So I’m finally getting to review the Fitbit Blaze after a few weeks of wearing it and trying it out. Before I start, If you haven’t checked out my customer service review to see why out of all the local retailers I chose to buy mine at REI. That part is a separate post because although it changes the buying experience it doesn’t effect the product itself. Now on with the review you’ve all been waiting for.
I chose to buy a new Fitbit because my Charge HR was no longer under warranty and it had seen better days. The screen on it was chipped and the band was ripping away from the tracker. After so many times super gluing it I decided it was finally time for a new one.
Opening the Fitbit Blaze
Once we picked up the tracker at REI I opened the packaging and started to connect it right in the parking lot. In the box you get the tracker, a charger, and some warranty and instruction papers. Using the charger was fairly intuitive if you’ve had a Fitbit before which made connecting it so easy and no directions were necessary. The tracker felt very comfortable to wear. My wife also got one and thought that even with the large face it was still comfortable on her wrist. Since then I have noticed where I would get uncomfortable with previous trackers always feeling either to0 tight or too loose this one has remained quite comfortable.
The charging system has changed a little since the tracker pops out of the band frame and gets clipped into the charger instead of the charger just plugging into the tracker. This has been very easy and is a very convenient time to wipe down and clean the band. It did give my wife a little trouble because to get the tracker back into the frame you do have to press quite hard and she was afraid she would break it. After getting used to it this was no longer a problem.
Tracking and Features
As for tracking the device has been very reliable for steps, exercise, and sleep. The heart rate has also been decently accurate for a device without a chest strap. This being said all fitness trackers to have some margin for error and have slight variances, but this tracker has been accurate enough for everyday use.
The blaze also has some new features and clock faces. It only has about four faces but the only ones I have really liked were Original or Pop. Every watch face has different information that it shows you and these two seem to show the most information. The other two faces are Zone which only really shows the heart rate and Flare which doesn’t really show you anything about your daily progress.
Notifications and music control are also two features I have been using regularly. When I am out biking or running I tend to leave my phone in my backpack for safe keeping and if I do listen to music I use wireless headphones or run the wire from my pack. Getting notifications of calls and texts is great for not having to have my phone right in reach, and I can also use the music controls for the ability to switch songs or pause my music under way. If you do not want notifications it is also very easy to turn them off from the watch. The only problem is that it’s almost too easy and both my wife and I have accidently turned of notifications on accident.
The Today Screen is one of the new features you can navigate to using the touch screen. This gives you the info for steps, heart rate, miles walked, calories burned, and floors climbed. As I said before different watch faces also show some of this information when you tap the face like the other trackers. Not all of the faces showed all of this information but getting to the today screen is very easy.
The next feature is the exercise screen which allows you to manually start exercise activities such as bicycling or hiking. When you start an exercise they also give you other information based on the activity. It will allow you to add up to 7 exercise shortcuts such as hiking, biking, or yoga. You can also choose to use your phones GPS to track the activity. These are just shortcuts from the tracker and you can also choose these activities or others from your phone or the tracker should be able to automatically sense the activity after so many minutes. I am very happy that you can now track other activities. I used to hate when the fitness trackers were basically overpriced pedometers and wouldn’t track any other activities. Being able to track more than just walking actually makes the Fitbit Blaze feel more like a fitness tracker than a pedometer.
The next feature is Fitstar which is also another interesting new feature. It contains three guided workouts warm up, 7 minute workout, and 10 minute abs. Warm up is a simple 8 minute stretch workout to get you prepared for an activity. The 7 minute workout is a short seven minute workout using all body weight exercises. 10 minute abs is a ten minute workout to tone and build your abs. This feature is great since it gives you an entire workout right from your device.
The next couple features are a stopwatch, count down timer, and vibrating alarms. These features are just everyday features you would expect on any digital watch and could have many different uses. The stop watch and timer can both be used directly from the tracker. Unfortunately the alarms must be set from the app but can be turned on or off from the device once set. This was disappointing and hopefully Fitbit will eventually allow you to set the alarms from the tracker.
Overall I am very happy with the Blaze Tracker and the fact Fitbit added cycling and hiking as activities that can be tracked. I was a little disappointed it doesn’t have a backtrack or navigation feature like the Garmin Fenix but it is also significantly less expensive. The battery is good and would easily last you a weekend trip without charging. It will track your activities and fitness while you are on your adventures and give you a map afterwards. It was decently accurate and appeared to be built very sturdy. Since the tracker was so well made I will be continuing to wear it to stay in shape for future activities. This has been the best tracker I have seen from Fitbit to date. Hopefully you find my review helpful to help you decide if this tracker is right for you. You can also feel free to leave any questions in the comments and I will do my best to answer them accurately from my experience. Below is a link if you want to purchase the tracker online. Otherwise I had a great experience purchasing mine from REI. Thanks for reading and please check out my other blog posts.