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Fitness Tracking Tools: 7 Days With The Jawbone Up, First Introductions

by Erika Nicole Kendall

To help you pick the best fitness tech purchase for you, I’ll be walking you through 7 days with each one! We’ll talk First Introductions, A Day’s Worth Of Data, Pros and Cons, and What A Week [with the product] Teaches You. Feel free to discuss, ask questions, share experiences in the comments below!

Meet: the Jawbone Up.

That snazzy little black coil wrapped around my wrist is the latest in the life-fitness tracking device game. Comparable to the FuelBand – and, if I’m not mistaken, predates the FuelBandย  – the Up tracks and analyzes just about everything from your sleeping patterns to how many grams of each macronutrient you’re taking in over a given time period.

Kinda cool, right?

When you’re at the store, the first thing you notice is the big plastic thing attached to the box… you’ll want to use that to figure out your wrist size. The Up is available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and an XL that should’ve launched by now. After I had my size…

See? The little pink tag says “try for fit.” That’s how you’ll know it’s the one for you!

…I was all set to go home and open my new toy.

Inside the wrapping.

See that silver cap on the end?

The cap that says “Jawbone” houses a headphone jack inside, which is how you connect it to your mobile device.

The headphone jack on the Jawbone Up.

…where you have to download the Jawbone Up app from your App Store.

Open the app, and you’re greeted with a brightly colored and generally easy-to-use interface that asks you to tell all your business:

Enter your name and your band’s name!

That’s right. 70lbs…is how much my puppy weighs.

Why you’d need to remove the band.

Yes…because data is ALWAYS sexy.

The analytics of your sleep patterns on a hourly basis.

You’ll see a screen that’ll explain to you how to manipulate your band:

Press the little silver tab on the other side, and you can shift between day analytics and night analytics!

…and once you press the button, you see your beautiful little day button!

Pressing the button makes the little star/flower shape appear.

After you’ve set everything up, you’re taken to your home screen, where you get a brief explanation of how that works…

The explanation of the home screen.

…and then you’re all set:

Welcome to the UP!

How do you feel? Are you as excited about this as she is?

(I love her. She’s so cute.)

Want to see what a day’s worth of data looks like while wearing the UP!? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

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Olivia December 3, 2012 - 12:43 PM

1. Will you include the price associated with each product?
2. Please highlight (as in point out) which ones don’t require smart phones as some of us (like me!) can’t afford one and therefore have plain phones just for texting and dialing!
Other than that keep them coming! I have a birthday coming up and I need to create my birthday list.

Erika Nicole Kendall December 3, 2012 - 12:49 PM

Yes, ma’am. ๐Ÿ™‚

Andrea Rose December 3, 2012 - 4:16 PM

I went to the site–it seems to average about $129.

Tina Marie December 3, 2012 - 1:23 PM

I had an original UP (well, 3 of them, because they had hardware issues – in the end, they reworked them and refunded all my money), and I loved it.

The best part was the alarm in the morning – it waits until you’re in the lightest part of your sleep cycle, and it made a huge difference in my mornings. I wasn’t dragging for the first half hour of my day.

Guess it’s time to go get a new one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Erika Nicole Kendall December 3, 2012 - 3:15 PM


Kaycee December 3, 2012 - 1:24 PM

Sounds so sweet! When I get a smartphone *cough, never, cough*, I’ll check this out. lol

I love this idea though E, more information is always great!

Lisa December 3, 2012 - 1:59 PM

Wow…this looks amazing! Thank you for being our guinea pig!

Nikki December 3, 2012 - 2:08 PM

I was so excited about this until I saw the tech specs and found that you can only use it with Apple products. ๐Ÿ™

Do you know of anything comparable that you can use with an Android phone or even just a website I can access on my computer?

Erika Nicole Kendall December 3, 2012 - 3:15 PM

I’m working my way through them all, I promise!

Andrea Rose December 3, 2012 - 4:17 PM

It’s for Androids and BlackBerrys, too! ๐Ÿ˜€ https://jawbone.com/apps

Nikki December 3, 2012 - 4:25 PM

Thanks, Andrea! I didn’t see that; now I can get it…after I get a smartphone (hopefully soon)!

Hrsparks December 3, 2012 - 2:49 PM

I must add this to my xmas wish list!

teri December 3, 2012 - 3:08 PM

i’ve never been one for purchasing fitness tech gear, but this thing looks awesome (and kinda of creepy at the same time…lol) i’ll be keeping my eye on your reviews to determine if i should consider this more seriously.

Kami December 3, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Where do i buy it and I really want one. It looks very helpful

Joy December 3, 2012 - 9:07 PM

Does this require a monthly membership like the rest? If not I am definitely down for trying this!

Erika Nicole Kendall December 4, 2012 - 8:43 AM

Beyond paying for my actual band, I didn’t pay a single dime for a membership.

Alison December 3, 2012 - 9:51 PM

The up seems cool.. can’t wait for the future reviews.

Patti December 3, 2012 - 10:14 PM

My only fear is how many measures of EMFs is this baby pumping out? Besides that I’m in!

Robin December 4, 2012 - 4:13 PM

Wow, this seems Cool!!! I have to look into it. Thanks Ericka for the info

Stephanie January 11, 2013 - 1:11 AM

This is just too cool! I went straight to the website and ordered it right this minute. This is exactly what i need to tie all my obsessive tracking (exercise, calories, rest, etc.) all together. I can’t wait to get my cute mint green one and try it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa January 25, 2013 - 5:12 AM

This does seem cool. Thank you for bringing it to us. I, too, will be looking for updates.

Janine March 21, 2013 - 7:38 AM

Just kidding. This is a really cool product! I’ll have to check it out once I have a grown-up job.

Tina March 21, 2013 - 9:23 AM

The EMF question is a good one. Love the alarm idea. I wonder if there is one I can wear somewhere other than my wrist…I can’t adjust people with a bracelet on…

Oh..and I hope you didn’t actually tell it that you weigh 70 lbs! Lol

Erika Nicole Kendall March 21, 2013 - 10:49 AM

No, but y’all need to mind yourn. ROFL

Elwyn April 15, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Is there an explanation where the other 890 calories were burnt?
total – active – burnt = 890

Erika Nicole Kendall April 16, 2013 - 6:26 AM

Oh, you mean “total – active – resting?” I’m pretty sure that “resting” figure is 1990, not 1000.

Kim May 26, 2013 - 10:01 PM

Is it waterproof? Can you swim with it on?

Erika Nicole Kendall May 27, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Though it’s resistant to things like rain and shower water, my understanding is that it’s NOT waterproof.

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