If that’s actually what is happening — powering down to save the band when it gets wet — we’re not sure Jawbone should be calling this “water-resistant”, because this seems more like the way a water-damaged gadget would behave, not one packing water-resistance.
Perhaps it would be easier for Jawbone just to say this isn’t water resistant, because if we were told that, like we were on the Up Move, we wouldn’t try to use it with water, and we’d take it off every time we washed our hands.
And you know maybe we’ve been spoiled by the cheaper Up Move, because that not only had the clock we’re missing with this band, but it also used the circular design to show how you’ve been going throughout the past 24 hours with your step goal, animating in a full circle when you’ve completed the several thousand steps, and then some.
On the Up 3, though, there’s nothing. No indication that you’re halfway through — keep going! — and only a bunch of flashing indicators telling you that you’re done.
That’s one of the problems with the Up 3: it’s a fitness gadget for adults, but it doesn’t feel like it does much to keep you going as an adult, except of course because you’ve already spent a good $250 on the thing. You keep wearing it only because you feel you need to, but it’s so passive you have to wonder what it’s doing, and check the app repeatedly to find out.
Compare that to the Up Move, which provides indicators all throughout the day, and is far more interactive, and that talks to a phone just as well, too.
It’s unfortunate we feel this way, as the sensors in the Up 3 could yet prove to be a useful fountain of knowledge, measuring different indicators than the typical accelerometer or compass mechanisms we’re used to seeing in fitness gadgets.
The race to build the perfect fitness gadget is definitely on, and while Fitbit may have been there from the starting line, Jawbone wasn’t too far behind with its own entry, the Up.
A few years later, the Up 3 definitely has a lot going for it in the sensor department, and Yves Behar and his team of industrial designers have certainly improved on some areas with look and feel, completing the package with an app that feels super polished and friendly to use.
But it’s not a totally done thing, and the bottom line with the Up 3 is that while it has some cool technology inside, and while Jawbone has improved a lot about the Up band, it still has a way to go, with the current iteration feeling a little over-valued for what it does.
Inside the band, the technology at play could reveal a world of little extras, and over time with future firmware updates, we could see Jawbone unlock more of what the Up 3 can do, but right now, you’re paying for something that doesn’t do much more than the model $100 its junior, and even carries problems of its own.
When the price drops and Jawbone releases updates, we’d buy this, but it needs to do more and work better, because outside of the extended sleep tracking on offer, the $249 Up 3 isn’t going to help you understand your fitness or activities any better than the $89 Up Move.