Jawbone Up3 Review

The long awaited, hyped up new fitness tracker from Jawbone.

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Product Description:

Everyone has had a life changing experience sometime. This is one of those times. Jawbone UP3 is simply the most advanced tracker you can buy. Its classic, durable design will stand the test of time. Multi-sensor technology adds breadth and accuracy to Smart Coach. Everything about UP3 says that the bar has been set higher. Wear one and go further.

Feature Table:

Free Up App
Smart Coach
Activity Tracking
Steps
Calories
Food Logging
Sleep Tracking
Goal Setting
Leaderboards
Time
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 Up3?

The Jawbone Up3 comes with the Up3 band, a quick start guide, and a USB charging cable.

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.

How does the Jawbone Up3 measure resting heart rate? 

The Jawbone Up3 uses bio-impedance sensors to capture your resting heart rate. The sensors measure the resistance of skin tissue to tiny electric currents. This enables the capture of a wide range of physiological signals, including your heart rate.

How does the Jawbone Up3 track movement?

The Jawbone Up3 band use a precision motion sensor and powerful algorithms to passively track and quantify your activities, distance, calories, active time, and idle time. The UP App then calculates calories burned based on your age, gender, height and weight, along with activity intensity and duration.

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 Up3 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 Up3.

How do you use the stopwatch on the Jawbone Up3?

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

How does the Up3 enter sleep mode?

You enter sleep mode automatically by laying down.

How does the Up3 leave sleep mode?

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

What Others Are Saying:

David Pierce, Wired:  “I want Jawbone to succeed, because I want the device the Up3 was supposed to be. Instead of a revolutionary fitness tracker, though, I’ve been wearing something that feels like a Kickstarter prototype that they swear will be better before it ships. So I waited six extra months for it to ship, and it’s still not as cool as advertised.”

Chris Welch, The Verge:  “This is a flagship product that can’t make a compelling case against a cheaper option in Jawbone’s own lineup. You’re better off with the Up2.”

Scott Stein, CNET:  “The Up3 is one of the smallest super-slim fitness bands around, but its lack of a display and limited heart rate tracking aren’t worth the high price.”

Review:

After a long wait, the Jawbone Up 3 is finally here. So how does it stack up?

The good thing is that Jawbone has made this device something you won’t mind wearing 24/7. It is difficult to adjust, but once you have the thing set right, it can stay on your wrist all day long (and all night too). Its unassuming looks mean it doesn’t really stand out or call attention to itself, and you can wear it anywhere really. If you were exercising, nobody would think twice about it, but I also think that wearing this to work with business attire would also look fine.  Some people have actually counted the minimalist, boring design as a bad thing.

The new Up 3 also adds heart rate monitoring, something missing from the Up2, Upmove and Up 24. Its great that they added this feature, which is becoming standard in fitness trackers and really is vital to coming up with good, detailed stats for individual’s fitness. However, the heart rate monitor currently only tracks resting and sleeping heart rate. It just isn’t as good as the competition’s heart rate monitors, and it doesn’t add any really better stats, making it an expensive luxury. Perhaps the heart rate monitoring will get better in the future.

I should mention that Jawbone’s new advanced multi-sensor platform that includes a newly designed tri-axis accelerometer, bio-impedance sensors, along with skin and ambient temperature sensors are being touted as the most accurate tracking available. It does seem to be really accurate, and the Jawbone Up 3 is no doubt an upgrade on the Up 2. It is a great device for just wearing all the time, checking your stats on your phone, and monitoring your general health. Also, as I noted, the device uses Jawbone’s great app.

However, with the new Jawbone Up 3 I’m just not sure who this device is for. If you already have a Jawbone and are loyal to the brand, there really is no reason to upgrade to the new Up 3 just yet. Sure, it is slightly better, but it is a big extra expense. If you really want heart rate monitoring, there are better HR trackers available. If you want something to track exercise or to pair with a smartphone to get notifications, you need something else.

I would recommend the Jawbone Up 3 as it is a good product for general fitness tracking, but given its price and current functionality, I think there are better options out there. I think most people interested in the Up 3 would be better off with the Jawbone Up 2 instead.

Jawbone Up3

Jawbone Up3
8

Good

8/10

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Resting and sleeping HR only
    • No display
    • Band is difficult to adjust