Jawbone Up Move Review: The Clip-on fitness coach

The Up Move, Jawbone's Bluetooth fitness tracker for iOS and Android, aims to inspire a healthier version of you. The question is: Can it handle the task?

Price: £42 Available from: Shopomo Jawbone’s Android and iOS-compatible Up Move aims to help you ‘get fit, lose weight and have fun doing it’. We’ve reviewed other Jawbone fitness trackers in the past, but how does the company’s smallest wearable yet compare to its predecessors? Read on for our full review. Look and feel Straight out of the box, you’ll notice that the Jawbone Up Move looks and feels cheaper than the other entries into the Jawbone family, and that’s because it is cheaper. The Up Move is a mini, circular battery-powered fitness tracker that can be worn on the wrist…

Jawbone Up Move Review

Design
Usability
Functionality
Value for money

A fitness favourite

For buyers on a budget, the Up Move is the perfect fitness companion.

User Rating: 3.2 ( 1 votes)

Price: £42

Available from: Shopomo

Jawbone’s Android and iOS-compatible Up Move aims to help you ‘get fit, lose weight and have fun doing it’.

We’ve reviewed other Jawbone fitness trackers in the past, but how does the company’s smallest wearable yet compare to its predecessors? Read on for our full review.

Look and feel

Straight out of the box, you’ll notice that the Jawbone Up Move looks and feels cheaper than the other entries into the Jawbone family, and that’s because it is cheaper.

The Up Move is a mini, circular battery-powered fitness tracker that can be worn on the wrist with an optional strap or on an item of clothing via a clip. The tracker itself is comprised of a mini screen that uses lights and symbols to indicate what’s going on, but it’s not a screen you can swipe and run apps through.

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Not the prettiest design ever, but it works

Pressing down the centre panel once will show what mode your Up is running in. By default, the Up Move is in ‘move mode’, and so progress towards your daily step goal will be indicated by the lights circling the device. Holding down on the button will prep the fitness tracker for sleep mode, and pressing and then holding will activate the activity stopwatch for use during workouts.

Fastening the strap around your wrist can be slightly fiddly, considering users have to clip a hook into one of the small holes cut into the rubber band. Clipping the wearable onto your clothing is as easy as you like, though.

Up Move and the Jawbone app

Jawbone’s mobile app offers a glorious experience with glowing visuals and neat menus.

Unlike the Jawbone Up, the Up Move is Bluetooth-enabled, which is great news for users that don’t like manually syncing devices to the mobile app. Using Jawbone’s app with the fitness tracker is easy, and the app offers information on steps taken, exercise times, reminders and sleep quality.

Smart Coach is one of the headline features of the updated app, offering personalised fitness advice based on information fed to the app through the user’s tracker. If you’re sat down for hours upon end, Smart Coach will send push notifications to your mobile in an attempt to inspire you to get up and be more active. Users that don’t get enough sleep will also be told to get that fixed.

Jawbone’s mobile app offers a glorious experience with glowing visuals and neat menus

For those who are looking to keep track of what they eat, the Jawbone Up allows for the ‘logging’ of meals. It’s easy to forget to submit your snacks, however, which is why there’s an option to set reminders to sync your nibbles.

Wear it on your wrist or by your waist
Wear it on your wrist or by your waist

Jawbone data is also supported by a number of other mobile fitness apps and utilities, with the list of compatible third party apps including MyFitnessPal, IFTTT, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness and Strava. During our time with the fitness tracker, we logged some runs using RunKeeper and found our feedback had been automatically uploaded to our Jawbone timeline, which was impressive.

Value for money

The Jawbone Up Move can be grabbed for a price of around £42 over on Shopomo, and we think this price is particularly fair for a fitness tracker that offers so many features. Whilst the Up Move doesn’t have the same polished, premium look as Jawbone’s other products, it’s good value for money.

Our verdict

The Jawbone Up Move is a fantastic fitness tracker considering the price and features on offer, which also includes the beautifully-designed Jawbone app for Android and iOS.

For buyers on a budget, the Up Move is the perfect fitness companion

Our few gripes with the wearable were over its looks. The Up Move isn’t really as good-looking as Jawbone’s other products, and the rubber band (for users wanting to wear the gadget on their wrist) looks cheap. Despite this, using the Up Move is a treat for the most part and the Smart Coach feature really makes you feel like feedback is specifically catered to your habits.

Buyers looking to treat themselves to a more ‘complete’, flashy product should perhaps look to the Up 3, but for buyers on a budget, the Up Move is the perfect fitness companion.

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