If you have an outstanding memory you may recall that I got the Jawbone Up 2 for Christmas this year (this year, last year, the one just gone). I'd been looking at an activity tracker for ages and couldn't really decide which one to get so thought now I've had some time to wear it and play around with it would be helpful to share my thoughts on it.
I can't wait to get going with my new fitness tracker. From opening the box, I had to charge it up for around 80 minutes using a little magnetic charging USB stick. The lights flash whilst its charging, but when they turn constant you know your good to go. The great thing about it is that it only has to be charged once a week too! After downloading the UP app onto my iPhone I quickly got everything sync'ed up and I was ready to roll.
Since getting my band, the only time I've taken it off is to have a shower or bath and it's so light and discrete I don't even notice that I'm wearing it. The activity tracker seems quite accurate but it doesn't register some activities, but you can add those in separately. I was worried it was going to pick up my typing at work, but it looks like everything fine. For the sleep tracker, it works so so. It seems quite accurate, but not great in telling if your in a light sleep of have woken up. On the night I slept the worst, it registered that I hadn't woken up at all. In fact, I had quite a few times.
I've really enjoyed using the app as it's quite visual. You can customise all the settings from a Smart alarm, idle alerts and activity alerts. There's even a handy stopwatch that you can time workouts that wouldn't necessarily be picked up by the system. You can also record you meals on it but I've found these are mainly American. Another plus is that it can also be used alongside other apps so you can link everything up.
I had a complete disaster with my band this week. I had it on my wrist in the car on the way to work, but as I was sat at my desk I realised it was gone. tracing my footsteps, I couldn't find it anywhere. That's the problem with it being so light and discrete, you don't notice when it slips off your wrist. I thought it was gone for good when I remembered there's a tracking feature on the app similar to the one for your iPhone.
I quickly tapped away, only to find out that it would only show where my band was when it was last synced to the app, and not in real time. It wouldn't sync from my office to home because of the distance. Not much help there. Luckily it was at home. Panic over, but now I feel paranoid, checking it's on my wrist overtime I leave somewhere.
This week I think I've finally realised how I'm going to use my jawbone. Rather than inputting all my food, I'm just going to focus on the activity tracking side. I'm keeping up with the sleep tracking but taking the results with a pinch of salt.
I've definitely become more aware about how much I'm moving but find it a bit frustrating at work when I see my steps haven't gone up much. I know I will be largely inactive during work hours stuck behind a desk, but it has encourage me to get moving when I'm at home.
Overall I'm really happy with the Jawbone UP 2 and would recommend someone to try it out. It's not an all singing all dancing activity tracker like a Garmin, but it does the job and is at quite a reasonable price of around £49. Do I think I'd upgrade? Well I want to get into running in spring/summer so if I manage to get into a routine, I may upgrade to one that tracks route and times better. Until then though, this is perfect fro what I need and great motivation to keep moving.
Do you have an activity tracker? How are you find it?