UP your activity. UP your deep rest. UP your weight loss program, count your steps, silently and gently wake you up, or calculate your optimal power nap.
The UP by Jawbone is a personal tracking fitness device that is worn on the wrist 24/7. UP is designed to be comfortable and durable and to take fitness tracking to a more sophisticated level that “paints a detailed picture of your health,” encouraging you to move more and sleep better.
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1. Getting you UP to speed
The most important function of any tracking device is the data it gathers and analyzes. Take your first steps wearing the UP and set it to record your first night’s sleep. The tracking system begins documenting your active/inactive periods and sleep patterns.
If you have been relatively underactive, your first objective might be to walk 10,000 steps per day. Once you consistently accomplish 10,000 steps, you can set new parameters (up to 18,000 steps).
Use the iOS or Android app to log your personal stats and to set fitness goals and reminders. For instance, set an idle alert reminder so that the wrist band vibrates when UP detects inactivity of a set period, like 30 minutes. The reminder is your cue to get up and move.
2. UP-ing to more restful sleep
UP helps you identify your personal sleep and wakefulness patterns (including optimal nap time). UP tracks trends in your sleep and, through the app, offer ‘insights’ based on your sleep data. The recommendations become more intuitive as your database builds.
UP tracks the amount of time slept, the deep and light sleep periods, and the total time spent in bed. It also can track how long it takes the user to fall asleep, and how many times the user wakens during the night.
Access the Power Nap mode and UP will determine how much sleep you need, based on your data, and the band will vibrate to silently waken you at the end of your customized Power Nap.
3. What you get
Your UP purchase includes the UP Band, a Quick Start Guide, and a USB charging cable. UP is compatible with the Fire phone (by Amazon) and some Android 4.0 (and later), and iOS 6.0 (and later) devices.
UP does not have an alphanumeric readout display like a GPS watch and it does not sync via Bluetooth with other devices. One end of the band has a 3.5mm headphone plug that is used to sync data with your phone and to charge the battery (using the USB adapter).
Data is displayed through your iPhone or Android handset using the companion UP app. The app is well-designed and has features to track food and drink, steps and activity, sleep cycles, a smart alarm, the ability to create personalized goals, and connect with a team of friends with like-minded goals and activities. The graphics are colorful, attractive and designed for easy-reading and interpretation.
1. Battery life:
UP is designed to be worn 24/7. It is powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with a single charge duration of 7 to 10 days depending on usage
UP is waterproof but not submerge-proof. UP’s minimum rated standby time = 240 hours.
UP weighs approximately 0.8 oz. The band is slender and flexible, durable, and comfortable. It is made of hypoallergenic, medical-grade TPU rubber.
Overall setup is considered easy. UP provides a Quick Start Guide and a website link if additional instructions are needed.
4. Final verdict:
UP does a fine job of tracking the basics like step counting but UP supersedes pedometer-style trackers by effectively monitoring active/inactive periods, calories burned, and sleep patterns. UP’s app integrates the collected data to provide the user with valuable feedback and recommendations for increasing activity levels and improving sleep quality – perhaps the most important benefits of all to users.