Out of our small selection, the Fitbit Blaze is easily the most attractive looking fitness tracker available. The strap is made from flexible elastomer found in sport watches, with options for genuine leather or stainless steel. Its buckle and frame is made from surgical-grade stainless steel with traces of nickel.
Fitbit Blaze’s setup is simple to do and its proprietary app is even simpler to understand. Out of all the proprietary apps that came with their trackers in this shootout, it was the most interactive – giving us the breakdown of all the statistics we wanted to read, be it passive step tracking or active sports. The app interface is detailed yet simple to understand, though it doesn’t provide any tips on how to maximize your lifestyle.
Some may argue that the Blaze is a smartwatch because of its appearance, but our experience with the Blaze tells us that it works more as a full-fledged fitness tracker, since the Blaze does not run on Android Wear and it only provides smartphone notification pushing to the user. The Fitbit Blaze has a commendable fitness functionality amongst HWM | JUNE 2016 the other trackers here that support Heart Rate Monitoring, since it provides both active and passive HR tracking, and multi-sport tracking (except swimming).
Its 1.7-inch, touch-sensitive color LCD screen also makes it easy to read the display at night. The colors helped differentiate the different numbers and logos – which can be handy after a strenuous exercise. It’s not the most accurate step tracker, but its HRM tracking is on par with the Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse, with the extra benefit of having your HR tracked during exercise. The Fitbit Blaze becomes slightly difficult to use with sweaty fingers after a run though, given its glass display.
Between the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music and this, the Fitbit Blaze provides a more intuitive interface for a fitness tracker. It is suitable for someone with an active lifestyle. It also helps that the device doesn’t look out of place if you wear it anywhere outside of exercising; something we can’t say for the TomTom wearable’s appearance. If you require a passive tracker at a lower price point, look towards the Jawbone UP3 or Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse instead.
The Fitbit Blaze’s appearance is attractive and functional, making it easy to use its color LCD screen.