The Premature Death of Wearable Electronics

Welcome to Fitbit Number Three. Now, you may be asking yourself what happened to Fitbit number two. Well, that’s understandable. If you blinked, you probably missed it.

I got a Fitbit Blaze over the Thanksgiving weekend. For those of you who are either too ladylike to add the swears or not American… That would be three fucking weeks ago. Even compared to Fitbit number one–which made it five months–that’s disappointing.

The Blaze screen is made of Gorilla Glass 3. It’s basically supposed to survive the Apocalypse. And if you look at the support forums, you’ll find all kinds of promises of that nature.

And today, I found a scratch. Well, quite a few scratches, including one that ran from top to bottom. What about the Gorilla Glass, you ask? Well, I’m not impressed. Not only do I not see four horsemen… I don’t remember hitting my wrist on anything. I don’t believe in unsinkable ships, but I do at least expect an “Oh, shit! An iceberg!”  moment. 

So, back it went. It’s well within the return period, and if I had kept my receipt, I’d have gotten my money back. As it was, the option was a store credit or an exchange, and honestly…  Aside from a Fitbit, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted in a sporting goods store. (It may come to me, but a Fitbit is an awful lot of soap on a rope.) So, I took the exchange, and we’ll try again when my screen protector arrives.

#3 is also a Blaze. In fact, it’s identical to #2. It’s a small, which made me a little nervous, but the smallest hole on the large band doesn’t equal the largest on the small. There’s about an inch of overlap. 

I’ll let you know more when I get a chance to take the new one for a test drive.

Until then, let me know about your fitness trackers and wearables. Any suggestions? Dire warnings? 

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