There is no shortage of pedometers.  Case in point Nike’s Fuelband, the Fitbits (most recently the Zip and One), and now, back from the dead no less, is Jawbone’s UP.

If you recall, the UP emerged last year, but was quickly scrapped due to lets say less than stellar build quality – they were falling apart according to users.  Jawbone quickly responded by issuing a refund to customers without the hastle and hoopla of having to return it.  Smart, because if they had it could have turned into an even worse PR nightmare.

Nevertheless, Jawbone (parent company Aliph) went back to the drawing board and now promises that the new Jawbone UP is designed to withstand the rigors of every day use and hopefully then some.

The Jawbone UP actually isn’t that dissimilar to that of Fitbit’s latest flagship offering the Fitbit One (we’re currently testing one).  In fact, they’re effectively the same as they both track your daily activity by keeping tabs on your steps, calories burned, as well as your sleep patterns.  The accompanying apps, aesthetics aside, aren’t much different, and cannot only reflect your captured data, but allow you to input the meals you consumed, providing you with a more holistic perspective on your health.

Unlike the Jolly Rancher shaped Fitbit One, the UP is analogous to that of the Nike Fuelband, which is to say it will appeal style seekers and those looking to solicit comments from peers and those alike.  However, the UP, well, one ups the Fuelband by including a silent alarm function that vibrates and can adjust according your sleep schedule – the Fitbit One also offers this feature.

Aside from durability, battery life is always a paramount concern.  And it would seem that Jawbone is offering an industry best 10-day battery life (it takes just 80 minutes to charge), though during our testing of the Nike Fuelband we managed to squeeze a comparable amount of days out of a single charge.  That said, the UP can purportedly withstand water, or as Jawbone says “thousands of showers”.

Other pedometers of a similar ilk often sync with your computer using either a USB connection, via a wireless dongle, or Bluetooth.  The UP doesn’t require any of these protocols, and instead syncs with your iOS devices (Android coming soon) via your handsets 3.5mm headphone jack.  It’s an unorthodox approach, but presumably one that explains its battery life, as well as added durability.

The Jawbone UP is available now in Black only for $129.99.  You can choose from 3 different sizes to best match your wrist’s width, though medium is probably a safe bet for most men.  Other colors will be available soon.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."