I had bought the Jawbone UP version 1 when it first came out over 2 years ago. That was a big flop by the company .. they offered refunds for everybody that bought it. The UP version 2 came out a few months ago .. and design still looks the same. I'm not sure what changed about it.
Jawbone recently announced the acquisition of BodyMedia. In terms of products, I'm not sure whats going to change. But I'm hoping for the best.
I had a old review of both products in my previous blog that I am posting below for you to decide which product would work for you. Click on the Read More link to expand the positing. Please message me if you have any other questions.
The BodyMedia armband -- straps on your arm and uses 4 sensors to measure the skin temperature and sweat that builds up .. then it calculates how much time of moderate/vigorous activity, calories burned, steps taken, and roughly how many hours of sleep you get. You are suppose to wear this device for about 23 hours of the day .. since I really want to know how many calories I burn everyday I have to wear the armband with my regular clothes which may look like a tracking device .. this may cause a few stares. Although it straps around your non dominate arm -- I barely notice it being there. There were a few times I thought I showered with it on!
The Jawbone UP -- since I only had this device for about a day .. I was able to play with it enough to get the idea of how to use it. The UP uses a motion sensor instead of a sensor against the skin .. and the same idea with the BodyMedia it tracks your movement (steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level and active vs inactive time ) and sleep (hours slept, time to fall asleep, light vs. deep sleep and sleep quality). Because the device is a bracelet .. this looks a little more discreet .. like a regular bracelet. Jawbone claims that you can go up to 1m in water and also shower with the bracelet on. But for the amount that you are paying for the device .. I wouldn't want to even try.
So I wore both devices today at the gym. I wanted to compare how many calories/steps I approximately burn in a 5k run. I also had the treadmill calorie counter as well that I will include here. I ran for approximately 39 minutes.
Between the steps taken for both devices the difference were 319 steps. I'm not sure how the BodyMedia Fit calculates the steps taken but I think its the motion sensor and measures how often you swing your arms while walking. Also, for the UP .. the bracelet vibrates when it does not measure any motion on your arm -- meaning you've probably been sitting too long being inactive. You can set the bracelet to vibrate to your liking .. I've set mines to buzz me if I have been inactive for more than 45 minutes. This tells me that I have to get up and get active in some way.
One added bonus that the Jawbone UP has that the BodyMedia Fit doesn't have it the ability to vibrate as a silent alarm while sleeping. It vibrates on your wrist and intelligently wakes you up at the ideal moment in your natural sleep cycle just before your desired wake time. I set the "Smart Alarm" to wake me up between 8:30am to 9:00am .. 7 days a week. It only lets you set no more than 30 mins. I don't know how it determines when to vibrate but today it woke me up at 8:33am .. maybe cause it noticed I was starting to move around a little more.
Overall, the tracking aspects of the UP is a good concept .. but since the device is made by Jawbone .. you would figure you could sync information by bluetooth. This is not the case .. there is a 3.5mm jack on the bracelet .. to upload information .. you have to plug it in the iPhone and sync is manually. The BodyMedia Fit I got has a bluetooth function so that I can sync up with my iPhone and see the current calories and activity I've done so far.
Maybe I'm being biased .. but I still love my BodyMedia Fit armband. Although, it doesn't buzz me when I've been inactive or buzzes me to wake me up in my lightest sleep in the morning .. its the closest accurate reading I get since I always want to have up to date calorie information.