For Apple smartphone owners, who wish to try some Powerful yet low cost alternatives of Smart Watch, I have proposition of using Fitbit Blaze, which is surely Best In Class alternative to the Apple Smart Sports Watch.
I feel that the Apple smartwatch is GPM (General Purpose Machine) which can carry many things just like a small computer, one of the task is functioning as a fitness tracker ! whereas Fitbit smartwatch is SPM (Special Purpose Machine) which is designed to be a fitness tracker in a detailed way & higher perfection multiple times !
My friends who own Apple phones, say that Apple is just unbeatable, and they will never ever deviate from the Brand Apple !!! So if at all they want a smart watch it will be an Apple !!
But I don’t agree with them simply because things may not be always true and there will be good reasons to deviate from Apple to another Popular Smartwatch like the Fitbit Blaze, a more budget-friendly smartwatch & tracker with its most famous user friendly intuitive App (and most important 5-days battery life)
Stylish Tracker cum Smartwatch with highly intuitive user interface, used to track the usual fitness metrics with add-on’s like reading text messages, viewing their calendar and controlling the music on a paired smartphone.
“Be an essential part of who you are” as said on Apple’s website. With fitness tracking with add-on’s like Appointments, Text messages, Calling an Uber or using Seri to give voice commands. Needless to say about style, fits and finish which is unbeatable part of Apple’s life 🙂
Again needless to say that if you own an Android or Windows Phone, simply forget using the Apple Watch !!
Below is simple table, please have a quick look at it before you proceed to which Smart-watch you shall have …
Fitbit Blaze vs Apple Smart Sports Watch Comparison
|Sports Watch||Fitbit Blaze||Apple Watch|
|Prices are updated automatically||$228.95 Best Buy||Out of stock Best Buy|
|Display||Color touch screen|
Gorilla Glass 3 protection
|Ion-X glass Retina Display|
Sapphire crystal glass protection
|Display Resolution||240 x 180 pixel||340 x 272 pixel for 38mm version|
390 x 312 pixel for 42mm version
|Color Options||Blue, Black and Plum|
|White, Blue, Green, Pink, Black|
You can also order Sport, Watch and Watch Edition
|Water resistant||Yes (for Rain only)||Yes (for Rain, Swimming)|
IPX7 up to 1m for 30 minutes
|Heart rate sensor||Yes|
|Battery life||Up to 7 days||Up to 20 hours|
|OS Compatibility||Syncs to over 200 iOS, Android and Windows devices||iPhone 5 or later and iOS 8.2 or later is needed|
|Call Answer||Need Smartphone||Yes, on watch|
|GPS||Need Smartphone||Yes, on watch|
|Silent alarm||Yes – By vibration||No|
|Control external Camera||No||Yes|
|Sleep Data||Yes, tracks how well you sleep||No|
|Android Phone Support||Yes||No|
|Windows Phone Support||Yes||No|
|External heart rate monitor||No||Yes, can be paired|
|User Friendliness||Very easy to use||Need to learn how to operate|
|What’s different||Smart Track feature automatically recognized and records you exercises||Order an Uber or check Twitter, Whether, Temperature alerts etc|
|Sports Watch||Fitbit Blaze||Apple Watch|
|Price||Best Buy||Best Buy|
Best of Fitbit Blaze
- Long lasting powerful Battery
I feel so boring of putting my phone and tracker on charging now and then, here my fitbit scores much higher than Apple which simply can’t last more than a day !
- Powerful App focused on Fitness & Easy analysis
I can easily share my fitness activities to my family and friends, encouraging me to complete my tasks and compete with my best friends. I feel like being social with my fitness move. Moreover I feel fitbit like my Friend & Personal doctor keeping an eye over my health & fitness, setting goals and achievement targets.
It tells me how long and how well I slept
I can easily decide to walk after dinner or simply goto bed since my fitbit also tracks the quality of sleep.
- Silent Alarm
No more disturbance of my early morning plans to my loving wife 🙂
- Compatibility with different phones
My Fitbit is compatible with Android, Windows as well as Apple phones
If you don’t want to be in complex computer mode, simply go for this Budget & Focused tracker watch
Best of Apple Smartwatch
- Answer calls directly from watch + Voice command control
Simply move the watch near your mouth and answer call, important if you can’t touch the watch due to dirty hands during workouts or driving this feature is for you 🙂
Far better than Blaze .. Approval as per IPX7 up to 1m for 30 minutes. Although question is how many of you can risk your exensive smartwatch on water dip test ! anyway if you never want to swim with apple smartwatch then just forget about this feature.
- Heartbeat sensor
You will be able to user built-in heartbeat sensor as well as connect it to external device as per your wish
- Camera support
You can connect external camera to your Apple watch ! Again I am not so sure what you want to do with a device which is meant to track your activities rather than spending time in taking photos with external camera ! best is to get them using your smartphone ! humm !!
- Wireless charging
Ease of wireless charging versus connecting it to USB … Yep .. this makes a point, but again fact remains that the battery life is much less than fitbit making you search for charging again and again, and if you are using GPS then the battery will suck !!
- NFC Support
One highlighted feature of an Apple watch is supporting the NFC transactions, now think how many times you need to pay using your smartwatch !!
NFC is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology enabling data exchange between devices over about a 10 cm distance. NFC is an upgrade of the existing proximity card standard (RFID) that combines the interface of a smartcard and a reader into a single device.
Fitbit’s is clear leaders in Fitness trackers with its famous intuitive App, like Apple, Fitbit also has fans all over world, its king of tracking devices .. whereas Apple is known for perfection at its own, having millions of fans worldwide ! So owning Apple is like a prestige symbol for many !!!
By now you must have decided which of the watch is best for you. If you ask me I would say Blaze would be great if you love being in community, love to stay in touch with friends with similar minds pushing fitness tasks together. Blaze makes you focus on fitness tracking rather than getting lost in mini-computer having tonnes of features like Apple smartwatch !
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