Fitness gadgets are designed to be used every day, so how is one doing six months after we reviewed it? It’s time to see if Jawbone’s Up Move can survive the rigours of every day fitness living.
Last year, Jawbone introduced us to two gadgets, but only one of them ever made it out into the real world.
Despite talking up some high tech features of its Jawbone Up 3 fitness tracking wrist band, the only one that actually arrived on store shelves was the smaller of the two, the less expensive and much smaller Jawbone Up Move.
We don’t know what happened to the Up 3, but we’re not too fussed because interestingly, it was the tiny Up Move that would really make us fall in love with fitness gadgets properly.
If you hadn’t seen it, you could easily miss it as the gadget is remarkably small. Not much bigger than a clothes button, the Jawbone Up Move consisted of a few sensors, some Bluetooth technology, some flashing LEDs, a small battery, and a physical push button, culminating in one of the smallest and most tech-friendly ways of keeping your activities tracked.
You could wear it on your belt or underwear or the inside of a shirt like with other trackers, and Jawbone even made it something you could plonk on your wrist, and with that last one, the company even made it possible to use as a wrist watch, bringing the watch back to the arms of people who hadn’t worn one in ages. Technically, they weren’t wearing a watch; they were wearing a fitness tracker in a convenient location, but the watch functionality helped validate its place on their arm, and really made the device a well designed piece of kit.
Completing the package was wireless connectivity, an automatic Bluetooth synchronisation that Jawbone had brought over from its Up 24 allowing the sensors and small amount of on-board memory to connect with your phone from time to time and keep your profile updated. It made sense, and Jawbone’s well-designed social network made everything work.
My, how things can change in the long term.
Six months later, the Up Move has been spending time on the wrist of this writer’s wife, while he has been tracking its progress on her, because he’s not likely to wear several fitness gadgets at once, and she expressed an interest in trying it out.
And try it out she has, and still wears it to this day, with the Up tracking her running, her walking, her playing of soccer and more, synchronising it all on the neato social network Jawbone has created for itself.
While it still works and still functions, neither are necessarily a sign that all things about the Jawbone Up Move have gone terribly right.
We’ll deal with design and durability first, because they have more or less stayed the same.
The silicone wrist strap has changed from a beige to something a little darker, no doubt something that happens from wear, tear, sweat and time, but the black dot of a gadget found on the inside — the thing itself, Jawbone’s Up Move — still appears to be in relatively decent condition, and we’ve even had to change the battery once or twice.