Review: Jawbone Up
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $150
Manufacturer: Jawbone

How are you feeling? Do you need more sleep? Should you be walking more? These are questions that technology doesn’t often answer very well, but a new wristband from accessory maker Jawbone seeks to help out with that and more, with the Up, a new product that aims to make sure you never feel down again.

Features

A sensor system in a water-resistant rubber bracelet casing, the Up uses a tri-axis accelerometer to monitor your movements and store them in a system capable of remembering up to nine months of data.

The Up wristband features a rechargeable battery that is good for up to ten days of life (roughly 10% equals one day of use) and features a small vibrating motor for an alarm system and movement alert.

In the spirit of minimalism, which most devices out these days seems to adhere to, there is only one button, which sits at one end of the bracelet. At the other end is a 3.5mm jack protected by a nylon cap.

Two status lights – sunlight (which looks closer to a flower) and night (resembling a crescent moon) – are the only indicators that your device is on.

The Jawbone Up band is available in three sizes – small, medium, and large – in a variety of colours.

It comes packaged with a 3.5mm to USB converter which is used to recharge the battery from either a computer or a USB port-enabled wall plug.

Performance

Fitness gadgets are a new thing for us, not because the technology is strange, but rather because we don’t always do the right thing and get off our backsides to do much moving.

These gadgets, however – devices like the Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band – inspire you to get up and walk around, tracking what you’re doing and displaying that information in a neat little bundle for viewing later on.

Jawbone’s Up is built for this purpose, and a little bit more, in fact, as it has been designed with software to help track what you’re eating, how you’re feeling mentally, and hardware to monitor just how you’re sleeping.

There’s also a team of people working out of one of the Jawbone offices taking in all of this information and coming up with neat little insights into your life, such as how your footsteps could have taken you all the way over the Golden Gate Bridge.

First up, though, is the band: it’s rubbery, bendable, resistant to water, and quite comfortable on the wrist, provided you get the right size, of course. That’s a necessary thing, too, as the fit of the Up is based on the thickness of your wrist, and as such, it isn’t a gadget you can just give to someone else, unless their wrist is the same rough diameter as yours.