Review: Jawbone UP + Android – A Baby Step Toward Truly Powerful Wearable Tech
31 March 2014
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.
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.
Conclusion: It tries to be great, but the Jawbone UP could be so much better if it just had 2 extra features… I think it really needs an indicator on the band to show you how you’re progressing with your daily activity and it also needs wireless syncing.
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
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.
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
Conclusion: The shine quickly rubbed off the original UP, but all signs point to Jawbone having learned its lesson. The new hardware feels sturdier than before, and the more stringent tolerances mean we now have no qualms about wearing UP in the shower or pool.
Excerpt: If the word from this year’s CES is to be believed, then 2014 will be all about wearable tech. The Jawbone UP is a bracelet that monitors you to provide information about your movements and sleep.
Excerpt: The Up was always a very cool idea, and when we reviewed it just before it was first due to launch in the UK, we loved it. The simple design, long battery life and beautiful iOS app all made it a cunning package, and more than just a standard pedometer.