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Fitbit Blaze does everything Apple Watch does and more — for less money
Over the past couple of years, fitness trackers have become all the rage, to the point where even designer brands are making them.
However, Fitbit was the first brand to really bring them to the forefront of fitness fashion. Suddenly everyone seemed to be sporting these sleek step counters and bragging about how far they surpassed their step goal each day on social media.
Of course, once Apple saw how much success Fitbit's simple design was seeing, it had to create its own bigger, better version. Enter the Apple iWatch. This baby has a ton of sensors that do everything from count your steps to monitor your heart rate, give you your exact location and route you to another one. Not to mention it syncs with your iPhone, giving you access to your music, calendar, texts, photos, emails, even phone calls. Pretty impressive, right? But wait.
Fitbit just announced its answer to the Apple iWatch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and let's just say it's definitely going to give Apple a run for its money. It's called Fitbit Blaze, and it has smartphone capability comparative to the Apple iWatch, but with a lot more emphasis on fitness. Let's do a brief comparison so you can see what new features it has to offer.
Comes in two sizes and has a dozen band styles from which to choose
Comes in three sizes — small, large and extra large
Several band styles to choose from, but the basic style is made with Fitbit's classic, durable elastomer
Syncs with some other apps, but not as extensively as the Apple iWatch
9. Basic cost
Apple Watch: $349
Fitbit Blaze: $199
After looking at all this, it seems the Fitbit Blaze is a perfect blend of the original Fitbit and the Apple iWatch. It gives you access to the most-used functions on your smartphone, but in a more streamlined, fitness-centric package. The idea is that those who buy wearables are more often looking for the fitness/health component than a smaller version of their phone. In that way, I think it's safe to say the Blaze bests the Apple Watch in the fitness tracker market, especially because of its flexible wearability and its much lower price tag.
However, neither the Blaze nor the Apple Watch comes close to the fitness capabilities of the Garmin Vivoactive. The Vivoactive has a battery life of up to three weeks in activity tracker mode, is super light but still pairs with your smartphone and has a number of built-in sports apps. Not only can it monitor basic workouts, but it can track biking and swimming and even map out golf courses for you. Now that's a smart fitness band.