The New Jawbone UP: Two days on the wrist, first impressions
After a weekend of wearing the new Jawbone UP activity tracking wristband, I thought I’d share some of my early thoughts.
This is by no means a full review, that’ll come after I’ve been living with it for longer but I thought I’d put my first impressions out there.
Let’s start with the positives. It was easy to set up. All you need is a smartphone (with web connection to download the app), the wristband and some little grey cells. A handfulshould suffice. The instructions are straight forward and it took about 15 minutes tops.
Second, it’s comfortable. I’m not sure it’s as comfy as the Nike+ Fuelband but you can quite easily forget you’re wearing it. That’s pretty important.
At night that changes a little. While one of the big sells of the Jawbone UP over the Fuelband its ability to monitor your sleep, this comes at the price of feeling a little bit like you’re getting into bed with your socks on. And trust me it’s not something you’ll want to be scratching up and down your partners soft bits during any kind of intimate encounters. Unless they’re a fan of rubber on skin of course.
If you can get over that feeling then the sleep info you get is actually geniuinely interesting. From just two nights I can see I’ve had wildly different sleep patterns. One with long periods of deep sleep, one with lots of fluctuating light sleep. Why this is the case will need more personal interpretation based on what I did both days before but seeing it is an eye opener.
One big concern I have is that the acitvity tracking is based almost entirely on the notion of steps. You can input bouts of exercise manually but the measurements are a bit rudimentary (you tell the app whether your workout was easy - but busting). Seems a lot less accurate than I’d personally like.
I’m also worried that there are occasions when you’ll need to take it off. Like before going swimming and spending time in and around a spa. (That’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.)
So when you’re involved in actiivty that does still involve walking around, you’ve can’t track because the devices is only water resistant and not water proof.
Having said that, the same is true of the main rivals.
On the whole, so far I’ve found it easy to use and there is detail coming out of the app that I believe will prove motivational and insightful over time but whether it’s the full accurate tracking device for the more serious fitness types remains to be seen.
Watch this space…