Conclusion: Bluetooth connectivity certainly brings a big advance over the previous UP. It’s incredibly handy have that tracking information in real-time time. Even with this and the additional software enhancements, however, the UP24 doesn’t match up to the sort of informational firepower available with much of the competition. If you’re looking for a simple, out-of-the-way tracker, Jawbone’s offering is still a solid choice.
Pros: Lightweight, Comprehensive stat tracking, Bluetooth syncing
Cons: Some sizing issues, Lack of screen, Too many stats require manual input
Summary: The smartband market has been around for a couple of years but it’s still considered to be a niche product and mostly geared towards the sports and health conscious crowd. Still, we find very practical and convincing use for it. It’s simple and very easy to use, provides the essential data that matters and can be an integral part of a user’s lifestyle.
Excerpt: Fitness devices are trending upwards, and rightfully so! There’s nothing more important than your health. Last year, Jawbone’s Up activity monitor paved the way as one of the ...
Pros: 7+ Day battery, Comfortable, Easy to use, Wireless syncing, Up 3.0 is very visual and insightful, Vibrating alarm clock, Inactivity alerts, Durable, Water resistant, Looks good enough to wear in both casual and formal environments
Cons: Compatibility is limited, No altimeter, No built in step/activity display, Also a bit pricey considering it doesn’t have a display
Jawbone Up24: Another Small Step for Activity Tracking
All Things Digital
2 December 2013
Excerpt: Wearable activity-tracking devices, which measure your steps and caloric burn, among other things, still aren’t mainstream. But they’re slowly growing, and some of the companies that make them — like Fitbit, Nike and Jawbone — recently released new versions of these wristbands. For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing the new Jawbone Up band, called the Up24. This $150 wristband is $20 more than the “old” Up, and works with a new version of the Up mobile app.
Conclusion: There's no shortage of fitness trackers out there. UP24 goes up against Fitbit's new Force, Nike's Fuelband SE, and numerous other models from lesser-known brands. It also faces a growing challenge from software: the iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 each promise more precise movement data from their various sensors, but apps like Moves and Runtastic work across most iOS and Android devices, and at a fraction of the price of dedicated hardware.
Excerpt: There are a few key things a wearable has to get right. It has to be comfortable and good-looking so that you’ll actually wear it. It has to have good software so that you’ll be able to understand the feedback you’re getting from it. And it needs to more or less disappear — it can’t be a pain to sync or charge or you’re going to end up leaving it on a desk or in a drawer. Jawbone’s latest wearable, the Up24 , gets all these things right.
Pros: Finally, Bluetooth. New features that “nudge” you and offer encouragement are welcome additions. Connects with popular fitness apps, and even IFTTT. End cap is much harder to lose. Forgot to switch it into sleep mode? You can adjust your sleep times tomorrow. Comes in two fashionable colors.
Cons: No on-device display means you’re going to have to phone it in to get your step count. Not waterproof. $150 is a bit steep — competing devices are $20 to $50 cheaper.
Conclusion: The Jawbone UP24 is one of the most expensive avidity trackers on the market, but despite its high price, we still think it’s a great choice. Yes, it lacks both a built-in display and altimeter functionality, but to judge the UP24 purely on hardware specs would be doing Jawbone an injustice. You see Jawbone hasn’t just designed an activity tracker, it’s built a beautifully realised ecosystem and has evolved over time and will continue to do so.
Summary: Last year’s version of the Up was a great concept, and this year’s improvement doesn’t seek to shake the formula too much, merely improving it for people who want their fitness tracked without needing to remember to plug in the device and let the information upload.
Pros: Automatically sends updates to your phone and doesn't need to be synced using the 2.5mm headset jack, Battery lasts for a good week (around 6 days or so in our tests), Comfortable to wear, Activity coach actually helps you get moving more, inspiring you to take more steps and change your patterns
Cons: Still can't automatically work out when you're sleeping, which given how much it can work out, still surprises us, Only two colours available for the band: onyx (black) and persimmon (orange), Requires a phone supporting Bluetooth LE to work, Water-resistant... ish, No app for Windows Phone