Total Score: 28
Part of attaining and maintaining good health is the ability to monitor and understand your daily activity, sleep and diet. Up by Jawbone, a wristband that works with this iPhone app, helps you along that path. The feedback the app provides you helps you to understand what you need to do to have better health. When you know how many calories you burn through activity, you can determine if you need to exercise more. By monitoring what you eat, you can make healthy changes to your diet. Knowing the quality of your sleep helps you to plan and improve that vitally important part of your health regimen. Update 11/18/12 – After a break in production and being out of the market – UP is back. Well, almost back. The current expected ship date is 12/20.
Price Rating = 5 Free. The cost is in the wristband. It is currently priced at $129.99. It is available at Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Target and the Jawbone website.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 They have made a lot of improvements in the app since they first started. The design is active and engaging and simple to use.
Readability Rating = 5 The font is reasonable size and thanks to some icons easy to follow.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 In order to track and improve your health you will need to use this every day. The feedback you get makes you want to use it.
Downsides Rating = 0 The changes they have made for logging food are impressive.
Consumer Review Rating = 3 Overall there have been about 460 ratings. The latest ratings show improvement with an overall score of four stars.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 This app provides you with the ability to keep track of key health issues – exercise, diet and sleep – all in one place. It sounds pretty valuable to me.
How does it work? — the App
- When you open the app it opens to the HOME screen. It shows you (if you’ve synced your band) how much sleep you got, how many steps you took and how many calories you have eaten. This is all in graph form. Underneath the graph are messages, updates from you and/or any team members and other graphs to show progress.
- Once you are synced you set up your profile. This includes your height, weight and age.
- There is a button on the left side of the screen and one on the right. The left button is three lines. Clicking it takes you to a series of settings. From here you can jump back to your HOME screen,, adjust your profile, explore your Lifeline, see Trends, keep up to date with your team, read notifications, adjust settings and read help.
- The right icon – a PLUS sign – takes you to a screen where you can see your goals, sync, set alarms and idle alerts, set a stop watch, time a power nap, log a workout or log sleep.
- On the HOME screen tapping on the Sleep (purple bar) Activity (orange bar) or Food (green bar) will take you to more information about each of those key parts of your healthy day.
- Sleep and Movement are tracked by the band, but you track the food. You click on the knife and fork icon below the food band and either scan the food, type in a description or snap a photo. I’ve entered a few foods via scanning and typing and it worked easily. I’ll comment more after I have explored the photo option more. You could just use the app to track your food.
How does it work? – the Wristband (based on first generation product)
- The band comes in three sizes – small, medium and large. An extra-large band will be coming out soon. You can try them on at the store (each box has a size template), or there is an online measuring tool to determine the size.
- The band’s charge lasts for 10 days. When it needs to be recharged, a star (or moon) symbol on the band will start to flash. It can be charged through any USB charger. Your iPhone will not charge it. It recharges really quickly – less than 30 minutes.
- The band keeps track of your activity by compiling motion data. You can also set reminders. One of the reminders you might find helpful is one that reminds you to get up and move if you have been sitting too long.
- You push the button on the end to let the device know you are going into exercise mode. This signals a heightened state of monitoring.
- When you put your band into sleep mode it tracks the time and quality of your sleep. When you set your alarm, the device wakes you up during the sleep cycle that will allow you to wake up the most rested. For a 6:30 wake up call that could be between 6:10 and 6:30. That might bother some people.
- It comes in several colors. Since you will be wearing it all the time you will want to find a color that blends in with what you wear. On the other hand, you may choose a brighter color as a fashion statement.
- While it confirms the product is waterproof, I found a disclaimer that it doesn’t recommend you wear it while swimming. It is confirmed acceptable to shower in it, but not swim. I’m sure the thought is that if you take it off to shower you may forget to put it back on.
- The wristband is made of hypoallergenic rubber and should be comfortable for most, if not all, people.
- A potential downside to this design is the cap that covers the charging jack. At sometime in the process it could get lost. If they could come up with a retractable design in the future, that might eliminate this issue.
- FYI – if you had the older version of the band, it will still work with the old app and a lower version of iOS.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone 5, iPod and iPad and iOS5 or later. App developed by Jawbone.