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Want a more Active Lifestyle? Hands On with the Jawbone UP Tracking and Monitoring Wristband
1 October 2013
Summary: I was quite impressed by what the Jawbone UP delivered in the way of accuracy and encouragement for a more active lifestyle which, funnily enough, also includes keeping track of the most inactive period in our daily life: our sleep.
For less than 145 bucks you can have a lot of fun discovering how you're going in your current lifestyle and where you need to improve.
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page where you can find the UP and many similar devices.
Excerpt: It was the third time I lost the cap that I really got pissed off. Because this time, I had no idea how, or where, it had come loose. I strode around my apartment, cursing it, mentally calculating how many of these caps I’d have to buy in the space of a year, given that I’d misplaced the same tiny nub of metal and plastic three times in the last two weeks.
Pros: Delightfully handsome, and comes in a variety of colors. Long battery life means you won’t always be charging. Despite our efforts at drowning, dropping and generally smacking around, it stood up to every abuse.
Cons: Syncing is a chore. Sleep tracking could be better. Those replacement caps really ought to be free.
Conclusion: The Jawbone UP offers some advantages that few others in our test cannot. Primarily, of the rechargeable devices, the Jawbone has much longer battery life before needing a recharge. Additionally, the UP may be more comfortable on the wrist for some. Jawbone Inc. keeps the original UP in their product line as a budget alternative. As compared to newer designs, the need to plug the device in to sync is a considerable detriment.
Excerpt: What if we told you that you can track the way you sleep, what you eat and how it makes you feel, exactly how much calories you've burned off and how many steps you took to do so. The Up by Jawbone isn't another Bluetooth headset or speaker, it's a fitness band you'll want to wear regardless if you're into looking after your health or not.
Excerpt: Jawbone’s Up is a device that’s supposed to be worn 24/7. So, to truly understand how well it works, I’ve been wearing it everyday and every night over the past few weeks to see if wearable computing is all it’s cracked up to be.
Excerpt: When you’re trying to increase your fitness level, lose weight or just keep a log of your physical activity, finding the right tool to help can be a challenge with all the activity trackers currently on the market. The Jawbone UP originally came on the scene back in 2011 to not so great reviews. Jawbone acknowledged that there were hardware problems and ended up refunding people’s money. A year later they are back to try again.
Pros: Water resistant, Up to 10 day battery life, Fast charging
Cons: Manual sync / no Bluetooth, Wake and inactivity alerts don't work consistently, Too tedious to add foods to the food log
Review: Jawbone UP + Android – A Baby Step Toward Truly Powerful Wearable Tech
8 April 2013
Excerpt: When Jawbone's UP wristband was released in late 2011, I was excited. Then I was disappointed. The motion-tracking band seemed like a perfect step into wearable tech at the time, but its companion app wasn't available for Android. Whether and why Jawbone didn't see fit to invest resources in developing for Android was a mystery, but now – thankfully – it's immaterial.
Excerpt: In eight fun colors, this wristband fitness tracker from Jawbone easily blends in without being obtrusive or uncomfortable as it tracks your sleep and activity habits. Just sync the band to its iPhone or Android app using the audio jack in order to view data. You can also use the app to log your mood and meals. "Scanning food items by barcode was helpful," noted one consumer tester.
Pros: Accurate calorie counter and pedometer, Easy to set up, Comfortable
Cons: Requires an iPhone or android app to view data — no display on device