most helpful when you want to view your progress or view an incoming notification during a workout without having to pause. Design overall honestly seems a little clunky, but I got used to it pretty quick. The buttons on the side turn the display on and let you toggle to different sections. The screen is made from Gorilla glass so it should hopefully hold up well against scratches over time, so far it looks new (a screen protector isn't really required).
The screen, similar to the Apple watch, stays off, and can be turned on with the simple turn of a wrist. I have found that raising the wrist doesn't always turn on the screen (this works flawlessly with the Apple watch), however if you "flick" your wrist towards you, the screen will turn on right away. I guess the correct motion is not so much to raise your wrist, rather spin your wrist. Hope this makes sense, will try to record this and show it in the video part of the review. The screen can be customized based on what and how you wish to view the main screen. The clock, for example, can be set to analog or digital mode. You can choose to view steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed, and date right on the main screen. It does not show weather like the Apple watch does.
HEART RATE – This is where the Blaze shines in my opinion. I have extensively compared heart rate shown by the Blaze to that shown by the Apple watch (which is usually WAY off) and that shown by my Garmin chest strap HRM, which is considered the most accurate. The Blaze, even though it's worn on the wrist, comes extremely close to the chest strap HRM readings. I would say it has consistently been within 95-98% of the chest strap readings. You can view your heart rate real-time during a workout instead of waiting to finish and then viewing average heart rate during an activity. This real-time accurate date is key to determining and maintaining fitness levels, and monitoring which zone you're training in. Very convenient having this feature and accuracy available real-time on your wrist.
ACTIVITY TRACKING – The Blaze has multi-sport modes that allow you to choose from running, biking, elliptical, weights, or cardio. You can simply select the activity before you start. The automatic tracking feature (SmartTrak) is another one of my favorite in the Blaze. With the built-in heart rate monitor, it automatically tracks your activities and calories burnt in case you forget to manually start a workout on the watch. Whether I'm on an elliptical or running on a treadmill, it logs the workout and provides a fairly good estimate of calories burnt and average/peak heart rate during the activity. If you go out running, it will show time, distance, average speed, pace, heart rate - all on an easy to read screen. One of the coolest features of this watch!
The watch does NOT have a built-in GPS, and this is one reason I still have to use my Garmin (I always map my routes, just my personal thing). If you want to map your runs, you will need to carry your phone with you and the Blaze syncs with your phone to record the route, elevation, etc. I personally don't carry my phone on runs so the lack of a built-in GPS was a bummer. For workouts, the watch has FitStar which serves as a virtual coach guiding you through a workout should you need it. I haven't used this much myself so I can't comment on it's usefulness.
TRACKING SLEEP – The last Fitbit device I had was the Flex, and I had to manually start the sleep mode in that. Same goes for my Garmin 920XT. With the Blaze, it has an Auto-Sleep feature that doesn't require you to turn on the sleep mode, it will automatically detect that you are sleeping based on lack of movement and heart rate. Small but significant improvement in my opinion. I think the Charge had this feature as well, but I'm not entirely sure. For me this is a new feature and I love it. I am not crazy about delving in sleep data, but it's nice to get a snapshot of sleep times and quality of sleep over a period of time.
SMART NOTIFICATIONS – The Blaze provides notifications from your phone right on the screen. It will show incoming calls, texts, and calendar reminders on the screen. I wasn't able to get other notifications to show up on the screen, like WhatsApp messages. I did some research and it seems other apps are not yet supported, but I could be wrong on this. The watch also lets you change songs right from the screen, a useful feature to have when you're working out and don't have to reach for your phone to do this. You do have the option to turn all notifications off. I did notice that if I am using my phone like listening to music (and not looking at the phone screen), notifications do not show on the watch. They show up only when the phone is not being used. Maybe there is a fix for this, but so far, this is a minor annoyance.
