Though features are important to consider when shopping for a fitness wearable, a stylish and comfortable design are also important to some.
- Price: $179.00
- Sizing: Small (14 – 15.5 cm, 9 grams), Medium (15.5 – 18 cm, 22 grams) and Large (18 – 20 cm, 23 grams)
- Battery: Up to 14 days with latest firmware
And with a few premium features up its sleeve, like its ‘splash resistance’ and exceptional sleep tracking features, the Jawbone UP 24 is worth the price jump from the Jawbone Up Move. But, if first impressions are anything to go by, the UP3 is looking to trump the UP24 on just about every level. So, should you jump in now, and settle for the UP24, or wait it out for the UP3?
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The UP24 improves upon the popular Jawbone UP with a (slightly) redesigned band, a smaller headphone jack for charging, and lives up to its namesake by adding 24-hour updates via wireless Bluetooth syncing. This is likely the UP24’s biggest draw, as it takes away the need to remove the device from your wrist. Unless, of course, you plan on taking a dip, because, while the UP24 is again “splash resistant” the website does make of point telling you not to submerge it. Other than that you can wear it until the battery runs dry.
It’s still charged via a headphone jack, except this time around the jack has been made smaller by a millimeter, measuring at 2.5mm in comparison to the UP’s 3.5mm jack. The headphone jack is plugged into the packaged USB cable to charge every 7 days or so.
The once-a-week charge is comforting, but expected, seeing the UP24 has no display (with exception of a charging and sleep LED) to power. The Jawbone UP24 is what it is, a comfy fitness tracker that silently tracks your fitness stats, but with all the smart/watch fitness tracker hybrids out at the moment, even the simplest watch features are missed. No matter how discreet the UP24 band is, you’re still going to have to carry at least one other device with you to tell the time or check notifications.
The Jawbone App, at least partly, makes up for the lack of visual support. Everything about the app is friendly, accessible and detailed including the massive database of meals, the in-depth look at sleep statistics, and tailored messages that encourage you after about a week of getting to know you. The encouraging messages are wonderful. They’re not intended to make you feel bad, they’re there to give you support. Not really feeling like that run after an exceptionally busy day at work? Never mind, the Fitbit app will simply encourage an early night sleep instead so the slack can be picked up in the morning. And if you happen to doze off before hitting the button sleep button at the clasp, you can always readjust that in the morning as the App does a good job of guessing when you went to sleep based off your movement.
No you’re not experiencing Déjà vu, the Jawbone UP24 is nearly identical to its predecessor, the Jawbone UP. With very few cosmetic differences, aside from rounded off clasp ends; the UP24 is a spitting image of its older sibling.
Which, although slightly disappointing, isn’t all that bad, as the UP is simply one of the most stylish fitness trackers out there. All the important components are encased by a rigid silicone sleeve that comes in persimmon, pink coral, onyx, red and lime green and can be purchased in small (14 – 15.5 cm), medium (15.5 – 18 cm) and large (18 – 20 cm). It is a shame, however, some of the design quirks weren’t worked out during the transition to the UP24. The band is rigid, so doesn’t become undone while working out, but it’s shape sits somewhere between rectangular and elliptical, and it sits kind of awkwardly on the wrist. The Fitbit Flex does sit more comfortably, but other than that, you’d be looking at a higher end smartwatch if you were after something with a snug fit.
The Jawbone UP’s issues needed addressing, and the UP24 has more or less ironed out all the kinks of its ancestor. And although it would have been nice to see more changes occur during the evolution, the UP24 is still a solid band that provides a good range of fitness and sleep statistics and is durable enough to take a beating. At $179.00 though, it’s hard to ignore the lack of a progress indicator, heart rate monitor and waterproofing. It might be worth waiting out for the UP3, as it’s looking to fall around the same price range with a few added features and redesigned band.
- Sleek design with a great range of colours
- Smart fitness and sleep tracking features
- Only $50 cheaper than the UP3 (once it’s released)
- Sits awkwardly off the wrist
- No waterproofing or heart rate monitor