The Jawbone UP3 is physically appealing, with its strap made from hypoallergenic TPU rubber, and a sensor fashioned from anodized aluminum. However, form does not follow function – the wearable can be challenging to wear. The clasp is tricky to operate with just one hand. Even though it is adjustable, we never really got a comfortable fit. Worse of all, the clasp seems to loosen with wear, and after just a couple of days, it wears much looser than we would have liked.
Previously, we’ve tried the UP3 on its own and felt it was one of the better wellness trackers you can get. It turns out that the UP3 is not as accurate as we expected it to be, after comparing it to Xiaomi’s Mi Band Pulse and the iPhone 6s Plus’ built-in trackers (see our Benchmark section for more details). However, it does still have the best proprietary app because data recorded is presented in a useful and understandable manner. Other apps simply tell us the numbers we’ve accumulated, but the Jawbone’s tracking app has little snippets of fun facts about exercise and sleep, and it integrates your day’s result to make sense of your numbers.
The passive Heart Rate functionality was helpful at large, even though it made us feel helpless in the moment. The Jawbone UP3 is largely automatic and decides when to take a sample of your heart rate. There are pros and cons to this, of course. On the downside, there is virtually no way to pick up a snapshot of your heart rate on demand – unlike the Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse, which gives you that without any hassle. However, the Jawbone UP3’s HR recording is quiet and automatic, so you’ll get a better average reading at the end of the day.
Even if you’re not a stickler for pinpoint accuracy within a passive wellness tracker, it is hard to deny that at RM829, the UP3 is quite pricey when there are more accurate alternatives at a far lower cost, such as the Mi Band Pulse. Also, while appearances are indeed important, we’d like to argue that the Fitbit Blaze would be better value for money – you pay a similar amount, and you get far more than passive tracking with the Blaze.
Smart Coach within the Jawbone UP3 app is a game changer to understanding helpful data.