Buyer’s guide: FitBit Flex or Jawbone UP
The FitBit Flex is now available to pre-order in the UK. It is the much anticipated device from FitBit, since it solves the problem of losing your activity tracker or putting it through the wash too many times. Even forgetting to put the device on can be a problem, so a device worn on the wrist just makes more sense – you never really need to take it off.
But there is another device in the market now, in the form of the Jawbone UP (disclosure: the device I use and paid for). But which device should you go for? It is quite a tough choice, although if you have been using a FitBit for a while and have the Aria scales, then the decision will be quite simple. But for those new to either device and making the decision for the first time, here are key features side by side:
It was a close one. The UP does get more greens, however many of these are for minor areas – such as the colour options and size options. The real selling points is its extra features that go beyond what the Flex does, with an insights engine, idle alerts and near twice as long battery life.
That’s not to say the Flex doesn’t have some nice features, it has the web app and syncs wirelessly, plus it is built on a system which has been around for a while now – so if you already use a FitBit, it is probably best to stick with it. And for those on a tight budget too, the Flex will be the winner.
But for me, the Jawbone UP wins – I use this device myself and the comparison above is largely why (although I did have less information to go by at the time they announced it). I hope you find this guide useful – please feel free to share with attribution.