Maybe you’ve wondered whether you should get a Jawbone up? A month and a half in, these are my thoughts.
- Its well designed, and rarely gets in the way… I do take it off (along with my watch), when I’m working though.
- It seems to fail at syncing when you’re switching international timezones, a software thing, but its proven a bit of a pain in the ass.
- Now that I have some numbers, I tend to walk more… about 10K steps per day more.
- There is a software feature to buzz / vibrate when you’ve been sitting / not moving for a (configurable) while. This is great when you’re working because its a nice reminder to move. It sucks when you’re… on a plane, or hungover, or in some place where moving around isn’t an option.
- Another software feature is that it’ll wake you up (again, vibration) during a light sleep (within X time of the alarm). I think every time that every time, I’ve been awake, already contemplating the day ahead.
- Sleep mode is invoked by a button press, which means when you’re drunk, in a hotel, on a plane or just generally not in your regular schedule… you’ll forget to turn it on. Then it won’t log your sleep. (Despite the fact that, hey — its night time, I haven’t moved in 3 hrs… maybe I’m sleeping?)
Overall the UP feels like a pretty well made device, with great syncing software — Plugging it in to sync honestly hasn’t bothered me at all. Charging it every 10 days is preferable to magic bluetooth syncing that sucks down a battery.
It still feels like a first generation device… or maybe I was expecting too much. Right now at I’m at the phase of “I wear it because I have it”.