Recently, I got the chance to try a Jawbone Up from Best Buy. I was so excited I could have almost peed my pants.
A little bit about the Jawbone Up
UP is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.
· The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background.
· The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward.
Live Better. Start Now. Jawbone UP. Track your sleep activity, steps, calorie intake and more with the Jawbone UP wrist sensor and free mobile app. UP gives you meaningful, personalized insights so you can make lasting improvements to your everyday life.
The sizing process was easy. You download a PDF file wit the size measurements. You take a string and wrap it around your wrist and then measure the string. Correspond your length with the appropriate size. I should have got an extra small… I upped my size because I was afraid. Don’t do this.
I anxiously waited for it to arrive. Like a kid at Christmas. It showed up and I was one happy camper. I busted that baby out. Read the instructions (the most important part) and charged it. Once the little light turned solid I knew I was in business. The app was downloaded as soon as I knew I was getting the Jawbone Up. You have to download the app for your phone for it to show you your data. It’s available on iPhone and for Android.
I plugged it into my iPhone and set it up with all my personal data. Weight, height etc. The app was really user friendly. I couldn’t wait for it to start calculating all my “stuff”. I put the band back on and went about the rest of my day. Before I went to bed I put the band in “sleep” mode. This allows it to track your sleep cycle. This whole little function was probably my favorite part. You hold the little button on end of the band and a cute little moon lights up and the band vibrates. This is how you know it’s in this mode. Now there is a whole lot going on with this band. Just in sleep mode, it tracks the time it takes you to fall asleep, the number of times you wake up throughout the night and the amount if time you were awake for those times. It also tracks your deep and light sleep by time. There is also a smart alarm function. Where it wakes you up with a gentle vibration within a certain amount of time from when you set it at the most optimal time for you. It has something to do with deep sleep. I felt refreshed after the first day. There was something magical about it.
The band also tracks your activity throughout the day. It tracks steps, total time active and total time stationary. It will tell you how many calories you burn while you were active and at rest. It’s pretty darn awesome. It also has an alarm where it vibrates after you be been stationary for a certain amount of time. I had mine set at 30 minutes. It definitely forced me to get up and be more active throughout the day.
There is also a function in the app the allows you to track your food. You can put in custom items or choose from a HUGE list (like Starbucks Vanilla Scones..) and even put in the amount of servings. It tracks the time and total amount of fats, sugars and all that other healthy stuff. It will even tell you when you have had too much of something (ie sugar in my case).
I absolutely loved my Jawbone Up… for the three days it worked. It suddenly stopped working. It all of a sudden lost its charge (it still had 6 days left) and then wouldn’t recharge. At all.
There are a few things you can do to rest the band. First is a soft reset or second, is a hard reset (instructions here). Neither worked. I was sad. So I don’t really have much data to show. I am going to use some other photos to show you how it looks once you’ve had a few weeks with the band.
*This review is entirely my own opinion. I did receive the Jawbone Up from the Best Buy WOLFbloggers program as a gift to post my personal and honest review.