Fitbit Blaze is considered the smartwatch of Fitbit released to compete with Apple Watch. They have something in similarities such as colorful touchscreen and both have fitness tracking and smartwatch features. Let’s see which comes out best on various aspects: firness tracking, heart rate monitoring, design, price, apps, battery life, and so on. Here’s the review of Fitbit Blaze Pros and Cons for those are considering buying it.
Design battle between Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Watch: Apple wins
Both wearables offer changeable bands.
The Apple Watch looks more like a watch than the Fitbits, and it even has a functioning crown on the side.
There are many different combinations of Apple Watch types, sizes and straps, from the simple Sport to the blingtastic Watch Edition. Apple’s Jonathan Ive has scored another design success with its Watch, and it’s really rather beautiful.
The Fitbit Blaze is more wristband, comfortable to wear as it’s so lightweight. Fitbit Blaze’s screen is square with angular finish. There’s now a gun-metal version of the casing which holds the Fitbit Blaze element, which certainly ups the style stakes slightly.
Activity tracking battle between Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Watch: Fitbit Blaze wins
Both smartwatch automatically track steps, calories, floors climbed, active time. In terms of sensors, theres a 3-axis accelerometer, gyro sensor and an altimeter to track elevation. There’s no on board GPS, so you’ll have to rely on your phone’s GPS to track runs and hikes.
With the Blaze, you can choose a specific activity from the list and hit start or just exercise then the SmartTrack feature will recognize what activities you’re doing. A very special helpful feature of Fitbit Blaze is Fitstar which show you guides to work out right on-screen. Just follow a 7 minute all-body workout or 10 Minute Abs session whenever you’re free, it’s fun and will make you sweat. There’s still an abundance of third party app support here as well, so you can feed data from the likes of Strava, Endomondo and Weight Watchers into the Fitbit companion app if you don’t want to give up data from your existing health and fitness apps.
For the Apple Watch, activity tracking is certainly an area that needs some work, whether that’s through software updates or for when the Apple Watch 2 turns up. Apple’s Activity app is the focal point for activity tracking giving a snapshot of your day and giving you a nudge when you’re lagging behind the trio of targets for calories, active minutes and standing time. A step count is available on the wrist, but the rest are worked out automatically, and will be downgraded if you repeatedly fail to hit your target.
Clearly, the Fitbit ecosystem is better geared towards fitness tracking. While Apple’s app is decent, the lack of comparison, insights into health trends, resting heart rate data and proper workout recording means it still can’t hold a candle to the Fitbit, even if there’s little difference in the hardware.
Notification battle between Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Watch: Apple wins
With the Blaze, you’ll be able to do things like reject or accept calls, receive notifications from emails and control music playback. In terms of smartwatch features, Fitbit Blaze cannot out-muscle Apple Watch. It hasn’t supported Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or other notifications. You can’t answer your calls on Fitbit Blaze, you can see who is calling but you will need to use your smart phone to make a phone call.
Apple certainly does a better job of this than Fitbit does currently. With the Apple Watch, you get all the notifications you could want including third party apps, plus you get the bite-sized bits of real time information from your favourite apps – and perhaps even more importantly, you can control which notifications you see. To complete a barnstorming smartwatch performance there’s music playback control, and storage onboard to download music from iTunes/Apple Music for offline playback. You can also answer calls from Apple’s smartwatch and use Siri too add appointments to your calendar.
Sleep tracking battle between Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Watch: Fitbit Blaze wins
Apple Watch has no sleep tracking feature while in Fitbit Blaze it’s done automatically and seems to be quite accurate.
Heart rate monitor battle between Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Watch: No winner
Both have built-in Heart rate monitor. Accuracy is reviewed as the same since they have some trouble with high intensity training. When you up the intensity, the data displays a little bit laggy and seems not to be as accurate as the chest straps.
Battery life battle between Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Watch: Fitbit Blaze wins
Battery life depends on which features you use on a regular basis and whether you decide to crank up the screen brightness to the max. However, many reviewed that Fitbit Blaze can really last to 5 days as announced, same battery life as the Fitbit Charge 2. This is much better than the Apple Watch when you need to charge it daily. If you want lots of staying power, the winner is Fitbit Blaze.
Fitbit Blaze is $50-$100 cheaper than Apple Watch
If you want a smartwatch for fitness tracking, Fitbit Blaze should be your choice. In case you’re serious about running, you could refer another smartwatch of Fitbit is Fitbit Surge as it has built-in GPS. This post provides review of the differences between Fitbit Blaze vs Fitbit Surge.