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Socoder -> On Topic -> Watch Switch - Fitbit Blaze

Posted : Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 06:23 - Mark Unread
Jayenkai
I was looking forward to Pebble Time 2, but when the company died on it's arse, it was time to look for something new.

Knowing I wasn't going to be able to Platdude-ise either of my remaining options, I figured I might as well just go for the one that apparently has a half-decent battery life. .. Because I'm a lazy fucker who never remembers to charge things.

In the end, I've opted to go for a Fitbit Blaze, and it arrived an hour or two ago.



Haven't had a proper play, yet, since I've had to put it on charge. But these are my findings so far.

Plus - My god, the screen!! Even on full brightness, the Time's screen comes nowhere close to how crisp, clean, bright and readable the Blaze's is.
It's wow!!

Minus - The screen!! The Blaze's scene is a widescreen screen, so any circular designs (e.g. A watchface!!) needs to be squished into a smaller area.

Plus - Heart Monitor. Always fun to have new stats!!

Minus.a - The Watchface selection is rather limited, and nowhere near as varied as Pebbles was.

Minus.b - Platdude The Blaze doesn't let users make their own watchfaces, so I no longer have a Platdude on my wrist

Plus - Add notifications! Rather than having everything switched on from the start, you need to manually enable each app's notification setting. Much less spammy!

Minus - A wrist-wiggle doesn't seem to light it up. I need to tap the screen to see the time. (This may be down to the currently low battery, and/or the need to learn a new wiggle!!)

Plus - The Fitbit app also tracks food and drink, as well as doing GPS movement tracking, so I no longer need that separate food app, or the DogWalker app, to track those.

HOWEVER

Big Minus - The Fitbit app does not share data with the Apple Health app, nor will it receive info from the app. This is a lacking feature of insanely moronic proportions.

Additionally - To charge the Blaze you need to pop the device off it's strap. Which is weird!



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Posted : Thursday, 23 March 2017, 05:53 - Mark Unread
Jayenkai
Well, the heart rate monitor certainly works!



You can actually see when I discovered the laptop's hard drive failure!!!

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Posted : Thursday, 23 March 2017, 06:51 - Mark Unread
rockford
Did you die between 11:00am and 12:00pm? The shock of the HD killed you?
Posted : Thursday, 23 March 2017, 07:04 - Mark Unread
Jayenkai
That would be the time before I got the watch, yesterday!

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Posted : Friday, 24 March 2017, 02:40 - Mark Unread
Jayenkai
Battery Low...
So, that "up to 7 days battery life" turns out to be 2.
Excellent job, there, Fitbit!

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Posted : Friday, 24 March 2017, 03:14 - Mark Unread
rockford
Surprised?
Posted : Friday, 24 March 2017, 03:39 - Mark Unread
Jayenkai
Nah, it's about the same as the Pebble was.
Posted : Friday, 24 March 2017, 03:52 - Mark Unread
rockford
It's annoying that despite advertising and consumer laws these companies can still get away with feeding people shit.