Fitbit Blaze

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The Fitbit Blaze is one of Fitbit’s latest fitness trackers, recently launched along with the Fitbit Alta. While the Alta is similar to the Fitbit Charge line in that it is more simple, the Blaze aims to please the crowd looking for an all-in-one fitness device. The Blaze’s tracker can be removed from its band, which allows users to charge the battery and change to a different wristband. The Blaze is also Fitbit’s first product to offer a color display, which makes the data pop more than many competitive fitness trackers.

The Blaze’s retail price is $200, $50 lower than Fitbit’s premium model, the Surge. While the Blaze has a lower cost and a color display, it sacrifices the Surge’s standalone GPS chip. In order to use GPS information with the Blaze, the smart phone you have linked to the Blaze will need to be nearby during exercise. The color screen also drops the overall battery life of the Blaze to five days, from Fitbit’s typical 7-day battery charge. The quick summary of these two devices is simple: if you want to choose function over form, the Surge is a better choice. The Blaze is still an excellent fitness tracker and has the appearance to back it up, but the tracking features fall a bit short of the Surge.

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Fun Feature

The Blaze includes the ability to launch FitStar (separate, paid app) bodyweight and yoga workouts right from the watch!

What we wish it had

By this point, Fitbit should be adopting a standard method of charging, such as a micro-USB port on the tracker itself. Losing the standard charger requires having to get a replacement from Fitbit, and forgetting the charger on a long trip will prevent you from using it.

Compatible with

Windows 7/8, Mac OS X, iPhone 4s and newer, Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0, some Windows phones. Note that the Blaze does not include a USB Bluetooth chip for desktop computers.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.fitbit.com/blaze