Last year, Jawbone's original UP was one of the first wristbands to track your general fitness and health, but was plagued by poor design. Now, the company is back with the second version of the UP, only this time, it's facing a more crowded market. Has this $129 device made enough improvements to pace the pack?
DesignNike+ FuelBand. On one end is a small metal cap, which doubles as a button, while the other end pops off to reveal a 3.5mm jack.
The band is water resistant -- it can take some splashes, and you can wear it in the shower, which we did without incident -- but Jawbone advises against swimming with the UP. At 0.8 ounces, the UP is slightly lighter than the FuelBand (0.95 ounces). The band also comes with a USB recharging cable.
Of all the apps that accompany fitness armbands, the Jawbone app feels the most complete. After plugging the UP into your iPhone's headphone jack, launching the app downloads the data from the band to your phone. However, we wish it would sync via Bluetooth like the Lark band.
Swiping to the right from the Home screen brings up other menu options, such as Trends (which shows your activity over time), your Team (friends who are using the UP) and Settings.
Swiping to the left from the Home screen offers more immediate options: Setting your daily goals, a Smart Sleep alarm, Idle Alert, Stopwatch, Power Nap, and logging a workout and sleep.
Jawbone's nutritional database is dizzyingly large. Search for "apple," and you get hundreds of different permutations, from baby food to a Burrito with Fruit, which was new for us.
We like that the app saves what you ate in a section called My Library, which makes it easier to find certain things you consume regularly, such as coffee or tea.
Smart Sleep will cause the wristband to vibrate when it detects you're in a light sleep mode, waking you more gently. Idle Alert will also vibrate the wristband to remind you to get up and stretch your legs. If you're not getting enough rest, the app will give you tips, such as working out during the day, or avoiding a nightcap before bed.
Jawbone says the Jawbone UP should last about 10 days before needing a charge. In our testing, that claim was fairly accurate; after three days, we were down to about 70 percent battery life. That's about double the time we saw with the Nike+ FuelBand, and five times longer than the Lark, which needed to be recharged every two days.
VerdictFitBit Ultra. But among wristbands, Jawbone's has a leg UP.
|Size||9.2 inches (circumference)|