I’ve had UP by Jawbone for sometime now, before it became a trend I’d like to believe. I’m not a fan of fitness wristbands. I don’t care about my calorie intake, how much I burn or how many steps I take per day. UP however has a feature I really like, which is an alarm clock, it wakes you up by vibrating.
The way it works is ideal for married couples, because it only wakes you up by vibrating. If it were by sound then both of you would wake up. You can set upto 4 alarm clocks, UP will wake you up 30 minutes before your actual time so that you are refreshed and ready to leave bed the second it’s time to wake up.
I was impressed by the in depth statistics UP offered for sleeping habits. Tells you how much of your sleep was light, how much of it was deep, how many hours actually slept, how many hours stayed in bed and how it took you to fall asleep. You set a target of sleeping hours per day when configuring UP.
There’s also the cool feature of idle alert. You configure UP to vibrate if you don’t perform any movements for a certain period of time. For example, I’ve configured UP only to alert me if I didn’t move for 40 minutes anywhere between 4pm – 10pm. This way it doesn’t bother me if I don’t move during working hours.
The last alarm feature is the power nap, which I use regularly. Before taking a power nap you tell UP your about to sleep by clicking the button twice and long pressing. UP will automatically calculate how long it is best for you to sleep then wake you up. You can set the maximum power nap for up to 2 hours, which is too much in my opinion.