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Gadget: Fitbit Blaze

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Priced at Shs550,000, the Blaze will track your daily activity, count your steps, monitor your heart rate, gauge how well you are 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. It can lead you through workouts by showing animated exercises on its watch-sized display. But aesthetically, it strives for much more, with a watch-like design and a colour display.

Unfortunately, the result is arguably an uglier Fitbit and definitely a more expensive one. For a “smart” fitness watch, the new Blaze does some things very well, like battery life. It’s also intended to be a stylish fitness watch; you can remove the Blaze, which is really just a little black square, from its wrist strap in seconds.
Fitbit sells a variety of other band options in leather at Shs340,000 and steel at Shs450,000. The process of setting up the Blaze with your smartphone is simple, and it regularly syncs over Bluetooth to keep your app updated with your progress throughout the day. A slight downside is its octagonal shape that seems to be made for men. Apart from that, it is a smart investment.

The Good
Accurate heart-rate tracking
Bright and clear display, indoors and out
Inherently intuitive interface
Five day battery life

The Bad
Buttons feel cheap on such a sturdy device
No standalone GPS tracking › Water resistant, not waterproof so no good for swimmers.

 

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