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There’s no shortage of wearables on the market right now. With offerings from lesser-known brands like Huawei and Pebble struggling to stay in the game, it’s hardly a stretch to say that Fitbit and Apple are dominating the wearables game (sorry, Samsung). Thing is, these two companies take very, very different approaches to how wearables fit into our everyday lives.

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Fitbit pioneered the wearable market, making fitness trackers a common gadget and paving the way for smarter bands. Meanwhile, Apple did what it’s always done: it waited, watched and released a sophisticated piece of hardware once the market matured a bit. Fitbit, as a response to the Apple Watch, recently released the Fitbit Blaze, a more utilitarian smartwatch to attract people who want their wearable to do more than count their steps. With the rumored Apple Watch 2 on the horizon, we thought we’d take a look at how the current Apple Watch and Fitbit Blaze stack up to each other.

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Functionality

If you’re looking for a wearable that you can get the most bang for your buck functionality wise, the Apple Watch is your best bet out of the two. You can call an Uber, check maps, see texts, answer calls, talk into your wrist like Dick Tracey, play games, ask the Internet all of your questions, track your steps, see your heart rate…excuse me while I catch my breath. There’s even more if you can believe it, but you get the point.

Image: Apple

Image: Apple

The Fitbit Blaze is bit more limited in terms of functionality, but that may not be the worst thing in the world if you don’t need (or want) your wearable to be your personal assistant. The Fitbit Blaze is primarily a fitness tracker, but will also tell you the time, give you on-screen workouts, track your steps, control your music and let you see your texts/calls.

Image: Fitbit

Image: Fitbit

There’s something to be said for a wearable that can stay out of your way. There’s also something to be said for a wearable that tries to be an extension of your smartphone. It all comes down to your personal preference. If you want a smartwatch that ties you down to – but essentially doubles – a smartphone, the Apple Watch is for you. If you want something a little less intense and more freeing, look into the Fitbit Blaze.

Design

It’s hard to argue that the Apple Watch isn’t a better designed piece of hardware than the Fitbit Blaze. The Apple Watch is from Apple, after all. They’ve got this whole design thing down to a science. The Apple Watch is rounder, smaller and includes innovative interaction flows in its software. The Blaze is angular, larger and looks far less refined and more industrial. Its bezels are larger and the custom software from Fitbit leaves a bit to be desired. They both look good, but Apple’s the clear winner between the two.

Image: Fitbit

Image: Fitbit

Image: Wired

Image: Wired

Other Considerations

  • The Fitbit Blaze’s battery will last you up to five days, substantially longer than the Apple Watch, which you’ll likely have to charge every night.
  • If a selection of bands is most important to you, the Apple Watch has a much wider variety.
  • Both wearables are priced right around $200.
  • Both smartwatches come in different sizes.

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At the end of the day, both of these devices satiate different kinds of people. There’s no wrong decision; just the one that’s right for your lifestyle. If you’re having trouble deciding, fret not. You can try out the Apple Watch from Lumoid (especially before the Apple Watch 2 drops), so don’t hesitate to borrow one from Lumoid! For more details about the Fitbit Blaze, check out our more detailed blog post here or you can try one out for yourself.

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