After owning the Jawbone UP for a week I did a two part review on what I believed were the pros, and the cons of this little bad boy. Since the initial week of step counting, quite a bit has changed with my feelings and my day-to-day relationship with my Jawbone, and I felt like it was time for a recap.
As of today I have owned my Jawbone UP and worn it daily for about four months, and spoiler alert, the reason I am writing this review is I just threw it in the trash. Why you ask? Well, because Oly chewed on it and broke it, but interestingly enough I wasn't upset to toss it in the trash can, and here's why.
I found the Jawbone UP to be an inferior product. Granted, I haven't worn any of the competition (Fitbit, Nike+ Fuel Band, etc) yet, but from the experience I had with Jawbone, anything has to be an improvement. Here are some of my issues with it, and why I wont be ordering another one.
- It's not waterproof. Originally I thought this wasn't going to be an issue, I mean I am capable of remembering to take it off before showering, but it quickly became a pain with things like gardening, all my white trash kiddie pool afternoons, or days like yesterday where I was at a BBQ and I wanted to take a jump in the lake. I had to remember to take it off and set it somewhere before jumping in. Being able to just jump in with my Fitbit would have simply been easier and more realistic for a product that is supposed to track my movements 24/7.
- It stretches out. The design of an open loop is simply not practical. This feature means you catch it on sweaters, on your pillow, on EVERYTHING, and the more you stretch it, the looser it gets, and the more the problem continues. I stopped wearing it to sleep because I found my tossing and turning in my sleep and catching it on pillows and such was causing most of the stretching and it simply wasn't worth the sleep tracking when weighed against the massive stretching of the product sleep tracking was causing.
- It's uncomfortable for office life. Maybe I'm weird, but I hated how bulky it was on my wrist while I was typing at my computer. I had gotten to the point where I would take it off and sit it next to my keyboard while I worked because I was so sick of the feeling of it on my wrist while I typed. Maybe all bands will cause this irritation for me, but the Jawbone simply felt too bulky on my wrist and I wasn't a fan.
- It malfunctions. My first one simply stopped working after a month and a half, and my friend's stopped working randomly after three months the day before she ran her first 5k. No steps counted for her as she spent all Sunday running! Jawbone customer service was awesome and replaced mine free of charge, and her's as well, but still. A $100+ product shouldn't need to be replaced before the 6 month mark.
- It's ugly. I've said this before, and I'll say it again. There are simply better looking fitness bands. Have you seen the new Tory Burch line Fitbit has? I like that with something like Fitbit you can change the bands. You can wear a black one one day, a pink the next, or a gold Tori Burch number on the weekend. At a wedding this summer I tried to wrap my Jawbone in bracelets to hide it, and even then it was just an ugly addition to my outfit. #fashionfail
- It gets dirty and is not easily cleaned. I garden, I pull weeds, I water my plants, and when I'm done my hands are filthy. The inside of my Jawbone where they've stamped the serial number and name of the product gets caked with dirt and grime and it's downright gross. Sure would be easier to clean if I'd been able to just take it in the shower with me. Instead it was a constant pain in the ass to keep clean.
So there you have it. Maybe you've had your Jawbone UP for years and you love it, maybe you tried the other brands out there and think this one is the BEST, I don't know. But for me, after four months of daily use, I am over it and ready to try something new.
Fitbit. Let's see what you've got.