A lot of smartwatches these days are being marketed as fitness trackers as well. Aside from receiving smart notifications, these watches boast robust fitness tracking that makes them essential devices for the health-conscious. One such watch is the Fitbit Blaze. Billed as the company’s first smartwatch, it’s Fitbit’s answer to the jack-of-all-trades wearable competition.
You can get the large version of the Fitbit Blaze for $41 less on Walmart. Armed with an array of wellness features,instead of its normal price of $200.
The Fitbit Blaze looks like a cross between an Apple Watch and the Fitbit Surge. It resembles a smartwatch more than a fitness tracker, unlike most of Fitbit’s offerings. It’s basically a black square screen surrounded by thick bezels, housed in a metal casing. Its 1.2-inch color LCD display has a 240 x 180-pixel resolution that is sufficiently bright and large enough to not make you squint to see what’s on it. The octagonal frame and attached strap are replaceable, and the digital clock face is fully customizable.
The Blaze is equipped with features galore. Aside from having the usual pedometer to count your steps, you can also accurately monitor your heart rate, calories burned, sleep quality, and steps climbed. You can also use it to track numerous sports, including running and biking. If you forgot to log your workout details, that’s fine. Through SmartTrack technology, this watch will automatically recognize and record your exercises so you can still get workout credit. Fitbit’s mobile app lets you set weekly workout goals and presents you with summaries on how well you’re doing so far. The interface is easy to navigate and allows you to perfectly tailor your daily exercises. The app can keep tabs on your water and calorie intake as well.
With this watch, you can receive smart notifications like text, call, and calendar appointments. You can also sync it with your smartphone to control music playback. Its battery life is pretty impressive: A maximum of five days under normal usage. Unfortunately, you can’t get email notifications on this watch, as well as social media messages from Facebook or Twitter. This watch also doesn’t have a built-in GPS, so serious runners and cyclists need to bring their phone with them. Lastly, it isn’t water-resistant, so don’t ever take it with you to the pool.
The Fitbit Blaze is wonderfully well-rounded and affordable, although it cannot compete with the much recent Fitbit Versa and Ionic. Still, it’s a good Fitbit to start your fitness journey with. Get it for 21% off on Walmart.
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