The Jawbone Up2 has powerful software and an affordable price
Jawbone's old activity trackers look more like jewelry than advanced pieces of tech, but this is no longer the case with the up two.
The company's newest activity tracker is more discreet than earlier models and it adds a clasp to help it stay on your wrist, although it has still fallen off a few times, even thought it's incredibly difficult to put on.
The UP 2 does everything we have come to expect from an activity tracker.
It can track the steps you take, distance traveled, and calories burned.
It could also track your sleep at night, although it's not automatic.
Instead you must double tap the top of the band, and when a light appears, press and hold to enable sleep mode.
I had some trouble with this gesture, and found it to be unresponsive on multiple occasions.
And I frequently had to tap the band several times to get it to work.
But one of the best things about the Up is the software.
The Jawbone mobile app is colorful, powerful, and frankly it's one of my favorites.
Aside from activity tracking, there's food, drink and mood tracking, and you can create teams to compete with others The app also provides you with smart coaching recommendations, challenges and feedback.
I was challenged one day to walk more than 9,000 steps.
Another notification reminded me to swap out chips for crackers which would help aid in my weight loss.
It's this sort of feedback and smart coaching that makes the UP shine.
As for battery life, you can expect to get around seven days, which isn't bad.
Although, the UP 24 could last double this.
The tracker is also water resistant and can be worn in the shower, but not while swimming.
While the UP 2 lacks more advanced features seen in the recent competitors like heart rate sensor, or even a display.
It's still one of the better activity trackers out there, and that's because of their tracker price point, and superior software.
The Up2 is available now for $100 in the US.
For more information, be sure to check out my full review over at CNET.com I'm Dan Graziano for CNET, and that was the first look at the Jawbone Up2.
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