Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker Reviews
The world of fitness trackers has completely changed over the past year. No longer do we need to have battery consuming phone applications running all of the time, or those big bulky fitness tracker gadgets which nobody in their right mind would want to carry about. Instead, we now have access to slim devices like the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker, which is designed to be worn 24/7.
Now, this is a popular device (a lot of people own one) but is it really the best fitness tracker? Let’s take a little look.
The Jawbone UP is a wristband, a very light wristband at that. It is worn in a very similar way to a watch. Like most fitness trackers nowadays, the Jawbone UP has a small chip inside which is able to track all types of fitness activities (more on that in a bit). The great thing about these new fitness trackers on the market is that they are designed to be worn all the time. No longer do you need to spend hours getting ready for your work out, or even plan specific workouts. All you need to do is stick one of these around your wrists and you are ready to go. You’ll be wearing this all of the time, even in the shower (it is fully water resistant)! And you can rest assured, knowing that every single movement in your day is being tracked, which is perfect for those who are trying to lose weight.
While there are many similar devices out there on the market, I find that many of them are far too bulky, which means that you wouldn’t really want to wear them for too long. However, with the ten day battery life and the lightweight and comfortable feel to the Jawbone UP, you will absolutely love wearing this device around your wrist.
When you pick this up, one of the most striking features of this fitness tracker is that you have no screen. To be honest though, this isn’t something that is needed. After all, it isn’t built for you to keep tabs on all of your activity, it is simply to record everything that you do throughout the day without you worrying too much about it.
So what can it track? Let’s look.
Firstly, you have a pretty decent and accurate pedometer built into the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker. This is able to record a plethora of things. This includes the steps you take every single day, the distance that you have traveled and the amount of calories that you have been burning based on your age, weight, height and gender.
All of this is tracked automatically, you don’t need to do anything. As I mentioned, this is a device which is designed to be worn every waking moment, so you know exactly how much activity you are doing every single day. It is perfect for those that are trying to lose weight. There is also an alert tied into the fitness tracking on here, although you can turn it off if you wish. If the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker believes that you have been inactive for too long, then it will give you a nice push in the right direction to start moving as soon as possible.
This isn’t all the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker is able to help you with either. This rather nifty little gadget has the ability to track how long you are sleeping for, including the average time it takes you to fall asleep and how deep your sleep is. All of which are incredibly important if you are looking to become a little bit healthier in your life. One of the great features is that the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker will wake you up when you need to be woken up.
It has a silent alarm, so don’t worry about waking up whoever is sharing a bed with you. With this fitness tracker, you really will be waking up at the perfect moment so you don’t need to worry about feeling groggy throughout the day. In addition to this, there is also a ‘power nap’ function, which will allow you to fall asleep if you are feeling very tired, but don’t have the time to go for a full sleep. It will wake you up at the perfect time (26.5 minutes
after falling asleep) so again, you don’t feel groggy. It may not be a feature you use too much, but trust me, it is going to be incredibly useful for you.
The bulk of your connectivity is going to be with a mobile device, with both an Android Application and an iPhone Application at your disposal. One word of warning here though, whilst the device is compatible with all iPhone devices, it actually isn’t compatible with all Android ones, which can be a little bit annoying at times. Sure, for those people you can connect the device up to your computer, but being wired this can be a little bit tricky. More on that in a bit though.
Syncing your device isn’t done through standard Bluetooth or WiFi, oh no, the Jawbone UP uses the headphone jack on your phone to sync up. Yes, this may seem like a little bit of hassle to begin with, but I don’t think it is. For start, it is going to stop you from draining the battery of your phone by having Bluetooth on. It also ensures that the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker will be compatible with over devices in the future, even if they decide to change the type of Bluetooth standard they use. Over time, I think we will start to see more and more devices that run Android being supported by the application, which hopefully means that those who own this type of device will be able to start to track their fitness levels.
Both of the applications are incredibly easy to use and give you more depth surrounding your exercise activity than any other application I have seen bundled with these fitness trackers before. For example, you will be able to view everything that the fitness tracker actually tracks in graphical form. You will also be able to see how this has changed over time. You can even set yourself up with goals, which as we all know are incredibly important if you are looking to get fit. I like the way in which the data is presented because it shows you what you have done, and where you need to improve.
In addition to the tracking application, you also have access to a food tracker. This is incredibly useful if you are trying to lose weight through calorie counting (something which is highly recommended of course!). All of the food that you eat will be broken down into the amount of fat, proteins etc. There is a pretty big database here, so you should find almost everything you eat represented, if not, you can input the data yourself. However, that’s not all, if you wish, you can also scan the bar code of some of the most popular foods, which will automatically find the right food in the database for you. It may be a small feature, but I do like it.
Connectivity to your computer is done through the use of a USB cable. Trust me, this is a great deal easier to use than the majority of other fitness trackers out there on the market, many of which ask you to connect through the rather fiddly Bluetooth system, which while great isn’t ideal for those that don’t use computers too much. The USB system can be a little bit of a hassle though, after all, connecting things up just seems a little old fashion.
But what can you do?
You have ten day battery life, so you won’t be plugging in the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker too often anyway, if you have a compatible phone at least. One point to mention about the battery life here is that many people online are stating that the battery life of the fitness tracker starts to dwindle away after a few months, but I have been informed that the battery life of the device has now been improved considerably, so don’t worry about the Jawbone UP suddenly dying on you!
So is this one of the best fitness trackers around? Well that depends on your specific needs. If you’re after a good fitness tracker that does everything simply, then the Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker is exactly what you need. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes (something most other trackers don’t do) which means you will be able to find the right tracker for your wrist!