Pros: It is comfortable to wear and comes in a black color that matches everything. There are a few different sizes, so it is not one size fits all. It tracks your steps and then converts your day into burned resting and active calories. It seems pretty accurate and is very easy to use. The app is easy and informative. It can compare different days of activity, gives you an average number of steps, tells you how many hours you were active and your longest active time (great for knowing how long you run). My favorite parts are the reminder and alarm features. You can set a recurrent time reminder and the bracelet will vibrate at that time (great for remembering to feed pets or take pills). You can also set alarms to wake you up in the morning with vibration instead of noise. It is really effective in waking you up. It can even be programmed to wake you up up to 30 minutes before your set time if you are at the right stage in your sleep cycle. It tracks your sleep very well including hours slept, number of times you woke up, and variations in the cycle. It even has a stopwatch feature for tracking how long you did an activity. I have not used it yet, but the programming seems straightforward. One cool extra of the app is that gives you encouraging and useful facts about fitness, health, and sleep each day that relate to your goals and activity level. I really love this fitness band.
Cons: There are two kinds of Jawbone UP available. I decided to buy the non-wireless one because of the price. This means you have to plug it into the AUX port of your phone or iPad to sync. I don't mind this feature, but if you do, there is an option for a completely wireless, bluetooth one. The little cover for the AUX plug is really easy to misplace on the non-wireless version. I set it down when I am uploading information or charging and often forget where I placed it. I even lost it at one point when I was moving houses because a box caught on it. Luckily, it is very easy and fairly cheap to order a new one on amazon. Getting used to a rigid band on your wrist takes about a week, but I don't even notice it any more. It is not completely waterproof, but rather, water resistant (take it off in the shower). If you are swimmer, this would not be the right band for you.
Other information: The band has no screen to communicate with you, all of the communication of activity levels and directions for alarm times is done through the app. There is only one small button and two little lights through which you can talk to your band when not connected to the app. This was neither a pro nor a con in my opinion because when I had a band with a screen, I focused too much on changing the information throughout the day (by moving my arms more than necessary) rather than focusing on my workouts. This is a personal preference, but needed to be noted.
Overall, I love my new fitness band. Jawbone did a great job with the band and the app making it easy to use and giving it really useful apps. I use most of the features on a daily basis and I love being woken up by my band instead of a loud alarm. If you are interested in checking the band out (or lost your plug cover as I had) check the links below. Hope this review gave you some insight before you splurge on a new fitness toy!
Here is the links to the Jawbone up. Both the wireless and non-wireless and replacement parts. As always check and make sure you get the best price. In this case, I found that to be on Amazon right now.
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