The Jawbone UP was originally released in late 2011 with incredible hype but was promptly recalled. A year on, after fixing hardware malfunctions and re-building its damaged image, Jawbone UP successfully re-launched.
The UP’s innovative wristband form factor was the trick up Jawbone’s sleeve. But Fitbit didn’t waste time and pounced on Jawbone’s slip up (note: Jawbone did the right thing and refunded all purchasers).
Witnessing the Jawbone UP capturing public and press imagination, and suffering some criticism itself for the Fitbit’s clip form-factor that caused people to lose their Fitbits, Jawbone’s retreat from the market gave Fitbit an opportunity to design the Fitbit Flex.
Jawbone should be commended for taking the press and furious customer hammering on the chin and bouncing back. The first version of any innovative device is risky, and the Jawbone UP had one of the most high profile failed launches in recent gadget history.
Nevertheless, the Jawbone UP remains the ‘original’ execution of a sleek wristband activity tracking device (you could count the Larklife – but the first iteration of that device is noted for being “clunky and awkward“).
So what’s new in Jawbone UP 2.0? According to Engadget:
The basic functionality and aesthetic choices are the same, but the materials, the iOS data logger and actual internal assembly are all completely different.
The Jawbone UP features:
- Sleep and nap tracking
- 24/7 activity tracking
- Water resistant
- Day and night form factor
- 10 day battery
- Idle alert
- Smart alarm
- Power nap
- Wired sync
The Jawbone UP syncs by taking off the device, twisting off the cap and plugging it into the iPhone’s headphone jack.
The Jawbone UP doesn’t have a display or LED lights. The only way to check progress is to sync with the phone app. This either eliminates distraction or causes inconvenience depending on your preference.
The Jawbone UP also currently lacks social features, which can be found competing wristband activity and sleep tracking devices.
The Jawbone UP comes in 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
Tracks: Steps, Distance, Sleep Hours, Sleep Quality, Calories Burned, Active Minutes, Active Intensity
December 2011 (product recall) December 2012
Website: Jawbone UP
$99 USD (product recall) $130 USD
Form Factor: Wristband
Alarm: Silent Vibration
Sync: Wired (plug into phone’s headphone jack)
Color Variations: Onyx, Mint, Blue, Light Gray, Navy Blue, Red, Orange, Hunter Green
API: N/A (unofficial API exploration)
Third-party Connectivity: N/A
Buy It: Amazon
- Power nap – detects when you’re napping and wakes you up at the optimal time, before you fall into deep sleep (26.5 minutes)
- Shower-proof - you don’t even have to take off the Jawbone UP to take a shower after exercise
- Smart Alarm - wakes you up during your specified time window in the morning, using a silent vibrating alarm, when you’re in light sleep so you wake up refreshed and less groggy
- Day and Night Form Factor - one device for day activity tracking and night sleeping, no need to swap bands