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4.0 out of 5 stars Wakes you UP Shakes you UP, 11 April 2013
This review is from: Jawbone Large UP Fitness Tracking Wristband - Black Onyx (Accessory)
The Jawbone UP is a movement tracking device with some clever software to help you track your day.

The band itself is a soft hypoallergenic plastic rubber that is comfortable on your wrist; its very light and and after a few hours I stopped noticing it was there even when typing. The band is fairly resilient you can shower in it though they suggest you avoid swimming with it. Once its on your wrist the UP has a great battery life as the the battery is rated to last up to 10 days. Getting the band on is very simple; the ends of the band arent connected but cross over so it just on your arm by opening the overlap in the band very easily (getting the right sized band is quite important though there are 3 sizes.)

There is only one button at one end of the device so its hard to knock and accidentally switch settings. You do need to remember a number of combinations to use some of the devices tracking functions or switch modes e.g. press and hold the button to enter / exit sleep tracking. There are two indicator lights that can change color but they are simply indicated day time or night night which it simple to understand.

At its most basic level as you move around during the day it tracks your steps and at night it tracks your movements in bed, Out of the box this was relatively accurate (compared to other pedometers I have tested) it overestimated by about 5% over 1500 steps; the UP has a calibration system and this made it considerably more accurate over the same distance. The UP Band itself has no screen or other indicators so you need to get the information onto your phone / tablet to see it. Jawbone recommend you do this twice a day. Connecting it up is very simple - you remove the cap and plug it into your Android Device or iPhone/ iPad's headphone socket and it sucks the information down. I haven't tried the Android software but the iPhone software is excellent with an excellent interface and great trends tracking. One extra feature besides loading up your activities you can easily track the food you eat by quickly inputting what you eat into the application; as you build up a pattern of daily consumption and exercise you can see the impact on your sleep and vice versa. The app also has an aide memoir to help you remember that its two short presses and one long one to take a power nap - it wakes you up when it thinks you will be rested - or after 45 minutes - based on your nightly sleep patterns.

Given that all the band really does is track your movement the UP actually stacks up a lot of great features; from monitoring exercise, reminding me to get up and move around whilst i'm working has made me feel less stiff at the end of the day. As an alarm clock its very discreet - it vibrates on your wrist waking you up without anyone around you noticing a thing . That said the UP isn't quite perfect for me; I wish it had bluetooth rather than plugging it into the headphone socket to sync data as it would be easier to get information to from it - and i would only need to take it off to charge I also wish it tracked your pulse - especially as you exercise - as it would deliver a better indication of effort. It isn't as visual as the NIKE device but it is smaller and lighter which makes it a bit more discreet and the 10 day battery life is excellent.

This UP is a version 2; and the polish really shows especially in the software 4 *'s mainly because of the lack of pulse monitoring.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2013 19:12:21 BDT
observer100 says:
Thanks for really useful review. I agree lack of USB is disappointing.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2013 13:47:25 BDT
Isn't this the article that was in the Mail on Sunday 21st July 2013

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2013 23:45:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2013 23:45:28 BDT
User201202 says:
Yep. Seems to be the same article as the one in the Mail on Sunday.

Posted on 7 Apr 2014 14:03:38 BDT
Were you paid in any way to give a good review of this product?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2014 16:45:07 BDT
Chris Hoare says:
I wasn't paid for my review; I paid for my UP with my own money. As a user of the Withings scales I actually bought a Withings Pulse when it came out; especially as it addressed my criticisms of the UP; bluetooth and pulse. Sadly the Pulse came with its own problems; not the least I fell out of its holder and was lost in less than a month of using it (but you couldn't take it in the shower which the UP has survived.)

The Jawbone app; on my iPhone, is excellent and it plays nice with other ecosystems; getting data from my whitings scale for example. There is now a bluetooth up which addresses my biggest issue with it - ease of getting data.
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