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Wearable Activity Trackers: Up by Jawbone

If you want to keep track of how much activity you get during the day and make a fashion statement Up by Jawbone is right Up your alley. This slick looking piece of equipment is a wrist band that looks a little like those fashion forward Live Strong plastic wrist bands that have been so popular and it comes in several really cool colors. But Up by Jawbone is so much more than just a hot fashion statement.

This is what the companies product description says: UP by Jawbone is a system, wristband + iPhone app, that tracks how you sleep, move and eat so you can know yourself better, make smarter choices and feel your best. Know yourself. Live better. TRACK YOUR SLEEP. Small and comfortable to wear all day and night, UP senses your micro-movements while you sleep and uses advanced algorithms to determine how many hours you slept, how long it took you to fall asleep, time spent in light vs. deep sleep and how many times you woke during the night. TRACK YOUR ACTIVTY. Wearing UP By Jawbone captures a complete picture of your day, so you don’t have to guess how active you are. UP tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and time spent active vs. idle. TRACK YOUR FOOD & DRINK. UP’s mobile app lets you log what you eat and drink and get as detailed as you want. Take a photo of your food, scan a barcode, browse the UP image gallery or search the ingredient database. UP also helps you track calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fiber and sodium. GAIN INSIGHT. UP simply and beautifully visualizes your information so, at a glance, you can understand the meaning behind your data. UP also delivers personalized insights and clear, actionable tips to help you achieve your goals. TAKE ACTION. UP helps you set daily goals and tracks your progress over time. It also lets you set helpful alarms and reminders. You can set a Smart Alarm to silently wake you at the ideal moment in your sleep cycle to help you wake up feeling refreshed. You can also set Idle Alerts to remind you to move when you’ve been sitting too long.

With all these great features Up seems like a no brainer. But there are a few draw backs. Word on the street is that Jawbone has had some technical problems with some of the units (I suggest you brows its Amazon and CNET reviews). Another draw back is it’s price. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other wearable activity trackers on the market.