If you’ve been following along you know that I’ve recently transitioned from my Jawbone Upband to my Fitbit Charge. Unfortunately for me and fortunately for you I have issues letting go of things especially technology, and though I’ve had my Fitbit for about two weeks… I’ve still been simultaneously wearing my Upband as well. This has allowed me to have a side by side comparison of the two bands to bring you an honest review of each band’s pros and cons.
Fitbit has been around for a few years now and has created several variations of their fitness trackers as well as some pretty fancy scales I must say. The Fitbit that I purchased was the Fitbit charge (a notch below the Fitbit HR). This particular fitness tracker
Jawbone is a company that doesn’t really focus on fitness, health or wellness. They are more of an electronic company with speakers, headphones…etc that have a fitness tracker on the side. I’ve had an Upband for two years so I can speak of all the ins and outs of this fitness tracker in great detail. I started out with the original basic Upband that had several flaws. Jawbone took note of several of those flaws and went on to release the Up24 which I currently have. They have then gone on to release 4 more fitness trackers each better than the last yet still filled with flaws. Before I get ahead of myself let me discuss the basic pros and cons.
Comparison: I’ve obviously had more experience and time to learn the Upband but after wearing these two bands for about two weeks they both have some things I love and somethings I dislike. In the end I feel that the Upband’s biggest flaw (besides the lack of visual representation directly on the band) is it’s lack of endurance to a mild active life. It can not stand the test of time and must frequently be replaced. (About 2-3 bands a year!). Though I haven’t had to deal with Fitbit’s customer service or any issues with the band as of yet, the reviews have been positive for the most part. I like the size of the Upband because I have a smaller wrist and I am frequently typing/writing, therefore it doesnt get in the way. As to which is most accurate, both of them had varying reads over the past two weeks. Sometimes they were close and other times they were more than 2000 steps apart. Overall I think if you are extremely active you should give the Fitbit a try. If you are less physical and want to give a fitness tracker a try at a cheaper price just to get your feet wet with a bit of motivation, definetly go for the Upband. You can look into purchasing either from Amazon or their respective websites. The Upband on Amazon starts at about 45.00- 150 depending on the model while the Fitbit ranges from 50.00- 250.00.
Have you had any experiences with fitness trackers? If so which one is your fave? Share your thoughts below! You can add me on the Fitbit app: @MjbTheone <— my handle!
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