That’s primarily what the Up 3 does, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot of a difference from the Up 2, though in a way, this might be seem like early adopter technology that will eventually open up.
Even with this in mind, the Up 3 does appear to have some pretty noticeable problems.
Let’s start with the interface, because that capacitive touch panel — what we’ve delightfully heard referred to as a “captouch” panel, which is a shortening of the tech terms — really needs work.
We’ll get this out of the way very quickly, because if you’ve read our Up 2 review, you’ll know that the Up 3 doesn’t rely on a “touch screen”, but rather a “touch panel”.
Essentially, this panel has a degree of touch sensitivity applied the to textured surface that occupies the top and sides of the Up 3 band. It’s very similar to the touch panel offered in the Up 2, and using it has you double tap the display to wake it up, and then hold your finger on the display to stick it in different modes.
It’s not a complicated system, and that’s a positive.
The negative, however, comes from just how fussy it can be. For instance, through the review period, it didn’t always work. Double tap and it might, triple tap, quadruple tap — tap, tap, taperroo — and so on.
One firmware update later, and all is well, but then before you go to bed, the band has problems again, refusing to switch into sleep mode or wake up when you prod it.
Unfortunately, reliability is the first problem with the Up 3, and after a couple of months with the band, durability isn’t much better with wear and tear already being seen on the top of the band.
Back to that first problem with reliability, though, because while the device isn’t terribly reliable, it makes the second problem so bizarre, as we found over-responsiveness to be an issue.
We’ve already said that the captouch panel basically wraps around the Up 3, and this needs to be remembered.
It’s not just the top, but the sides, and that’s important because if you’re wearing something like a piece of jewelry — say a watch or smartwatch — and it bangs up against the Up 3 every few seconds, it will actually register on the Up 3 and touch the panel.
This means your Up 3 will constantly tell you that you’re in daytime mode, or worse, pick up on the constant touch of a watch and put you in sleep mode on a regular basis, which can be a little frustrating.