Everything you should know about the Fitbit Blaze!
I just got the Fitbit Blaze as a gift and I love it so I thought I would share all of the features, pros and cons of the Fitbit Blaze. Wearable technology is still new and improving and while I didn’t see the point at first, getting the Garmin Vivofit 2 shifted my paradigm and now the Fitbit blaze has me hooked. Wearable technology is awesome for so many reasons:
1. Step Tracker
I’m not big on tracking steps but it has it’s advantages. No one of any inspiring physique has ever credited their success with walking extra steps every day but monitoring your steps does give you hard data to look at on your lazy days. If you usually walk 10,000 steps every day and today you only walked 6,000 then you know it’s time to get up.
2. Heart Rate Monitor
Again, I didn’t really care about this feature until I used it. Now I check my resting heart rate and my heart rate during cardio and weightlifting. It’s proven to be a huge advantage in my training so being able to have a heart rate monitor built into the watch is fantastic.
3. Daily Stats
You get your average steps, resting heart rate, hours of sleep, how much you toss and turn in your sleep, how often you get up from your chair, how long you exercised for, etc. Getting a detailed report of your daily activity is another big game changer because you know exactly what you need to work on (again, totally overlooked this benefit).
4. Fit Star
Fit Star alone is a phenomenal feature for people unlike me who don’t have 500+ exercises memorized and can do a home workout on a whim. Fit Star gives you 20+ minute bodyweight workouts. It’s essentially a Personal Trainer that you wear on your wrist. Your money can’t really go further than that.
Set your alarms on your watch. I really only use one to get up at 5 am but having it on my wrist is definitely easier than trying to get my phone to turn off my alarm at 5 am. Point, Fitbit.
6. Sync Text Messages & Calls
Any text messages or phone calls show up on my Fitbit Blaze. I don’t believe there’s a feature that allows you to talk directly into your watch to voice text or participate in a call directly through the watch. It’s more of a “pager” in that respect. Probably something to look forward to in the future though.
7. Responsive touch screen, multiple watch faces
Unlike the Garmin Vivofit 2, the Fitbit Blaze has a touch screen (because everything should have a touch screen in 2016) and is responsive, as in it can sense when you’re turning your wrist to check the time and then turns on the screen to show you. You can change the face to an analog clock, digital clock and a few other options.
8. Interchangeable straps and frame
This is another game changer in the wearables world. Being able to swap out the rubber/silicone strap for a classy leather, or stainless steel strap is a big step forward for wearables by introducing them to the professional world.
1) You can’t access any apps on the Fitbit Blaze. This is where the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, and other wearables win. You’ll pay a premium with those watches but if you’re looking to essentially wear your phone on your wrist + the fitness tech, it might be worth it to dish out the extra money.
2) I’d love to have more than 4 watch face options. Imagine how amazing it would be to swap out the rubber strap for a leather strap and then change the face to an HD graphic of a Rolex, Hublot, Audemars, or Movado face.
3) No microphone, speaker, or high-powered laserbeams that can cut through steel walls.