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Fitbit Blaze Review

Everything you should know about the Fitbit Blaze!

 

Fitbit Blaze
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.

5. Alarms

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.

What’s Missing?

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.

Garmin Vivofit 2 Review

The Garmin Vivofit 2 is an affordable option when it comes to wearable fitness technology.

It’s been about 2 weeks now since using my Garmin Vivofit 2 and I have to admit…I get the hype around wearable tech now. While I don’t think they’re a necessity, wearables are definitely entertaining to have. Thanks to the increase in demand and the increase in competition I think we can expect the price to go down which may make the investment well worth it. Here are some of the features, benefits, and complaints about the Vivofit 2:

Features

1) Step Tracker
2) Sleep Monitor
3) Time & Date
4) Calories Burned
5) Stop Watch

Benefits
1) The Vivofit not only tracks the steps (very accurately), but it sets goals for you that change over time which makes every day a little more interesting.
2) The Vivofit 2 will beep if you’ve been sitting for an hour, and then every 15 minutes until you start walking for a few minutes again.
3) The SLEEP feature is also very accurate and shows you your sleep patterns/habits.
4) The app that syncs with the watch is great, easy to use, and really interesting in terms of seeing your activity laid out in front of you.
5) Less expensive than the competition if you’re looking for a simpler activity tracker at a lower price point.
6) I personally like the way the Garmin Vivofit 2 looks more than the FitBit and the clasp locks which is a great feature compared to the FitBit where the nobs in the clasp just barely fit in place with the strap.

20 Minute Living Room Workout

Complaints
1) In order to track your heart rate you need to purchase a separate heart rate monitor that I believe straps around your chest. Other fitness trackers have the technology built into the watch (FitBit, Apple Watch) but they also come at a higher price point.
2) There’s one button that you use to cycle through all of the different settings (aka not touch screen like the rest of the 21st century), and it can be a pain in the ass to control at times (for me anyway, I haven’t heard my coworkers complain).
3) Limited features, no touchscreen, aside from occasional beeping it isn’t very interactive.

Overall

For about $70 you could have a great quality activity tracker that does essentially what the other wearables do. I love that my step goal increases over time and now I always look at my wrist to see how many steps I got. Sometimes I go for a long walk outside just to try to beat my goal. If you want a wearable with a lot of features like touchscreen, additional apps, an alarm clock, heart rate monitor, step tracker, and more than you may want to consider the Apple Watch. Just be ready to invest nearly $300 for all of that technology.Overall, the Garmin Vivofit 2 is definitely worth the $60-70 that it retails for and now I may be looking into an Apple Watch in the future. These things are addicting!

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