Updated 16 Mar 2018

Fitbit

Blaze

Snapshot: The Fitbit Blaze is not waterproof, with GPS and a heart rate monitor. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Blaze
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$220

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Test results

Overall score
55
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10
Active heart rate accuracy
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • OK for apps.
  • OK battery.
  • OK features.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.
  • Has an accurate heart rate monitor.
  • Has sleep tracker.

But

  • Just OK for smart functions.
  • 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 sensor accuracy, sleep tracking, and assessments of fitness apps.
Heart rate accuracy is included as part of the fitness functions score and assessed against medical equipment.

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 March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$220

More test results (/10)

Apps
5.5
Features
6.7

Specifications

Type
Fitness tracker
Weight (g)
43.0
Battery life (tested, hours)
150
Time to full charge from 0% (mins)
97

Features

Water resistant
×
Swimproof
×
Bluetooth
NFC
×
GPS
Works with iOS
Works with Android
Screen (touch)
yes (yes)
Clock display
Text message notification/Read/Reply
yes / yes / no
Make and receive calls
×
Control music playlist and playback
Navigation
×
Control phone camera
×
Heart-rate monitor
Sleep tracker

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