Jawbone UP 24: Review Roundup

8.2
There is no denying that Jawbone’s Up 24 is quite possibly the most fashionable fitness tracker available; but whilst you might not actually mind the Up24 adorning your wrist day and night, we beg the question – is it actually any good?

Well to answer that, we’ve rounded up a selection of best reviews of the UP24 from some of the top critics online:

Jawbone Up App

Endorsed by Engadget

Engadget reviewed the Up24 at the start of the year, and hailed it as “Jawbone’s best activity tracker yet”; pointing to the inclusion of wireless synchronization as a significant improvement on the original. One of the main advantages of Jawbone’s premier fitness band is it’s capability to integrate with third party-apps (such as the recently announced support for smart thermostat Nest) offering the potential for a further dimension of functionality as more and more app-enabled devices for the home appear on the market.

Jawbone’s best activity tracker yet

Engadget Score: 80/100

Whilst some of the shortcomings of the Up24 highlighted by Engadget, such as the lack of an Android app, have since been addressed by Jawbone; others, such as sleep and food tracking, which were identfied as particular weaknesses have not. The inclusion of wireless sync reduces the battery life considerably compared to the first model; however, Engadget would still recommend opting for this over the original so it can’t be too much of an issue. Review score 80/100.

What CNET has to say about the Up24

One of the best fitness-trackers you can buy

CNET Score: 4/5

Jawbone Up 24

CNET highlight the Jawbone Up24’s lack of display as something of a flaw, but praise the overall design as the most ergonomic wristband outside a traditional watch strap, and concludes the review with the fact that after several months use the lack of display has become less of an issue (made up for by the intuitive app). Again, the inclusion of Bluetooth syncing features as one of the main benefits of the Up24; not only does it eliminate the inconvenient necessity of having to remove the tracker to sync data, the constant communication with the mobile app means that after about a week of wear the Up24 will be able to start offering personalised advice and goals (such as drink more water, or get to bed earlier).

The bottom line from CNET is that so long as you’re not bothered by the lack of a screen, the Jawbone UP24 is straight-up ‘one of the best fitness-trackers you can buy’.

Verdict from the Verge

The Verge review takes the UP24 head-to-head with Nike’s top fitness tracker – the FuelBand SE, which offers a different motivational style to Jawbone. The upshot of the review is that both trackers have been designed and are targeted at very different personalities and more or less boils down to which you think will work better for you.

Comfortable, minimalist design

The Verge Score: 8.1/10

The comfortable, minimalist design of the Up24 along with the simple UI of the companion app and it’s little info cards saw Jawbone come out on top but neither of bands impressed the reviewer enough to want to shell out top dollar.

 

Up24 pink

 

 

Up 24 orange

 

 

Up 24 - black

 

 

 

8.2

Good Things

  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Intelligent, user-friendly app
  • Automatic Bluetooth synchronisation

Bad Things

  • Battery life
  • Pricey

The Breakdown


Design
9.5
Software & app interface
8.5
Features
8
Usability
7.5
Value
7.5




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