Review of the Jawbone UP24
Jawbone have updated the UP device so that it now includes Bluetooth syncing – a much
wanted needed feature that is great to now have included.
WHAT IS TRACKED?
Nothing much has changed in terms of what is tracked, you are still looking at four basic data points; steps, sleep, mood and food. However, the Jawbone UP has always benefited from an insights engine, and as this work is done through the companion app, you’ll be getting the same level of great and interesting insights – based on your very own body data – with the UP24.
Accuracy is so-so. The device never provides any rogue looking data points, steps seem fairly correct and in-line with the Samsung S5’s activity tracker which I have also been using. Still, the gold standard is the Ki Fit, so if you’re looking for 100% accuracy, better look in that direction.
But as we said in our Withings Pulse O2 review, the main thing is that, as a consumer device, it is continuous and provides the user incentive to do more. In fact, with the better social element to the app and the insights engine, the UP24 does this much better than the Pulse O2.
The Jawbone UP24 companion app – simple named, UP, is perhaps the most beautiful app from all of the activity trackers in the market. Although Tim, who reviewed the Shine by Misfit Wearables, might disagree. The app delivers simple, yet beautiful, displays of your activity, sleep and calorie consumption. Plus, it goes into detail on what this breaks down to – but all in a very easy to understand infographic style.
As mentioned earlier, the app has an insights engine too. This is like a little receptionist who will remind you of activity or food you have eaten in the passed and comment on it, suggesting more activity for example. This way of delivering insights is where digital health devices are all going, but Jawbone have been doing it for quite some time.
Of course, you don’t need to just use the app. With the Jawbone API you can plug into services such as TicTrac, Zenobase and IFTTT.com to connect your Jawbone data with other digital health and quantified self devices. Check out our Jawbone UP IFTTT recipes for some inspiration.
The Jawbone is really simple to use and the UP24 improved on the previous version with wireless syncing – a much needed feature. Let’s break this down into 4 areas:
The UP24 is a wrist worn device, and it is extremely good looking too. There are a choice of 4 colours – the review device we were sent was the yellow version, which I personally would not recommend, but the pink, blue and black devices all look very nice. Some devices, such as the FitBit Flex, are going into the different attachment for different occasions area, but with a black Jawbone UP24 you can wear it for any occasion, and we prefer that.
Well, there is none. We’ve included this category as most devices do include a display and the UP24 still chooses not to include one. Instead you are presented with an led light which indicates when syncing, setting for an activity or sleeping. The device will also vibrate to confirm you have programmed it to do something, to remind you to get up and be active, and to wake you up – which is a great alarm system for anyone sleeping in bed with a partner and waking at different times.
This really is the main improvement Jawbone have made with the UP24 – you can now sync the device via Bluetooth. So, when you open the app, it is very likely that your most recent data is already presented to you. It doesn’t affect battery much at all and means you will never have to take off the device, apart from to charge. Combine this with the fact you can wear the UP24 in the shower and to bed, you’ll really be getting 24 hour tracking, and it will be living up to its name.
Battery life is much the same of the second generation UP we have previously reviewed, with around 10 days between charges. This is a decent amount of time, however with the Shine by Misfits lasting up to 6 months, and the Pulse Activité claiming to last up to a year, 10 days is soon going to look very short indeed.
The UP24 is £124.99 which is on the pricier end of the scale, with the second generation UP still for sale at £99.99. We would certainly recommend opting for the UP24, as for the extra £25 you will be getting a device that you rarely have to take off, and therefore you will capture much more data and not get fed up with it. It is all about autonomy with these sorts of devices – so pay the little extra. But when compared to the FitBit Flex, which is only £79.99, the cost of the UP24 can seem a little high (although with the FitBit you do need to pay an extra £40 a year to be able to download your data – the cheek!)
The Jawbone UP24 is certainly an improvement. But all it really does is perfect on the previous version, which was only missing wireless syncing. And that’s all that is new to the device, apart from a slightly different look with waves going horizontal rather than vertical. As such, the device has actually scored a little lower than its predecessor.
Why? Well, we are one year on now and we’d really expect to see much more improvement for even the same cost, let alone a price increase. Plus, take into account that Jawbone own BodyMedia and you’re left wondering, what are they really working on? Come on Jawbone – blow our minds already!