The Fit­bit Blaze – love it or hate it

CityPress - - T# - MOHAU MOKOENA mohau.mokoena@city­press.co.za

Fit­bit Blaze R3 999 .... -

You’ll ei­ther love this cool-look­ing fit­ness tracker, or you’ll hate it. Love be­cause, if you achieve your goals, you will feel so good. Hate be­cause, with every glance at your wrist when you’re us­ing the Fit­bit Blaze as a stan­dard watch, you’ll be re­minded of what a lazy bum you are.

The com­fort­able, smart fit­ness watch comes in black, blue or plum. But there is also a lux­ury line in stain­less steel and leather. The band is in­ter­change­able. You can pop out the mod­ule from the frame. The LCD touch screen of this nifty gad­get takes you through the var­i­ous func­tions of a fit­ness tracker. My favourites are the step-by-step work­outs, which came in handy on those days when I was not pre­pared. I en­joyed know­ing that my steps where counted, but I must ad­mit that when the “10 000 steps achieved” mes­sage popped up, I found it hard to be­lieve. Ten thousand steps! That is a lot of move­ment, at least that is what I thought be­fore us­ing the Blaze.

Un­for­tu­nately, this gad­get is not wa­ter­proof and does not have a built-in GPS. How­ever, you can down­load an app to your phone that will help you de­ter­mine the dis­tance cov­ered. It also al­lows some of your phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions to pop up on the watch.

The Fit­bit Blaze mon­i­tors your heart rate, sleep, and calo­rie and liq­uid in­take (if you note it down on the app).

It’s pretty pricey, but much cheaper than an Ap­ple Watch.

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BLAZ­ING The Fit­bit Blaze comes in black, blue or plum

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