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Jawbone Up Activity Tracker versus Fitbit Charge
Right away I set up my account with Jawbone and began using the activity tracker. I have to say, overall I was pleased with my experience with the Jawbone UP 24. There were several characteristics of the activity tracker that I really liked.
1. Silent alarms when you have been inactive for a period of time–I work a very sedentary job and am often tied to my desk the majority of the day. (Not literally…although it feels that way sometimes!) I loved the fact that with the Jawbone UP 24 I could set reminders so that if I was inactive for a certain time period the band would vibrate, reminding me to get up and move.
2. Sleep Tracker–The Jawbone UP 24 had a very detailed sleep tracker. For a chronic insomniac this was a very valuable tool in improving my sleep.
3. Size–The Jawbone UP 24 is relatively small and slim in comparison to other activity trackers on the market. It was easy to wear in alongside my watch or with bracelets.
So why did I decide to sell my Jawbone UP 24 and make the switch to the Fitbit? One of the main reasons is because the Jawbone began to irritate my skin. Do you remember as a child when someone would take an eraser (remember the big fat erasers we used back in elementary school?) and they would rub it really fast back and forth on someone’s arm? Please tell me other kids did this and it wasn’t just something that my classmates did!!! We used to call them “Indian Burns”. Don’t ask me why they were called that….I have no idea! Anyways, the Jawbone began to irritate my skin and cause places on my wrist that looked like someone held me down and gave me an “Indian burn”. I tried to not wear it for a few days to give my arm a break, but when I started to wear it again the same thing happened. It appears that I am not the only one who has had this issue with skin irritation from an activity tracker.
The last couple of months I have been without an activity tracker as I debated on whether or not to purchase another one. I can honestly say that I really missed having a tracker. One of the main things that I missed was the sleep tracker. If I awoke one morning and was really tired it was great to be able to look at my stats from the previous night and see how well I slept.
Fitbit Charge Activity Tracker
This week I decided, along with some co-workers, to purchase the new Fitbit Charge. While the charge is larger in size than the Jawbone UP 24, there are several features that I am really excited to use.
1. LED Screen–With the Jawbone UP 24, in order to see how many steps I had taken I had to open the app on my phone. With the Fitbit Charge I can simply tap (although you must tap pretty hard sometimes) the screen area or right below it on the band. The screen with light up and show several things: the time, steps taken, calories burned, distance, and floors (did you go up and down to different levels of a building or outdoors?).
2. Automatic sleep tracker–With the Jawbone I had to tell it when I was going to sleep by pushing a button on the band. The Fitbit Charge automatically detects when my body is still and I am sleeping. The Fitbit Charge HR even tracks your heart rate and can tell you are asleep by the decline in your heartrate.
3. Caller ID–Yes I said Caller ID! When someone calls my cell phone the band on my wrist will buzz and will show the name or number of the person who is calling. Do you remember the show Inspector Gadget where he had Go Go Gadget watch and other neat gadgets? That’s kind of what I feel like with this! A band around my wrist that tells me when someone is calling me!
4. Challenge your friends–With the Jawbone I could join teams and challenge others and hold each other accountable. But, none of my friends had Jawbones so that feature really was not useful to me. More of my friends and co-workers have Fitbits so we are able to track each person’s progress throughout the day and challenge each other to reach our daily goals. It really motivates me when I know someone is holding me accountable!
5. Earn money for your steps–Yes I said it! Did you know you can earn money by connecting your Fitbit device to other apps and companies? More to come on that later but you can earn cash, gift cards, and major discounts for each step you take.
6. Fitbit makes activity tracking easy and automatic. I love the fact that the Fitbit Charge syncs via Bluetooth with my phone. I do not have to plug it in to my phone to sync my progress!