Jaw­bone Up24

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - by Kenny Yeo

De­signed by in­dus­trial de­signer Yves Béhar, the orig­i­nal Jaw­bone Up ac­tiv­ity tracker was at­trac­tive to wear and it worked well at keep track­ing of your daily ac­tiv­i­ties. How­ever, it was not the most user­friendly de­vice around as it re­quired users to phys­i­cally sync the band to their phones to get up­dates on their daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

For­tu­nately, Jaw­bone has fi­nally rec­ti­fied that by in­tro­duc­ing its lat­est Up24 ac­tiv­ity band. This new band now fea­tures Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, which means users no longer need to phys­i­cally con­nect their bands to their smart­phones to sync and get up­dates on their daily ac­tiv­i­ties, mak­ing it much more con­ve­nient to use.

That said, some things re­main the same. The de­sign is largely un­changed, al­though the pat­terns on the Up24 are slightly dif­fer­ent from its pre­de­ces­sor. The Up24 also comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) and is also en­cased in hy­poal­ler­genic TPU rub­ber that we found to be prone to dis­col­oration af­ter just some weeks of wear. Also, the new Up24 band still does not have a dis­play and re­lies on two LED lights that flash in dif­fer­ent col­ors to com­mu­ni­cate it sta­tus.

The Up24 also re­tains the same func­tion­al­ity as its pre­de­ces­sors. Its pre­dom­i­nant func­tions are that of a pe­dome­ter and sleep tracker, and we found it to work well for those two roles. Track­ing your sleep, in par­tic­u­lar, is quite help­ful as it shows how long you took to fall asleep and how much of your sleep is “sound sleep”, which refers to pe­ri­ods of sleep when your body is par­tic­u­larly still. And ac­cord­ing to Jaw­bone, more of such sleep in­creases pa­tience, op­ti­mism, fo­cus and more.

And thanks to Blue­tooth, your smart­phone can now send you push no­ti­fi­ca­tions to keep you up­dated on your progress. This makes it eas­ier to keep track of your daily ac­tiv­i­ties and lets you know how far you are from hit­ting your daily goals.

That aside, the com­pan­ion Up app has un­der­gone a sig­nif­i­cant up­date and is now avail­able for both iOS and An­droid de­vices. Dubbed Ver­sion 3.0, the app boasts a cou­ple of new fea­tures such as “To­day I Will In­sights”, which an­a­lyzes your data and sug­gests goals to im­prove your life­style. There is also “Mile­stones & Streaks”, which cel­e­brates long-term goals and achieve­ments such as tak­ing your 100,000th step or achiev­ing your sleep tar­get seven days in a row.

Over­all, the new Up24 is a much wel­comed re­fresh, but it finds it­self in an in­creas­ingly crowded mar­ket­place where there are ar­guably bet­ter value ac­tiv­ity trackers around. Even so, the Up24 still stands out thanks to its good looks and supreme ease of use.

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