BATTERY – I usually get a low battery notification on the 6th day after regular use. Pretty good in my opinion specially when compared to the Apple watch which I need to charge on a daily basis. That said, having to remove the watch from the strap every time I need to charge is somewhat cumbersome. I charger like the Apple watch would have been ideal where you can simply drop the watch on the charging pad and it will charge right away. Note that for the first few days, you might need to charge it sooner than 5-6 days because you are likely to be looking at it more often and using more of its features.
WATER RESISTANT – The Blaze is water resistant, but not waterproof. This means that you cannot take this in the pool or wear it in the shower – another reason I have to still use my Garmin. Since it is water resistant, it can handle a little but of exposure to water, for example it won't be affected by sweat during a workout. That being said, I have accidentally worn the Blaze in the shower a few times already (I'm probably still used to my Garmin watch which I didn't need to take off) and the watch held up just fine. But I would recommend taking it off before getting into the shower.
QUICK COMPARISON WITH APPLE WATCH:
- Apple watch is sleeker and feels more comfortable on the wrist. Blaze is large and feels awkward initially, at least it takes getting used to.
- Apple watch has a better and crisper resolution compared to Blaze's screen. Difference is not significant in my opinion, given the small screen sizes.
- Blaze automatically tracks activity and sleep. Apple watch doesn't track sleep and requires you to manually start logging an activity.
- Both have smart notifications and show text messages, calls, calendar appointments, but Apple watch lets you do more like view WhatsApp messages and other phone notifications, and answer calls right on the watch.
- Blaze has a 5-6 day battery life with normal use compared to Apple watch which needs to be charged every 1-2 days
- Blaze - $199, Apple watch - $349 for base model
- If you have an older fitness tracker band like the Fitbit Flex or Jawbone Up, the Blaze is a great upgrade with all its new features (heart rate monitor, auto activity/sleep tracker, smart notifications).
- If you have an Apple watch, I guess the Blaze doesn't offer that much more to make it worthy of a switch (though I'm a huge fan of the accurate HRM and auto tracking in the Blaze).
- If this is the first fitness tracking device you're considering, I definitely recommend it. The design may seem odd at first, but I got used to it pretty quick.
Hope you find this review helpful. Please feel free to post questions and I will try to answer them in a timely manner.
UPDATE 5/12/16 -
I've had this watch for over 2 months now and it has been working great, nice solid product with stable performance. Just adding a few minor observations in addition to the initial review:
- If you let the watch automatically track a workout, it starts logging it after the first 5-10 minutes, basically only once your heart rate picks up. So say you are biking for an hour, the watch might log it only as a 50 minute workout because your heart rate was still low for the first 10 minutes. Minor issue, immaterial in my opinion - if you want a precise log of your workouts, you can manually start the workout on the watch and it will log it as a 1-hour workout. Also, I think the calculated calories burnt during a workout are on the low side. For example, the difference in calories burnt on a day when I haven't worked out compared to a day when I got for a 7 mile run is only 300-400 calories, when it should be significantly more.
- The watch automatically detects when you're sleeping based on movement (lack of) and heart rate, however it doesn't automatically turn off notifications during this time. Very minor issue but it would have been excellent if the watch could automatically turn off phone notifications during this period. To turn off notifications when sleeping, you can either put your phone in sleep mode, or switch off notifications on the watch by simply swiping down on the main screen. I don't usually receive messages late at night so I don't even bother turning notifications off.
- I have been wearing the watch every day in the shower and it works just fine. Rather convenient not having to take it off every day. That said, the product literature still recommends not to wear it in the shower even though it is water resistant. I haven't gone as far as to try it in the pool yet, and I wouldn't take that risk.
- The battery consistently lasts a solid 5-6 days, and charging now seems less cumbersome as it did in the first few days. I bought a spare charger and keep one at work and one at my bedside. Charging speed is pretty good - it gets from empty to a full charge in about 30 minutes or so. Battery status is displayed on top in the app, so you know when to put it to charge. You also receive emails when the battery level is low.
