Fitbit has released the Blaze and the Alta, two new fitness trackers aimed at riders who are interested in measuring their activity, monitoring their calorie intake and expenditure, and keeping on top of their fitness regime. The Blaze is more of a smartwatch, and the Alta is a smartband – so which would suit you? We’re yet to get lots of hands-on time, but let’s look at how they compare on paper.
The two models sit at different points within the existing range, with the Blaze aimed at smartwatch wearers and positioned just below the top-of-the-range Fitbit Surge, and the more feature-lite Alta just below the Charge HR, which (unlike the Alta) includes a continuous heart rate monitor.
Both the Blaze and the Alta are aimed at people who like their wearable tech to blend in with everyday wear, with the Blaze in particular looking very much like a traditional watch, with leather and metal strap options available.
Both devices work with the Fitbit app, which runs on smartphones, tablets and laptops. Fitbit devices wirelessly sync with the app, updating the diary with key data providing a simple way to track exercise, calories, sleep and general activity levels. Both the Alta and the Charge are USB-rechargeable.
Fitbit’s Blaze (left) and Alta side by side
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