Jawbone Up2 Review

A simple fitness tracker that is accurate and has a great app

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Product Description:

Fitness trackers never looked so good. On the outside, the Jawbone UP 2 is the thinnest, sleekest, style-savvy tracker out there. On the inside, Smart Coach generates fitness insights and activity plans that make reaching your goals that much easier. And with a full week of battery life you’ll be charging less, and living better.

Feature Table:

Free Up App
Smart Coach
Activity Tracking
Food Logging
Sleep Tracking
Goal Setting
Smart Alarm
Idle Alert
Heart Monitoring
Sleep Tracking
LED indicator Notification & Status
Battery Life Up to 7 days
Water Resistance Splash proof
Syncs Wirelessly
Color Black, Light Gray

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Jawbone Up2?

In the box you’ll get the UP2 Band, a Quick Start Guide, and a USB Charging Cable.

How long does it take to charge the Jawbone Up2?

It takes up to 100 minutes to charge the Jawbone Up2, via the magenetic USB charging cable.

What is a smart alarm and how does it work?

Smart Alarm is a great way to wake up feeling refreshed. Smart Coach analyzes your sleep cycle and wakes you with a gentle vibration, at the most ideal time within a 10, 20 or 30-minute window or an exact time you specify. You can set up to four alarms. I think this might be cool to come out of sleep at a good time rather than have an alarm just go off or get woken up by some other noise happening.

Does the Jawbone Up2 track non-step based activities like cycling or yoga?

Kind of. You can tag the start and end of your activity period and then manually enter information after you sync your Up2.

How do you use the stopwatch on the Up2?

You use the stopwatch to tag the start and end of your activity by using the app on your phone.

How does the Up2 enter sleep mode?

You enter sleep mode automatically by laying down.

How does the Up2 leave sleep mode?

Either manually by tapping the band twice or by taking 250 steps.

How does the Jawbone Up2 compare to the Jawbone Up Move?

The Up2 has smart alarm and idle alert. It also gives notifications and status via the LED lights. The battery on the Up move lasts longer, up to 6 months as opposed to up to 7 days.

How does the Jawbone Up2 compare to the Jawbone Up3?

They are very similar except that the Jawbone Up3 has the heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking capabilities. Find out more in our Jawbone Up Comparison.

What Others Are Saying:

Dan Graziano, CNET:  “The Up2 is the band-based tracker I would buy, and I have no problem recommending it to others. Jawbone has stellar customer service and even if the band were to break, you won’t be left behind. Before you run out and purchase a new Up2, though, I would recommend checking out a discounted Up24. Both devices do the same thing, with the only difference being in the design. The Up24 is being phased out and prices have plummeted to almost half that of the Up2. If you could snag a good price on the 24, I would jump on it. If not, the Up2 is a solid choice for health-focused individuals who want a little extra coaching in their life.”

Valentina Palladino, Tom’s Guide:  “With a refined design and the addition of Smart Coach, the Jawbone Up2 is a smarter version of the company’s original band. It gives you just what you need in order to assess your fitness at the most basic level, and goes a step further, with Smart Coach, to persuade you to be healthier.”

Dieter Bohn, The Verge:  “The whole point of the Up2 is to quietly track your basic physical activity, a job it tackles without hassling you. It tracks steps, sure, but the real magic of the Up2 (and with any Jawbone fitness device) is the Up software on your phone.”


The Jawbone Up 2 has been widely praised as a simple fitness tracker that is easy to use, comfortable to wear, has a good battery and it has a great app. You get all of that for a really affordable price. The minimalist design means you can wear the device anywhere (it is even splash proof and some people wear it in the shower, although I wouldn’t). The band will look fine whether you are working out or at work.

It’s difficult to knock the Jawbone Up 2 for not having a display, as it really is going for a minimalist, wear all the time design, but sometimes it would just be nice to have a display. The Jawbone lacks some features that other fitness trackers have, but you also are getting a price savings and you get a great app. I think the Jawbone Up 2 is a great device for anyone who just wants a general fitness tracker to wear all the time to monitor their health. However, as mentioned it lack advanced features like a heart rate monitor.

Jawbone Up2

Jawbone Up2




    • The Jawbone app is one of the best
    • Battery lasts for a week


    • No heart rate monitor
    • Indicator lights only, no display