For around $70, the Jawbone Up Move is priced more closely to the Misfit Flash or the Fitbit Flex.
It’s simple and discreet pod slots into a belt clip or band, and offers a small handful of features that the Flex doesn’t, but is the sacrifice of style and elegance a worthy trade off?
- Price: $70
- Battery: 3v Coin Battery, lasts up to 6 months
- Weight: 6.8 grams
With most us living increasingly hectic lives, we often need to be reminded to indulge in some of life’s most necessary activities, like sleep. Most low-end wearables offer a sleep tracker, but often leave something to be desired in terms of accuracy and user interface. This is probably the Move’s greatest asset, its sleep tracker. The Move is put into sleep mode just before you doze off by pushing and holding the button until a moon flashes on the display and the band vibrates once. From there, the Move monitors each twitch, shift and disturbance throughout the night and gives you an analysis of your sleep quality in the Jawbone app when you wake.
The packaged clip is a bit of a pain to sleep with, however, and the wristband will set you back an extra $39, because, within Australia you can only purchase the bands in packs of three– odd. There’s also no vibrate motor to be found, so there is no option to set an alarm.
What I really like about the Jawbone app is how it presents sleep data. It compares your sleep quality with others of your age, monitors patterns in your sleep quality and even makes helpful suggestions on how to get the most out of your slumber.
In fact, the Jawbone App as a whole is one of the best offerings from any fitness tracker family. It is both comprehensive and fun, comparing your activity against that of a friend’s, and notifying you when you’ve surpassed (or if you’re lacking behind) your fitness buddy’s steps in a day. So, if anything, the Up Move is an inexpensive portal to the wonderful Jawbone app, and a good introductory device to the world of fitness trackers.
A single button operates the pod-like unit responsible for tracking your fitness data. And while that all sounds very nice and simple, the interface is a little finicky as it relies on varying sequences of button presses to activate different features– easy to stuff up. While there isn’t so much of a ‘display’, there are a series of LED lights that indicate progress and even tells you the time.
This LEDs displayed can be switched between three modes including standard, sleep and stopwatch. But again, while all these features exist on the display, they are rather painful to use and some of the features are rendered practically useless unless the device is fitted perfectly into the band, which is trickier to pull off than you would think…
…And that’s all to do with the Move’s toy-like design. It comes in five different candy colours; ruby, blue, grape, black and slate. Each with a different pattern on the face (either a flower like pattern, or a halved orange.) The coloured disc is only slightly bigger than the CR2032 coin battery that it stores, and measures in at 27.63mm long by 27.64 wide. It’s more closely sized to the Misfit Flash. It’s a discreet little device, one of the most compact on the market.
It’s also, one of the most unappealing designs on the market. There’s no easy way to say it, but the Move looks cheap, and when compared against other similarly priced wearables, it’s definitely the harshest on the eyes. It’s rubber clip and colourful pod never seem to fit together as neatly as the website advertise.
If you’re looking to dip your toes into the fitness tracker scene, the Jawbone Up Move is a small admission to pay at $70. But, if it’s style you’re looking for, shield your eyes, because the Move Up features one the cheapest designs around, and a user interface that is more pain than pleasure.
- Sleep tracking
- Interchangeable wristband…
- At a price
- Looks cheap
- No vibrate motor for alarms
- Confusing on-button operation