Review: Jawbone Up Move
4.8Overall Score
Price (RRP): $69 for the Up Move; $39 for the wrist accessories (three); Manufacturer: Jawbone

Fitness tracking is one of the new things people are beginning to wake up and take interest in, but that over $100 mark for wireless tracking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Fortunately, there are offerings south of the hundred dollar mark.

Features and performance

If the idea of mobile aware fitness tracking has your attention but you’re not convinced by the price tags, there hasn’t been a lot out there for you. Generally, fitness trackers — especially wireless ones — start from at least $120, making the initial spend not something everyone is willing to play with.

There have been models below this mark before, but few offered wireless tracking. That is, they didn’t offer there ability to send the information to a mobile application easily, synchronising when you checked your phone and submitting this information to the cloud in a friendly way.

Often, these tiny accessories asked you to plug in or sync by hand, and that’s not something everyone is interested in doing, as it takes a way of tracking activities passively to something much more proactively.

Jawbone has been making fitness trackers for a while, almost as long as its major competitor Fitbit, and now that the company is on its way with a third model complete with galvanic skin response sensors, it’s showing how far its tracking technology has become.

And it’s doing this by shrinking it, because that is basically what the Jawbone Up Move is: a miniature recreation of the Jawbone Up24 band, albeit in a slightly different form-factor and with one of the pieces of technology removed.

Think of Up Move as the “starter’s pack” for wearable tech, as it offers fitness tracking and a tiny basic wrist watch for under $100.

A different form-factor is crucial to the Up Move’s design, moving away from the wrist band idea we’ve seen dominate Jawbone’s fitness gadget designs for over a year, switching to what is now a tiny circular button with a battery strapped to the back. In fact, you could easily confuse this for a large button on a jacket or overcoat if you had a jar of them lying around, because that’s exactly what it looks like: a very large button.

In this very large button, you’ll find a few LEDs, a small amount of sensors, a battery straight out of a small remote (CR2032), and of course, a push button (you need to be able to use the button, after all).

In the box, the Up Move comes with a waist tracker case, turning the Up Move into a fitness tracker you can attach to your underwear or pants by way of clipping to the fabric around your waist, but you can also buy a wrist band to turn it into a wrist-worn tracker, which may be a more comfortable and convenient way of tracking, though it is an optional extra.

When the wrist-band is paired, you merely slip the Up Move into the casing and voilà, it’s a watch.

To get the time, press the button — the only button — twice, watching a small LED spin around to light up the hour first, followed by the minute rounded to the nearest five. This clock isn’t about total accuracy, but rather “close enough,” which for many is more than enough since most will say “about” the time, rather than the to-the-minute bleeding accuracy that wristwatches can display.