I previously owned the bodymedia Link band which was similar as it tracked both sleep and activity. I developed blisters from the metal on my skin during the summer months. And I didn’t like the location (left upper arm) where it should be worn. I was originally waiting for the Fitbit Plus, which was suppose be available by the beginning of May 2013. I bought my Jawbone on May 10th. And love it.

The Jawbone software is only available on the iPhone/iPad/Droid it does not have a pc capability. Its fine with me. I just need a quick snapshot to see how I do. In the past I ended up over-analyzing stuff, which really had little value. In regards to the accuracy, I dont know how it scores to other devices on the market, but it really doesn’t matter. If you only move 2000 steps then you know you need to get moving and a mere 5 hours of sleep a night aren’t good for ya either.

For the geeks:
Activity Tracking: The motion sensor detects changes in acceleration. Acceleration has two components: speed and direction. If an objection in motion experiences a change in either speed or direction, it has a change in acceleration. Motion sensors detect these changes through tiny electromechanical elements.The sensor analyzes the data and converts it into information useful to you, including how many steps you’ve taken and an estimation of the number of calories you’ve burned.

Sleep Tracking: UP uses Actigraphy to track your sleep, monitoring your micro movements to determine whether you are awake, in light sleep, or in deep sleep.

It’s water resistant — you can wear it in the shower but do not go swimming with it. There’s no real reason to take it off other than to charge it or synchronize your data or go swimming. That might give the UP an advantage over other devices that are easier to misplace.

The charge lasts on average 10 days.

It does not work well if I bike, do yoga, or other non-step-based workouts. But the app allows you to log the duration and effort level of a variety of different workout types, so you get credit and estimated caloric burn for non-step-based activities. Additionally, the UP band has a Stopwatch mode that lets you “tag” the start and end of your activity Once you’ve synced your band, you can enter the details of your workout.

It looks like it could develop problems over a couple of month with not holding a charge, but I will wait and see based on reviews on Amazon. But then then Fitbit Flex which has only been out for a short time has lots of mediocre reviews too. No risk to fun!

Jawbone Up
Price: $129
Platform: ipod, ipad, iphone, droid
Charge: 10 days

Fitbit Flex
Price: $99
Platform: phone, pc
Charge: 5 days

Review from the BIZinsider

This was crazy Saturday. I was totally exhausted by the end of the day.

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Today’s foods:

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