Returned the Fitbit Blaze for a Apple Watch.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Eileen89, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    I couldn't be happier that I did. I LOVE everything about the Apple Watch and wish I had purchased one sooner. I got the Fitbit Blaze last week and and it was nothing but a problem right out of the box. For one, the Blaze has to be worn 2-3 fingers above the wrist bone in order for the HR sensor to work properly. Good luck keeping it there when you start to sweat, lol. I used while on a long distance run on my first day with it and the second I began sweating the Blaze slid back down to my wrist and lost my HR. It did this several times until I finished. The next day I was doing Insanity Max 30, and the same thing happened all through that work out. Then with 3 minutes left to go, the watch buckle fell appart. My husband said he could fix it but the same thing would only happen again due to the thin cheap pin that Fitbit used to hold the buckle. So, between that and the band not staying in place along with the recorded miles being so far off during my activities with the Blaze I decided it was time to upgrade to a "real" activity watch.

    This past Saturday I went to Bestbuy and purchased the Space gray Apple Sport Watch. So far I love everything about it. It tracks my HR all through my workouts no matter where the watch is positioned on my wrist. The steps and miles walked/run are very close to my calculated stride. I don't recall having to calibrate it in order for it to read accurately either. Unlike the Fitbit where I had to input my actual stride in settings first and even then it was way off.
    As far as my HIIT workouts I've been using "Other" in the activity App on the watch to record them. My HR as reported via the Watch is always within 5 beats of what my Polar FT 7 HR monitor reports so I think the Watch does a nice job with the HR feature. One thing I'd like to see Apple add is a "Weightlifting" workout since this is something that I also do 3 days a week, along with my HIIT, running and speed walking workouts. I read somewhere that Apple was working on this but so far it hasn't been added yet so I'll have to keep logging my Power Lift sessions as "Other" for now.
    I have to confess that when I first saw the Apple Watch I thought there is no way it would be good for someone like me who would primarily be using it for workouts and recording my daily activities. Well I could not have been more wrong. Not only is it great for tracking my workouts, but I find myself using the other features like iMessage, calls, emails, ect... more and more everyday as well. Overall, I think Apple did a great job with with their first smart watch and can't wait to see what they do with the second generation.
    As for the Fitbit Blaze, it's not even a close second to the Apple Watch and I'm glad I returned it.... :)
  2. swarlos macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2015
    Yay awesome to hear a success story and welcome to the Watch club!
  3. Eileen89 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    Thanks, Swarlos. I wish I had joined the club sooner! :D
  4. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I second the weightlifting app choice but a nice overhaul of the workout app and choices should be included.

    I'm glad you are liking it and for the review on the blaze as people wanted to know. I wear my Apple Watch 1 inch above my wrist "bone" and that seems to be the sweet spot on my arm. I've tried higher and it slides down no matter which band I try.
  5. DdDr2 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2016
    I've always fighted my wristbands to get them to stay at the optimal place while working out ( Fitbit charge HR and my Apple Watch )
    Funny, my AW stride is so not on par with my actual step. I wish you could manually enter your stride length. Im hoping they make this a update sometime soon. I'm convinced I got a faulty one. But according to apples's working just fine. I returned my HR to get the AW. But I still have my Fitbit flex which I wear daily for a more accurate step count.
  6. Thai macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2016
    Did you calibrate AW by walking for 20 min outside with your iPhone? The more you walk with your iPhone, the more accurate AW gets.
  7. iRondi macrumors newbie


    Mar 10, 2016
    Raleigh, NC
    I came to the Apple Watch sort of through Fitbit Blaze. First I started looking at a simple finger heart rate monitor (about $15 at Amazon), but I started thinking that it would be better to have a wearable device, as I need it to monitor tachacardia episodes which sometimes occur out of the home; I can't see that I would always have a finger monitor with me. I was seriously considering Blaze. A lot of my friends have Fitbits and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon. It does seem kind of cool to have the social interaction offered via Fitbits. They do challenges, etc.

    When I started looking at paying $200, I thought I might as well pay a bit more and get an Apple Watch. So yeah, from $15 HR monitor to $300 AW. I'm good like that.

    My watch is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Now that I have been reading about AW, I am even more excited. I love the band/face options. I am all about switching things up for different outfits. Up until now, handbags were my one weakness. The problem is I know I have too many and there isn't anything in it to buy yet another handbag.

    Beyond health tracking/apps and style options, I am looking forward to discovering other things I will enjoy. Message notification comes to mind. That will either be a blessing or a curse.
  8. DdDr2 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2016
    Yup. Done it. Didn't make a difference. I really think if they would allow us to input our own stride length, then it would be more accurate. It's a shame
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The Blaze is OK but kinda cheap feeling. I went back to my Charge HR as it does the same as the Blaze except for the color screen and is much smaller.

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