In the war of smartwatches, two of the most prevalent players are the Fitbit Blaze and the Apple Watch. When you really want to get the most out of your wearable device, which is really the better between these two? You can more easily decide on which is right for you by comparing the features of the Blaze and the Apple Watch, both fitness and non-fitness related.
The prices of the two gadgets are considerably different. The Apple Watch retails for $400, while the Fitbit Blaze is considerably cheaper at only $180.
The design of a smartwatch is often a key factor in the decision to purchase it. After all, it should match with your clothing and accessories. In terms of design, the Apple Watch has a more polished appearance and gives off the feeling of luxury. The Fitbit, on the other hand, is bulkier and has a face that oddly resembles a Stop sign.
Activity Tracking Abilities
Both the Fitbit Blaze and Apple Watch include a variety of tracking sensors to track all of your activities and workouts. The Blaze includes a gyro sensor, altimeter and 3-axis accelerometer, allowing it to track different types of workouts and sports, including walking, running, yoga and cycling. Along with the official app, you can also use third-party apps with the Fitbit, such as Endomondo and Weight Watchers. The Apple Watch can also connect to various third-party fitness apps and tracks your steps.
This is definitely an area in which Fitbit wins. The Fitbit Blaze can last up to five days on a single charge. However, the Apple Watch requires charging at least once per day, with its battery lasting a maximum of a day and a half on average.
Heart Rate Tracking Abilities
Both the Apple Watch and Fitbit Blaze include heart rate monitors built in. Many people who are physically active throughout the day want to have access to their heart rate metrics, which makes both of these good options. The Blaze tracks your heart rate throughout the day and shows heart rate zones while you are working out or participating in athletics. The heart rate monitor on the Apple Watch is located on the back of the device and tends to be more accurate.
Notifications and Connectivity
The Fitbit Blaze can connect with your smartphone or computer to upload data and is capable of receiving calls, text notifications, emails and calendar reminders. The Apple Watch can deliver the same notifications and more. It can also deliver notifications from third-party apps.
The Blaze doesn’t include GPS tracking, but it has ConnectedGPS, which relies on your smartphone’s GPS. The Apple Watch is in the same boat as it also lacks GPS and requires your iPhone to be with you for connectivity.
Overall, there isn’t much of a need to spend an extra $200-plus on the Apple Watch, unless you’re hankering that badly for its sleek design. The Fitbit Blaze is just as good a device for much cheaper and will accomplish the same things as the Apple Watch.