UPDATE 6/1/16 -
I accidentally wore this in the pool last week and it held up just fine! It showed my heart rate, and the watch kept functioning properly. The only thing I noticed was that the screen's touch sensitivity was a little off when the watch was wet (perhaps due to the water droplets interfering with the touch), but that problem went away once I got out of the pool. So I have worn it a few times in the pool since and it works just fine. That being said, I would say wear it in the pool at your own risk. Fitbit clearly says that the watch is splash-proof and not waterproof. Not sure if taking it in the water will void the warranty. Anyway, thought I'd add this revelation to the review!
2302 of 2359 people found the following review helpful.
In Depth Review!
By J. Shannon
I can't say enough good things about this fitness watch. This is going to be an in depth review so I apologize in advance for the length.
First... THIS IS NOT MEANT TO ACT LIKE THE APPLE WATCH! I feel like a lot of people think, "Well, for $50 more, I can get a refurb apple watch or an apple watch on sale at Best Buy." Having both watches, I can at least help with some differences between the two. If your goal is fitness tracking, this is for you. If your goal is organization with some fitness benefits, this watch is not for you.
To simplify the product description, here is what it does. It continually tracks your heart rate, your steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, active minutes, miles, exercise, and sleep. It seamlessly works with the FitBit app, which can also help you keep track of your calories consumed (works with apps like MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers, etc), water intake, and weight. You can also set a goal in the app that allows you to set how many hours of the day you want to take 250+ steps each hour, however it does NOT remind you to move to ensure your success with this (See10/19/16 update on cons section). You can also set notifications to come through from your phone to your watch, such as text messages, phone calls, calendar reminders, and control your iPod, iPhone, etc music from it. As of this review, photos and emoji's do not come through on the watch. As of this review, this watch has 4 different face options, the ability to set it to your dominant or non dominant wrist, silent alarms, all day sync with your phone, etc. It also has FitStar workouts built into it.
-Continuous heart rate monitoring.
-Easy to see in daylight (nice bright screen). Has the ability to turn "auto" light/dim based on sensing your lighting conditions.
-Face turns on when it senses you've turned your wrist to view it. It is mostly accurate.
-Charge lasts, realistically, more like 3-4 days, but if you don't have notifications on, I'm sure it could last for 5.
-Sleek design looks like a nice watch. Many people have said, "So how do you like your Apple Watch?" and then I have to tell them it's not an Apple Watch. I do think that this watch is continually compared to the apple watch, however.
-The band is somewhat uncomfortable, especially to sleep in. The buckle digs into my wrist on the side. I would like to see someone come up with a buckleless, soft silicone band like the apple watch.
UPDATE: 11/26/16: I've had several companies reach out to me and send me bands to try. All of them have been the Milanese style bands and the ones that came from china caused major hives/break outs on my wrist, one of which required a prescription cream to resolve. I have no idea what they're using in their metals because I generally don't have problems with metals. One milanese band has worked consistently well for me without skin issues and no problems with the magnet slipping. It was one I purchased for around $30 on amazon. So be wary of that.
Also, they finally started making silicone. Ands that do not have a buckle that are similar to the Apple Watch band. I ordered one and received it in the mail today. So far so good. It's much more comfortable than any other band I've tried. Please note this is NOT an affiliate link and none of the things in the post are sponsored.
-As of the date of this review, the watch does NOT have "reminder to move" functionality. I feel like this is a basic essential to most fitness bands. Doing some reading, it looks like FitBit plans to have a firmware update in the future to include this, but as of now, it does not.
