My First Week With The Jawbone UP

Finally, I'm happy to report something positive about my experiences with tech related stuff :)

Jawbone UP

I've really enjoyed my first week with the Jawbone UP. After moving away from Fitbit, I was a little worried I might be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, but, so far, I'm delighted I made the move.

The UP has some great features:

  • 10 day battery life - this is wonderful. I was charging my Flex every 2 days, to avoid hitting the "I'm not gonna reset at midnight if I drop below 20% charge" issue
  • It was worth buying the UP for the "Idle bastard alert" alone - I've set it tell me if I've done nowt for the past hour and it works a treat
  • The "Smart Sleep" feature works much better than I thought it would
  • The iPhone app is terrific
  • The MyFitnessPal and MapMyWalk integration is nicely done

Yes, it still has issues when riding a motorcycle. The big difference, though, is that I can see precisely how many calories the UP thought I'd used during the ride, so I can simply add that as an adjustment to MyFitnessPal, which allows me to keep the calorie counting as accurate as possible.

This was what ultimately caused me to quit the Flex and I'm delighted to see I have a workable solution with the UP. The best solution would be for them to simply allow me to exclude that time period, but it's workable, whereas it wasn't with the Flex when only using it with the iPhone. I've contacted support to request this feature and a number of people have mentioned it on their forum, so hopefully we'll see a better way of dealing with this in the future, but at least I have something I can work with for now.

A side issue that I hadn't really considered when making the decision to switch: The UP looks really stylish. It makes the Flex look like the one you'd get if you couldn't afford the good looking one.

Incidentally, on the subject of cost, although the UP is 20 quid more than the Flex, I'm saving the 40 quid or so a year by not paying for Fitbit Premium, so, in the long run, it's gonna work out cheaper.

The lack of bluetooth sync isn't bothering me at all. I thought it would, but it doesn't. I'm happy to lose that and get 10 days between charges.

I've exported all of my Fitbit data for the past 18 months to a Google Spreadsheet using this very nifty trick. (Incidentally, if you decide to use that script, it didn't seem to work terribly well with Safari on the Mac, but worked flawlessly with Firefox.).

I've cancelled my Fitbit Premium and am waiting for the Pro Rata refund. My Flex has gone back and I'm now a fully paid up member of the UP club.