Though there are rumors of a new Fitbit smartwatch coming soon, the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Surge are still going strong – and both are priced to sell.
The Blaze and the Surge both have some great features, so how do you know which one is best for you?
To help you answer that question check out our Fitbit Blaze vs. Fitbit Surge review below. We will give you a complete rundown on the features of each device, as well as see how they compare head-to-head. One thing is for sure: they both will help you get in-shape, so it’s a win-win either way.
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But it is the features and functions of the Blaze that really make it stand out. Among its top features are:
- Color, LED touchscreen for easy use and clear stats that can be seen in any light.
- Modern Look and Feel that you can’t see in other Fitbits
- Pure Pulse Technology with new sensors for more accurate, 24/7 monitoring.
- Smart Track, which recognizes and analyzes activity specific moves, like running, biking and soccer, for improved stats.
- LED color display that is eye-catching and easier to read.
- FitStar App, which is built into the device and can coach you through a variety of moves.
- Enhanced Idle Alert, which not only alerts you to move, but requires you to take at least 250 steps for it to stop.
- A 5-day battery life, all from a 2-hour charge.
• Clear, sharp, OLED display (with some touchscreen gestures) that gives you the time and all your stats.
• Pure Pulse Technology to track your heart rate around the clock.
• Built-in GPS, allowing runners to find new trails and analyze mile times, in addition to helping everyone have more accurate readings.
• Smart Notifications alert you when you have an incoming call or text
Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Surge Comparison
The Blaze and Surge have several features in common. Among the traits they share are:
• Pure Pulse Technology: both have sensitive, enhanced sensors to monitor your heart continuously, so you know how healthy you are and how you can improve.
• Smart Notifications: each device can sync to your phone to let you get alerts when you get an email, text or phone call.
• Tracking: both track calories, distance and steps accurately for improved performance. They both have auto sleep detection, so your sleep will be tracked easily.
Additionally, neither of these trackers are waterproof — they are only water resistant. They are fairly close in price, especially with current discounts, so your decision will likely be based on the specific features that are most meaningful to you.
While both devices are top of the line, these are their differences that will help you decide which fits you best. Let’s compare them in the key categories:
The Blaze is much flashier than the Surge, and you have the option to change bands to customize the look. The Surge is a more low profile option with an OLED screen and no option to change bands.
While the Blaze seems like a more fashionable choice, plenty of customers want a low key design and don’t care about changing bands or vibrant screens. The Surge still looks nice and comes in three color options.
The design of the screens themselves are very different, of course, because they are different types of screens. The Blaze has a colorful, attractive interface and works more smoothly. On the flip side, the Surge is great for tough, sweaty workouts.
The Blaze’s notifications are everything you’d expect from a tracker that looks like a smartwatch. It has a full range of notifications. The Surge only gives you text and call notifications.
The Surge has GPS tracking; the Blaze only has connected GPS, meaning your phone has to be nearby.
The GPS on the Surge cuts down on the battery life, and the Blaze’s color screen means a shortened battery lifespan, too. The Blaze will get up to five days of battery and the Surge can get over a week. Both of these are affected by things like GPS and screen use, so don’t count on that much from either of them. Fortunately, both charge quickly.
Both of these devices have lots to offer. Let’s examine the pros and cons for each to see how they look overall.
The Fitbit Surge: GPS, Simple Design, DurabilityThe Surge offers users GPS for advanced routine tracking when running or hiking outdoor. It also lets you control incoming notifications and see everything with a simple glance down. GPS is a big plus because you can run or hike on new trails and always know where you are and how to get back.
On the down side, it is a bit expensive and does not have many of the Blaze’s features, like the vibrant color screen or enhanced tracking features to help elevate your fitness routine to the next level.
The Fitbit Blaze: Color Screen, Fashionable, All-in-One Functionality
The Blaze is packed with exciting new features and a stylish new look. It is versatile in how it can be worn and is advanced in terms of guiding your fitness routines and monitoring your heart rate. There is also activity recognition, so stats are based on what you do, not an approximation. It also has a color, LED touchscreen, giving it added polish and function.
Cons: It doesn’t have built-in GPS and is not water-proof.
The GPS can be an issue, as it means you will need to carry your phone when you run to use that feature, which can be a turn off for runners and hikers. Plus, as this is a 2016 model, it should be water-proof to compete with Garmin and other quality devices. You may also check out how Blaze competes with Charge HR as a reference.