"Jawbone's redesigned Up2 fitness tracker will actually stay on your wrist"
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Jawbone's redesigned Up2 fitness tracker will actually stay on your wrist
There's a new version of the Jawbone Up2 out now, that's more stylish and will actually stay on your wrist.
This new model features a slight redesign with a hook clasp that makes the band less likely to fall off.
It's leaps and bounds better than the original Up2 which was already one of our favorite fitness trackers.
If you're not familiar with it, the UP2 is a bare-bones fitness tracker.
It doesn't have a heart rate sensor, and there's no GPS or any sort of notifications from your smartphone.
It only does the basics, but it does them pretty well.
It can track the steps you take, distance traveled, and calories burned.
It will also automatically track your sleep at night but it's not perfect.
I found out [UNKNOWN] has trouble determining whether I'm laying awake in bed or actually sleeping.
One of the best things about the Up is the software.
The Java mobile app is extremely powerful and frankly it's one of my favorites.
Aside from activity tracking, there's also food, drink and mood tracking.
You can also create teams and compete with others.
But the flagship feature is the smart coaching tips and feedback.
It's pretty simple, the more the you use the UP software, the more it will learn about you.
After only a few days of use, you'll be provided with feedback and tips to better improve your life.
The up notice, I tend to stay up late.
So remind me to avoid the blue light from my smartphone to help me fall asleep.
Another notification reminded me to swap out chips for crackers to aid in my weight loss.
It's this sort of feedback in smart coaching that makes the UP shine.
As for battery life, you can expect to get around seven days.
The tracker is also water resistant and can be worn in the shower, but not while swimming.
One of my favorite things about the redesign, is it allows you to wear the band flipped around, so that the bulky part is hidden, and the straps are on top.
This makes it look more like a trendy bracelet than an activity tracker.
It also doesn't look half-bad when you wear it with a watch.
The redesigned UP2 is available now for $100 in the U.S. Jawbone will continue selling the original UP, but I wouldn't recommend buying it.
The clasp is a bit finicky, and it doesn't keep the band on your wrist.
If you were buying a Jawbone, the new UP2 with the lightweight and thin straps is the one you should get.
It still has some limitations, but it's better than ever before.
For more information, be sure to check out my full review over at cnet.com.
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