UPDATE: 10/19/2016: Fitbit recently released an update to the Blaze with "reminder to move" however, I find it lacking. Essentially, it reminds you to move 10 minutes before the hour if you haven't gotten 250 steps in in the hours you have set to move 250 steps or more. What I would like to see is a reminder to move during hours that you set based on the amount of steps you want to achieve in a day. So if you want 10k steps between the hours of 6am and 8pm, let it remind you at a time you set (10 minutes or 15 minutes before the hour) if you haven't done 714 steps each hour in order to make it to that goal. I would also like to see something that reminds you to move if you've been "sedentary" for more than xx minutes. I had a fitness tracker several years ago that would buzz if you had been sedentary for 10 minutes. I liked that because it kept me active. This functionality would be great for people with office jobs that sit all day. It's nice to see Fitbit working at the solution of having reminders to move, but I don't think it's there yet.
-The charger is somewhat annoying. FitBit has a proprietary charger so you can't just use any standard cord to plug it in. You have to take the face of the watch out of the band and put it in a boxed-frame like charger to charge. Given that the Apple Watch has a magnetic charger, I would have hoped to see something similar.
This watch DOES NOT have an app store, it does not store music, you cannot respond to text messages, do facetime, send photos, etc from it. You cannot control your phone's camera from it. This watch is made for fitness and has basic smart watch functionalities, however it is made to be a fitness watch, not a smart watch.
I have worked out with this on one wrist and my polar heart rate monitor watch (with chest strap) on the other wrist and got pretty much identical results.
****YOU HAVE TO WEAR THIS WATCH JUST ABOVE YOUR WRIST BONE OR YOUR READINGS WILL NOT BE ACCURATE**** If you don't like wearing a watch on that area of your wrist, this may not be for you. I like loose fitting watches, so this was an adjustment for me.
The face *could* scratch easily, I think. I haven't had a problem with it, but I did have a couple of glass screen protectors on it and they both broke within a day, but my watch face is still fine without scratches.
I hope this review helps. I don't think I missed anything, but if I did, I will updated it in the future.
2127 of 2223 people found the following review helpful.
Best Fitbit I've had yet
By J. Harlan
Received the Blaze after a direct preorder from Fitbit.
Best Fitbit I've had yet. I was wearing both an Apple Watch (for the smart functions) and a Charge HR since the Apple Watch is horrible at tracking fitness. Well now I've ditched the Apple Watch and my arm is finally free! :)
All I really wanted was text notifications, and the Blaze does that very well. Easy interface, just swipe up for notifcations, and back down to go back to the home screen. The user interface is extremely easy. Just swipe to the left for "Today" where you can see all your typical stats (steps, heartrate, distance, calories, flights), or keep swiping to select exercise you're about to do, FitStar, Timer, Alarms, or settings.
Screen is bright and colorful. No noticeable lag. You can also update the watch face to constantly display your steps and whatnot (I chose the display with the date).
Super easy to set up. Add device in the app, get an update, and you're off. Nothing more to it. Stats carry over (as I was wearing the Charge HR in the morning and received the Blaze in the afternoon).
Don't believe the hype over "how big" it is. Yes, it has a larger footprint than the Apple Watch, but it's thinner and fits your wrist better. Not to mention it is much lighter. Shirt sleeves go on easy over it, as opposed to getting snagged on bulkier smart watches.
Heart rate monitoring seems to be much better than the Charge HR (despite possibly having the same sensors, a software upgrade perhaps?).
Great device so far. Will certainly update if I run into any issues.
**Edit #1: So figured I'd update this after having used it for 4 days now.
4 days in and I finally got a battery low email. So battery life doesn't seem to be an issue given I've probably poked and prodded it more times than I will as time goes on.
I've used it for workouts. The ability to select your specific workout is a nice touch and better than the ol' Charge HR way of just hitting a button for a catch-all workout (or having the software recognize you as doing "sport"). So for example I will do elliptical for a bit and I select that. When I'm done, I just hit the checkered flat (stop), then select whatever I'm doing next (in this case weights).
