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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.

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