Great features, but its price is questionable in comparison to other wearables.
Rebecca Paredes --0001-11-30 00:00:00
After a series of public promises, backtracks, delays, and headaches, the Jawbone UP3 had a lot to live up to. Jawbone wanted a waterproof fitness tracker, and while they couldn’t deliver on their promise, they did update UP3 with the features users wanted out of their wearables. On top of some smart design moves, Jawbone UP3 is a perfectly reasonable fitness band — although its price tag ($179) is questionable in comparison to other wearables on the market today.
The Jawbone UP3’s design is sleeker and lighter than UP2. Unlike its predecessor, which looked like a friendship lanyard, the UP3 looks more like a piece of jewelry — which is a good thing in terms of blending into the user’s wardrobe. Five sensors sit on the inside of the band, which measure the user’s resting and passive heart rate 24/7.
In terms of activity tracking, the UP3 can recognize and log a range of sports, including hiking and tennis, but one of its best features is the Smart Coach. Your Up3 can recognize when you’ve been stationary for a certain amount of time and gently nudge you to get up and move around, and you’ll also receive general wellness tips formed from the data provided by your UP3: a recommendation to take a walk, feedback on your sleep quality, and more.
Speaking of sleep: since the band is so light, it’s easy to wear the UP3 to bed — which is where its sleep tracking features truly get to shine. UP3 will automatically track your sleep in different phases (deep, light, and REM) using your beats per minute, temperature, and respiration rate. What’s more, UP3 will wake you up during periods of light sleep — which will, in theory, help you wake up feeling more well-rested and ready to move throughout the day.
At a seven-day battery life, UP3 clearly has a lot of benefits going for it, but that price tag is still a bit of a concern. After all, you can find similar features in the Fitbit Charge HR for as low as $130, and if you don’t care about heart rate monitoring, then Jawbone’s own UP2 will only set you back $99.
Had the UP3 included a waterproof design, smartwatch notification features, or GPS technology, then the price would make sense — but for what it is, the Jawbone UP3 only makes sense if you really, really want it.
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