Fitbit Fitness SmartWatch

Fitbit Blaze

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Meet the Fitbit Blaze

At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, popular fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit announced the latest in its ever-growing collection, the Fitbit Blaze.

Arguably one of the most important wearable devices ever released, the Fitbit Blaze has a lot riding on its success. A colossal share price and a precarious position as the number one manufacturer in the wearable market, the Blaze is the first Fitbit to be released with expectation and serious competitors.

Design

The Fitbit Blaze's design is certainly bold. With a design that echoes its sibling the Fitbit Surge with a hint of the Samsung Gear 2 Neo, the metal bezel forms a hexagon that's eye-catching and pleasing. It's thin to boot, sitting flush against the wrist without substantial bulk of the Apple Watch.

The Blaze is hugely customisable, with a variety of straps available in a number of colours; the Luxe collection consists of either a silver metal link bracelet, or a premium leather band, and the Classic collection features standard Blaze straps. The link bracelet is only available in silver, whereas you can purchase black, brown or grey leather straps and black, blue and purple classic straps. The choice of design allows users to wear the Blaze wherever they go, instead of just at the gym. Itís easy to switch between the straps too, as you just pop out the body and slot it into a different frame.

Features

The Fitbit Blaze features three physical buttons; one on the left of the watch, and two on the right. The left button is essentially a back button, and the remaining two buttons are contextual, and perform different actions depending on what app youíve got open. You donít have to use the buttons very much though, as the Blaze is touch-enabled.

At all times, the watch tracks your heart rate, steps, calories burned, and distance covered throughout the day. A sleep tracker also shows you the length and quality of your sleep (determined by your heart rate).

Aside from fitness, the Blaze hits all of the most important bits of smartwatch life. When synced to your phone, the Blaze offers call, text, and calendar notifications, as well as music controls.

Meet other Fitbit Family Members:

Fitbit Flex

Weighing only 16 grams, the Fitbit Flex is one of the most comfortable wrist fitness trackers. This small band is tough and smart, especially when it comes to tracking your everyday fitness levels. Your daily goals are displayed prominently in the app and indicator lights on the device activate with a tap, letting you know how much further you have to go. The Flex earns its spot as our Bronze Award Winner because of its simple yet tough take on helping you meet your fitness goals.

Fitbit Charge HR

By using continuous heart rate monitoring the Fitbit Charge HR offers more accurate feedback on your activity and overall health than many of its rivals. The OLED screen will show off your daily stats, as well as caller ID from your smartphone and the app is brilliant for beginners.

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge is the fitness tracker that has so many new features, the start-up company behind it calls it a "superwatch" next to the more normal Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR.

There's good reason for that label. The final version I tested has built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor and real-time workout data, all fan-requested capabilities that raise the price.

Make the Fitbit part of your life fitness style.

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