Staying fit isn’t easy, and it’s important to do whatever you can to keep yourself interested. Since I’m a tech person (nerd) I decided that investing in a fitness tracker would be a fun and helpful way to help me feel a little more invested in my progress. Since I am a tech person; however, I knew I wanted something that could do a little more than just track my steps. After doing some research, I decided to go with the Fitbit Blaze. I chose the Blaze because it’s part smart watch and part fitness tracker – and it’s just enough of both to get the job done. I’ve been wearing the watch for about a week so far, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s fun and easy to use, and it can be helpful for people who like to push themselves. For anyone whose interested, I’m going to break down what I like/dislike about the device so far, and hopefully someone else out there who’s thinking about purchasing a Fitbit.
Price and Style
The watch retails for $199.99, but I ordered mine of eBay for $170 brand new. When I received the watch in the mail, I was really impressed by the design. Mine is black, and I can’t remember off the top of my head if they offer any other colors. It’s definitely not Rolex material, but it’s also not a hunk of cheap plastic. Plus, if you’re not satisfied with the band, there are several other options that you can purchase separately. The bands come in two sizes, small and large. I’d say I have average size wrists (whatever that means) and I got a large. It fits well, but I’m guessing the small is VERY SMALL, because the large isn’t big.
The watch is surprisingly comfortable. I spend most of my day typing on a laptop, and the watch is still comfortable when my wrists are resting on the computer. When I had a Samsung Galaxy Note, I had the Samsung Neo Gear 2 this was something that annoyed me, because the bottom of the band was so clunky it actually made typing difficult. Fortunately, that’s something I haven’t experienced with this Fitbit. The Blaze is also comfortable during workouts. I wore it during a boot camp class yesterday, and I barely noticed it was on.
Before I purchased the Fitbit Blaze, I read somewhere that the battery lasts for four days. I don’t think I’ve gotten four days out of it, but I have gotten about three. Both the watch and your phone (if you have the app) will alert you that the battery is low, so there’s no excuse to not know that it’s dying. Since the device itself is just a square tracker that pops into the band, you have to actually remove the square in order to charge it. The charger is a little square cradle, and the Blaze takes about an hour (I haven’t really timed it) to charge fully.
Supposedly, the device is water-resistant, but Fitbit still recommends that you remove it while showering and/or swimming. This is actually kind of annoying. Not that you’re going to be missing out on any real data while showering, but personally, having to remove it to shower or swim just means that I’ll be more likely to forget to put it back on. Other than that, it seems to hold up well under normal wear and tear. It’s definitely not rugged, but I’d say for most people, daily use and exercising won’t cause any issues.
The Fitbit Blaze is very simple. As long as you have a basic knowledge of syncing Bluetooth devices and downloading apps, you’ll be able to get this thing set up. I’m sure you could use the Blaze without downloading the app on your phone, but the app makes it much easier to see what’s going on. The Blaze tracks steps, calories, heart rate, stairs climbed, exercise, miles, active minutes, and sleep. If you’re using the app, you can also include ow many calories you’ve eaten, what type of foods you’ve eaten, and how much water you’ve had. There is also GPS functionality, but I haven’t used it yet.
One of the coolest features, however, is the ability to interact with friends and family who also have Fitbits. Through the app you can participate in challenges, and whoever has the most steps wins. The downside, however, is that the challenges ONLY track steps. Which means if most of your exercises don’t involve a lot of steps, you can bust your ass all day and still not win the challenge.
Well all know there’s no point in having one of these devices if it’s not accurate. Wrong information is useless. Of course, there’s no easy or convenient way for me to tell if some of the feedback is accurate (I’m not counting my own steps or heart rate, sorry y’all), but I’ve noticed that some of the information ISN’T accurate. The only thing I can easy count myself is the number of floors I’ve climbed, which I’ve noticed HAS been WRONG several times. This could just be a fluke, or it could mean that the other data is slightly wrong too.
So far, I’ve been averaging about 3-4k steps a day. At first I thought that was pretty decent, but thanks to the challenges I see there are some people who are easily averaging 15k steps a day. Basically, I need to step my game up.
Overall, I’m happy with the Fitbit Blaze, and it gives me something to shoot for every day. Even if the Blaze isn’t for you, Fitbit offers plenty of other options, and you might see something you like.