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Comments on: Why I returned my Up by Jawbone http://designnotes.info/?p=6392 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 By: Steve Anderson http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106307 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:10:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106307 Back to the app, the social aspect was the part I was most excited about and it kills me how difficult it is to find friends on Up. Why is there no Facebook or Twitter integration? This is baffling. The search function for friends is ridiculously difficult to use, and I don’t think there is any way to discover other friends who are using the device if you don’t already know they’re on there. From what I understand this is a fairly simple feature to add and I don’t understand why it wasn’t built in at launch. I share Alexia’s dream of Up seamlessly integrating with social services, but for now it’s a major social FAIL.
To summarize, I like the Up and still think it has tremendous potential. I still might choose it over Fitbit for that reason (a lot of these issues can be solved with software updates), as well as the buzz reminders. But if you aren’t the social butterfly I am (or if you happen to be an Android user) at this stage Fitbit is still an excellent alternative if you’re just looking to move more for health reasons.

URL: http://www.addvalue.com.au

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By: Steve Anderson http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106306 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:06:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106306 I’ve heard a few people say they are having issues with the accuracy of tracking, but mine has consistently registered within a few hundreds steps of Fitbit, a difference that is virtually irrelevant. Someone in the comments here said their device counts steps when they drive their car, pushing the numbers very high. I don’t drive so can’t attest to this issue, but I would be pretty upset if it were true. I’ve also heard that a lot of people lose their plug caps, which hasn’t happened to me but would be annoying. To their credit, from what I understand Jawbone has been cool about replacing devices and caps for those with problems.
Hardware issues aside I still think the Jawbone Up is really cool, and I absolutely love the hourly reminders to get off my ass and move around. I set these myself, so the nudges aren’t a prerequisite for using the device, but I think they are by far the best reason to get the Up. (Are you listening Fitbit?)

URL: http://www.addvalue.com.au

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By: Steve Anderson http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106305 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:04:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106305 After a month I figured it’s a good time to check back in and give you my latest opinion on the Jawbone Up, since a lot of you are asking. I had only used it for five days when I wrote my last review (below), and how I’ve been using it over the past weeks has definitely evolved.
Apparently a lot of people are having trouble with the device. I’m on my second one (my first wouldn’t charge properly and eventually stopped working), but to be fair I’m on my third Fitbit as well. Since I’ve had the new one I’ve had no problems and it works perfectly (so does the latest Fitbit). I wonder if it’s working better because I stopped wearing it in the shower? Who knows.

URL: http://www.addvalue.com.au

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By: Anonymous http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106294 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:04:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106294 thanks for tha review

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By: Kasra Design http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106275 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 07:25:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106275 I’m gonna buy one. Thanks for the review. 

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By: Hammy Havoc http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106262 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:30:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106262 I couldn’t agree more. Ideally I would like to see a wrist-worn Nano with the feature set of the Up; The idea of wearing multiple things on the wrist is a little cumbersome to me.

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By: Peter Jacobson http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106261 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:15:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106261 Couldn’t resist chiming in. I’ve had mine for a week or so and I’m still good with it. Feels comfortable and I like how it looks. I read something where someone ripped off the rubber and wanted to tied string around it like a friendship bracelet. This was not my impulse. Haven’t found the app buggy, but it does need work. The graph is pretty but it’s not great for comparing days. A way to compare data over time (weekly, monthly) could be a major part.. Works well with counting steps. The sleep tracking would be cool to see get more precise. All in all this kinda tech will look/work so much better in a couple of years, right?  

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By: Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106260 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:56:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106260 Yeah, the button takes a bit to get used to. The issue I had with the button was that it stopped working entirely.

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By: Newillmeister http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106259 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 01:30:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106259 They should just make the hardware and open source the App.  It’s the app that really sucks.  I felt like I had gathered data, and now what?  There really wasn’t a whole lot to do with it after a week.  I had gathered enough data to figure out my patterns and then I didn’t need it anymore.  🙁

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By: Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106258 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 18:39:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106258 That’s a decent analogy. I think it will need a couple rev’s for both Up and the Nano to serve their functionality better.

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By: Hammy Havoc http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106257 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 18:22:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106257 I must admit, I was pretty excited for the Up, but it seems that it is the proof of concept for a technology that isn’t quite there yet as with the iPod Nano being used as a watch.

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By: lee colleton http://designnotes.info/?p=6392&cpage=1#comment-106256 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 05:40:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6392#comment-106256 The button is a bit funny. You have to do a short click followed by a long click to change workout modes. A short click by itself will display the current mode and a long click will change between sleeping and waking.

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