The Jawbone UP impressed me right out of the box. Chief creative officer Yves Béhar, also the man behind Ouya, clearly knew what he was doing. The band's mint-green color is flattering and pairs well with most outfits, and its slim form factor doesn't look or feel bulky.
The app interface is just as minimal, attractive, and straightforward as the band itself. In the UP app, bold color and large text highlight essential information, like that day's mileage or your move goal, and there are fun, clever animated details sprinkled throughout. I like that everything is coded by color, so it's really easy to see at a glance when you were active (or not) and in deep sleep (or not).
Favorite feature: I looked forward to plugging the UP into my phone's headphone jack every day and looking at my stats. Oftentimes, syncing devices can be overly meticulous because of missing cables or fussy Bluetooth pairing. But downloading information from the band to the phone doesn't require any of that. It's so quick and easy — exactly what you want out of technology you'll be wearing and using all day, every day.
Least favorite feature: The band is beautifully designed, but the signature Jawbone wave pattern texture on the exterior unfortunately attracted a lot of dirt, and the light mint-green color was especially susceptible to the grime. Luckily, you can take your UP to the shower and give it a little scrub. The battery life was also shorter than I expected. Between charges, the band only lasted about four to five days, not 10 as Jawbone claims.
Verdict: I'd choose the UP over other fitness gadgets because of the ease of use, great app, and sleek design. The UP band isn't just for health nuts, either — I would recommend it to anybody who's interested in collecting data about their habits. If you're not motivated to workout now, I can't say that the UP band is a one-step, magical cure-all to get you moving immediately. But every time you sync the band, the cold, harsh reality that, yes, you are in fact idle for a huge chunk of the day, will confront you.
— Nicole Nguyen, editorial assistant, Tech