Review: Jawbone Up 3
3.4Overall Score

Price (RRP): $249
Manufacturer: Jawbone

Jawbone’s Up 3 certainly took some time to arrive, but the delayed fitness gadget is finally here, packing in more sensors than most activity bracelets and the ability to track REM sleep. Worth it, or should you go with something less exy?

Features

Announced last year and finally set to be available shortly, the Up 3 is the next generation of Jawbone’s fitness band.

After persisting with the Up, Up 24, Up Move, and the recent Up 2, the Up 3 is an Up smart band with more sensors to track more of your life.

Specifically, this band features the same three axis accelerometer as its Up 2 brother, but adds a few more sensors, including one to measure heart rate, respiration, and skin conductivity, as well as the ambient and skin temperature of the wearer.

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This technology is worked into a medical-grade rubber body with the main electronic components sitting inside an aluminium block covered in a capacitive touch panel. The electrodes are made from stainless steel and coated in titanium nitride (TiN).

The main body of the device includes three LEDs, with orange for activity, blue for sleep, and white for notifications sent to the device.

The Jawbone Up 3 talks to smartphones and tablets by way of Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE), with this connecting to a 38Ah battery that can support up to 7 days of life, with the magnetic USB charger taking roughly an hour to charge the life.

Jawbone’s Up 3 is rated as water-resistant and splash proof.

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Performance

Now that every man, his dog, and his dog’s company has a fitness gadget out there in the world, the race is on to find a fitness gadget that does something different.

After all, most of the fitness gadgets out there are reliant on the same basic principle: take an accelerometer or another multi-axis sensor, encase it in a wrist- or pants-friendly device meant to be worn, use it to track information, and then synchronise that information with a phone.

Just like that, you too can design a fitness gadget.

There is a little more to it than that, of course, and that’s why companies spend millions of dollars in design, research, and app development to make these devices as seamless as possible, to connect with our lives and make us reliant on them.

In the latest of these fitness gadgets from Jawbone, the company has decided to integrate a couple of different sensor technologies to compliment the existing movement ones the Up bands have relied on for a while.