So I’ve told you what I like after a week+ with the Jawbone UP, but we all know there are pros and cons to everything. Adam says I’m hyper critical to start with, so you know I’m going to find some cons no matter what the tracker was.
So without further ado, here is what I’m not a fan of with the Jawbone UP:
- This Mo-Fo Is Ugly – I can’t tell you how hard it has been getting used to wearing this god awful looking thing on my wrist at all times. I mean I get it, this is supposed to be a functional piece of equipment that is helping me stay motivated to exercise. And it does in fact do that, but it also looks horrible. Maybe not if you’re a guy, but if you’re a lady, this is terrible. And I’m not even fashionable! I admit that when I heard FitBit was teaming up with Tori Burch to make a designer version of their band I immediately signed up to be on the email list to hear about when they launch. I won’t even blink before ordering it and tossing the Jawbone in the trash. If I have to wear something every day on my wrist (and no, it doesn’t fit on my ankle, thanksforthesuggestion) then I’d prefer it look even a little cute.
- Why Won’t You Stay Put? – I guess I got the wrong size or something, but this bugger will not stay put. I catch it on things, it wrestles around under my sweaters, gets snagged on weird things and generally irritates me with its “no clasp design”. I swear it’s stretching out too. It says that the technology in your Jawbone Up is fragile and we should only bend the little tongs enough to get it on and off, but I swear even my minimal use is stretching it out. It is quickly going from comfortable fit to loosy-goosey. Plus, did I mention how not cute it is?
- How Exactly Are You Counting That? – I like the whole idea of a step and sleep counter, but I’m still not 100% sold it’s giving me anything other than the roughest of rough information. I mean, if my friend Naomi and I go on the exact same walk together, and then our Jawbone Ups return totally different steps and distance counts, how can we trust this bugger? And I’m not talking a hundred or so steps off, we went on a walk together this past weekend and I magically walked an extra 1,000 steps. HOW?!?!?! I wasn’t running circles around her or flailing my arms around like a wild person the whole walk. In the end it’s mostly just a tool to inspire you to move, and I get that, but it also makes you wonder when the results seem too wildly off if I’m actually ever coming close to my 10,000 step daily goal. Maybe this whole time I think I’m reaching it and I’m actually doing nothing more than 5,000 steps. THE HORROR.
- Plug It In, Plug It In – I hate plugging my Jawbone Up so it can charge or sync. Yeah, I know there is a Bluetooth version, and this would resolve my issue, but my Jawbone Up was free, and so this 100% is a beggar being a chooser. And no matter what version I used I’d need to charge it, and I swear this thing gets the weirdest charge. Sometimes it will only log 3 days of charge even when it says it’s done, and sometimes the full ten will register. For the same amount of time! Either way it seems like a crap shoot on the charge feature. Sometimes you get the whole batch, sometimes only a couple days. We’ll see if this problem persists. I’m not holding my breath though.
And there we have it. My Pros and Cons of wearing and using a Jawbone Up. Even though we're ending with the Con portion of our program, I want to reiterate that there are serious pros as mentioned in my last post and although there are some things I'm not stoked about, I'm not even close to stopping wearing this ugly little bugger.
So now it's your turn! I'm curious to hear if anyone else is wearing one of these step and sleep counters and what you like and don't like about yours.
May the steps be with you.
[Sorry, that was way corny. But I had to.]