As one of the most popular fitness tracker companies out there, FitBit keeps everyone on their toes, and now they’ve come back with an entirely new look, with the Fitbit Blaze. This fitness tracker or shall I say, “fitness watch” has the fitness tracking functionality users have come to love from FitBit and expect, but is packed with more advanced FitBit features this go-around.
The Fitbit Blaze fitness tracker is FitBit’s first attempt at making an everyday smartwatch, which also moonlights as a fitness tracker. Ready to figure out if this is the right “fitness tracker plus smartwatch” for you? Keep reading this review!
FitBit Blaze: Design Review
The display of the FitBit Blaze fitness tracker is an ultra-thin and light black plastic square which snaps into a stainless steel frame. The FitBit Blaze is a comfortable fitness tracker to wear all throughout the day. A big plus is that additional metal and leather straps are available for purchase to take your look from day-to-night too. The FitBit Blaze base model already comes with an elastomer sports strap, and fitness tracker fashionistas can pick black, blue or plum as additional band color selections to customize the fitness tracker.
FitBit probably tried to make the overall look of the FitBit Blaze fitness tracker attractive, but unfortunately, they fell short. This 80’s looking watch has a clunky feel we aren’t used to in 2016 — but does have the same look as the Apple smartwatch, for comparison.
The panel is a touch screen with a 1.25-inch 16 color display. You can control different options by swiping the screen and there are buttons on the side of the screen to be used when fingers are too wet from sweat. The left button is to be used as the back key and right buttons are used for option selections.
What’s great, is that the Blaze will recognize when the FitBit is now in use, and will go into power saving mode and screen will go black. There are some responsive issues when you want to turn the FitBit Blaze back on or see the time, using the “flick your wrist” method, it won’t always recognize that command. If that happens you can still tap the screen to bring the FitBit Blaze back to life and be back in business.
On the display of the FitBit Blaze, you just see the basics. You see that day’s stats, exercise options, alarms, FitStar (more on this later!), and finally the Settings.