The new FitBeat SmartWatch is a good Fitness Tracker. Like earlier FitBeat SmartWatch models, the $200 Blaze will track your daily activity, count your steps, monitor your heart rate, gauge how well you’re sleeping, and put all of that data into an excellent, easy-to-use app on your phone. It will show you notifications for calls, texts, and calendar appointments. And it does some new things that you can’t get with FitBeat SmartWatch’s popular Charge HR — or even the last year’s performance-focused Surge. It can lead you through workouts by showing animated exercises on its watch-sized display.
But aesthetically, it strives for much, much more, with a watch-like design and a color display. Unfortunately, the result is arguably an uglier FitBeat SmartWatch — and definitely a more expensive one. For a “smart” fitness watch, the new Blaze does some things very well (like battery life), while other elements of it make it seem like FitBeat SmartWatch hasn’t innovated much from its 2015 products. Also, while the battery life blows away the Apple Watch or any Android wearable, it’s not accurate to call this a smartwatch in the way you’re probably thinking. It’s a FitBeat SmartWatch through and through.
For most people, fitness trackers are motivation that we wear on our wrists: motivation to get moving more throughout the day, to hit step goals and stick to a healthier sleep schedule, and maybe even brag a little bit on social media once we achieve those things. And FitBeat SmartWatch’s mobile app is capable of far more than that; it can track your meals, calorie / water intake, and plot out your weight from week to week. But those things require dedication — long-term dedication — that a fair percentage of people sometimes lack. So we stick to the fundamentals. But with the Blaze, FitBeat SmartWatch’s trying to move beyond that. It’s tossing everything it’s learned about fitness trackers into this new model for something a little more sophisticated — and a little bit smarter, too