Fitbit Flex vs Jawbone Up
This slim, stylish device is with you all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal. It’s the motivation you need to get out and be more active.
Jawbone UP is the app-powered wrist band that inspires you to feel better and live healthier ... UP tracks every move you make — it even reminds you to move more.
Latest news about Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up:
04.01.17. Fitbit integrates with virtual reality bikes. Fitbit is rolling out new integrations to its top-selling fitness trackers. Peleton, a stationary bike company that offers live streaming classes, will feature Fitbit integration, letting users track their progress on the bike with their wearable, including a full post-workout break down. Ditto for VirZOOM, the indoor VR bike that we tried out at E3 last year, so users can track all of the time they’ve spent peddling around as a Pegasus or tank. Data collected includes distance pedaled (or, one assumes, miles flown in the case of the flying horse), workout time and calories burned. The partnerships will be on display this week at CES.
29.08.16. Fitbit unveiled waterproof Flex 2 and smarter Charge 2. Fitbit is updating two of its most popular fitness trackers - the new waterproof Flex 2 and heart rate-tracking Charge 2. With the $150 Charge 2, Fitbit redesigned its Charge HR with a larger display that makes the tracker look and feel more like a fitness watch. The Charge's fitness-tracking abilities have also been upgraded with new features that are able to record specific types of workouts, like weightlifting, runs, bike rides and interval sessions, and the tracker will automatically recognize some types of activities like yoga and running. If the Charge 2 is more fitness tracker than you need, Fitbit is also releasing a new version of its smallest tracker, the $99.95 Flex 2. It became much slimmer and water-resistant (at depths up to 164-feet). Like the Flex before it, the Flex 2 eschews a traditional display in favor of a series of LED lights that indicate your progress throughout the day.
22.04.15. Jawbone replaced the UP24 with the $100 UP2. The new Jawbone UP2 is very much the UP24’s spiritual successor, but it's a bit smaller, $30 bucks cheaper and ditched the slip-on style design in favor of an adjustable clasp like that of the UP3, but the rest of the UP24’s feature set remains. It can do step counting, sleep tracking (Measuring total sleep and how well you slept based on your movement patterns), track distance, idle time, calories burned, and even things like meals if you’re willing to do some data entry. The “Smart Coach” software will monitor your exercise trends, and try to intelligently nudge you to do just a little bit more each day. It stays alive for a week, with an estimated 7 day battery life.
05.11.14. Jawbone UP3 is a sleeker, smaller, smarter fitness tracker. The second fitness-tracker, that Jawbone unveiled today - Jawbone UP3 is and upgrade to UP24 model, launched a year ago. Sleek in design and significantly smaller than UP24, the UP3 ($179) comes with advanced activity features that can differentiate exercises, such as swimming, running and tennis, to better gauge calories. It also includes sleep tracking, which can signify REM, light and deep sleep. The UP3 also monitors your resting heart rate first thing every morning. By eating better and staying active, you can see if your heart rate count goes down — an indication of how healthy your heart is, before daily stresses and caffeine kick in and bump it up a few notches. The device has a watch-style clasp that adjusts the size of the band and holds it in place. The battery life is pretty solid too, promising up to seven days of tracking in one charge. The UP3 can also be dunked in water up to 10 meters deep.
30.09.14. New Jawbone iOS app doesn’t require an Up wristband. Jawbone released a new iOS app that allows iOS users to track activity and sleep, even without a Jawbone Up wristband. Instead it pulls in data from Apple Health app that pulls data from other sources. Users can also manually enter sleep data into the Jawbone Up app, track calories and share and challenge other friends using Up to track their exercise. All of these stats can be analyzed using Jawbone’s various graphs and views, and they will also sync with Apple’s Health app on the iPhone. With the release of the new app, there are now two apps called “UP by Jawbone” in the App Store. The old app still requires a Jawbone UP or UP24 fitness wristband in order to use the app, whereas the new app can, for instance, gather step data from your iPhone’s gyroscope and motion coprocessor.
29.07.14. Fitbit becomes the first activity tracker that syncs to Windows Phone. Fitbit has decided to add Windows Phone to its list of supported platforms. A Windows Phone 8.1 version of the app is set to debut in Microsoft’s app store on Monday (here’s the link though the app wasn’t live at publication time), offering direct Bluetooth synchronization and the full set of features offered on the Android and iOS versions. Fitbit for Windows Phone pairs with a wearable activity tracker like the Fitbit Flex, keeping track of the wearer's activity. When you launch the app, you'll be able to see how many steps you've walked, the number of calories burned and — assuming you wear it to bed — sleep quality, too. The advantage of the Windows Phone version is in the app's live tile. Thanks to background syncing, you'll be able to see some "glanceable" information about your activity, such as the steps you've taken, just by looking at the tile.
18.07.14. Jawbone UP Gets Better at Tracking Your Food. Before today, Jawbone UP fitness wristband users had to manually enter every meal item, searching Jawbone's database for the type of food, then entering portion size. It was tedious and inconvenient. You needed to add things over and over, and it took 15-20 taps to go through that. With the update (UP 3.2) the app suggests both your recent entries as well as common meal pairings; enter a fried egg, and you'll see suggestions to add toast, coffee and bacon. Even better, the app now connects to a menu database for restaurants. Powered by Foursquare's location engine, the database includes calorie information for individual menu items if the venue provides it (more common with chains), plus it can crowd-source nutritional info from UP users for specific items over time.
2013. Jawbone acquired BodyMedia. Jawbone has just announced that it will acquire BodyMedia, a maker of wearable health tracking devices. BodyMedia was founded in 1999 and quickly became an early pioneer of the wearable health tracker concept — what sets their wares apart from the sort of products that Nike, Fitbit, and yes, Jawbone currently offer is what they’re capable of detecting. Rather than just relying on an accelerometer to detect and keep track of the wearer’s movement (which really isn’t all that accurate), BodyMedia’s FIT line of fitness gizmos are also capable of monitoring skin temperature and galvanic skin response to get a better understanding of the intensity of your activity. Your Jawbone UP may be able to tell you how many steps you’ve taken in a day, and how quickly you take those steps over a period of time, but it never really tell how hard your heart is working — an important distinction to some health-conscious users.