Fitbit Alta vs Jawbone UP
Track your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time. Get instant access to your stats, the time and smartphone notifications on the slim OLED display. Easily customize your Fitbit Alta tracker with different metal, leather or classic bands that fit your personal style.
Jawbone UP is the app-powered wrist band that inspires you to feel better and live healthier ... UP tracks every move you make — it even reminds you to move more.
Latest news about Fitbit Alta and Jawbone UP:
06.03.17. Fitbit adds heart rate monitoring to its Alta line and improves sleep tracking. Fitbit has updated its popular Alta tracker. The Alta HR is an update to last year’s Alta, a well designed piece of hardware that has since grown into the second-best fitness tracker (behind the company’s higher-end Charge 2). The biggest addition is heart rate monitoring that bumps the price up by $20 to $149. The company is also announcing updates to its sleep tracking, which take advantage of the aforementioned heart rate monitoring to differentiate sleep states, including light, deep and REM. It’s a marked increase over Fitbit’s existing sleep tracking, which relies on the on-board accelerometer to gauge how much a wearer moves during the night. That manner of tracking paints a picture of sleep length, but offers little in the way of quality. The company adds that it will also be harnessing the three billion hours of sleep it’s logged from users to better tailor sleep recommendations in much the way it does with fitness goals.
22.04.15. Jawbone replaced the UP24 with the $100 UP2. The new Jawbone UP2 is very much the UP24’s spiritual successor, but it's a bit smaller, $30 bucks cheaper and ditched the slip-on style design in favor of an adjustable clasp like that of the UP3, but the rest of the UP24’s feature set remains. It can do step counting, sleep tracking (Measuring total sleep and how well you slept based on your movement patterns), track distance, idle time, calories burned, and even things like meals if you’re willing to do some data entry. The “Smart Coach” software will monitor your exercise trends, and try to intelligently nudge you to do just a little bit more each day. It stays alive for a week, with an estimated 7 day battery life.
05.11.14. Jawbone UP3 is a sleeker, smaller, smarter fitness tracker. The second fitness-tracker, that Jawbone unveiled today - Jawbone UP3 is and upgrade to UP24 model, launched a year ago. Sleek in design and significantly smaller than UP24, the UP3 ($179) comes with advanced activity features that can differentiate exercises, such as swimming, running and tennis, to better gauge calories. It also includes sleep tracking, which can signify REM, light and deep sleep. The UP3 also monitors your resting heart rate first thing every morning. By eating better and staying active, you can see if your heart rate count goes down — an indication of how healthy your heart is, before daily stresses and caffeine kick in and bump it up a few notches. The device has a watch-style clasp that adjusts the size of the band and holds it in place. The battery life is pretty solid too, promising up to seven days of tracking in one charge. The UP3 can also be dunked in water up to 10 meters deep.
30.09.14. New Jawbone iOS app doesn’t require an Up wristband. Jawbone released a new iOS app that allows iOS users to track activity and sleep, even without a Jawbone Up wristband. Instead it pulls in data from Apple Health app that pulls data from other sources. Users can also manually enter sleep data into the Jawbone Up app, track calories and share and challenge other friends using Up to track their exercise. All of these stats can be analyzed using Jawbone’s various graphs and views, and they will also sync with Apple’s Health app on the iPhone. With the release of the new app, there are now two apps called “UP by Jawbone” in the App Store. The old app still requires a Jawbone UP or UP24 fitness wristband in order to use the app, whereas the new app can, for instance, gather step data from your iPhone’s gyroscope and motion coprocessor.
18.07.14. Jawbone UP Gets Better at Tracking Your Food. Before today, Jawbone UP fitness wristband users had to manually enter every meal item, searching Jawbone's database for the type of food, then entering portion size. It was tedious and inconvenient. You needed to add things over and over, and it took 15-20 taps to go through that. With the update (UP 3.2) the app suggests both your recent entries as well as common meal pairings; enter a fried egg, and you'll see suggestions to add toast, coffee and bacon. Even better, the app now connects to a menu database for restaurants. Powered by Foursquare's location engine, the database includes calorie information for individual menu items if the venue provides it (more common with chains), plus it can crowd-source nutritional info from UP users for specific items over time.
2013. Jawbone acquired BodyMedia. Jawbone has just announced that it will acquire BodyMedia, a maker of wearable health tracking devices. BodyMedia was founded in 1999 and quickly became an early pioneer of the wearable health tracker concept — what sets their wares apart from the sort of products that Nike, Fitbit, and yes, Jawbone currently offer is what they’re capable of detecting. Rather than just relying on an accelerometer to detect and keep track of the wearer’s movement (which really isn’t all that accurate), BodyMedia’s FIT line of fitness gizmos are also capable of monitoring skin temperature and galvanic skin response to get a better understanding of the intensity of your activity. Your Jawbone UP may be able to tell you how many steps you’ve taken in a day, and how quickly you take those steps over a period of time, but it never really tell how hard your heart is working — an important distinction to some health-conscious users.