Fitstar comes with the app. There are 3 options, Warm It Up, 7 Minute Work Out, and 10 Minute Abs. I've only fooled with the Abs option. You DO NOT need to subscribe to Fitbit's premium service for these exercises. They come with the watch. So for the Abs, which is a 10 minute program, you simply from the main screen swipe left to Fitstar, swipe left again to get to Abs, and tap it to go. The screen then shows you for 10 seconds the exercise you will be doing. It gives you a countdown for those 10 seconds, then vibrates for you to start. At the end of the exercise, be it 30 seconds or what have you, it vibrates to alert you to stop (so you don't have to keep staring at the watch to know how much time is left, nice little feature). It then shows you the next exercise, again with 10 seconds to give you that little break. Repeat. I have not done the Warm Up or 7 Minute Workout yet. It is a nice little touch to have a mini personal trainer directly on the watch for days you don't feel like doing an Ab workout and just need the extra push of having "someone" tell you do it.
-Lots of folks worried about scratches. None here yet. The Charge HR I had was prone to nicks and scratches. The Blaze uses gorilla glass, much like higher end smart phones. I have managed to bang it into the doorway and so far so good. Looks like some vendors offer a screen protector for it, so I'll probably go that route to be safe.
-I have now come to grips with ditching the Apple Watch I was wearing. I was really afraid I was going to miss it. But there is worlds difference between wearing a heavier smart watch and this. However, if you are looking to send texts, answer emails and whatnot, the Blaze isn't for you. I'm perfectly happy just getting the text and phone notifications on the watch, and it's a simple interface.
-Finally used the music option with a playlist I had on iTunes. Was extremely easy. Once I started a song in the iphone, the controls on the Blaze are clean and straight forward. Either swipe down to pull up the music menu, or hold the top right button on the frame. You can skip to next song or go back, pause, and adjust volume.
Still no issues here. Couple navigation suggestions for Fitbit that I've sent to them and used their online forum to post that will hopefully get updated in future updates. Very happy. If you have questions I'm doing my best to answer them both in this comment and in the general area. Sadly Amazon doesn't notify me when someone posts a comment to this, so apologies for delays in answer... I have to come here once a day and log in to check.
**Edit #2: Well looks like I get to be the first and top 5 star review that you read before you click 1-star ratings to sort and see what kind of problems people had with it and how it's the worst thing ever.
Now a week in, still having zero problems. Onto some more notes:
1) Got a question in comments to my review about Spotify (as I only checked the music with iTunes playlist) and if it seamlessly works. Well good news folks, I downloaded and installed Spotify to give it a go. Watch recognized it immediately after I opened up the spotify app and started playing. Same functions as with my iTunes playlist... I can skip, go back, raise & lower volume. Zero issues, and it all worked the first try (and we're talking about someone who has never even used Spotify).
2) Maybe I'm dense but it took me a full week to realize that the watch face I selected changes colors with my heart rate. When I'm being a slug and typing on the computer (resting) I get a nice deep blue color. As I move around and get more active, it brightens up. Nothing earth shattering about that, but something took me a bit to notice.
3) Please ask me any questions you have in comments and I'll do my best to get to them. I was even willing to download and install a music service I'll likely never use again just to make sure I had the info right haha.
4) Alarms! If you owned a Charge HR (and I'm assuming other Fitbits) you had to go into the app to set your alarm. Well no more! Yes you still have to set an alarm within the fitbit app initially, but now on the Blaze once you have set it up the first time, you can now from the watch select it to go off (or not) tomorrow. Yes you can choose between multiple alarms, as it will display more than one on the watch itself. Now you don't have to open the app every night to select or deselect your alarm for the next day.
5) Haven't had to charge it since the last time I updated, so battery life still not an issue. It is refreshing to not have to plug a smart watch into the charger every night (not to mention it tracks my sleep).
Probably won't update any more unless I run into some horrible issue that needs attention. Very happy with my purchase and now use the Blaze as my only smart(ish) watch (again, if you want to make phone calls like Dick Tracy from your arm, stick to $400+ watches).
Feel free to continue to hit me up with questions in the comments!