Updated 18 Sep 2018

Fitbit

Blaze

Snapshot: The Fitbit Blaze is not waterproof, but has GPS. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Blaze
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$148

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Test results

Overall score
57
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • Somewhat accurate fitness sensors.
  • OK for apps.
  • OK battery.
  • OK features.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.

But

  • Just OK for smart functions.
  • Somewhat difficult to use.
  • Is not water resistant.

Review

The Blaze isn’t a band, rather it’s a small square device held onto a bracelet that looks like a watch. To charge it you need to pop it out of the housing, which is a pretty big annoyance in a world of plug-and-play devices. The colour screen gives you a number of different watch faces to choose from and it links to your phone to get notifications and calls, and to control your music.

We don't recommend Fitbits because of how they rated in our tech reliability survey.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sleep tracking and assessments of fitness apps. Also includes Sensor accuracy which assesses the precision of sensors such as heart rate monitors and step counters.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a September 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$148
Type
Fitness tracker

More test results (/10)

Apps
5.5
Features
6.7
Sensor accuracy
6.3
Heart rate accuracy
7.5

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
73
Brand satisfaction (%)
51

Specifications

Weight (g)
43
Battery life (tested, hours)
150
Time to fully charge from 0% (mins)
97
Charge gained from 0% in 30 minutes (%)
About 50%

Features

Heart-rate monitor
Yes
Sleep tracker
Yes
Water resistant
No
Can swim with
No
Bluetooth
Yes
NFC
No
GPS
Yes
Works with iOS
Yes
Works with Android
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Clock display
Yes
Text message notification/read/reply
Yes / Yes / No
Make and receive calls
No
Music control
Yes
Navigation
No
Control phone camera
No

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