Jawbone UP - Move

Activity trackers help people come to grips with how much or how little movement and sleep they get in a day. Figuring out your current habits of walking, exercising, and sleeping can be the first step toward making big changes to your health and because it gives you a baseline to beat then that helps you set new goals that are truly within your reach.
Priced at only £40 the Jawbone UP Move is a very good entry-level activity tracker.
The Jawbone UP Move would make a great gift for someone using a fitness tracker for the first time and the price is right but it would likely disappoint a more experienced user looking to upgrade to a product that could provide a richer experience.
The UP app gives you more information about your habits but that might not be enough for serious runners, swimmers, and other athletes who would probably want a device that tracks their specific activity in greater detail, there are certainly other choices for them.
The Jawbone UP Move, however, is best suited to entry level users who do not mind its looks.


When you buy a Jawbone UP Move, you get a small disc-like tracker, a clip holster, a coin cell battery and a tool to open the tracker. Jawbone claims that the battery will lasts several months. The benefit of the coin cell battery is you never have to remember to recharge it, but if you are the kind of person who is lazy about buying a new battery when it is needed, then you will probably be better off with something you can plug in every few days.
The tracker comes in five colours: slate with yellow accessories, ruby with red accessories, grape with purple, blue with white, and black with black. You can buy additional clips and wristbands of different widths and colours for about £10 each.


The function of the UP Move is very easy to use and makes for a fun way of tracking health. A simple press the UP Move and the whole thing is a giant button, really, a dial lights, spinning around the perimeter to tell you how close you are to reaching your steps goal for the day. You will see a little orange running man icon light up, too, so you are sure of the data you are seeing. When you put the device into sleep mode by pressing and holding the device, a blue moon lights up. Double-tapping causes the dial to indicate the time by lighting up the hour marker and flashing where the minute hand would be on a traditional clock.
Some might see it as looking like a child like toy with its design and funky fun colours but I like that in a fitness tracker.
When you set up the Jawbone UP Move, you will have to download the app, tell it a few things about yourself, and enable syncing. Once the app and device know your age, weight, sex, and height, it can begin estimating how many calories you burn throughout the day, based on activity and inactivity. Of course, it is little more than informed guesswork. Better calorie burn estimations only happen with more data, so the more you use it the more it works in your favour and the more accurate the tracking can be using its ‘Smart Coach” approach.


As with any activity tracker, you really need to dive into the companion app or web dashboard to get a good look at all the activity the device is tracking. The Jawbone UP app is easy to use and provides a good overview of your day, showing a graph of different times when you were active, and letting you add notes to activities that you completed. The app also has areas for tracking your weight, mood, and foods you eat. One really fascinating companion app that can sync with Jawbone's fitness tracking app is called ‘UP Coffee’, it lets you track caffeine intake specifically and shows you how it affects your sleep.


The Jawbone UP Move is a very good activity tracker for entry level users, with helpful indicator lights and an app that is easy to use.
Some might not like it due to its funky design and bright colours so I guess when it comes to choosing a fitness tracker that is right for you, looks really do matter. If you do not like wearing it, you will not and then you cannot quantify your exercise.