Recently, I purchased the Jawbone UP2 Fitness Tracker. I had wanted a fitness tracker for a pretty long time and in the beginning of the summer told myself that if I saved a certain amount of money in the bank- I would buy one for myself.
After what I thought was enough research to make my mind set (I later found that I was wrong about this), I went ahead and decided to purchase the Jawbone UP2. The biggest concern I had when I started thinking about buying a fitness tracker was whether I should go with the Jawbone or Fitbit. In the end, I chose the Jawbone because I liked the look a bit better and felt that ultimately, it did everything that the FitBit did. After only a short amount of time, I fell in love with the stinkin’ thing. I was wearing it everyday and utilizing every feature that it held. I was so set that this was the best fitness tracker out there and was recommending it to everyone I knew.
Here’s where I was wrong- after about a month of use, the bracelet began falling off my wrist AT LEAST once a day. Now, I know 100 dollars isn’t a lot of money for some people, but for this girl it’s a big chunk of change to possibly just fall off of my wrist.
After a ton of more research, I went back to the store (I got it at Target, naturally) and exchanged my Jawbone for a Fitbit Flex. Both of these products were $99 dollars, and from my research, both did the same things.
I have only been using my new FitBit for about a week now and I can totally see everything that the Jawbone was lacking in comparison to it.
Let me break it down for you:
I really really really thought the Jawbone looked better than the FitBit. The particular model I bought was very thin and was much more appealing to me than the FitBit’s bulkier look.
While both the FitBit and the Jawbone are a bit water resistant, I later found out the FitBit is actually waterproof in waters with 3 or less feet depth. The Jawbone on the other hand is only shower, sweat, and splash resistant. The Jawbone stays secure (or is supposed to at least) on your wrist with a sort of hook on clasp. I had later found out that this clasp wasn’t very secure at all. The FitBit on the other hand, has more of a button type clasp, which so far has been very successful for me- knock on wood.
Both of these trackers feature what is called the “smart alarm”. This is an alarm that you can set for any time any day, which wakes you up with a vibration. Instead of alarming a sound, the tracker will have a steady vibration to wake you up at whatever time you set. This has to be my absolute favorite part of both trackers. You don’t realize how annoying that iPhone jingle is until you get the chance to be woken up in silence. Overall, I have to say that I liked the Jawbone’s alarm better than the FitBit’s alarm. The reason being, I have found that the FitBit’s vibration is a bit more aggressive than the Jawbone’s. The FitBit wakes you up with a continuous vibration at different paces while the Jawbone’s alarm was a lighter, consistent pace.
Both of these devices come with the awesome sleep-tracking feature. You simply log when you’re going to sleep and then log again when you wake up. The trackers will then monitor your sleep. The next morning, the tracker’s app shows you a whole synopsis of how you slept. This includes your light sleep, the time it took you to fall asleep, how long you were awake, and your sound sleep. Although I am still new to the FitBit I did like the Jawbone’s feature of this better. Instead of manually logging what time you woke up, the Jawbone would change itself into awake mode as soon as your alarm went off. The FitBit on the other hand, still thinks you are in sleep mode until you tell it otherwise- even when the alarm goes off.
I found both of the tracker’s pedometers to be pretty accurate. What I really enjoy about the FitBit is that if you double tap the face of the band a series of little lights will pop up. Each light resembles a certain number of steps. For example: my daily step goal is 10,000, so there are 5 lights on the band which each resemble 2,000 steps. I really like this because if you don’t necessarily want to take your phone out to check your progress, you can simply just double tap the bracelet. Another really interesting thing that I found the FitBit does, is that it vibrates and blinks when you achieve your daily step goal. This is something that the Jawbone lacked.
The App Itself:
The apps for each of these trackers are basically the same. Both apps feature calories burned, steps taken, sleep progress, etc. Although I did enjoy that when you first opened the Jawbone App, your progress was right in front of you at a pretty large font size, I do like how the FitBit app is set up a bit better. The Jawbone app was however, easier for me to learn how to use. I am still figuring out some of the tiny details that the FitBit app features.
Overall, I really did enjoy both of these trackers. Both trackers ultimately achieved the goal that they were branded to achieve. The only reason why I would recommend the FitBit over the Jawbone is because of the type of clasps that the trackers have. Maybe for some people the appearance is better than the possibility of loosing the bracelet as a whole, but that is definitely not the case for me. If the Jawbone didn’t fall off of my wrist in the first place I probably wouldn’t have ever tried out the FitBit.
Do you have a fitness tracker? What brand do you have, and what are your pros and cons for that tracker? I would love to hear about anyone else’s experiences with these devices!