Fitbit Blaze is a $200 smartwatch with a concentrate on health
With the arrival of smartwatches, barebones exercise trackers from the likes of Fitbit may look like a relic of the previous. Properly, Fitbit should have thought so too. In the present day, the corporate that constructed its riches from these exact same exercise trackers is unveiling the Fitbit Blaze, an actual bonafide smartwatch that is far more superior than something Fitbit’s ever executed. It comes full with a shade touchscreen, interchangeable watchfaces, a slim design and plenty of totally different strap designs. However in contrast to most of its rivals, it will not help a slew of apps and it has a proprietary OS, not one thing like Android Put on. As an alternative, the Blaze pares down the standard smartwatch features to the naked requirements of name administration, textual content and calendar alerts plus music controls. The remainder of the watch is devoted to the function that Fitbit is aware of greatest: Health.
Certainly, the Blaze ticks off all the main should-haves for a premium health tracker. It has GPS so that you all the time know your tempo and the way far you’ve got walked or ran. It has a steady coronary heart fee monitor so you already know to take care of the suitable coronary heart fee when understanding or just to get a greater concept of coronary heart well being over time. There is a multi-sport mode that provides you efficiency stats for all types of actions like biking, weights or yoga. A “SmartTrack” function routinely acknowledges what sort of train you are doing and data it within the Fitbit app. Like different Fitbits, the Blaze additionally has a sleep tracker and has an alarm that may gently vibrate to wake you up.
However what’s notably fascinating is the mixing with FitStar, a private coaching app that gives step-by-step exercise guides (Fitbit acquired Fitstar final yr). Proper on the watch, you will get detailed directions and animated guides for the three hottest FitStar exercises, that are eight-minute Heat It Up exercise, the 7 Minute Exercise and 10 Minute Abs. And that is all while not having a smartphone to be close by or to have the app put in in your telephone.
The Blaze is suitable with “greater than 200 Android, iOS and Home windows cellular units” in line with Fitbit. It connects by way of Bluetooth and, as we stated earlier, permits you to deal with the essential smartphone notifications like incoming calls (which you’ll be able to settle for and reject proper from the watch), texts and calendar alerts. There are additionally on-display controls in your telephone’s music participant, which is useful whenever you’re operating and have to ramp it as much as “Eye of the Tiger” for that final mile. Fitbit says the watch ought to have a battery lifetime of as much as 5 days.
Final however not least, there’s the Blaze’s type. It has an fascinating modular design that allows you to swap out the tracker into totally different frames, that are in flip related to totally different bands. The default strap is made out of a “excessive-efficiency” elastomer superb for exercises, however you possibly can commerce as much as premium leather-based or chrome steel choices, that are $ninety nine.ninety five and $129.ninety five respectively. Each leather-based and metal choices additionally come paired with chrome steel frames. The elastomer bands can be found in black, blue and plum (they’re $29.ninety five every if you wish to get them individually), whereas leather-based choices are in black, mist gray or camel.
As for the worth? Nicely, it begins at $199.ninety five and is on the market for pre-sale beginning immediately at Fitbit’s on-line retailer. It’s going to then be out there in a number of main retailers, corresponding to Amazon, Greatest Purchase, Brookstone, Dick’s Sporting Items, Macy’s, Sports activities Authority, Goal and Verizon. Certainly, beginning February twentieth, you possibly can go to choose Greatest Purchase places to attempt it out your self earlier than it lastly hits international retail cabinets a while in March 2016. Fortunate for us, the Fitbit Blaze may also be on the present flooring right here at CES, so keep tuned for our arms-on with it later this week.