Fitbit Blaze Review – The Mature Fitbit Blaze in 2018

Fitbit Blaze

8.7

Design

7.5/10

Tracking

9.5/10

Features

9.0/10

Pros

  • 5 Day battery on a single charge
  • Loads of features beyond step tracking
  • Inter changeable bands available

Cons

  • No GPS
  • Styling not suited to most people

I finally get to my Fitbit Blaze Review today! The Fitbit Blaze is going to be 2 years old this year. And the best part is that device is still going strong in a market that still doesn’t really know what it wants. Fitbit as a company has actually done really well to stay on top of the competition and keep their company going. Most of Fitbit’s competitors have either closed up shop or been bought by major players such as Samsung.

In this serious delayed review, I am going to talk about a watch that has been my daily go to watch for over a year now. I will express my feelings towards the good, the bad, and the unnecessary of the Fitbit Blaze.

Fitbit Blaze Review

The Fitbit Blaze is a fitness tracker that is designed to look like a watch. Please do not take the Blaze to be a smartwatch. The Blaze is capable of running apps like an Apple Watch. It is more of a hybrid watch/fitness tracker. It has many of the same features of Fitbit’s other trackers. Namely the Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Charge 2. The main difference is that the Blaze has a larger colour screen that can be utilised to complete the devices wide array of functions.

A full list of features listed in this Fitbit Blaze Review below…

I personally have been using a fitness tracker since the beginning of 2016. I started out with the fancy Jawbone up the tracker. This was a turning point in my life in regards to my fitness. I pushed myself hard to achieve enough steps to be competitive against my new found friends on the Jawbone app. In doing so I also started to eat right and I stopped smoking.

Towards the end of 2016, I invested in a Fitbit Blaze. It is a bit pricey for a fitness tracker. But I didn’t mind the investment seeing that I make the most out of these devices. The Fitbit app is not as in depth and intuitive as the Jawbone app. But their ecosystem is great and has a much better social platform than Jawbone.

Fitbit Blaze

Features

The Fitbit Blaze is one of the most feature-heavy devices in the Fitbit lineup. Some of the most notable features of the tracker are:-

  • PurePulse Heart rate monitor
  • Fitstar on screen workouts
  • Sport tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Fitness level rating
  • Guided breathing sessions
  • Notifications
  • Music control
  • Reminders to move
  • 5-day battery life

I won’t lie, all of these are legit features and can assist you in many ways to lead a healthier and more productive lifestyle. All of these features come to life with the companion Fitbit app which actually has more features of its own. Features like Food and Weight tracking. I used to track my food intake with the Jawbone app, but the Fitbit app is a bit bland here and doesn’t give me many options. I rather track food on another app like Myfitnesspal and sync to my Fitbit account.

Tracking

Tracking is what the Fitbit Blaze was made for and it is what the device excels in. Some people have compared its step and heart rate tracking to be better than the Apple Watch. This is one of the reasons I did gravitate towards the Blaze over an Apple Watch. Also, I was changing over to Android. So the Fitbit Blaze is a good watch that functions on both the iOS and Android operating systems.

The watch also offers automatic sleep tracking. A feature that is available on almost all of Fitbit’s devices. Except on the Blaze, you get deeper functionality here due to its heart rate monitor. The Fitbit Blaze will track the total time asleep and will further break it down to the following:-

  • Time awake
  • REM
  • Light Sleep
  • Deep Sleep

You can also track workouts manually on the blaze by selecting the type of workout that you are about to have. A great feature here is the onscreen workouts supplied by Fitstar, a mobile workout app. You get guided workouts through the Blaze which are easy and fun to do. Further tracking is available by logging in your weight and food intake.

Another Fitbit tracker that I also am the Fitbit Flex. Read More here – Fitbit Flex Review – the Original Flex Is Still a Great Tracker

2018 Fitbit Blaze

Notifications

Upon release, The Fitbit Blaze only had support for a few notifications such as phone calls and text messages. After various firmware updates, you can now receive notifications from any app that uses notifications on your smartphone. So it is possible to receive notifications from Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter on your Blaze.

This is really handy because I don’t need to look at my phone when I receive a message or call. I can just read the message on the Blaze and dismiss calls I don’t want to take. If you are out for a walk or run and u get a call, you will easily see who it is an answer directly from the watch. An added bonus to this would be if you wore a headset, then there will be no need to remove your phone from your pocket.

I always made use of the notifications feature. But lately, I have it turned off because I don’t want interruptions and I don’t want my watch to vibrate all the time. The one notification I don’t mind is the reminder to walk notification. You will be reminded every hour to walk 250 steps or more. If you have done that many steps then the notification will be held back. Great way to keep your steps in check.

Should You Get a Fitbit Blaze?

Apart from its weird charging adaptor, the Blaze will get you about 5 days usage on a single charge (which takes about 1 hour). This is outstanding when compared to other devices similar to the Blaze. Another great advantage is the brilliant Fitbit App. It’s easy to get social with other Fitbit users and compete in Daily and Weekly challenges.

The watch style may be an issue for some people. A lot of people do prefer a round watch face. But with the Blaze, you just get a weird square black block that surrounded by an aluminium frame. Not everyone’s cup of tea. But please do take note, the Blaze is smaller and less bulky in person. I have skinny wrists and I have no issue at all with this style of watch.

The Fitbit Blaze is perfect for those who wish to get a solid start into the ecosystem that is Fitbit. The watch has almost all the features except for onboard GPS which is strange. But if you wish to avoid the pricey Fitbit Ionic and stick to something just as good at a much lower price then the Fitbit Blaze is for you.

There has been some considerable price drops on the Fitbit Blaze and Charge 2 in recent months. There has been speculation that a new version of the Blaze and Charge will be released this year. If you get a good deal on the Blaze or Charge 2 take it. the newer models will be considerably more expensive. If you don’t mind the price and wait, then keep checking back here or on my social networks for news on the release of the 2018 Fitbit Blaze and Charge.

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Fitbit Blaze Review
  • 8.7/10
    Fitbit Blaze Review - 8.7/10
8.7/10

Summary

A great fitness tracker that has stood the test of time. The Fitbit Blaze is a fitness and step tracker that looks like a smartwatch and not the other way around. You will certainly be pleased with all of the Blaze’s features.

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Hi. I’m Jameel. I’m a Technology Blogger who loves reviewing stuff and voicing my opinions on anything. I hope you find my reviews helpful while having fun on my website.

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Hi. I'm Jameel. I'm a Technology Blogger who loves reviewing stuff and voicing my opinions on anything. I hope you find my reviews helpful while having fun on my website.

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