The Good The Jawbone Up is comfortable, durable, and effortless to wear. Its mobile app is intuitive and presents data well.
The Bad The Jawbone Up lacks a screen. It only syncs with iPhones and some Android devices, so there's no other way to view your fitness data. It connects via a less convenient wired connection.
The Bottom Line The new Jawbone Up is comfortable and durable, but limited support means this gadget won't make sense for many phone users.
An easy-to-wear and insightful fitness pal
Many high-tech fitness products have hit the market recently, all aiming to be better ways to help you get in shape. The newly redesigned $129.99 Jawbone Up, however, stands out by pushing the personal activity tracker into new territory. Unlike traditional pedometer-style devices, such as the Fitbit One, the Up is designed to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all to paint a detailed picture of your health and prod you to move more. While the Up band is small, durable, and comfortable enough to wear on your wrist around the clock, the gadget has big drawbacks. For instance, it lacks a screen, Bluetooth, or even a way to check your status other than via its iPhone and Android apps. That said, after a bumpy initial launch last year, the revamped Jawbone Up is indeed an innovative, though not perfect, personal fitness tool.and
Much of the Jawbone Up's appeal lies in its groundbreaking design. The Up is essentially a complex bundle of electronics, a battery, a motion sensor, and flexible circuit boards, all stuffed into a twistable rubber skin.
To save space and cut down on weight, Jawbone kept controls and indicators on the Up to a bare minimum. The circular bracelet-shaped device has just one silver square button on one end. The Up band's opposite side is tipped with a nylon cap that covers its 3.5mm headphone plug. You use the plug to both sync data with your phone and charge the Up's battery via an included USB adapter.
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