Jawbone UP

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.

Jawbone UP

Jawbone UP: Wired syncing wristband tracking for steps, distance, calories burned, sleep hours, and sleep quality

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.

In March 2013, Jawbone finally released a Jawbone UP Android app alongside the iOS iPhone app.

The Jawbone UP comes in 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large.

Jawbone UP Sizes

Jawbone UP: Small, Medium and Large sizes


Device Facts

Tracks: Steps, Distance, Sleep Hours, Sleep Quality, Calories Burned, Active Minutes, Active Intensity

Company:  Jawbone (Twitter and Facebook)

Release: December 2011 (product recall) December 2012

Website: Jawbone UP

Launch Price: $99  USD (product recall) $130 USD

App: iOS and Android

Form Factor: Wristband

Alarm: Silent Vibration

Display: None

Waterproof: Yes

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

Key Features

  1. Power nap – detects when you’re napping and wakes you up at the optimal time, before you fall into deep sleep (26.5 minutes)
  2. Shower-proof - you don’t even have to take off the Jawbone UP to take a shower after exercise
  3. 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
  4. Day and Night Form Factor - one device for day activity tracking and night sleeping, no need to swap bands

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  1. oh yea polar would love to know if they plan to come out with a watch that has integrated GPS the new RCX5 is cool but I am not buniyg another watch without built in GPS. I might be in the minority but I have had 3 polars starting with the Coach and the 910 is currently on backorder from REI A fun question that would be fun for Polar, Garmin (others) of how they plan to improve their performance of their GPS filtering if the Lightsquared network goes online and if it would affect performace. The GPS vendors have been sloppy with their filtering designs for a long time and are looking for power outside of the GPS band and when another signal is there (cell tower) it may make resolution a bit different. Hope you have fun out thereChris

  2. I think the idea of the Polar HRM that synchs with other tegonhlocy is great, but having owned the no-frills wear link I think the Garmin is better. The Garmin strap is also washable and I found the slimmer profile of the Garmin link and band more comfortable. Think about wearing the strap right under the heavy elastic of your sports bra – that is where mine hits. I appreciate the easy tech of the Garmin as well (compare the streamlined foot pod to the monstrous one Polar makes).

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