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The Jawbone UP Move budget tracker

Does the Jawbone UP Move really offer better value?

Jawbone’s newest fitness tracker comes in at just $50 to target entry-level users. The Up Move is a rather small yet savvy device that resembles a hockey-puck, and is expected to get the masses interested in the world of health fitness tracking.

Entry-level device

The Up Move was introduced to the market to complement Jawbone’s current line-up of fitness brands, though it is different from the new UP3, which was unveiled on the same, not only in terms of pricing, but also functionality. Generally, it is not wearable like the previous versions. Instead, it takes the form of a coin-cell powered pod packed with sensors and a Bluetooth radio with three wearing styles: carrying it in your pocket or in an accessory of your choice, clasped onto your clothing with the clip attachment that comes with the device, or a wrist strap that you can buy separately from Jawbone.

This device offers most of the features found in Jawbone’s Up health bands, including tracking your exercise routine, steps, and calories burned as you go through your normal day, and providing data on hours slept as well as your quality of sleep. However, it does not have the Up’s smart alarm clock and vibrating notifications, which is expected considering it runs on a standard watch battery with a battery life of about 6 months, so you don’t have to keep recharging it every few days.

A stylish companion

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The Up Move is fabricated from anodised aluminium, and features wireless Bluetooth low-energy and the new “Smart Coach insight and coaching engines. Smart Coach aggregates all data and uses it to provide personalised suggestions on the best way to improve your health and lifestyle. It only has one button on the face that is pressed once to display step progress; twice to display the time; and thrice to display your sleep progress.

The UP Move tracker is available in five different colours, and you have the freedom to mix and match different coloured clips and straps to get a desired look. The colours are blue, black, ruby, slate, and grape.




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