Not long ago, we told you about the Xiaomi wearable. Now here’s our test of the Up wristband from Jawbone (€129.99 on line).
As soon as you open the package, the wristband’s shape surprises you, as there’s no specific clasp but instead, the two magnetic ends act as fasteners. It takes a little getting used to, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.
As with other connected wristbands, Jawbone’s UP is synced with an app. Available on iOS and Android, the app has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. The homepage consists of the activity timeline that’s filled in by the wristband, together with user-added content.
After using it for 15 minutes, you’ll figure out how each sidebar (left and right) works and can then start tracking your activity.
Your physical activity is continuously analyzed by monitoring the number of steps you take. When the wristband is synced with the app, the exertion statistics feed directly to the app. Not only that, but you, the user, play a significant part in that process, as you have the option of inserting information about your physical activity (type of activity, time and difficulty), your meals, your sleep, your weight, and more, right from the homepage.
For example, after every meal, you can enter the food you ate by looking up that food in a search engine that matches the search term to a food already in the system. For familiar products, it’s a great tool, because it immediately provides the right calories, but it would have been better if more foods had been referenced. What’s interesting about this feature is the number of calories consumed. But if the food isn’t in the database, it’s hard to know exactly what you’ve taken in, although you can figure out relatively realistically what you’ve consumed by looking around a bit in search mode. The app saves your history, so you can easily find foods you’ve eaten before. An ideal feature would be one that lets you enter your typical meals, so you can directly import all the foods from each meal (e.g. breakfast).
Alongside the food tracking, the app also analyzes your sleep. There are even three options for launching sleep mode: press on the wristband, launch the sleep mode in the app, or do nothing and import it manually the next morning. Whichever you choose, the results are pretty impressive: they seem to be highly consistent with your actual night’s sleep. Numerous parameters are analyzed, and the available statistics do a good job of showing the different sleep phases. The app even has a feature that makes the wristband start vibrating at a certain time before you’re supposed to wake up.
This wristband is pretty quick to figure out and you’ll get addicted to the stats, which give you the big picture on your physical activity and fitness.
It really only needs two things to make it truly complete. The wristband’s shape is sometimes bothersome, and the tool for importing foods could work a bit better. The wristband’s tracking function can also be integrated with other apps, which meets users’ demands to have more than one tracking ecosystem.
UP24 by Jawbone is a wristband and an app that gives you a complete solution – one that’s fun to use for all athletes and “quantified-self” fans. It’s one of the best connected wristbands on the market.