Review: Updated: Fitbit Blaze


Update: Our Fitbit Blaze review has been updated to include information about the adjustment to sleep quality mode and its latest competitor, Samsung Gear Fit 2.

Fitbit has become a household name when it comes to fitness trackers and wearables in general – and not always for the right reasons. With affordable price points, the company behind some of the earliest fitness trackers to hit the market has consistently released well-received products.

However, there was also the kerfuffle over the Fitbit Force causing rashes, and later reports of the same issues in small quantities with the Charge and Surge iterations.

Regardless, Fitbit seems determined to push forward, and show everyone it still has some tricks up its sleeve. And now Fitbit feels that it’s time to hit the smartwatch market, taking on the Motorola Moto 360 and the Huawei Watch with the Blaze.

Fitbit Blaze

But it has decided to do so without running Android Wear software. That makes it decidedly different from everything else out there, except the Samsung Gear Fit 2, which also straddles that fitness tracking and smartwatch line.

You can buy the Fitbit Blaze for US$199 (£159.99, AU$329.95). That’s the cheaper end of the smartwatch price scale, considering the likes of the Apple Watch will cost you US$549.99 (£339, AU$735) or more.

But this is still one of the more expensive Fitbit products, only just beaten for price by the US$250 (£200, AU$350) fitness-focused Fitbit Surge.

Fitbit Blaze

The Fitbit Blaze has already proved a controversial product, with the design attracting criticism. Let’s take a closer look at what the Fitbit Blaze does – and whether it can be a true contender to Android Wear, or the Apple Watch.