3 Weeks with the Jawbone UP 2 Activity Tracker

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If you have an outstanding memory you may recall that I got this Jawbone Up wristband for Christmas. 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, it would be helpful to share my thoughts on it. 

Week 1

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 your good to go. The great thing about it is that it only has to be charged once a week too! After downloading the Jawbone 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 such as workouts and especially those more sedentary like cycling or weights. Never fear though, these movements can be entered in manually easy enough. I was actually 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 or have woken up. On the night I slept the worst and only managed to get an hour or two, it registered that I hadn’t woken up at all. Maybe I just don’t move when I wake up?!

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 the ones on the database are mainly American, which throws everything off slightly if you’re this side of the pond. Another plus is that it can also be used alongside other apps so you can link everything up.

Week 2

I had a complete disaster with my bracelet 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 jawbone 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 constantly in fear that I leave somewhere. 

Week 3

This week I think I’ve finally realised how I’m going to use my up bracelet. 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. I have a desk job, and its only just sunk in how inactive I am during the day. If I needed some extra motivation to get moving in my free time, this up band has provided it.

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 some high end Garmin models, 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?