Reviewed: Jawbone UP MOVE Aug 15 2015

Pros:

  • A $49.99 MSRP makes this a very attractive choice.
  • An actual button that provides tactile feedback (hurray!).
  • The easy-to-understand display tells time and tracks progress.
  • The usual excellent Jawbone app.
  • A new high score here on BMR.

Cons:

  • Splash-safe only.
  • Devices this size are easier to lose.

This modest little button of a device has shattered my carefully crafted preconceptions about the utility of this form factor. I haven’t been impressed by the other fobs available to date – they usually need tapping or shaking to enter commands and you can never be sure if you’re actually communicating with the device, if they tell the time you’re lucky, and comprehending the display is too often a joke.

None of that holds true with the Jawbone UP Move thanks to the circular display similar to the Misfit Shine, the dial itself serves as a button so you can be sure of the commands you’re entering, and in general I’ve found myself delighted with this device and that’s rare. Furthermore, not only have I had to revise my opinion of fobs in general, the Move has turned in the highest score yet here on BMR.

The Move can be worn using the clip-on holder that comes with the device or you can just drop it in your pocket. For those who are less sensitive about what they wear on their wrists, Jawbone sells bands for this purpose. Jawbone’s supporting app is the same, which means it’s definitely one of the better ones out there with features for entering and tracking food, mood, weight, and a variety of exercise sessions.

The Move also inherits Jawbone’s excellent sleep tracking, the algorithms for which have been developed by MotionX, which also provides the activity algorithms as well. As discussed here on BMR, MotionX has been refining its algorithms for years and if there were a credible competitor it most likely would have emerged by now. In other words, the provenance and quality of the algorithm packages used by other devices remains largely unknown. MotionX also provides the ability to calibrate the Move to provide more precise tracking – a feature not found elsewhere in BMR’s reviews to date. There’s a storm brewing related to device accuracy and we’ll start covering that in separate entries.

If you’ve been thinking about using an activity tracker and aren’t sure about where to start, the Jawbone Move might be an excellent place to start – you can wear it on your wrist or not, it provides a function (time) other than tracking activity, the supporting app is great, it’s very simple to use, and at $49.99 the price knocks the pants off the competition.

Let’s start digging deeper and take a look at Data & Connectivity.