My first Health and Fitness review is of the Jawbone UP24 Wearable Fitness Tracker
I purchased mine last week on line from Boots and had it delivered to my local branch where I collected it from last Sunday. It took a goodly amount of searching to get an Onyx Black Jawbone in size large but after some hours of searching and some help from a friend, I was lucky enough to find one.
Yes, I do mean lucky because it really is a great piece of kit.
The Jawbone is a great little device to help keep you on track to meet your fitness goals. If you’re OK with not having a screen, Jawbone’s app, helpful reminders and compatibility with other fitness apps like MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun, makes it a solid choice.
It easily records daily habits such as steps taken and calories burned, helping you work toward your fitness goals. Compared to other fitness tracker reviews, the Jawbone has uncommon features that encourage you to workout such as mood tracking.
For such a small and unnoticeable device, the UP24 tracks quite a few of your fitness activities. You can see your daily steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep habits and more. I suffer from sleep apnoea and am particularly keen on the graphics it shows of my sleep activity. It shows deep sleep in dark blocks and light sleep in lighter coloured blocks (very clever eh!) and it is very easy to see how often you wake from deep sleep to light sleep. I no longer wear my CPAP machine so do wonder if someone without apnoea would have a solid dark coloured block. I think that is something I shall investigate… Food tracking is also available, but a heart monitor is not. The UP24 has excellent accuracy although I am sometimes surprised by the amount of steps its says I have taken before I leave the comfort of my own apartment – unless my home is much bigger than I had thought!
This comfortable activity tracker has a great customizable design. Not only are there six bright colors to choose from, there are three sizes to fit your wrist as well, as I said, I chose the black large one and find it fits very well. One issue I have with wearing anything on my wrist is I tend to break out in a kind of rash at the site of the item, whether it be a watch, a bracelet (although I cannot ever remember wearing one, jingle jangle, now then, now then 😉 ) but after a week on my wrist, I have had no adverse effects at all. The simple band has an internal battery that lasts for a week before you need to charge it, but it tells you when battery life is running low. Also, it has vibrating alarms make it easy to wake up in the morning and even stopwatches/timers built in.
In order to charge the UP24, you need to remove the cap on the band to plug in the USB charging cable. This is convenient as the and easy to use, just be careful not to lose the cap though….
Although this fitness device doesn’t have a screen, you can still use and track your information. You just have to consult your phone to see your stats. When you’ve been sitting still for too long, the app sends you idle alerts to get you to exercise or take a break. Mood tracking is another unique feature that helps you round out your overall wellbeing.
The accompanying Jawbone app is one of the most easy to use and read apps I have used and believe me, I have used plenty over the years! It gives you tips and encouraging messages to help you achieve your fitness goals. Other fitness apps are compatible with the Jawbone UP24 such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun. Since this fitness tracker gives you the option of using your previously uploaded data on other apps, you won’t be starting from scratch with your fitness training although I my case, one of the reasons why I purchased my Jawbone was because I don’t always remember to turn on my apps before I start my activity. With a wearable, it is always on and always monitoring. Big brother is watching….
If you’re looking for a device that can sync wirelessly, I honestly believe that the Jawbone UP24 is one of the best fitness trackers available and other reviewers and friends bear witness to this fact also. I do know of one person who had an issue after a great start when the unit refused to sync, but personally I have had no issues at all, just my own stupidity has resulted in issues, like the other day when I managed to switch off my bluetooth on the phone, it wasn’t until the Jawbone told me there was no connectivity did I realise. But it almost sorted it for me so I was soon back in business. The UP24 comes with a quick-start manual and a one-year warranty, it is kind of waterproof but I wouldn’t be wearing it in the shower or when swimming, I think that would finish the poor thing off.
I for one am thoroughly impressed.
Join me and buy one and we can all follow each others progress on our own activity leagues. Dead clever eh..?
Do you already own a fitness tracker or activity monitor? If so what sort and what do you think of it?
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Based on a review by toptenreviews.com