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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pedometer Smackdown: FitBit vs. Jawbone's Up

Thanks to my pals at Verizon, I've been wearing this cute little blue bracelet (see below) around for about three weeks.   While it looks cute and chic, it is actually Jawbone's UP, a pedometer new to the market, and I have been comparing it to my very own FitBit to see if I need to upgrade......

Let's see how they stack up.

Both charge by hooking up to my computer with their little connectors.  Both charge quickly and hold charge for a long time.  FitBit goes for about five days, and the Jawbone will go a week.

While everyone sees my Jawbone UP bracelet, no one usually sees my FitBit because I can hook it to the middle of my bra or on to a pants pocket or waistband.

I was more likely to wear the bracelet because I don't have a great place to hook my FitBit when I go to bed or am dressing VERY casual.  Hmmmm........

While on the computer, the bracelet sometimes interfered with my typing... I guess I could have taken it off because I usually do not type on the go.

Both went wacky when I wore them and mowed the yard!  Our yard plus barn lot are both filled with bumps, no matter how many times I roll them.  I guess it was a bumpy enough ride to earn me extra steps!

The Jawbone connects directly to my smartphone to down load information.  It's very slick and quick.

With this little dude, my Fitbit connects and syncs to my laptop and downloads info to both my computer and phone.  *Note:  There is a FitBit bracelet coming out that will connect to both your computer and phone with the use of bluetooth so no connectors needed.

Both devices work with other apps. I try to use Lose It, but I am still not very good at logging in my food intake!  Sigh.......  Lose It is still an awesome app, and no one asked me to wiggle that in there!

Here are some samples of what you will see on your computer and/or phone from both devices:

Here is a daily summary of my accomplishments.  You can also view longer periods of time.

 As you can see, I am going past the 7000 step goal I set and hitting the 10,000 step mark fairly regularly.

Here is what it looks like on my phone:


If I have to make a decision, I would and will keep my FitBit.  One big issue has been the different readings I get from the two when I compare days.  Sometimes it is up to 1500 steps, and that's a lot.  I asked another friend who I know is using the FitBit, and she said she also tried the Jawbone UP, had the same issues, so she brought in a third party counter.  It matched up with the FitBit.  That was good to know.

I'm not a slave to my phone, so I can wait to sync my FitBit to my computer at the end of the day or first thing in the morning.

If you do not have a slick little pedometer like either of these products, they really are beneficial to showing you how much you move and burn calories during a day.  You might be surprised to know how many miles you do or DO NOT cover during an average day.  I would urge you to look at both products on their webpages here, and see which one best fits into your life.

I've been pushing the walking thing these last two week, and my goal was/is to reach 10,000 steps a day 5 of the 7 days a week.  I have been doing pretty well, and I do owe my FitBit and Jawbone UP for keeping me honest, accurate, and accountable.  Now if I can just keep a better log of the food that goes in.......  Thanks again to Verizon for allowing me to try out the new Jawbone UP. Click here to learn more about these devices. 
All my thoughts and observations are my own.  I was not paid or compensated for my opinions.

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